Of a happy lunch at Agashiye

This post is because I am missing a full-bodied Gujarati thali now, mostly thanks to the delectable aam ras that would definitely be a part of it at this time of year. It is about a hearty meal I had with my parents at Agashiye, in Ahmedabad, the last time I visited the city.

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The restaurant in question, Agashiye, is a part of House of MG, a boutique hotel located bang in the middle of the bustling Lal Darwaza area of Ahmedabad. The House of MG used to be the home of a Sheth Mangaldas Girdhardas (MG in short), a Gujarati textile magnate. This sprawling house, an extremely beautiful property at that, dates back to 1924. In the 2000s, the house was revamped and converted into a hotel, including a snack bar, a restaurant i.e. Agashiye, a sales area, and rooms for accommodating guests.

The rooms at House of MG
The rooms at House of MG
The snack bar at House of MG
The snack bar at House of MG

‘Agashiye’ means ‘on the terrace’ in Gujarati, and the restaurant gets its name due to the terrace seating it offers to its patrons. On its large open-air terrace, meals are served on traditional rope cots laid with cosy cushions. If you are not too keen on eating on a terrace, you can choose to partake of your meal in one of the formal, closed dining rooms of the restaurant, too. A dining room is what we chose – it was too hot! – and ended up completely overwhelmed by the wonderful meal served.

The airy dining area on the terrace
The airy dining area on the terrace
Ceiling decorations in the terrace area
Ceiling decorations in the terrace area

Like all Gujarati thalis, the Agashiye thali too stuffs you to the gills. There are straight-off-the-pan phulka rotis doused with ghee, a variety of pickles and traditional curries, home-made white butter, chaats, buttermilk, some Gujarati snacks and sweets included. Eat as much as you can, and wash it all down with fresh home-made ice cream and a paan beeda! The thali here is priced slightly higher than that in other local restaurants, but I would say it is totally worth it, for the food and the wonderful ambience of the place.

The entrance to Agashiye
The entrance to Agashiye

As much as the food in Agashiye is lovely, the decor is lovely too, surely worth a mention here. Be it the ceiling decorations depicting various Indian gods and goddesses in the terrace area, the reclining Ganesha outside the dining rooms, the stained glass windows, the pretty pavements leading to the restaurant, the fragrant marigold-and-rose filled urns adorning the entrance to the restaurant, or the huge stone tortoise that seems to be guarding the place, every piece is tasteful and has been chosen with extreme care.

The reclining Ganesha
The reclining Ganesha
The stone turtle at the entrance to the restaurant
The stone turtle at the entrance to the restaurant
A flower-filled urn used as a decoration
A flower-filled urn used as a decoration

A meal in Agashiye is definitely a must-have experience whenever you are in Ahmedabad. Don’t miss visiting!

PS: In case you are wondering, there are no pictures of the food because the three of us were too busy hogging to click any. 🙂

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22 thoughts on “Of a happy lunch at Agashiye

  1. I just went through your blog on Agashiye’s food. I have been there twice and incidently wrote a blog last month. Its available on my url, jitendrakatha.wordpress.com
    I have found your style of writing and usage of pictures impressive. Hope to see more from you.

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  2. My husband and I went here for a light dinner of chat and snacks when we had been to Ahmedabad last year. I loved the ambiance and the food. We just walked in because it happened to be closest to where we were at dinner time. I had no idea about its history then 🙂

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  3. i think they have put in a lot for the interiors.. i am sure the food too must be really good.. i generally select place with good ambiance with good food.. this is certainly my kind of place.. 🙂

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  4. Been there once and loved it!!!!
    There are so many joints in Ahmedabad that one HAS to go that you need at least 15 days to cover all of them!!!

    Vishala / Cafe Upper Crust/ Swati Snacks/ Mirch Masala/ Tomatos / Zodiac / Gordhan Thal / Rajwadu / Cellad Eatery (my personal fav)/ TGB / Bermies (a quaint restaurant at Panjrapole, u must visit)/ Sankalp!!!!

    Gosh I can go on & on!!!

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    1. TGND, I love this Agashiye too. Been there scores of times during Mint’s MBA days. It was a regular for us each time I visited him on campus.

      And Smita, I almost jumped in excitement when I heard the mention of those names.. Vishala, Upper Crust, Swati Snacks, Mirch Masala, Tomatoes, Gordhan Thal, Rajwadu.. I miss them terribly! I was so excited to hear them being mentioned by somebody else.

      Another name I’ll add to this list is ‘Souq’. They have great Mediterranean food. Sigh.. I miss Ahmedabad.

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  5. Oooohhhh wonderful…I havent heard of this one earlier..should tell the bro 🙂 I was just going to ask for the food pics..so your disclaimer in place :):)

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