Bombay Halwa House
Before I put pen down to paper to write this post I was wondering one thing. How on earth did I miss writing about Bombay Halwa all this while. I can say for sure that this is one place I have eaten more than at home. And this ain’t no joke. For starters who are wondering what this Bombay Halwa House is about, here it goes: It is a restaurant, atleast 25 years old, about 50metres from Luz Signal towards Vidya Mandir School. Their hallmark – Samosas and Chapathis. Their Halwas are good. Not for nothing they would call it the Bombay Halwa House.
Lets get into specifics. First the Samosa. No one makes it better than him. No one. The crust is so crisp, so smooth, that you could hardly find a wrinkle. Fried to a chocolate brown colour and is not one of those hurried half-baked stuff. The vegetable inside is nicely mashed potatoes. I guess he adds some beetroot too and peas and a sprinkling of onions. It is so finely cooked that you will never come across a half cooked potato like you do in most other places. The best part of it all the Pudina (Mint) Chutney with raw onions cut and served alongside. And voila, you have the most amazing samosas in town. The best time to have is around 1pm, thats when it comes out fresh and hot and yummm… A plate of samosa is today Rs. 12 and I have been having them right from the days it was Rs. 2.50. Before the days of the Pizzas and Cafe Coffee Days the samosas and the chat here used to be our birthday treats and favorite hangout.
Chapathis next. The way it used to work before is you get a plate of chapathis with a katori (cup) of plain dal and aloo subzi for Rs. 7. That was long long ago. The Chapathis are made from tawa and served hot and fresh and subzis and dal mildly flavoured acting as a perfect accompaniment. Offlate the guy has decided to make some money. You will have to order the Chapathis, dal and aloo subzis seperately. Should say the subzi portions are much larger. This way it works to a cool Rs. 40 for a plate with both the subzis. But one thing, quality is still the same. While some of we old-timers might feel that the place has lost its charm, I think we should give the management a thumbs up for keeping it the way it is and not moved over to cappuccino or a penne pasta.
So, next time you guys are in and around Mylapore, give it a shot and tell me how do you like the place. Apart from what I had mentioned the place serves pretty much all chat items, paratha, rotis and all your subzis from paneer to palak to bhindis. The food quality is good, cleanliness not too bad, the service pretty quick and not too heavy on the wallet.