Shree Thaker bhojanalaya (Daffaram Lal Marg, Moti Wala Chawl, Grant Road, Mumbai)


In a nutshell:

A decades old eatery that serves YUMM Gujarati vegetarian food.

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Address & other details:  Shree Thaker bhojanalaya

facebook page: shree thaker

Meal for 2: 1000 onwards

Cuisine type :  vegetarian

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Receipt - proof of payment
Receipt – proof of payment

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short description – in case u r in a hurry:

As we entered the restaurant, we found 2 generations sitting at the counter near the entrance – the eler person seemed to be a nonagenarian (maybe octagenerian as well). Everyone from the owner to all the staff welcomed us with a smile with genuine warmth.

busy street in front of restaurant
busy street in front of restaurant

The first floor dining place had two sections, a general one and an enclosed one.

As we reached the table, we found the typical huge thali steel plate with small steel bowls placed in it.

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The guys serving us made sure they gave 1-2 tablespoons of each item and they were happily coming back with a smile as many times to repeat. I think it was a good idea and it ensured people were not wasting food.

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A floor manager was constantly monitoring the tables and was making sure people do not wait for long.

Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:

Garlic chutney was smooth and full of nice garlicky flavor. Rate it 4.5/5

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Green chutney, garlic chutney, imli chutney

Green chutney was good but not outstanding. Rate it 3.5/5

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Sweet and sour imli chutney was tangy and chatpata. Rate it 4.5/5

Dhokla was better than the usual variety, was not soft, not watery. It was coarse and nice, yet not as good as the ones we had at Das Khaman House Ahmedabad. Rate it 4/5.

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Dhokla and Dal Vada

Daal Vada was tiny and round in shape. These were crisp outside and soft inside. Loved the flavours of daal. Rate it 4.25/5

Veg Pakoda was good to taste. It had a veggie filling that was a bit dryish and did not particularly taste of anything. The outer layer was crisp and nice. Rate it 3.5/5.

Veg Pakoda
Veg Pakoda

Dal baati was simple and soul satisfying. The daal was simple, had full flavours of daal and spices. The baati was good. Rate it 4/5.

Dal Baati
Dal Baati

Mogri (a veggie) was simply sautéed sans any masalas but very nice to eat. Rate it 4.25/5.

Mogri
Mogri

Masala Bhujia with peanuts was robust and it hit the senses in every bite. Loved the punch and balance of taste. Rate it 4.5/5.

Masala Bhujia
Masala Bhujia

Assorted breads – all the breads were delicious and they were served with a dollop of ghee. Specially liked the rotla. Rate these 4.5/5

Sev and tori curry was too good. Tori (a water filled veggie) was amazing amongst a lovely curry with sev (crispies made of lentil paste). Rate it 4.75/5

Sev and tori curry
Sev and tori curry

Aloo subzi was very good as well. Loved the flavours of the masalas and the balance of taste. Rate it 4.5/5

Aloo subzi
Aloo subzi

Flower subzi (cauliflower ) – yes, the guy said ‘flower subzi’. I was expecting some exotic fish made from some flower. But it turned out to b cauliflower. Loved it. Rate it 4.25/5

Flower subzi
Flower subzi

Mothh Ki sabzi was excellent. It had an achari feel to it. The mothh was very well cooked. Rate it 4.5/5

Mothh Ki sabzi
Mothh Ki sabzi

Kadhi was outstanding. Perfect in all ways. Rate it 4.75/5

Kadhi
Kadhi

Daal (arhar) was simple and had great flavours of daal as well as jeera and good flavourful ghee. It was thick and Yumm. I had several helpings. Rate it 4.75/5

Daal
Daal

Chaanch was robust, thick and very enjoyable. Rate it 4.5/5

Chaanch
Chaanch

Fruit custard was thick and very good. It had good amount of fresh fruits. Rate it 4/5

Fruit custard
Fruit custard

Shrikhand was probably the best I have ever had. Intense, thick, amazing texture, mind blowing balance of sweet and sour and unbelievably YUMM. Rate it 4.95/5

Shrikhand
Shrikhand

Gajar ka halwa was very good. Enjoyed the flavours of gajar and the subtle flavour of milk. I have surely had much better in Chandni Chowk Delhi, especially Giani’s di Hatti. Rate this dish 4/5.

Gajar ka halwa
Gajar ka halwa

Gulab jamun (made inhouse) was another marvel. Very few places make the real, authentic gulab jamun – dense texture, less porous, firm, flavours of good ghee, a center with pistachios etc, all in a very thick syrup. A pinch of salt that they added did wonders to the balance the unidirectional sweetness. Rate it 4.75/5

Gulab jamun
Gulab jamun

Overall rating of Shree Thakar Bhojanalaya averages out to 4.34/5

Wud surely revisit.

 

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