VASAI LOCAL: KOLIWADA SEAFOOD
On a Saturday morning, the friend’s WhatsApp group buzzed with a link on Zomato to Vasai Local, a small recently opened (April 2019) restaurant in Karama. A friend had seen photos of the food on insta and that is all it took for all of us to jump in with a ‘lets do this’ message.
The interiors are reminiscent of a fisherman’s village – nets hung from the ceiling with trapped fake fish in them, the walls are adorned with ornaments of sea life. You can see they have made an effort in keeping with the theme. The restaurant is small, but its big on service. We had some of the most helpful servers suggesting what we should try and telling us of dishes that were not yet on the menu.
So this is what we had:
Kala Khatta Cooler with Water – this was quite refreshing but I should have asked what they would add to it while I ordered it – they had added some masala and rock salt – not a fan of either. But then again – I did finish it.
Mutton Potato Chops – this was perfectly balanced in terms of the meat and the potato and spiced just right.
Fish Platter – this was not on the menu but suggested to us. A good choice as we got quite a variety to try. They mentioned that when they change the menu this will be put on it – good idea.
For the mains we had the Green Pomfret Curry – this was in a coconut and coriander gravy and the Prawn Ghee Roast – supremely good with rice and fugyias and bhakri.
Fugiyas – This was the first time I tried them. They are little balls of deep-fried dough that has a slight sweetness to it. Traditionally part of the East Indian culture and is served during wedding or any party occasion.
Dessert was Kulfi – but alas I was too stuffed to pick up my phone to take a photo.
Overall, this is a nice chilled out place with simple homestyle food. Its still fine tuning itself with the menu but that I guess that is what happens at new restaurants – they seem to be listening to what customers want.
Location: Vasai Local, Shop Number 1, Wasl Quartz Building, Behind Ramee Royal Hotel, Karama, Al Karama, Dubai Tel: +971 4 5269375 Open from 12 NOON – 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM – 11:30 PM
NOTE: I ate at Vasai Local on my OWN time and money! The views and opinions expressed on this blog are truly my OWN.