Friday, July 29, 2016

I'm Lion, Strictly Non-veg

I'm Lion, Strictly Non-veg

Take a drive around the city & you'd find many a restaurants claiming to be 'Pure Veg' but do you recollect of one which proudly claims to serve just Non-veg?

In a lane leading towards DSK Raanwara in Bawdhan is 'I'm Lion' owned & run by young Chef Ameya Madkaikar, Ameya has the audacity to claim that his place is 'Strictly Non-Veg'! When we asked Ameya about why is his place is named so, the quirky fellow replied 'kyunki Sher (Lion) kabhi Ghaas nahi khaata!'

I'm Lion specializes in Goan & Manglorian cuisine & does a good job at it. Sea-food is their USP & having visited the Lion's Den, as it's fondly referred to as by regulars, multiple times I've always had a great experience with the quality & freshness of the catch that Ameya serves.

The Kori Sukka, which is Manglorian styled Suka Chicken, Chicken Cafreal, Kolambi (Prawn) Masala Fry & Surmai Rawa Fry are my personal favorites in starters here.

I'm Lion does lipsmacking Seafood Thaalis with the option to choose between Pomfret, Surmai (King Fish), Rawas (Indian Salmon), Prawns, Bombil (Bombay Duck) & Bangda. The Thaali consists of Fried Fish of choice, a bowl of Prawn Curry (which is common across all Fish Thaalis), 3 Chapatis or Neer Dosa (paper thin, soft dosas, highly recomended), plain Rice & Sol Kadhi.

If you're not carrying the appetite for a Thaali, I'm Lion also serves the coastal staple of Fish Curry Rice, with the option to choose between all the above mentioned varieties of fish cooked in Goan or Manglorian Curry served with Rice. The Prawn Curry Rice & Bangada Curry Rice are my choice in this segement.

Another must try here is Kombadi/ Mutton Wade, which basically is a slightly spicy Chicken/ Mutton Curry served with Wade which is a cousin of the Poori made using Multigrain flour & a bit of seasoning; very few places manage to make good Wade, I'm Lion makes excellent ones! This is a great one-dish meal.

Mutton Keema with Neer Dosa again is a speciality of the house & a very well made dish. If you're a bit adventurous do ask for Crab Masala, this is cooked in a Konkani Masala, shed your inhibitions & get all messy with the crabs on your plate! You've to be lucky though if looking for Crabs or Tisrya (Clams) as these aren't always available.

They don't have a very extensive dessert menu & neither am I a big fan of desserts, I'm however told by my foodie-buddies time & again that they do an excellent Chocolate Mud Pie. On our last visit here we were served Lion's take on the Serradura,  though quiet unlike the classic Serradura, was a treat to the senses indeed.

What I love about the food at I'm Lion is that their food has the touch of home cooked food. All the masalas used in their preparations, Ameya tells us, are home ground. The place, though very tiny, is immensely clean & personal attention to all details & suggestions by Ameya while ordering food to suit your palate makes it a favourite eating place.

It's recomended that you call & reserve a table in advance. Being a small place be prepared to wait for your turn, the wait, I'm sure, would be worthwhile.

Please Note: THURSDAY is their weekly off.

Address: U10, 1st Floor, Navkar Avenue, DSK Raanwara Lane, near Axis Bank, Bavdhan

Phone: 020 30162247

Ambience: 3.5 / 5
Food Quality: 4.5 / 5
Service: 4 / 5
Novelty: 3 / 5
Overall Experience: 4.5 / 5

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