Shaila Phase’s Homely food, joshi sanitarium (on the lane between Behind Maharaja Hotel and Hari International Hotel, Gavliwada, Lonavala, Maharashtra)


In a nutshell
A must visit hidden gem that serves YUMM Maharashtrian food that tastes like home cooked.

facade
facade

Address & other details:  Homely foods

Meal for 2: 500 onwards

Cuisine type :  vegetarian & nonvegetarian

Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even one featured / sponsored reviews. YUMMRAJ believes in going to a restaurant in anonymity, as a normal guest, experience everything & give a honest account of the same to you.

bill - proof of payment
bill – 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:

This is not a typical restaurant. This is like an institution. There is no big signage but two small signs with name of eatery written on it.

signage
signage

It looked like a house with a garden, the hind part of which was a kitchen and eating area.

near the entrance
near the entrance

Sitting on the plastic chairs we cud see the open kitchen. It looked very neat and clean.

entry to eating area
entry to eating area

The washrooms were very clean as well.

near the washroom
near the washroom

The menu card was small but focussed.

menu card
menu card

Food was being prepared ( not from scratch) after ordering and hence it was taking time.

dining area
dining area

The person who served is was nice in his own way. Please do not expect hotel management graduates or white glove service. Here you will come across

another dining area
another dining area

Food was being served in Steel cutlery. Food was very very enjoyable

 

peep into the kitchen
peep into the kitchen

All food was like home cooked.

peep into the kitchen 2
peep into the kitchen 2

I wud say it is unmissable for foodies who njoy ‘the real thing’.

garden area
garden area

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

Pomfret fry – we have been spoilt by some of the best and freshest pomfrets from Sassoon dock, since we shifted to mumbai a year back. The pomfret here was not that level but very good.

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The best part of pomfret fry was that it had good amount of spices but the spices were not on the face. Both flavor of fish and flavor of spices made their presence felt. The fish was juicy and very good. Rate it 4.25/5

Pomfret fry
Pomfret fry

Mutton masala was so good, as if home cooked. The meat seemed to be pressure cooked, yet it tasted quite good. The gravy was very flavourful and excellent to taste. Rate it 4.25/5

Mutton masala
Mutton masala
Mutton masala
Mutton masala

Kolambi (prawn) masala was very good. The gravy was just too good – perfect in balance of taste. Kokum added flavor. So did the other spices. Prawns were very good as well. Loved the simplicity of the dish. Rate it 4.5/5

Kolambi (prawn) masala
Kolambi (prawn) masala

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Chicken dry was outstanding. It had a strong taste and flavours of spices. Loved the aroma of the curry. Rate it 4.5/5

Chicken dry
Chicken dry
Chicken dry
Chicken dry

We enjoyed all this with home like atta fulka rotis.

Chaas was served without seasoning. Our server suggested that we add salt. We did. It was excellent. Loved the fermented feel and hence the natural souring. Rate it 4.5/5. Suggest that those who hv never had the real village chaas, try a sip b4 ordering for everyone

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They do not serve any dessert.

Overall rating of food averages out to 4.4/5

Wud love to revisit & try the other dishes.

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