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Indori Bhiya - Burrp User

Indori Bhiya

July 27,2016
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best joint.

Have visited this place many a times.. Samrat is one of the best food joints in South Mumbai to serve authentic gujrati thaali.. Food is lip smacking & up to the mark... The best part in the thaali is their khichdi which is a bit different from the ones we usually have at home... Their gulab jamuns r so soft n tasty.. A must try by burbies when they r in town
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Nimu S

March 29,2015
3.8

Amazing Thalli

Pure vegetarian Samrat restaurant located in churchgate is very good for vegetarian people. They have their speciality in thali n also have variety in north Indian food. Ambiance is decent n their service is good and quick. Thali lovers enjoys unlimited food in thali puri,roti,bhakhari ,varieties of different sabji in which aloo sabji n undhiya sabji is just too good, two farsan sweet dish pulao and rice with kadhi and dal. Food is too good u will not stop eating unless your stomach burst out. kulfi is also too good. It is very convenient for college student, specially packed with office people during lunch hours. People also choose this restaurant for birthday party, kitty party, Family get together also.
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Foodosaurus Prachi

January 29,2015
3.4

Classy place

A little bit expensive,but I am a college student so everything is expensive for me (lol).Food is really good, went with a few friends last week and we had the famous Samrat ki Thaali! The ambiance is very nice and often there is a waiting line to get in during holidays. Service is very quick and courteous,just how one would expect. Liked the Thaali a lot,they kept serving till we were all bursting! Food was so good we almost forgot to take a pic but thankfully one of our group members took a pic of his thaali.
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Amrita Singh - Burrp User

Amrita Singh

September 30,2014
3.4

Very good Service.

We had booked this place for a family get together. We were around 12-15 people. The service is really quick. The staff is very nice and courteous. About the ambiance it's pretty amazing. Ratings: Food - 4.5/5 Ambiance - 4/5 Service - 4.5/5 Recommended.
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Shirin Mehrotra - Burrp User

Shirin Mehrotra

February 18,2014
2.0

Pretty average and overpriced

On a Saturday we made a family trip to Marine Drive and planned a Gujarati dinner. We had to choose between Thackers and Samrat and since we've already been to the former we picked the latter.

Samrat is one of the busiest restaurants in Churchgate and gets a lot of crowd over weekends. While they also serve Indian and Continental food they're mostly known for the Gujarati fare. We decided to order their unlimited thali which is priced at Rs 355. The thali came with farsan, aloo subzi, undhiyu, chole, kadhi, amti, roti, thepla, sweet dish etc. We liked the undhiyu but the rest of the dishes were pretty average. The roti were cold and slightly uncooked. The kadhi was so sweet that it felt like eating dessert. Now, Gujaratis do add sugar in their food but it's never meant to overpower the basic taste of the dish. Here everything was just sweet. We also ordered panki - rice flour pancake steamed in banana leaves, they had slightly stale taste and were too thick. Nothing like the thin, soft pankis served at Thackers.

The meal here was pretty disappointing and I won't recommend their thali to anyone. Kadhi khichdi, maybe.
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Divya Kamra

February 13,2014
3.8

Light on pocket, good in tummy!

My father had raved about this place so many times, that when I was in Churchgate, he literally forced me to go here. So on a Saturday night, this was my dinner venue.

This is an all veg restaurant and a newly opened cakes and pastries right outside. It was buzzing with people when we landed here, and till the time we left it was buzzing with people. Got here at around 8:30 and was seated immediately. My father had raved about their Thali, but since we were not in a mood to have anything that heavy, we decided to go for North Indian cuisine. Just so you know, they have street food as well (Dosa, Pav Bhaji's etc)

The service is very good. One of the quickest and friendly service I've come across. :)

So we ordered the following:

1. Masala Papad: Crisp till the last bite. No sogging, and apt amount of delicious masala
2. Paneer lazeez: Indeed lazeez. Though the amount of paneer pieces added could have been on the higher side, but then taste was very good.
3. Dal Tadka- Please do not try this. Only go for it if you like your Dal sweet and thick and sweet (again!)
4, Roti and Naans- In particular, Naan was cooked to perfection.

