In a nutshell:
A rooftop restaurant in a heritage building that is now a hotel, great ambience, warm service and excellent memorable Gujarati vegetarian food.
Address & other details: Agashiye
Meal for 2: 1500 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian
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I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.
Short description – in case u r in a hurry:
|Agashiye restaurant is located in a heritage building that is now a hotel named ‘house of MG’.|
‘Agashiye’ in Gujarati means ‘on the terrace’. This beautiful restaurant is spread over two huge terraces are inter-connected by a smaller one that houses a small wooden cottage. At Agashiye, the food is freshly prepared, a lot of it in the terrace kitchen where you can see it.
The menu at Agashiye changes daily and varies seasonally too, so an item that you particularly liked during a previous visit may not be there on the menu.
The food is served in a kansa thali immediately on being seated at the table. The meal starts with a choice of Indian breads and ends with rice. Servings are unlimited.
The evening we dined at Agashiye, Instrumental tabla was being played in the background. Perfect sound. Not intrusive yet enjoyable
Billing happens in ground floor b4 one goes to the dining area. There one had to decide whether to go for normal thali or special thali. Two people in the same table cannot opt for different kinds of thali.
We got to know that as soon as billing happens in ground floor, chef gets to know in 4 th floor. Then specifically all dishes r made / tempered / finished as per order and number of people.
Starters r served in one area closer to the entrance. One has to walk about 25 steps to another area for main course dinner.
The staff at Agashiye comprises mostly of men from neighboring villages. During dinner, they will guide you to the waiting area where you will be served juice and starters. One is informed when the table is ready. During lunch, one is seated at the table right away.
The staff were very polite, attentive but not intrusive. They knew the dishes very well.
Food was excellent. Loved it.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
Bajari ni rab (soup of Bajra) was outstanding. It was intense, robust, rustic & bursting with flavours of good ghee. Cud feel the bajra at the bottom. Rate it 4.95/5
Mirchi Ka pakora – capsicum stuffed with aloo filling. Very thin and crisp batter. Aloo very simple yet excellent. Capsicum added flavour and texture. Super loved it. Rate it 4.5/5.
Chola methi Na dhokli. This was served with a green chutney (coriander and peanut). The dhokla had been fried before serving and we cud feel the flavours of asafoetida. Was very good to taste. Rate it 4/5.
Khajoor and imli Ki meethi chutney was very nice. We cud taste both dates and tamarind. Sweet n sour. Rate it 4.25/5
Kobij gajar kakdi nu Salad was a simple home like salad without any seasoning – carrot, tomatoes and cucumber. Very nice. Rate it 4.25/5
PalAk jambu was spinach cooked in a way that it retained its texture while being very smooth. The dish was not paste- like and we cud see fibres of the leaf. It was not coarse either. Awesome it was, in terms of taste. Garlic made its presence felt. Rate it 4.75/5
Masedar bataka was a dry potato curry. Excellent to taste. Full of flavours of spices but none obvious. Rate it 4.5/5.
Talsing valor was a green bean curry. The green beans had retained their crunchy texture. The curry was intense and highly flavourful and yumm. Rate it 4.75/5
Fangavelu kathol was essentially mixed green sprouts. Perfectly seasoned, perfect texture and perfect taste. Rate it 4.25/5
Bhakhari was a bread small and round in shape, full of ghee flavours. Crisp but not like a biscuit. Loved it just as it and with the curries. Rate it 4.5/5
Mula Na paratha was very njoyable as well. Soft, flavourful and good. Rate it 4.25/5
Khichdi was simple, home like and excellent. It had a non smooth texture, full flavours of daal. Rate it 4.5/5
Gujarati dal was excellent – it had a great balance of salt, hotness and a tinge of sweetness. Loved the flavours. Rate it 4.5/5
Mogri kadhi was the best Gujarati kadhi I have had in a while. It had excellent balance of sweet sour and salt. Rate it 4.75/5
Kela nu raytu was a raita (curd based dish) with ripe bananas in them. It was a first time for us. Excellent. Raita was thick and creamy and banana proportion was just right. Rate it 4.5/5
kela nu raytu
Mugdal siro was very nice. It was tight, intense and very good to taste. Rate it 4.5/5
Pista basundi was outstanding. Very simple thickened cold milk with a sprinkling of spices. Wow. Rate it 4.75/5
We were served Paan masala peti as a mouth freshener.
Overall rating of food at agashiye averages out to 4.5/5
Wud really like to revisit. Highly recommended for all non-Gujaratis visiting Ahmedabad. Gujaratis might hv better food at home.