In a nutshell:
A decades old gathia and related snacks shop that people line up to have breakfast / semi meal, serves Yumm food with curious accompaniments.
Address & other details: ISKCON Gathia
Meal for 2: 50 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:
This shop has been around for decades. We climbed a few stairs to reach the dining hall.
On one corner there was a cash counter where guests were making payment and getting a receipt.
They had to then reach the other corner to get delivery of the food. On receiving the food guests were walking on to one of many steel tables, placing the food on it, standing around it and eating.
The tables had chutneys that go with the food. They also had jars of kadhi on each table, complimentary.
The staff members hardly interacted with guests. I asked something to one guy. He did not seem interested to reply. He was cleaning all tables like a maniac robot as soon as someone wud finish eating.
There was no menu card as such. All items were displayed. There was a small list on the wall.
All the 3 items that we had at this eatery was made essentially by the same cooking medium, from mostly the same ingredients but were given different shapes. Different shapes have them different textures once eaten and that brought about a difference in eating experience.
Before I walked into this store for the first time I had no idea that I wud see full families eating a good spread of just fafra, gathia etc for breakfast.
Detailed description- in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
Fafra (long thin blades) was crisp but not totally brittle. Loved having it just as it is as well as with the green chutney. Rate it 4/5.
Gathia was thick, almost (intended) cylindrical in shape and tasted quite good. This was crisp yet moist. Loved having it just as it is as well as with the green chutney. Rate it 4.25/5.
Gathia chips were thin small square sheet like in shape. These were crisp and yumm. Rate them 4/5.
Jalebi was served cold but it tasted very good. It had a mild fermented feel and hence a good balance between sweet and sour. Rate it 4/5.
Kadhi was thick and nice. It had a sweetish tinge. Tasted very good. Rate it 4.25/5
Large sized Mirch ( non hot but flavourful) was served as accompaniment.
Raw Papaya chutney was chatpata and crunchy. It was a bit hot and had a slightly sweetish tinge. Rate it 4/5
Overall rating of food at ISKCON gathia averages out to 4.1/5
Recommended to first timers to Ahmedabad for sure. A new unique experience