Ever since I found out that Bikaji had opened up shop, I was itching to take my family out for some chaat and fun time together. I'd heard that their pani-puri errr gol-guppe is served Delhi style. So I headed out to Bikaji with my clan this evening hoping for a pleasant and nostalgic experience. You see, I've spent about 6 months living in Delhi and have feasted on chaat and gol-guppe during my stay there. When I moved to Mumbai I tried many places including Kailash Parbat and Elcos, but found that the pani-puri is served Mumbai style, not Delhi style. There is a difference. Don't ask me what it is, but it is there.
Anyway, we reached there at about 9.30 pm. There was no valet, but a guy in security uniform instructed me to park on the other side of the road. The cars on the Bikaji side of the road were parked haphazardly. The outside scene was chaotic and there was no valet service. Lost one star.
Once we reached inside, we realized that the place was packed to the brim with people and the scene was utterly chaotic. The place is self-service only. There were people running around with plates of food ~ probably ferrying it to their respective tables, shouting and a general hullabaloo. Obviously, no one followed any queue mechanism. He who shouted the loudest, got served first.
After we fought our battle of ordering food and then shouting for it to be delivered we took it outside the restaurant where the rest of the family was waiting. There were no tables vacant on either of the two floors. It's not that they don't have space. The space is plenty, but it's poorly managed. Some of the people were even having their food standing. Lost the second star.
The food was good. While the pani puri and the dahi-bhalla were a notch above Kailash Parbat's, the rest of the stuff was okay. The plain dosa was also good. We tried the following - bhelpuri, papdi-chaat, dahi-puri, pani-puri, dahi-bhalla and dosa.
The three stars that I am giving this place are for the food. The service (or the lack of it) cost them two stars.