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Balle! Balle! I discover this no-frills Andheri dhaba thanks to being on the jury of The Times Now Foodie. The true-blue Punjabi in me is thrilled to eat in this seriously small (it seats only 30 people), functional, table-and-bench, non-airconditioned dhaba in Lokhandwala. The robust, homestyle flavours ensure that we keep eating. Most of the dishes are the kind which are not served in restaurants… like the Dahi Kadhi Pakodi with its perfect whisper of tanginess, the winter special of Sarson da Saag paired with well-cooked Makki di Roti delights with its authenticity. It’s the simply cooked Aloo spiked with Jeera that is another favourite as is the Stuffed Karela with its slightly bitter signature. The Sukhi Matki Dal is a surprising and yummy healthy addition. Except for the Arbi Masala (I prefer flattened and crisp arbi) all the other homestyle dishes (rotis included) do a bhangra on our tastebuds.

PS: While the food and the prices please our palate and wallet, here’s what warms our heart… owner Inderjit Anand, worked as an auto rickshaw driver and saved to set up this dhaba with his wife, Ranjit. She passed away tragically, a few days before our shoot but their daughter, Mandeep, promised her that they would continue to be consistently excellent. She lives up to her promise. Mubarkaan!

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What’s in a name? Plenty! Coz when you go looking for this three-month-old Worli café you do feel a bit like Nemo. For the uninformed, Captain Nemo was the seafaring adventurer in Author Jules Vernes book. The décor and the eclectic, adventurous menu reflect that.

Decor

You do begin to feel like an adventurer as there are no sign boards as you walk over Worli village’s uneven ground, past mangy dogs and shantys to get to this canary yellow bungalow. Black and white furniture, a few chalk drawings a wall of hooks, mysteriously speared with feathers attract attention. We opted to sit in one of the two dining rooms (there’s a bar area too).

Food

The menu, which is as eclectic as Nemo’s adventures and zig zags to Asia, Europe, Russia, and South America. It is nonconformist and quite unlike that of Jam Jar Diner and Bonobo (same owners).

The super hits are the perfectly cooked hot Truffled Shrimp, the robust loaded Guacamole Bean dip and the intense dark chocolate pot de creme .Flavorsome Ribolita Soup, steamed fluffy bao with Penang Chicken is tasty as is the Char Sui Pork Bao. Okayish Seoul Bowl (beef, rice, vegetables) and Goat Cheese pizza.

Minus Point

Noisy. Very noisy when packed. Overcooked dry Bekti, hard profiteroles, lacklustre rice cake with pineapple sauce. Some patchy dishes too.

My Point

Open through the day, it is a charming, three roomed café in the midst of the cluttered Worli village. A well stocked bar, casual vibe and an eclectic menu that delivers adventure. Nemo Ahoy!

**Critic reviews are anonymous and all bills are paid by TimesCity**

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