We laced up our cricket shoes and headed straight for Sachin's, an eatery promoted by none other than cricket's little master Sachin Tendulkar.
Nestled in a corner of the sprawling Nirmal Lifestlyes mall at Mulund, in north-central Mumbai, this grub joint is aimed at giving Sachin's "not necessarily affluent" fans an insight into his culinary preferences (those from the other end of the spectrum are quite well serviced by Tendulkar's at Colaba, in south Mumbai).
The picket fenced entry gives it a county cricket ground feel. And so does the fully equipped cricket net, quite aptly named Mini Lord's. It is particularly useful to keep the kids off your hair while waiting for a table.
Speaking of waiting, trying to get a table is like waiting in queue to buy a ticket to an India-Pakistan match in the mid-Nineties. Twenty minutes is but minimum.
Once in, the space will blow you away. Although there is an afterthought that maybe more tables could have been accommodated in the vacant space.
Cricket balls adorn an entire wall and are also filled up in enclosed counters around the pillars.
There is a Did You Know wall that displays a pictographical chronology of events that moulded the young lad from Shivaji Park to the celebrated sportsman that he is today.
There is a large screen playing sports channels (which is quite commonplace these days).
The restaurant boasts of five varieties of Indian food (Mughlai, South Indian, Punjabi, Gujarati and Maharashtrian). But there is not much choice within each of them.
We decided to step into the little master's shoes and stuck to the items in the menu that Sachin usually prefers (marked Sachin's Favourites).
< Click here > to read what we ordered and what we felt.