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Restaurant Review: Sernyaa

Oshiwara and now Malad are home to Mumbai’s (only?) Tibetan restaurant. Sernyaa, which means ‘goldfish’, is sure to be a hit with vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. Owned by a sweet, old man popularly known as Uncle John, Sernyaa has laidback service and very few tables. The extensive menu boasts of plenty of authentic Tibetan dishes and Chinese food (which you should skip), and your horoscope according to the Chinese calendar (pretty accurate, I must say!).

The decor is minimalistic and tasteful, and the feng shui vibe certainly plays a role in Sernyaa‘s calm ambience. Inside this little hole-in-the-wall eatery, you are cut off from the noise of the outside world. Uncle John will come up to you every now and then to ask if you like the food and are feeling comfortable. We love the food and are totally comfy.

We discovered Sernyaa this year and have been there several times, each time trying new dishes – all of them excellent. It is now a norm; we have a soup and a starter and then the main course. For the carnivores: Fish, prawns, chicken and lamb are on the menu, and those without silly religious hang-ups can ask for pork and beef. My dear vegetarians and vegans,  please don’t suffer paneer-based ‘authentic’ Tibetan cuisine; the menu is loaded with thrilling vegetarian fare and tofu-based dishes – you’ll have to visit Sernyaa some twenty times just to taste everything. Tibetan food, by the way, kicks the living shit out of Chinese food – it’s tastier and doesn’t attack your system.

Sernyaa was an instant hit with us and has become the place we run to when in doubt; it’s a gem of a restaurant where every dish is a delight.

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26 Responses to “Restaurant Review: Sernyaa”


  1. April 10, 2011 at 08:43

    I Wholeheartedly agree!! Absolutely LOVE the momos and thukpa they serve… I’d tasted it first in Ladakh and had craving pangs after getting back to the city. Sernyaa brought that experience back onto my plate!! LOVE the food there!! And I also agree about Tibetan food being better than Chinese…

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  2. April 10, 2011 at 08:53

    Sernyaa is (or rather, used to be) one of those best kept Andheri secrets, my brother and I used to eat there at any possible opportunity. It’s become popular now, and I must say the quality of the food has dropped noticeably. It’s still great place, and I still love the food, though. The old, almost disorientingly friendly uncle at the counter is boss.

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  3. April 10, 2011 at 09:16

    I need to try this place

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  4. 7 ashank
    April 10, 2011 at 09:29

    absolutely! momos out there are the best ive ever had.

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  5. 9 Animesh
    April 16, 2011 at 13:11

    So, where is this place, exactly? Directions will be appreciated!

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  6. 11 Anonymous
    July 9, 2011 at 20:25

    I Mehboob patel staying in malad, I visited to (Sernyaa)in chincholi malad link rd along with my wife 2 months before. I checked there menu i doesn’t found the pork in it. As i Muslim i never had food in the restaurant where they serve pork, i and my wife ask there waiter to reconfirm the same the waiter said they don’t serve pork. So visited so many time as we like there food. But on 5th July i and my wife visited there store and enjoying our dinner suddenly we heard the table behind me placing order for pork. I checked there menu again i don’t found the pork in it. I ask the waiter who taken the order for pork. He said we don’t serve but the customers who ask for it we make and give it to them. That make me to think on it i ask him how they maintain in the kitchen where they have different system to make it, That server stand unanswered and start running to attend the other guest, I ask him to show me the kitchen but he start neglecting me, I enter in the kitchen and found the cook cutting pork in the same wooden cutter where he had cut and kept the chicken with same knife and another cook frying pork and chicken in same Kadai fill with hot oil. I ask them whether they have different vessels and place to keep no one answer. I checked there frozen freezer where they kept meat material and found pork kept in open t shirt bag on the open cut chicken. They doesn’t have any hygienic system in there kitchen found spoiled lamp and chicken meat in there freezer. I call police and my friends we taken to them near by police station and log a complaint. But noting happen. The people who dont eat pork do not go to his restaurant. This people are not keep value for the other religions.

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  7. 12 mehboob
    July 9, 2011 at 20:26

    I Mehboob patel staying in malad, I visited to (Sernyaa)in chincholi malad link rd along with my wife 2 months before. I checked there menu i doesn’t found the pork in it. As i Muslim i never had food in the restaurant where they serve pork, i and my wife ask there waiter to reconfirm the same the waiter said they don’t serve pork. So visited so many time as we like there food. But on 5th July i and my wife visited there store and enjoying our dinner suddenly we heard the table behind me placing order for pork. I checked there menu again i don’t found the pork in it. I ask the waiter who taken the order for pork. He said we don’t serve but the customers who ask for it we make and give it to them. That make me to think on it i ask him how they maintain in the kitchen where they have different system to make it, That server stand unanswered and start running to attend the other guest, I ask him to show me the kitchen but he start neglecting me, I enter in the kitchen and found the cook cutting pork in the same wooden cutter where he had cut and kept the chicken with same knife and another cook frying pork and chicken in same Kadai fill with hot oil. I ask them whether they have different vessels and place to keep no one answer. I checked there frozen freezer where they kept meat material and found pork kept in open t shirt bag on the open cut chicken. They doesn’t have any hygienic system in there kitchen found spoiled lamp and chicken meat in there freezer. I call police and my friends we taken to them near by police station and log a complaint. But noting happen. The people who dont eat pork do not go to his restaurant. This people are not keep value for the other religions.

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    • July 10, 2011 at 00:32

      They shouldn’t hide the fact that they serve beef and pork. They serve it on the sly to ensure Hindus and Muslims aren’t offended, but people eventually find out.

      I’m also not very thrilled to hear they keep spoiled meat around.

      Thanks for letting people know this, Mehboob. Have you been to KongPoush? It’s Kashmiri cuisine – lots of mutton – I’m sure you and your wife will love it.

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