I bumped into my junior college friend Shruti the other day at the railway station. It’s been 10 years since our days together at College, but she had not changed a bit. She seemed like the same Gujarati soft spoken shy girl whom I had known and we had been really close those years until I had moved out of Mumbai. I specifically remember those days in the college canteen. Shruti was pure veg and I was pure non-veg. She couldn’t tolerate the smell of non-veg food, and could never eat in a place that served such food and so we used to go to veg joints together. It was a compromise I don’t regret one bit. We had fun together, hanging out after college, munching on veg pizzas and masala dosas, and spent hours together chatting. So meeting her brought back a lot of pleasant memories. Reminiscing about those days made me wonder whether it was the veg diet that I was on for those two years that helped me stay slim and fit.
Thus, it came as no surprise that when we decided to meet up for dinner, she decided on a veg place in Charkop. The place is called “Mothers food corner” and it is a small eating joint. I had to look for this restaurant, cause it is not an eye catching joint, the ambiance isnt greta at all and unless you have come here before, you will miss seeing it when passing through. Mothers food corner looks like any roadside restaurant that you may have come across in your college days. The outward appearance of the place will mislead you into thinking that the best thing that could come out of their kitchen would likely be some ussal pav or samosa. In fact it reminded me so much of our college canteen it took me back 10 years when I sat there with her. While we sat there exchanging stories here is what unfolded on our table.
First up were French fries and the 5000 rice. The french fries were a twist to the conventional taste and make the Mc Donald’s fries seem like a waste of money. Their freshly cut potato wedges were a crispy delight dusted with salt n pepper and make for a worthy hors d’oeuvre. I have no idea why the 5000 rice was called so, but if you love a good triple schezuan fried rice, this will take you a few notches higher. Three differently flavoured and coloured rice with an abundant Manchurian mushroom and baby corn gravy is definitely a unique concept. And this does not disappoint. Make sure you have help to finish off this dish cause the portion is huge and was more than enough for the two of us. This was followed by the Paneer Chilly Herb Toast. Here the toast was crisp and fresh, and the balanced mix of jalapenos & chillies vs the rather bland paneer is a win-win continental choice.
Next we ordered the Cheese corn pan pizza. This regular sized pizza was fluffy with a thin crisp base, loaded with corn on a bed of cheese. Overall a typical margherita pizza, but for half the price of what I’ve shelled out at pizzerias. Our host then suggested some unique drinks – a Mango Cooler and a Pink passion. The mango cooler was made of fresh mangoes while the contents of pink passion seemed a mystery, probably tomato juice or passion fruit or both mixed with guava, but these drinks were thankfully devoid of artificial sweetness adding healthy points to our meal.
The nostalgic evening culminated in a desert which was a first for me. Brownie Samosas are an off-the-menu specialty which we got an opportunity to try out. Small, compact samosas loaded with brownie cake and decorated with chocolate sauce is something I have not even heard of, let alone see. They were delicious, brownies being my favourite, and I am craving for more even as I write this. After 3 hours of feasting on this sumptuous feast and giggling over our good old college days we parted ways promising to keep in touch.
I also carried a parcel of chopper rice with gravy for my boys at home. I have two under five boys who shun exotic food and are the happiest with just a simple meal. These two children who can never be satisfied by anything less than egg fried rice gobbled down the veg fried rice equally fast. I had been really concerned about whether they would eat it, but they did it, and did it well. The gravy is a bit spicy so they didn’t have that but the combination with the rice was good! Though I am not a fan of veg food, I now have a new favourite eating out place on my list.
A week later I ordered home some of Mother’s food corner specialties like dry Manchurian (was very spicy for me but yummy), garlic bread with cheese which was tasty, chilly garlic noodles- they were delicious, and exotic pizza.
So do try out this place and you will relish the dishes.
Here are some pics.