We invited GA readers to contribute restaurant reviews and share their opinions on their neighbourhood eateries with us. Here, Harsh S Shah from Mumbai tells us all about Red Indian Sizzlers in Kandivali.
The reverberation of the Imam chanting the Isha'a on a tranquil Friday sunset in sync with the flamboyant exteriors of the one-storey tall Red Indian Sizzlers set up an inviting atmosphere for me and my family to have a scrumptious dinner. Despite the lack of parking space, the hospitable personnel made an immediate arrangement for an alternative.
The inside scoop
The glass door that leads into a spacious dining hall has a multicoloured Red Indian hat embossed on it. The cream-walled interior flaunts a lot of woodwork with a timbered ceiling, and two distant cylindrical pillars bisect the room in exact halves. A framed certificate from Burrper's Choice Awards of burrp.com praising the restaurant's sizzlers is hung on one wall with pride.
In good company
A group of chattering teenage girls drowned the pleasant hum of the old English folk music. There was a huge table occupied by a Gujarati family and then there was a couple getting cozy in a corner table. A waiter dressed in black trousers and white shirt with a bow tie escorted us to our seats. Bottles of Worcestershire sauce, red pepper sauce, oregano and chilli flakes formed a fine quartet on the table. We were handed a woodback menu which had scores of various preparations from Chinese, Italian and Mexican cuisines.
We scanned the extensive menu and ordered a Large Mexican Platter from the Mexican Starters. It was a nice arrangement of four portions of every item. There were Cheese Corn Balls which had American corn and melted cheese covered with corn flour, deep fried. There were Tortilla Chips and Bean Tacos, tacos stuffed with beans and cheese. Baby corn Fingers, and Onion and Capsicum Rings were all prepared in corn flour and olive oil. In the centre of the platter were two cups of cheese sauce and salsa sauce filled to the brim, not to forget the peeled and lit tomato.
After the tasty Mexican Platter, we ordered the Red Indian Special Sizzler. The sizzling plate had finely chopped carrots and French beans with sliced mushrooms, whole baby corn and diced cottage cheese cooked in mushroom sauce and served with rice. The entire preparation was topped with a fried patty and a potato smiley, loaded with cheese and a dash of fresh cream. It was a well crafted sizzler and left us wanting more.
Following the sizzler we ordered Legume Al Forno, an Italian delight which comprised garden fresh vegetables, baby corn and mushrooms all cooked in creamy rich besciamella sauce with pineapple. The sauce was cooked to a golden brown and served with four portions of warm garlic bread. This preparation was undoubtedly the best I had ever tasted in any of the Italian restaurants I've visited.
Then, we finally ordered what we all were craving for -- two sizzling brownies -- the house special. The sizzling plate had two rectangular brownies topped with two large scoops of vanilla ice cream and walnuts, and a cherry on top, loaded with melted, hot chocolate. Just heavenly!
The best thing about Red Indian Sizzlers is that most of the fare is at par with its famous sizzlers. Despite being a vegetarian restaurant, the menu has a lot to offer. The food is reasonably priced, and costs around Rs 600 for two (no estimation for gourmands!). A five-minute drive from Kandivali (W) station, it attracts a cosmopolitan crowd in a Gujarati-dominated suburb. The place is well kept with a well maintained washroom (which is of prime importance, in my opinion).
All in all it is a must-visit restaurant in the suburbs.
Red Indian Sizzlers,
Opp Kandivali Telephone Exchange,
S V Road,
Phone: 28084343 / 28090096
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