13 Reviews / 13 Ratings
Its Average Dining
Thali system food seems overwhelming to a working class of people. we are used to buisness lunch and quick dinners. when you look at Panchavati Gaurav thaali before entering the restaurant you feel overwhelmed.
we actually thought twice before entering the restaurant.
Well it started with chaat, which was nice along with dhokla (I have had better dhokla) choice of chutney. then 4 bhaaji, 3 of which are very ordinary, choices of bread ranged from Puri, phulka and bhaakri (don't know why bhaakri was sweet). then you are served Kheer, kadi, and GujaratI daal(Alert- they are all sweet in taste if you are not used to Gujarati food).
you can get your repeats, I barely even repeated anything. everything was just average food, nothing excit at all. there is a glass of Chaas and a bottle of Aquafin a. I tried telling them I don't need bottled water but I guess the waiters did not understand that. I don't think they offer any filtered water. its in the thaali pacakage. Finally we ended up with a half piece bengali sweet. we were ofcourse more than full.
but the service expected in a thaali restaurant is not upto the mark. in a thali restaurant especially gujarati you are made to feel like a guest and not a customer. that touch was definitely missing.
overall an average gujarati thaali place wont recommend for a repeat visit.
price value not worth the thaali.
Best option for veg food
Have lost count of how many times my husband & I have been here. We absolutely loveeee this place!! The best thali joint in our opinion...they have never let us down. Total value for money & very friendly & courteous staff that make you feel at home. The food is too delicious and very filling as it's unlimited. Not too spicy or oily...just the right amount of everything tasty :) Highly recommend to people who want to try good veg food.
The service and food blew me away. When I entered, there was an appetizing smell wafting about. They were always asking if I wanted something. It had a friendly atmosphere. I was charged INR 310 for a thali. For a non-vegetarian too, the vegetarian food was pretty healthy and refreshing.
For all thali lovers
In most thaali places, you either like the food or you don't. But here, not only was the food really good, but they had great service too! I've been to both - the Andheri branch as well as the Marine Lines one, and had the same good experience in both places. Must visit if you like Gujarati/Rajathani food :)
Easy access and a good place for a quick and filling meal. The staff is welcoming and polite. Good quantity, variety and reasonably priced.Well lit and hygienic. Not only the quantity of the food is good but the quality is also amazing and really nice. Aamras is too good. Total value for money.
I had planned to visit this last year when the fire in Infinity Mall ensured everything was shut for months together, giving me no chance.
Diwali Lunch for the last 10 odd years has always been a Thali Lunch, trying out different places.
Checking out Menu at Kalash, Rajdhani & Panchavati - most items were similar, Panchvati won thanks to the proximity. The Special Menu today was:
Aloo Palak Rassawala (little palak visible, aloo & rassa dominated)
Moong & Chana in dahi preparation (wonder why bugger up a good kathol by mixing both, mind you I love both but separately)
Paneer Mutter (in a gujarati thali place?)
Bharwa Bhindi (Nice though I hate bhindi)
Khaman Dhokla (easiest, most economical & fastest to make)
Leelva Wonton (on phone, kachori written there & finally samosa)
Apple Basundi (Not very happening)
Maal Pua (lovely, which everyone ate with relish)
Bengali Sweet (Nice, fresh)
Kadhi/Daal (had a hard time serving piping hot)
Roti/Bhakri/Puri (all hot & continuous)
And the regular chatni, kachumbur, aachar, papad, chhas with a bottle of mineral water (Way back in 1995 they were the first to introduce free chilled mineral water bottle)
The service has always been good & continues being so. Total Damages 1890 + tip (7 thali @ 270/- each)
Overall a good experience, will definitely try it again when they have a complete Gujarati menu & less crowd.
Most of my Sunday afternoon Lunches are at a Thali Place.
Sadly, this visit was unsatisfactory,
A good thali place, great ambiance, well located, nice but there were certain factors that upset me.
