Food Bytes: Aanyo’s Kitchen And New Sernyaa, Two Tibetan Restaurants That You Must Visit!

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Thukpa
Thukpa
Thukpa

Every now and then, when I’m floating on a dreamy mind cloud up in the sky, thinking that as a die-hard foodie I’ve been there and ‘eaten’ that—from Ethiopian Injera in Nairobi to Peruvian Ceviche in Manhattan, reality pulls me down to terra firma. I then realize that there is still so much to eat and that I’ve barely scratched the surface of the world’s great hidden cuisines. And so, in keeping with the spirit of discovery, I’ve recently been inducted into the realm of Tibetan cuisine thanks to a trip to Australia where I had the most amazing meal in a lovely Tibetan restaurant called Wild Yak in Melbourne’s Northcote area.

And now that I’m back in Mumbai, I wanted to recreate that amazing food memory. Thanks to sheer luck and serendipity, I discovered (better late than never!) that there are two really amazing Tibetan restaurants in Mumbai, that have, over the last few years, been dishing out heartwarming thukpas and fluffy momos among other Tibetan goodies to us ‘hungry for the exotic’ lot. And for those of you, like me, who’ve not heard about or tried them out before, here’s a wee bit on them…

Aanyo’s Kitchen
The ‘journey’ to Mira Road to scope out this tiny eatery is an event in itself, where one literally needs to pack for the journey. Read: sandwiches, juices etc. Well, at least I did the first time I went there! But I regretted that rather silly move the minute the aroma of my first plate of chicken kasa curry seduced my olfactory senses. The spicy, sour curry with chicken bits and veggies is best had with the burnt chilli rice and a plate of shya phaley which is a chicken and onion stuffed piece of bread which is then deep fired. Other Tibetan yummies on the menu at Aanyo’s Kitchen include the most famous Tibetan noodle dish—the thukpa, prawn syepta, veg thenduk and chicken kaudi in which pieces of white flour cubes are tossed with chicken in a rich brown sauce. Sadly no desserts form a part of the Tibetan cuisine offered here and I had to get my sweet jollies off at the nearby ice-cream parlour!
How Much: Rs 700 for two (without alcohol and taxes)
Where: 11, RNA Building 23, Broad Way Avenue, Near Jangid Complex, Mira Road East.
Contact: 9819600502, 9930676759

Momos
Momos

New Sernyaa
Run by perhaps the sweetest gent this side of the Himalayas called ‘Mr John’, a meal here is like eating at your rather indulgent uncle’s home! And I might as well state here for the record that this is THE place for all ye momo lovers. The variety here is mindboggling to say the very least with the common chicken, lamb and prawn ones to mushroom and the logo momo which is a bun like a Chinese char siu bao with a delish veggie filling. Other Tibetan dishes that you must try are guema ja-sha sausages, the sanan mot-shod veggie stir fry, the bamboo rice, the lachung nyasha or celery-ginger-soy poached sliced fish, chang rasha or lamb stir fry and the tsang-gula gyadhuk which are Tibetan flat noodles with chicken and pickled vegetables. And once again, here too the curse of no desserts is omnipresent. What’s with that? Like, seriously!
PS. And for those who ask very nicely, they can even make any version of their meat dishes with pork!
How Much: Rs 850 for two (without alcohol and taxes)
Where:
* 185, Oshiwara Link Road, Adarsh Nagar, Oshiwara. Contact: 022 65741005, +91 9820531935
* 8, Ashok Enclave, Chincholi Bunder, Link Road, Malad West. Contact: 022 28765105, +91 9920274261

A few pictures of the dishes may be for representational purposes only
Pics courtesy www.tibetdiscovery.com, burrp.in.com and zomato.com

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Raul Dias
Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.