All this for 800 bucks. yes, I'm pleased to have gone there and returned with a happy and full tummy! :)
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mihirsavla85

February 12,2014
4.0

thali at its best

Someone who wants to sleep after having food then this seems to be the best option.... perfect combination of Gujarati and Marwari thali......... royal service..... multiple options in al-a-carte too....... properly customise according to customer preference and taste.... Had wondeful diwali lunch with the office buddy's. This was our best meal in Mumbai. A true feast. I especially liked the Gobi, the spicy pickle and the dessert, some sort of vanilla, lemony pudding.
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dipakranawat

January 28,2014
4.5

Best Thali I have ever had

Well, to say the least is to say that the best thali I have ever had is at Samrat.
The food, the quality, the service, everything is just top notch. They serve you everything with a lot of love. You feel as if they want to ensure that you have had everything properly. Very homely feeling and great food makes this a must visit place.
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Vaibhav Mehta

August 13,2013
3.0

Thali Samrat

Always had thali and i was never disappointed with the quality, quantity of the food. the desert joint outside 210 deg is also a fantastic place.
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Sameer Agrawal

August 09,2013
4.8

amazing thali

have been to this place many times for gujarati thali. i think the best place for having a thali. fast for the whole day and have a thali in the evening. they will keep serving u and insisting on trying all the dishes in the thali.

apart from the thali in the a la carte menu u have many dishes. all paneer dishes are amazing. and the makai nu shaky if kept for sometime becomes very thick. have it when served and its out of this world.

for alcohol they serve only beer. service is very good. nice and courteous staff.
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JITAL1

August 03,2013
2.3

good thali but costly

worth going if you like thali
costly
i have been going to Samrat for the past 5-6 years and it has never disappointed us!
The food is of excellent quality, the thali is very well put together,
the service is avg
the only complaint is with the people shouting all over
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worldbest

May 27,2013
2.0

Gone are the days

First on their Service. They do not take any reservation on phone or on net, Ok, we reached their in person & got our name enrolled, got reply “wait outside for 1 hour.” They mentioned on their menu “ Thali not to be shared” & on placing order for thali they repeat that warning. Fine, they are doing their job. But real unprofessional service & customers “taken for granted” starts once order is placed. They serve rotis & Thepla first with all other vegetables, dal & kadhi. No Puris are offered in first serving. Puris came only when we finished considerable portion of our meal, we had to remind altelast three times for puri & they came repeatedly with thepla & rotis. Now any Gujarati knows that Roti & Theplas are easy to make & from cost point of view they are cheaper. When restaurant is charging full price for all items included in thali why such practice to delay & avoid serving what customer wants? Ok, I settled for 2 Rotis, , They poured ghee(butter) on one roti & stopped. I had to ask him to pour on 2nd one also. Definitely patrons do not go there for ghee or rotis or puris, but such type of tactics by the managements shows their cheap ways of saving cost on thali they serve.
Food: 3 Vegetables. Ok. With sweet test dominating. Nothing great. Paneer sabji with sugar becomes Gujarti cuisine. Dal is watery mixture of imli & gud. Yogurt Kadhi was good in test & texture. Ghugara were pathetic in test with dry filling. White dhokla was ok & rubbery. Dahi vada was absolutely let down & were added in the tali just for sake of it. Aam Ras was 3 tea spoon of Ras sweetened by sugar syrup. Only testy item in this So called “devine Gujarati thali “ was steamed rice & kadhi.
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Preshita Chaurasiya

May 17,2013
3.5

A must visit for Vegetarians

Samrat is just opposite Vihar. Unlike Vihar, Samrat has a great ambiance. totally a family restaurant. the food is amazing. they serve the best of paneer dishes. also their desserts r good. Their fruit juices r okay.
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Vidyadheesh Upadhye - Burrp User

Vidyadheesh Upadhye

April 20,2013
4.5

Good but very Gujju

Well, SAMRAT has been in existence since donkey’s years. It quite a favourite amongst old-time Mumbaikars and since it’s an ONLY VEG restaurant, its patronised by Gujju’s / Marwadi etc.

The ambience is nicely done up with decorations on the wall, soft lighting and an expansive dining area welcome you as you enter here. They have 3 seating arrangements, outside within the compound [which is open air but you eat only the food stuff which is sold outside], ground floor and first floor. You will see a lot of patrons sitting and digging into their food with relish.

They serve you a Thali [ a pre-decided menu] and A-la-Carte.

I have tried both the options and liked both of them.

The Thali consists of Farsan, 3 Veggies / Dal / Kadhi / Rice / Papad / Buttermilk / Sweet Dish with the option of Chapati / Rotla. The veggies change on a daily basis.