1. Sloppy service. Too hurried, careless, dropping food all over, too much clanging, borderline inattentive.
2. Quantity good, but Quality poor.
3. Paneer burji had hardly any paneer.
4. Phool Kachori tasted awful
5. Dhoklas were weird.
6. Basundi was strictly okay material, infact low grade
7. Bengali Sweet was also mediocre.
My other preferred alternatives:
Golden Star Thali, Charni Road
Yatra, Bombay Central
Nimantram, Parle International, Vile Parle (E)
Chetana, Kala Ghoda,
Bhagat Tarachand, Vashi.
Before we get into the nitty gritties of this place, let me preface it by saying the 5 stars being allotted is strictly within the context of guju thalis. If you're a vegetarian, love that semi-sweet tinge in all your dishes, and generally enjoy an unlimited spread of everything under the sun, then this is definitely the place for you.
The place is situated in the food court in Infiniti Mall, but by no means is a stall - they've taken a whole wing of the food court and converted it into a proper walk-in, sit down restaurant.
We trudged in on at high noon on Sunday to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday, and apparently we had timed our arrival well. There was only a few other families seated at that time, so we were shown to our table promptly.
Immediately we were bombarded with an army of servers, each armed with contraptions that held more than one thing at a time. For all I know, they might have all had more than two arms at the rate we were being given everything; from pickles and pan-fried chilies; to dhoklas and mithai; to a selection of 4 sabjis; to rotis and puris; to aam ras, daal and kadhi; to the simple yet irresistible chaas. I'm sure I'm missing some items, but you get the point.
The service was first class. As soon as your thaali goes empty on any one of the items listed above, don't bother turning your head around to find the man serving it - he's already there, waiting with a smile and half, ready to serve. The managers treat you like family, lovingly forcing you to try everything, even if your buttons are about to pop and take one of his eyes out.
All in all, this place is a great vegetarian guju family joint. If you're not fond of the notoriously sweet food that the gujus relish, then stay away like the plague. You won't find even a hint of the thicker, richer punj stuff you would encounter at the dhabas in town.
On Sundays, the unlimited thali runs you Rs.260, which is not horrible (anything in this Godforsaken recession feels like a pinch).
Service 'the ghar ka khana' style
Panchavati Gaurav is one of those places where they respect every individual entering the restaurant by serving them their food. The food is so good and mouth watering that at the end of your meal you won't come to know that you have eaten too much.
The moment you enter the restaurant you are greeted warmly and in a traditional gujrati-rajasthani way and led to your table. The ambience is excellent and pretty simple and decorative in a way, but once they start serving you the food there's no stopping to it and I had to actually tell them to slow down their pace.
So for a price of 225 rupees on weekdays I guess Panchavati Gaurav is a great place to hang out and have some great traditional Indian food.
Go hungry, come out stuffed
My wife had been raving about a Panchavati Gaurav next to Bombay Hospital. A few months back when we passed by we saw that it had closed down. Now I am not sure if this is by the same folks but they have the same setup here.
It's an absolutely Gujarati Thali place. There is no menu but every day they have 4 sabjis, 3 kinds of rotis, 3 kinds of sweets, 2 farsans, dal kadhi, rice pulav and a few other things that I can't recall. I went on a Sunday and they had mixed vegetable, a potatoe sabji, lady fingers and a pulse for sanjis, roti, bhakri and masala puri, malai sandwitch, magni dal shiro and basundi. Everything tasted yummy.
Except for Sunday the thali costs 225, and there are a few extras on Sunday and it costs 260. The food is unlimited and at that price I would say it is a good deal.
The decor and the service staff was very good too. They keep serving you and like a family dinner they also prod you to try and taste everything.
If you go there in peak hours be prepared to wait for a table. Luckily I had reached just before the rush and got a seat quickly but on the way out I saw that there was a queue waiting for a table.
Great place to go with your family. I will go back for sure.