1 Apr 2011

Sec 5. Ghansoli

Side shots from a story I did for MumbaiBoss.com called A TASTE LIKE HOME:

An Andhra mess called "Telengana".

I'm kidding. The Andhra mess in Navi Mumbai has an apt name in the tradition of Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman aka VVS Laxman. It is called Om Sri Guru Datha Om Sai Ram Andhra Mess.

Like the name, the quantity of food served is also unlimited. Unlimited rice, vegetable side dish, spicy chutnet, pappusaar, sambhar, rasam and curd. Two days a week, they serve chicken but that's limited quantity.

This part of Navi Mumbai has a high concentration of young bachelors from AP. Most of then work in the IT and other industries along the Thane-Belapur road. They live packed like sardines in shared and PG accommodation and the Andhra Mess is their evening haunt. Their taste of home, place to meet friends. The social networking hub.

The cook was actually a Malayali named Chandran originally from the temple town of Guruvayur, Kerala. But he's spent his time in kitchens in Bangalore, a city filled with Andhra eating houses. It's surprising that there are no Bangalore style Andhra restaurants in Mumbai that serve good spicy food with alcohol. The closest ones to that business model are the Malwani restaurants that are cropping up. Nandini, Nagarjuna, etc. when are you guys coming here?

The music is Tollywood, Telegu remakes of Tamil songs and the occasional Oriya film songs.

View about other 'mess' and eateries in the Mumbai Boss photo story here.

Om Sri Guru Datha Om Sai Ram Andhra Mess. Rajji House, Sec 5 Opp Ghansoli Rly Stn. Navi Mumbai.


Jidhu Jose said...

nice shots and one more thing attracted me. I am also from Guruvayoor

Debanish Achom said...

Liked it. It's rare to see food on this blog, so it was like getting a treat after long gap. :p

Slogan Murugan aka M S Gopal said...

Not my usual territory but nothing can beat finding one of these good quality bachelor food places. Always a treat.

GVK said...

Such clarity, so rich in colour. Your camera works wonders. Anyone can photograph a scenic setting, it takes talent to turn a mundane setting of an eating house into a piece of fine art.

Prutha said...

this is fantastic... u make me want to go there... i love your blog not just for the pictures [which r fantastic] but for the story telling behind it... someday [when i shall have the power to] ill make someone make a documentary on ur work..i promise!!

Suchitra Menon said...

awesome pictures...can almost taste the food...

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