Gurukripa leaves the stereotype of the typical Udupi restaurants down in the dust. It has a classy ambiance with artistically finished walls. The indoors are further divided into a main area and three private rooms upstairs on the mezzanine floor. The main area has a typical restropub feel to it and feels real cozy. There is a proper bar counter with an experienced bartender as well. Methinks, it lived well up to its name, Gurukripa (God's Grace).
With a little chatter and banter, the group decided to have some grog and appetizers.
Captain : Sweet and thick.
Crewmate : Tangy and smooth.
Captain. Yes...Hey wait ! Did you take a sip of me drink?
To Conclude, I feel that Gurukripa is quite a great place to get your grog fix.
Moving on to the appetizers.
Captain : I never knew you could make such a tasty thing with good ol ghee.
Crewmate : This is like a sea of flavors.
Captain : And we are on a quest to find them all.
Filled with my share of appetizers, I moved to the mains.
These Neer dosas or rice batter dosas were soft melt in your mouth types. They had a shiny appearance which made them appear a tad bit oily but I felt that this was an optical illusion.
Captain : What if I told you that lentil brown dosas are not the only ones in existence?
Crewmate : Then, I would ask you to stop playing your Morpheus routine with me.
Nonetheless, it went great with the Neer Dosa. I would like to thank our server Rajendra for recommending this excellent combination.
Dive your spoon into this sweet sea of sundaeness and treat yourself to a truly divine dessert.
Captain : Deep within the sea of ice cream lies the fabled red jelly.
Crewmate : But as you travel towards the bottom you also find semi sunken treasures in fruity forms.
Captain : And as you rise back to the top, you see a magnificent wafer standing grand like a lighthouse.
Crewmate : I reckon that we both should be high on dessert at the same time Cappy.
The service was excellent and it was nice to know a server who was well informed on the menu. Our group felt like a bunch of lost musicians who desperately needed a conductor. Our server Rajendra fit well into that role guiding us with the house specials and flavor combinations.
Gurukripa's pricing could be slightly more than the traditional Udupi joints but then it also provides a superior standard. Its pricing I feel is equivalent to most North Indian/Mughlai type restaurants in Mumbai. I did feel however that the non alcholic drinks were expensive in comparison to other restropubs. In terms of the whole experience, I feel the prices do well.
To wrap this up, I will say that Gurukripa is definitely one of the better South Indian eateries in Mumbai. Its humble name may put off stylish connoisseurs but if you are one for the food then march straight away to dine at Gurukripa.
The Captain's Score : 7/10
"All right lads, the ship wont sail by itself. Time to raise the anchor and venture back into the ocean's mist."
55, Thunga Village,
Saki Vihar Road,
Phone : 022 28578763
-Me and a few food friends were invited to visit the establishment-