In a nutshell:
A ‘village recreated’ on the outskirts of Ahmedabad that not only serves very good food, but has an excellent one of its kind kitchen utensils and pottery museum, live folk performances etc. An experience that stays in the mind till long.
Address & other details: Vishalla
Meal for 2: 1000 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian
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Short description – in case u r in a hurry:
As we reached vishala, we saw a toran (gate) and a long path that led us inside. Once inside there was a counter where people were paying money and booking their slot. We reached at 9 pm and it was already packed.
There were two sections – a covered area and one outer area. The outer area had some eating areas.
It had a shop that was selling local handicrafts and handloom products. Must say the collection was very good.
There was a tattooed Maruti 800 kept at one place which all people were taking selfies with.
A bit further was the museum. It had a collection of day to day use articles related to kitchen and food in general. It was on the lines of raja Kelkar museum of Pune. I wud say that the collection at vishala was more elaborate than the kitchen section on display at the famous Pune museum.
There was a section for pottery
The section of betel nutcrackers was interesting. They had some erotic postured ones as well.
There were a vast array of kettles
The lock section was crazy. The size of the largest locks were unbelievable.
Hookah and chillum section was nice.
They had recreated a typical village home in one corner
We were impressed with a bull made by weaving in canes..
There was a beautiful temple in the center of the museum and a very unique shiv lingam.
The main eating area had live performances.
People were walking in and sitting at the performance area. A person was coming and announcing the serial numbers and taking in the guests to the eating area.
The eating place was interesting. Large split trunks of tree acted as tables. People wud sit around it on the floor and eat.
Food was being served one after another from a fixed menu.
Food was served on a leaf.
A lot of earthen vessels were used to serve food and water.
The staff was good but not as good as in agashiye
Food was enjoyable in general.
Detailed description – in case u have the time to njoy reading:
Apologize for the bad pictures in the following section. My camera failed. These r iphone 6 pics. – it was extremely dark.
The first dish was a starter in which we had to Make our own mix. Lots of ingredients. Hence we made permutations and combinations of those and had them. Nice.
Not rating the dish coz we made the combos…:)
Khaman was very good. Not watery, tight and a bit grainy. Rate it 4/5.
Urad Dal was outstanding, I think it was the showstopper for the evening. I had few helpings. Thick and intense, this dish was high on both taste and flavour. Loved it and rate it 4.75/5
Cabbage curry was very good to taste. It had flavours of masala. Rate it 4/5.
Undhiyu (a Gujarat special dish mAde with vegetables) had a bit of gravy. It had a tinge of sweet. The ones at soam, agashiye, Swati were much better. Rate this dish 4.25/5.
Dal pakoras were freshly made, hot and very enjoyable. The outer layer was crisp and inner layer was soft. Rate it 4.5/5
Aloo Ki subzi was yumm. I did a second helping. Rate it 4.5/5
Jalebi had turned cold. It was crisp , sweet and had a tinge of sour. Was good to taste. Rate it 3/5.
Sweet kadhi was very enjoyable. The balance of sweet and sour was very good. Loved it. Rate it 4.5/5
The Sweet served to us was lentil based. It was daanedaar, firm and very good to taste. Rate it 4/5
Khichdi was very good. Loved it as it is. Our server poured generous amount of ghee on it. The daal of the khichadi had a rough texture and hence That texture got transferred to the khichadi. Rate it 4.25/5
Loved drinking the refreshing chaas (buttermilk). Rate it 4.5/5
Overall rating averages out to 4.2/5
It’s not just about the food here but the overall experience and of course the museum.
Recommended for those visiting Ahmedabad, in case u r looking for a laid back, memorable, rustic experience.