31 years of soulful taste
- Pankaj Athawale
Mumbai - Mumbai is a city of dreams. It also has its share of tasty food joints, but seldom do we find restaurants serving authentic Maharashtrian cuisine.
We caught up with one such joint which has completed 31 years of soulful serving right in the heart of the city's Marathi stronghold.
Located in central Mumbai opposite the iconic Shiv Sena Bhavan, Aaswad is know for its exquisite Marathi dishes - Kothimbir Vadi, Thalipith, Piyush, Misal and much more.
We caught up with Aaswad owner Suryakant Sarjoshi, who took us through the 31 year journey.
Back then, Sarjoshi's father started the joint with the aim of popularising and serving Maharashtrian food. Aaswad was inaugurated by Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. Since then, Aaswad has seen Mumbai change, but it has still maintained the rich and authentic aroma and taste of its dishes.
Maharashtrian food is tasty, healthy and nutritious. As we enter Aaswad, we can feel the aroma of incense which makes you feel that you are in a temple for a pious filling meal.
Suryakant Sarjoshi has been one of the few Marathi entrepreneurs who expanded operations beyond the parent branch. Aaswad has gone on to establish branches at Ghatkopar and at the city's international airport at Sahar as well.
Aaswad will be shifting in a few months due to redevelopment, but it promises to continue being in the locality it has always been and promises to be back at its original place, in a bigger and better avatar. We can't wait for our Kothimbir Wadi!