Friday, December 6, 2013


Just before we went for the darshan of Sai Baba on the first day at Shirdi, Venkat and I decided to have a snack at Sai Sagar Food Court which is right across the temple entrance at Gate 1.

We asked for Upma and Dosa and both were very good. We saw that they also serve two types of thali for lunch and dinner – both vegetarian.

The first one costs Rs. 50 – yeah, it’s true – and serves 2 rotis, 2 sabzis, dal, rice & pickle. The second one is a Chinese Thali costing Rs. 60 – serves rice & Manchurian gravy. We never got the time to taste either of the thalis but we saw people queuing up for them. The restaurant is very spacious and ran full during lunch and dinner hours.

Sai Sagar Food Court is attached to Sai Palace Budget Hotel that offers rooms at reasonable rates.

The snacks on sale near the pastry counter
The best part I liked about the restaurant was their confectionary. On the first day, Venkat asked for a Black Forest pastry – a medium sized piece – at just Rs. 35. It was fresh and delicious. The next day I had a Blueberry Jelly topped pastry at the same cost. It just melted in my mouth. The restaurant is a must visit for their pastries if nothing else. Simple awesome!

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