Vishalla (Vasna Rd, Vasna, Ahmedabad)


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.

near the entrance
near the entrance

Address & other details:  Vishalla

Meal for 2: 1000 onwards

Cuisine type :  vegetarian

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bill - proof of payment
bill – proof of payment

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.

cash counter
cash counter

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.

near the entrance
near the entrance

There were two sections – a covered area and one outer area. The outer area had some eating areas.

outer area
outer area

It had a shop that was selling local handicrafts and handloom products. Must say the collection was very good.

shop
shop

There was a tattooed Maruti 800 kept at one place which all people were taking selfies with.

tattooed Maruti 800
tattooed Maruti 800

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.

another shop
another shop

There was a section for pottery

pottery section
pottery section

The section of betel nutcrackers was interesting. They had some erotic postured ones as well.

betel nutcrackers
betel nutcrackers

There were a vast array of kettles

kettles
kettles

The lock section was crazy. The size of the largest locks were unbelievable.

the tiles on the floor are 1 sq ft each - lock section
the tiles on the floor are 1 sq ft each – lock section

Hookah and chillum section was nice.

Hookah and chillum
Hookah and chillum

They had recreated a typical village home in one corner

typical village home
typical village home
typical village home
typical village home

We were impressed with a bull made by weaving in canes..

bull made by weaving
bull made by weaving

There was a beautiful temple in the center of the museum and a very unique shiv lingam.

unique shiv lingam made of metal
unique shiv lingam made of metal

The main eating area had live performances.

live performances
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.

a wooden idol
a wooden idol

The eating place was interesting. Large split trunks of tree acted as tables. People wud sit around it on the floor and eat.

eating place
eating place – Large split trunks of tree acted as tables

Food was being served one after another from a fixed menu.

eating area
eating area

Food was served on a leaf.

served on a leaf
served on a leaf
served on a leaf plate & bowls made from dried leaves
served on a leaf plate & bowls made from dried leaves

A lot of earthen vessels were used to serve food and water.

a section of the museum
a section of the museum

The staff was good but not as good as in agashiye

a beautifully painted door & artefacts
a beautifully painted door & artefacts

Food was enjoyable in general.

thela
thela

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.

Make our own mix
Make our own mix
chana and peanuts - Make our own mix
chana and peanuts – Make our own mix
Make our own mix
part of Make our own mix
Make our own mix
Make our own mix
chutneys & masalas - Make our own mix
chutneys & masalas – Make our own mix

Not rating the dish coz we made the combos…:)

Khaman was very good. Not watery, tight and a bit grainy. Rate it 4/5.

Khaman
Khaman

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

Urad Dal
Urad Dal

Cabbage curry was very good to taste. It had flavours of masala. Rate it 4/5.

Cabbage curry
Cabbage curry

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.

Undhiyu
Undhiyu

Dal pakoras were freshly made, hot and very enjoyable. The outer layer was crisp and inner layer was soft. Rate it 4.5/5

Dal pakoras
Dal pakoras

Aloo Ki subzi was yumm. I did a second helping. Rate it 4.5/5

Aloo Ki subzi
Aloo Ki subzi

Jalebi had turned cold. It was crisp , sweet and had a tinge of sour. Was good to taste. Rate it 3/5.

Jalebi
Jalebi

Sweet kadhi was very enjoyable. The balance of sweet and sour was very good. Loved it. Rate it 4.5/5

Sweet kadhi
Sweet kadhi

The Sweet served to us was lentil based. It was daanedaar, firm and very good to taste. Rate it 4/5

Sweet
Sweet

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

Khichdi
Khichdi

Loved drinking the refreshing chaas (buttermilk). Rate it 4.5/5

chaas
chaas

Overall rating averages out to 4.2/5

dining area
dining area

It’s not just about the food here but the overall experience and of course the museum.

the thali
the thali

Recommended for those visiting Ahmedabad, in case u r looking for a laid back, memorable, rustic experience.

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