"Since 1918, no beef," proudly announces this landmark, no-frills Colaba eatery. Only confirmed non-veggies in search of a Grade II eatery serving Mughlai cuisine should venture here. Also expect to meet those in search of a feel of the hum of the city here. Long mirrors adorning the walls and high ceilings looking down on fossilized, marble-topped tables add to the quaintness of the place (they have recently air-conditioned the first floor). Bringing in "wine or drink is prohibited". Aficionados, go for the brain dishes and trip out on the Brain Fry Masala and Brain Gravy. However, it's the Mutton Fry Masala which is the star of the show. On Wednesdays, it's the Mutton Khichda; and on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Mutton Paya is the lunchtime special. Breakfast buffs make a beeline for the Mutton Roast, which disappears within 10 minutes around 7am. Keema and Bhaji Gosht are the other breakfast specials. So what if the much-hyped biryani is too greasy for your taste? I pop in for a leisurely five-course meal with Flaming Red Fried Fish, etc. and enjoy the robust flavours, meet the owner Ilyas Abdul Saji and pay the princely sum of Rs. 380 for the five non-veg dishes.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
Olympia is a sort of place you won?t want to enter when you look at it from the outside. The first time my brother laid his eyes on it, he called it a dhaba. However take my advice and skip the visuals. Head straight up to the AC section and you?ll find a
Review posted more than a year ago
Don't be fooled by its Spartan looks. Sometimes looks can deceive. When my brother first saw this place he promptly declared he wouldn't enter this "dhaba." Take my advice though and skip the visuals. Head straight up to the AC section.
The service is extremely good and the waiters are friendly. The quality of food is consistent as well; so you can hop in any day and be assured that the Special Lunch/Dinner of the day will be as good as the last time you visited it. The specialties here are of course the Mughlai food. If you're looking to eat Chinese food then there are places a dime a dozen in the city. You'd better be eating there. Start off with some tasty Bheja Masala Fry. A tip though, any bheja preparation which involves gravy/curry is an absolute disaster. Instead ask for dry preparations, they're much more tasty. You could also ask for your bheja masala to be fried in egg, which adds to its flavour.
Always and I mean ALWAYS try the day's special lunch or dinner. They're absolutely the best dishes of that particular day. I've tried their dinner specials on 2 different days and have come away impressed. Skip the naans and go for rotis instead. They'll allow you to eat more without busting your stomach. End your sumptious meal with some creamy kulfi.
Don't hesitate to be adventurous here, the menu has some pretty good dishes and trying them all out eventually will make you understand their food better. Don't hesitate to strike up a conversation with the waiters here. They're all very sweet and will entertain your queries and accept your feedback with a smile. Places like these are what will make you come back again and again. If you ever go on a day when the AC section is full - don't worry, you've got a couch to sit on and wait. And once the waiter makes a note that you've been waiting he'll make sure to accomodate you as soon as possible. The best time to come is post 10 pm; the place is less crowded and you'll have the waiter's attention more often. But beware, this place closes by 12, so don't be too late.
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