It continues to be a winner. As the book goes to press, I dash in for a revisit with two high-flying vegetarian gourmets. Poonam and Ajay Shah (who have generations of maharajs in their home kitchens) and they are thrilled with the authentic pure-vegetarian, unlimited Gujarati (there is dal-bati-churma also) here. Brave traffic-choked streets and elbow past stray dogs and grimy, gunny sacks to get to this Gujarati Thali place in the heart of Girgaon. It is worth it because of the superb, piping-hot Gujarati food in cool air-conditioned comfort. A leap from its earlier non-air-conditioned, dusty (but still wonderful) avatar, the first-floor eatery (with regular tables and chairs and no benches) exemplifies the thali experience like a dream sequence. Waiters scamper around at high speed, serving crunchy, airy, soft, moist farsaans, including outstanding dhoklas (including Palak Dhokla). Colourful chutneys dot the thali (superb garlic one) and so do silken Kadhi and delightful Dal. The buttery biscuit, named Bhakri, was as superb as ever and the Puran Poli plump with sweetness. Ghee drizzled on the rice adds to its flavour and the Dal is as mellow as it always was. The menu changes daily. Look for Undhiyu in the winter, Aam Ras in the summer and Khasa Kachori, Dahi Vada as well as Kesar Jalebi anytime. The Regular Thali in Gautam Purohit’s family-run eatery is for Rs.250 on all days, except for Sundays, when it is priced at Rs.350. P.S. Do remember that this Bhojanalay is closed on Sunday evenings.
Review posted within last 6 month
Superb food, Superb service. Love to eat whenever i am in town. No restaurant can match the quality and the effort the management takes to provide nutritious and healthy food.
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Puran poli, Sweet Kadhi, Undiyo
Review posted within last 6 month
Though I am not a Veg Thali person, but Mumbai has such Extraordinary Veg thali places that even a hard core non vegetarian like me would have Nothing but Only Praises for them.
Thakkar Bhojanalay is one among few that surpass all expectations.
I won't be able to remember all the dishes we had but it was a Plethora of Food galore !!
As soon as u enter you are greeted with all broad ear to ear smiles from the waiters and the managers there. The Thali they have is too extravagant with 3-4 varities of farsan, then 3 varities of dry veg, 3-4 varities of wet veg, 2-3 dals (sweet gujju, masala dal and one other which i presume is rajasthani style), then there are 3-4 types of rotis which include phulkas, purees, some masala roti. These rotis are literally poured with ghee and you have to watch carefully before he makes it drenched in pure melting ghee. I allowed just a few drops on mine to which the attendant retorted saying "this wont make you sick, but improve your health" LOLS !!
Water here seems to be optional as they keep on refilling your empty glasses with chaas which wasnt too spicy and can be substituted for water.
Sweets too come like a storm- Puran polis, Gulab jams, srikhand, sheera etc.
I got to know this was a special thali as the regular thali gets 1-2 sweets only...which also is too much i feel after eating so much.
The special Thali comes for a rock bottom price of some Rs. 375 I think. I dunno how they can afford though its all veg, but still the quality and unlimited food and sweets is bit too much for such a throw away price.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
This place caught me by surprise . like Totally .
Decided to try it ..considering it has been winning The Times Food award last 7 years .
Its tough to please a Non vegetarian with good Veg food ..but here i was head over heals with their food .
the moment u enter u are seated in the theme restaurant ..an army of servers will serve u about 15 dishes in the next 1 minute . 6-7 vegetables ..5-6 dals , curd ,snacks , sweets , chaas , some 7 flavours of Rotis , namkeen and lots more .
and if somehow u survive eating all this ...they then come and offer u rice , khichdi and more starters .
Total VFM place . Totally recommend to all Gujjus and Non Gujju's
PRO tip : go there hungry ..dont have breakfast and lunch if possible .
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