We decided to try out ‘Diva Maharashtra’ after reading about it winning the best Maharashtrian food award in the papers.
The place opens at 12 pm and remains open till 3.30 pm . It gets full by 1.30 pm .So if you want to choose a place you need to get there before 1 pm. Most of the tables seat four or eight (big groups). Also the portions in the menu are meant for 4 people.
The place is run by Dr Suhas Awchat and his wife Deepa Awchat . You can also guy her cook book called “The Goa Portuguesa Cookbook” which is kept at the entrance.
A 11.45 pm there were already 3 families waiting to get into the restaurant.
The couple owns all three restaurants on the strip goa portuguesa,diva maharashtra and culture curry. Culture curry looked closed .
When you enter a tuturi’ plays when the door is opened . There is a switch behind the guy which makes it play. The exterior seems to be made with carbon fiber.
The menu is very confusing with lots of pen marks with updates prices . Also the color combination makes it difficult to read. The menu is so though you would think you are reading a book.It seems to combine the menus of goa portuguesa too.
We later found out the best thing to drink there is the Panha
PANHE ( Refreshing drink of raw mange pulp flavoured with cardamom powder )
Mango Panha – A cooling mango drink for summers
It is made from the unripe mango called Kairi which is boiled and then spices like elaichi is added
The ingrediants are Raw mango Pulp , Jaggery or sugar , Saffron strands, Cardamom powder, Salt
KAJU KOTHIMBIR VADI
(All time favourite, made of cashew nut, coriander leaves & gram flour served with chutney)
MINI KHEEMA THALIPEETH
(Roasted mini pancakes of 5 flours topped with chicken mince)
The waiter said something about getting green plates if you eat non veg (didnt really understand what he meant)
We had some potata bhaji and tomato bhaji which was bland and the other too spicy with some
BHAKRI – JOWAR / RICE
(Flour made into a soft dough, rolled into flat disc & roasted)
The bhakri was soft unlike in the villages where it is hard and thick.
on the bill it says “part of profits donated to ‘Muktangan’ charitable institution.
Himalayan water / bottled water 50 rupees [ outside MRP 15 rupees ]
Fresh lime soda 49/-
Chiken keeha thap 269 rupees 8 pieces
kaju kothimbir vadi 99/-
Tomato bhaji 99/- half protion for two /full feed 4
Sukha Batata Bhaji 99/-
The prices and quantity on the menu are usually for four people .The waiter was kind enough to tell us that the food was too much for two and told us he can give us half portions (so if they do not mention it ask them for half portions)
having a corporate non veg thali 299* (conditions apply?) or veg 199* is a much cheaper option than A-la Carte where each dish is 199 – 269