“You may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg.” – Anonymous
ABOUT THE BRAND:
Yash Thakkar, along with 3 other partners, started Andamental – The Express Café in the year 2016. Now, they have two outlets in Andheri and are planning to open a few more by 2018. The name is to signify that they specialize in eggs (Anda in Hindi) and that their food is sure to pacify the hunger pangs of eggetarians or people who are crazy (or mental) about eggs! Moreover, they are functional till 3.30 AM every day – catering predominantly to corporate clientele and late night eaters. Apart from the variety of egg preparations on their menu, they also have a wide variety of vegetarian and tandoori dishes to offer.
The glass doors open into a small area with bright yellow and grey coloured interiors. The open kitchen allows you a sneak peak at the food being prepared for you. A flight of stairs on the right lead you to the raised dining section with a minimal seating capacity, housing just four small round tables and a few bright yellow chairs.
The plenty of grated cheese in the Andamental Ghotala quite effectively toned down the spiciness of the egg curry, yet rendered it a deliciously tangy-sweet flavour.
The Paneer & Anda Curry containing plenty of cushiony soft paneer cubes and halved boiled eggs turned out to be an absolutely creamy and spicy treat!
Cheese Anda Baida Roti was a soft and supple egg baida roti stuffed with plenty of onions, green bell peppers, chillies and copious amounts of cheese. A MUST-have for all the cheese lovers out there!
China Town Anda Roll was definitely for the ones who love the typical Indo-Chinese preparations – yet another supple egg and roti roll stuffed with a spicy and tangy, only overly greasy mixture of eggs, crunchy and fresh veggies and noodles.
Spanish Omelette, on the other hand, was quite an average preparation of eggs, plenty of cheese, potato slices and other veggies like olives, onions, mushrooms, parsley, etc. In my opinion, it could have been thicker with some more potatoes. On the contrary, the abundance of other veggies quite effectively overpowered the subtle earthy flavour of potatoes in this one.
Tandoori Paneer Roulade comprised of thin, cushiony soft slices of cottage cheese (paneer) stuffed with spinach. The Paneer was simply tandoored to perfection without affecting its texture, but aptly imparting it some faint smoky undertones. The paneer and its marinade quite effectively masked the natural bitterness of the spinach stuffed within, the result of which even a spinach-hater would have enjoyed this dish!
The Sesame Crusted Stuffed Tandoori Aloo was a mind-boggling delicacy again, owing to the sesame seeds that further escalated the crunchiness of the battered crust of the tandoored potatoes revealing mesmerizing smoky notes in every bite as well as the rustic flavour of the mashed mixture of crumbled paneer and potatoes stuffed within them.
The Cheese Garlic Naan aptly letting out delicate pungent undertones and nutty flavour of garlic was stuffed generously with cheese to render it a very soft and supple texture and was too good to eat on its own! Needless to say, that it could effortlessly be manipulated into bite sized morsels and it also paired extremely well with the Andamental Ghotala.
The Masala Kulcha generously stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes, revealed a flavour similar to that of the stuffing in the Sesame crusted stuffed tandoori aloo and could again be effortlessly torn into bite sized pieces. This one well complemented the Paneer & Anda Curry, but could again be had on its own too.
The service was warm, welcoming, courteous and friendly. The food arrived on the table at a reasonably good speed too.
Except for the omelette, everything else that we sampled turned out to be a unique and delicious treat; their egg-less North Indian fare being no exception to that either. Moreover, their exceptionally well cooked Indian breads further won them brownie points! These, according to me, could be the reasons why this eatery continues to flourish in this competitive restaurant scene in our city; of course, even the strategic location of the outlet right outside Azad Nagar metro station also plays a vital role.
Food Quality – 4/5
Food Quantity – 4/5
Ambience – 2.5/5
Service – 4/5