“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” – Paul Prudhomme
This small and humble eatery with a bright yellow banner and a panda face logo located in a busy lane in Lokhandwala, Andheri West run by two partners Yash and Sachet, has been standing tall since the last one and a half years.
Panda represents South East Asia while the term ‘Go’ emphasizes on QSR (Quick service restaurant) concept which specializes in take away or home delivery. While this eatery offers Asian cuisine and fusion food deriving it’s origins from Burmese, Chinese, Indonesian, Singaporean, Vietnamese, Malaysian and some Indian street food as well, in no way does the Indo-Chinese served here resemble the ones served at most other chinese restaurants in Mumbai dishing out food drowned in a variety of unnecessary “Chindian” spicy sauces or food containing MSG, Agino Moto or any other added colour.
This is a typical take away place which does not have a decor or ambiance whatsoever, but just a few bright coloured tables and chairs placed outside and a few chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling as an extension to the air conditioned kitchen. So, it would be unfair to judge this place on the basis on ambiance. Even when you dine-in, your food is served to you in simple, convenient and fuss-free take away boxes, along with plastic cutlery and paper napkins.
This Indo – pan asian fusion dish comprised of thin wedges of potato dressed in an yummilicious sweet and tangy sauce with a little bit of a spicy aftertaste, some curry leaves and garlic. Superb!
Singaporean Baida Roti – Chicken
This was again an Indo-Malaysian fusion dish comprising of roti canai (an Indian influenced Malaysian flat bread)coated with eggs and stuffed with a spicy filling of chicken kheema, i.e., minced chicken and served with a dipping curry sauce made fresh in the house. Yummmm!
Singaporean Baida Roti -Paneer
This was the vegetarian version of the Indo-Malaysian fusion dish where the chicken kheema was replaced by minced cottage cheese and served again with the same dipping curry sauce. Well done!
Sloppy Joe Chicken
Long regular bread loaves were stuffed so generously with an absolutely lip smacking delicious mixture of spicy chicken kheema and oodles of mayonnaise. This was served along with a side of crispy french fries and ketchup. WOW! This American – Asian fusion totally took us by surprise!
Asian Noodle Croquettes
These were delicious breadcrumb fried rolls with a perfectly crispy exterior stuffed with noodles, chilli, spring onions and oodles of cheese giving it a slight Indian touch. This one was again served with a sauce made in the house. Brilliant!
Thai – Chi Spring Roll Chicken
Just as the name suggests, this dish was a Thai and Chinese fusion comprising of crispy fried savoury rolls stuffed with tender and juicy chicken, shredded cabbage and some cheese. The dish with it’s non-spiced ingredients and their pure unaltered flavours totally won our taste buds! This one was served along with some honey chilli sauce and tomato ketchup. Superbly done!
Twisted Asian Omelette
This was the restaurant’s innovation of the famed Indian masala omelette.The classic Masala omelette preparation was stuffed with perfectly cooked fried rice and the edges of the omelette were sealed. This one was served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. Amazing! Never really had I thought of such a combination.
Honeyed Chilli Chicken Pot Rice
What a delicious end to our meal here! This one comprised of juicy chicken with a crispy fried exterior served along with rice cooked in sticky honey, chilli and ginger sauce in a bowl imparting an initially sweet flavour with a mind bogglingly spicy after taste. Nailed it!
The hospitality is very warm and welcoming. The co-owner Yash was a wonderful host who not only answered all our questions and queries so very patiently but also didn’t refrain from giving us his insights on the individual dishes as they arrived on the table. For a QSR, the service is expected to be very swift. Though the first few dishes were served to us really fast, the service slowed down a bit as the evening progressed. It didn’t seem to bother us as clicking pictures of the food and talking to the owner kept us occupied, but it can be a matter of concern for someone who’s there for a quick hunger satisfying meal.
The portion sizes of the dishes served here are huge, and the food is undoubtedly lip smacking delicious. So, the pricing for such delicious and tummy satisfying meals here is no doubt a steal! This is definitely one of those places in Mumbai where you can walk out of, without damaging the wallets.
Food quality – 4.5/5
Food quantity – 4.8/5
Ambiance – 3.5/5
Service – 3.8/5