For the A la Carte, we tried
1. Khichiya [Papad, a Gujarati speciality],
2. Mixed Farsan [consisting of Dhokla, Patra, Khandvi, Mini Samosa]
3. Paneer Lazeez
4. Bhindi Masala
5. Masala Khichdi with Kadhi

The food is a bit on the sweeter side which is typical of Gujarati food. The Bhindi was oily and lacked a distinct taste for it. Paneer was nice and soft with nice semi-thick gravy. Khichiya was awesome as usual and so was the Mixed Farsan.

The food tastes good but it could do without the extra oil that can be seen around some of the items. Try the Thali if you are really famished and can have a capacity to eat.

It is priced a bit on the expensive side but for the experience and the food, it is justified.

Ratings –
Ambience – 3.5/5
Service – 3.5/5
Food – 4/5
Price – 3.5/5
Overall – 4/5
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Asehgal87

February 27,2013
4.5

Gujju thali

Have grown up earring their gujarathi Thalia - exceptionally good
The newly done up samrat looks Better & more spacious
The service is brilliant & gives u a home dining experience
I just think their north Indian food lacks the punch , have suggested them a few times to rework their recipes
Must visit for excellent khatta meetha gujarathi food
3.5 stars for that
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Pyra2000

November 11,2012
1.0

Worst food

Terrible thali, very expensive especially on Sunday they charge extra. Food very oily and very spicy full of chilly. Quality has really gown down drastically.
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Sal

June 21,2012
3.0

Samrat No More

This age old restaurant is a a favourite among Gujju families for the Thali. Loud, it's not a place you want to linger. Reluctantly I proceeded given it was a family event and I hadn't eaten a thali in years.

Food: We went for the Thali which consisted of unlimited food except the sweets of which only two are allowed. The menu changes everyday. It's a lavish spread with tri-coloured Dhokla, some fried farsan, buttermilk, papad, dal, gujju kadhi and three vegetables which were unfortunately not very appealing. You can chose between roti and puri, khichdi and rice.

Service: Quick it's like a mass production factory where the food keeps coming.

Damages: Rs 250 - 300 for a thali.

I wouldn't go back because the food and options were very average like something I'd get at home. There are many better thali places if one is so inclined.
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Deepa Bavkar

April 24,2012
4.0

The Best Restaurant..!!

Heard about this place through a friend. Thought I should give my meat eating spree a little break, so here I was at Samrat which serves pure veg food. This restaurant had an ancient maharaja’s palace look with classy paintings all around. This palace, I mean place, was spic n span. Very neat, very clean.So, I got myself a table and was simply staring at the menu because I had absolutely no idea what to
order. I hadn’t been to a pure veg restaurant in ages. So I asked waiter to help me out. Not like any other restaurant where the waiters don’t know anything about what’s in the menu, this guy here at Samrat knew which dish was where in the menu and exactly what were ingredients that come together to make it. I was pretty impressed. The food arrived and was well presented. Well about the food, it
was amazing! Out of this world and I’ve never enjoyed veg food so much in my life before! I totally recommend this place! And least you know, you might turn into a vegetarian!
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Anita03

April 23,2012
5.0

The # 1 Veg Restaurant of Bombay !

Samrat is what memories are made off

Have been visiting this place as a kid, now I visit it with my kid.

Looks even better after renovation,classy & spacious.

Gujarati thali is the best here. So are the corn bhel,paneer makhni & veg jalfrezi.

Great service. Owners are always present to greet you. Polite servers,they do that extra bit to make you happy. Have been seeing them for 20years now!

Samrat is a part of my life. Thanks for the memories. Love it.
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shasha

January 28,2012
4.0

Veggie Delite

We have been going to Samrat for the past 5-6 years and it has never disappointed us!
The food is of excellent quality, the thali is very well put together, the service is good, the only complaint is with the people coming there.....there kids!! OMG!! but all aside very good place...:)
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jpoons

December 08,2011
3.4

Upset belly

Had the Thali for lunch yesterday and been running to the toilet ever-since. Food was also not good, too oily and quite tasteless.
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Rahul Sharma

November 04,2011
1.0

updation required

plss put some updated pics & kindly also update you Menu here on burrp..
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Viral Vora

August 14,2011
3.5

Always delivers

I remember the trips to samrat used to be a one off things when i was younger.. anytime we had to go to churchgate ( from borivali) it used to be an event and samrat would feature prominently in those plans.. now i frequent samrat at the first opportunity i get and it still delivers.

the food is excellent anyone who said that its oily or spicy must have pissed off his server in some unforgivable way, because i have NEVER been disappointed at samrat. sure its not fine dining and it doesn't pretend to be one either... but its good food nonetheless.

