A new job, a new office, a new location; another excuse to unearth some culinary delights. With an office in Dadar, exposure to different types of cuisines reach an all-time high. But here, I am not going to write about some fancy restaurant where an average lunch for two will cost Rs. 1200/-, instead I am going to tell you about a place we call “aunty’s”.
Located near J K Sawant Marg, Dadar (W), the place is formally called ‘Shree Sidhivinayak Polli Bhajji Kendra’. What is so different about this place? Well, to begin with, it is not a formal sit-down restaurant , it is in fact, a Maharashtrian lunch-home. No. literally. It is a lunch-home during the day and then transforms itself into a cozy abode for its Maharashtrian residents. The place is run by a family of 4. Open for lunch 365 days, the lunch-home’s eating arrangement is divided between the house’s hall and its adjoining veranda. To attract the attention of mere passers-by, a mention of the day’s special is usually updated on a board.
Aunty makes vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian (chicken and fish) food. But the latter is served only on Wednesdays and Fridays. In case you wish to visit on one of these days, I suggest you reach this place by 12.40 pm as the office-going crowd starts to pour in after that. If you ask me about the food, I wouldn’t exaggerate by making claims of being the best Maharashtrian food joint in Dadar. But the place is known for its simple food and homely vibe.
Ideally, at aunty’s you should settle for a thali, be it veg or non-veg, it will cost you Rs.70 and Rs.140 respectively. A thali is also a more cost-effective approach. Staying true to her dal and rice combo, personally, I would like to see more variety in the food she prepares.
So the next time you visit Dadar during lunch time come to aunty’s. But if you are a carnivores like me, make sure that day is either a Wednesday or Friday. Oh and sometimes on one of these days, she also prepares Liver Masala and dry fish. Finish off your meal with a slightly watery buttermilk, which I think has scope for improvement (that’s the mallu milma-lover talking). Otherwise, all in all, a great place to chill during lunch hour with colleagues.
Oh and if you could, do mention my name when you drop by at aunty’s. That way I’ll know if I have some real visitors
Shree Sidhivinayak Polli Bhajji Kendra,
12/45, Khandke Building,
J K Sawant Marg, Dadar (W)