As a part of our recent road trip, we were to spend one night in Ahmedabad. As it would happen to any tourist we were quite unaware of places serving good Gujarati Thali. So after checking some recommendations on Zomato we decided to visit the one nearest to our hotel and that turned out to be Athiti.
Currency demonetization had happened recently and we were travelling so imagine our horror when the attendant here informed us that they will accept payment only by cash. After some indecisive moments we decided to give in and settled down for what promised to be a plain, no-fuss yet tasty Gujrati meal.
We were here around 8.00 pm and it was not that crowded. The service was fast. In no-time our thalis had those quintessential ‘katories’ (small bowls) filled with different gravies cooked in Gujrati style. Some pieces of khaman and a pappadam gave company to a soft, warm roti. A small samosa and ‘paneer cheela’ were managing the finger-food section within the thali . Crispy malpua and thick basundi were representing the sweet side. And standing guard outside the thali was a glass of buttermilk.
It was a welcome change to taste authentic Gujrati Thali after so long. And we made the most of it. Of all the things which were served I loved the cheela and Malpua the best. Unfortunately we were too full to try khichadi. But going by the other items I am sure even khichadi would be good.
We paid 280/- per thali and walked away with a smile. By the time we were done the place had become crowded and large groups of people were waiting for a table. As this is a typical ‘thali’ serving place it has not much to boast of ambiance. But it is neat and clean. The food is served in hygienic manner. Seating is comfortable. As the owners mean business this cannot be a place to sit for leisurely meals. But if you intend to have a sumptuous, pocket friendly Gujrati thali, definitely be a guest at Athiti.