the last trip there had us ordering Malai Kofta, Veg Makhanvala and Dal Makhanni. the portions are suffiiently large. our family of four all had second helpings and there was still some left. If there was ONE reason why i come here - it has to be the reshami Paratha... its the falkiest crispiest most amazingly succelent ( the inner layer) paratha i've eaten. the Thali is an obvious favourite of the patrons here but their ala-carte is just as good.. I'll keep coming back every chance i get.

food 5/5
service 4/5
VFM 5/5
ambiance 3.5/5
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boss21

May 25,2011
4.0

its better than the road side hawkers

the thali is more rajasthani , the ala quat paneer items were too oily ,

Food : 3 / 5
Service : 3 / 5
Presentation : 2 / 5
Ambiance : 4 / 5
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Swapnil Pinjarkar

May 25,2011
4.0

Bad Food

Me n my colleagues had been to Samrat to have Gujarati Thali for lunch.

Food Quality: 1/5
Some of the preparations were very oily, some had no salt, some were too sweet.
Didnot like any of the preparations.
Cleanliness: 2/5
Some of the plates, bowls were not cleaned properly.
Service: 4/5
Service is prompt.
Ambience: 4/5

Quality of food must improve!!
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ritesh_jain_11

February 18,2011
5.0

old times

i go to this place from last 20years after i shifted to mumbai from baroda
gujarati food is excellent
service is top class
interiors are legendary
ishwar bhai the owner is a nice man
i does not miss gujarat becoz of their chat pata and khata meeta khana
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tweety8

January 30,2011
1.0

EXCELLENT GUJARATI FOOD

My boyfried is a gujarati and man he really loves this joint for its authentic gujarati food ..and specialy its KICHADI CURRY.

mind u i m a non vegetarian but i just go to this joint just to enjoy seeing him relishing his food.

Thanks to SAMRAT for such lovely food ambiance and its srevice.
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simpleguy

December 05,2010
5.0

Hidden jewels

Most people know Samrat Restaurant for their "Gujarati Thali" but I was introduced to some hidden treasures in their Menu trove that not many people may know about.

For the record, I did crinkle my nose and made a face when I first heard of that "uncle types" dishes when I went to Samrat for the first time in 1996. But in all humility I accepted my mistake and have loved those superb hidden dishes ever since.

So, whenever I go there I order these dishes. Even when I am alone. I tell the waiter that I am going to order my same favourite dishes, eat what I can and then parcel the rest.

Enough with the suspense. Here's my regular order:
- No starters, at most a Jal Jeera and a masala papad
- Straight to main course
1) Makai Nu Shaak - I have never liked sweet vegetables much but I love this Makai Nu Shaak that comes in white gravy. The big American corn pearls that are sweet and then they have thin ring slices of chilly that add that zest to the vegetable. The sweet and spicy combination is sublime. I love the fact that this vegetable is so different from the regular red colored gravy that has all the same spices. Must order.
2) Paneer Lazeez - This is not out of the world or something. But just Paneer in red gravy to contrast Makai-nu-Shaak. Float / replacable.
3) Reshmi Paratha - These are "rumaali rotis" folded and toasted in butter / oil so that they are served crispy crisp. Again a superb change from the regular naan, roti, etc. Must order.
4) Palak Garlic Corn Rice - now here comes the finale. I was never a rice eater and and not much of a Palak guy at that time, in my youth. I was about to pass this dish the first time, when the vapours from the "handi" reached my nose and all the beautiful spices and aromas floored me forever. I tried some and appreciated the beauty of it all. Amazing spices cooked into that handi (fantastic, fantabulous, mind blowing chai wala). I must admit this was a bit too hot and spicy for me but here comes the clincher... this Palak Garlic Rice goes so well with the Makai nu Shaak. It blends so well and brings out the best juices and tastes. Discovering this combination was my Oh My God (OMG) moment! Must order.

I travel from Juhu once a year to Samrat to eat exactly this combination and always parcel the rest. It's been 14 years since I discovered this combination and I still love it.

You guessed it right. I am leaving in about hmmm 5 minutes for Samrat. It's a Sunday morning and we have lunch planned with my wife's parents at Samrat.

Hope you guys try this and enjoy as well.
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TheFoodist

November 21,2010
5.0

Excellent!!

Excellent Gujarati Thaalis in a comfortable ambience.

Also good for Jain menus.

