Food: Prakash Shakahari Upahar Kendra, Dadar

Good day people !

We Mumbaikars seek food, good food all the time.

Recently Misal pav was awarded 'the tastiest vegetarian dish in the world'. The recipe served by Aaswad restaurant won the award. Read more here.

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!
I ordered my all time favourite Sabudana wada & Piyush. If you dont want to try deep fried items, you can order the Sabudana khichadi. The wada is perfectly fried and contains sabudana, groundnut pieces, green chili slices. I usually never finish chutneys, but here you might want to order extra chutney. I discovered Piyush here at Prakash. Its in simple words, liquid shrikhand elaichi scented. Simply yumm & takes care of any heart/tummy burn you might get after a heavy meal ! Cant miss it! I am ready to forgo Tea(impossible for me) for Piyush here.

Misal Pav from Prakash Uphar Gruh, Dadar
You cant just have 1 item on the menu here & leave. 

They make everything there, else it is not served. Like no Pav(bread) here. 

Also not all items are available everyday. Click on the menu pic to enlarge & see the items & days they are available on.

Generally I order Thalipeth but this time I ordered the Misal. I prefer only to eat Misal made by my Mom or FIL(father-in-law). This was OK-OK for me. But my friends & colleagues rave about it & cant have enough of it. 

You should try the Thalipeth though, if you have some more space in your tummy. People love the Batate wada, kothimbir wadi, Dahi misal from here too.

If you are looking for a proper meal you can order the Masale bhat, watana usal.

The bill came around Rs.130 & I was full. Give me a rocking chair & I will doze off. Better go for a short walk after this.

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.

More details:
Name: Prakash Shakahari Upahar Kendra
Location: Gokhale Road (North), Dadar, Mumbai 400028
Cuisine: Maharashtrian
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.

Prakash Shakahari Upahaar Kendra Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Till then Bye Take care & Happy food eating & hunting.


  1. Thanks for sharing.. Whenever I will visit Mumbai try to eat there :)

  2. Oh I'm hungry already! Next time I visit Mumbai I'll probably give you a ring :-D Thanks for sharing about this place!

  3. I want to visit right now. Very informative and tasty.
    Thanks. Loved the good pictures.

  4. I want to visit right now. Very informative and tasty.
    Thanks. Loved the good pictures.

  5. This should be declared illigal. Do you know how much torture you are putting taste bud through. Be ready Nilima.. at this rate I will land on your doorstep first after reaching Mumbai :D Lovely post ...

  6. Haha Rubina. Sure will accompany you & treat you too. The pleasure is all mine ;)
    Thank you Inderpreet, Book & Ink, Anjali. Please try visiting Prakash next time you are in Mumbai.

  7. so many comments! I sure have reached late despite getting this link on my inbox. Sorry! Was too busy with re-editing my book for the nth time :P
    This is so yum. I couldn't help but recall that Maharashtrian restaurant you and I used to frequent at Matunga (West) for Thalipeeth & sabudhana vada. Can't remember the name though.
    Awesome post! Just what food lovers like me will enjoy :D

  8. Thank you Sundari! No problem, guess 90% of my posts have atleast 1 comment coz of you.Thanks.
    The restaurant we used to frequent is/was called 'Suruchi' in Matunga West.
    Next time I come towards Sion/Dadar, we will meet up at Prakash & then make further plans ;)
    All the best for your new Book & more to come !


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