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So just off Shivaji Park and opposite Sena bhavan, Dadar you have loads of options to choose from. If you are looking for Maharashtrian heavy breakfast/lunch you can choose from the stylish,AC cooled Aaswad or the bench styled Prakash Uphar Gruh. If you want(ed) to try the true Maharashtrian meal, you can try the thali at Dattatreya Arogya Dham. Its super finger licking. But last I saw its closed down I believe.
I prefer Prakash anytime. Both places have a queue, if you visit on a Tuesday or any fasting day be prepared to wait a long time. I went alone and was lucky to visit on an odd day& get a seat immediately. Prakash has been relocated recently in the opposite building. So returning customers should ask around.
|Prakash Shakahari Upahar Kendra, Dadar|
The clientele ranges from executives in suits to daily wage laborers. The items are pretty cheap.
|Entrance to Prakash.|
|Topi sporting efficient,no-nonsense waiters.|
Aaswad you will get a table according to your group or yourself. Prakash you share the table with strangers.
The waiters have their uniforms & sport the Maharashtrian style Topi. They are brisk & efficient. Most of them working since decades. The entire atmosphere feels like you are in an automated factory, even the customers order,eat,pay & leave. No time pass or unnecessary cordiality. Strictly no frills enterprise this.
The laminated menu cards are kept on each table with a plate full of steel glasses of water. The regulars dont even glance at it. If you ask the waiters, whats hot & ready, they will say 'everything' & rattle off a long list.
|Sabudana wada & Piyush, yummy!|
|Misal Pav from Prakash Uphar Gruh, Dadar|
For authentic dessert choice you can have Kharwas or Halwa but it gets out of stock fast.
Ya, you might be surprised to see a celebrity from the Marathi film & theater field amidst the crowd waiting their turn with Maratha Mandir & Plaza theater being few minutes walk away.
Name: Prakash Shakahari Upahar Kendra
Location: Gokhale Road (North), Dadar, Mumbai 400028
Phone no: 02224304921
Timings: 7:30 am-10:30pm
Next time around Dadar also try:
Lassi near Dadar Station
China Bistro, authentic chinese food
Status restaurant, Mahim
Irani snack time,Crown Bakery, Mahim
If you have visited Prakash, let us know your review as comments.
Till then Bye Take care & Happy food eating & hunting.