Not very hard to get to, though parking may be a challenge depending on time. Dont think they have a valet service (may be wrong)

The food is fresh and yummy. Strongly recommended for those interested to catch up on Gujarati grub in a convenient setting. Also great value for money and efficient service.
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Subh Daks

April 09,2010
4.4

Quality food

I had a lunch last week and trust me it was good! The food taste is very Authentic and does reminds you of the authentic Gujrati Food. Ambience is nice But does lack Quality Service as the service is for Thali and Non Thali Foods. If you Guys want a good deal for your money Go and Enjoy the Thali instead of Individual Cusines. The Service is not as good as other Thali Restaurents....... Tip :- Try the Amras in the thali, It is really Good. :-)
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avi.sehgal.77

November 10,2009
4.0

family favourite!

excellent gujju thalis
my family and cousins are their pukka loyalists
north indian food is great too
service though has come down in the last few years
but thts ok i guess
people still que outside the famous old eatery
was there on friday night..ll go back again..
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Manish Kamdar

October 21,2009
4.3

Gujju Style Meals

Being a Gujju myself, it is difficult not to have been to Samrat. The place is good but the hitch is that the popularity is so much that Gujjus swarm this place as if they are from Ethiopia on weekends. The thalis are good but make sure to ask what is there for the day as there are times when the vegetables are just not to one's liking. Aside of that, the Punjabi is OK (sweetened a bit to cater to the Gujju clientele). Thali is the best. Also have had their Masala Khichdi once and it was yummy and filling.
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Richa Shailendra

April 17,2009
4.0

Weakest Link...

In the trio of Relish, Samrat and 210 degrees-while Relish and 210 degrees are at the top of their game for italian/sizzlers/even chinese and bakery stuff-croissants/quiches/cakes/pastries/breads etc. respectively, samrat somehow doesnt measure upto them.

I have been here just about 3-4 times, had thaali 2 times and garlic naan, some paneer thing, a tomato soup the last time-somehow always thought something is missing..its not that food is bad or anything, but its just not memorable enough. And service is quite unpredictable-first time i had thaali, service was very good, second time we had to try and get attention of the waiter for refills...so somehow in churchgate area, i always prefer going to Satkar or Shiv Sagar rather than Samrat-

of course the ambience here is really really nice, and worthy of coming for special occasions, with family or if u wanna impress ur date with some good indian food...
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Anaggh Desai

April 26,2008
3.5

Quite a Samrat

One of the best vegetarian places around for a long time. Love it for the simple reason, gives you only one sabzi & phulka's from the Thali if you so desire; only farsan if you want with the beer...Besides the punjabi is also super.

A good place to go to, if you are working in town, wander in around 12.30 on saturday afternoon, have a couple of beers, some food & snooze your way home to the burbs......burrp, burrp
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Ayesha Shaikh

February 12,2007
2.6

Gud Thalis....

Im back after a loooonnngggg hiatus n i guess the team at burrp missed me :) gud to knw im remembered hehehehe...

oki now back to the task at hand, Samrat has been one of my fav places for veg food and i had gone there again recently but unfortunately on a sunday...nothing to complain on teh food front but just a wee bit more variety on the veggies in the guj thali pls...

however the service was real slow and we had to wait forever for the puris to arrive!!!! arrive they did but almost after r entire meal was over...taht kind of put us off...pls pull up ur socks guys, i knw ur busy but pls dont keep us waiting that long!!!! we need the puris with the food not after the food
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shahronakm

January 03,2007
4.0

Best Pure Veg. Restaurant

One of my family's favourite restaurant. I have been freqenting the same since my childhood. Just the perfect taste for me.

My Ideal meal at Samrat would be:-
Tomoto Soup (with bread roll & butter)
Corn Bhel (for starter)
Panner Butter Masala & Channa Masala (Vegetables)
Butter Paratha
Fresh Lime Soda.

You may also try Gujarati Thali.

Service is also excellent. Don't visit on a Sunday otheriwse waiting time will be too long. However if Sunday is only day you can visit then enter the restaurant before 7.00 PM.
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Neha Shah

October 19,2006
4.0

cosy place!

This one's worth every penny you pay ...amazing variety of food and popularity...frequented by everyone..right from the family, to working people to college kids..theres enough room for everyone!
YOu can find typical gujju food like khichdi kadhi to punjabi dishes...with wholesome quality and quantity ..definitely worth a try!
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yogss

November 26,2008
3.2

Very Bad

Pathetic Food , Even Worse Service, Bad in all counts.
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