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Like all treasures, this newest of Saoji restaurants in Nagpur, Wada Saoji is hard to find!
Even if you have been there once, you may have problems locating it the second time, it is so well hidden. The strange part is, even Google maps will mislead you; it will take you at one point on the Hingna road, and announce ” you have reached your destination – it is on the left”. But on the left, you will find the road closed due to construction activity.
The secret is to access it from the Jaitala road. After you cross the Ring road and go on towards Jaitala, you have to take the second right and follow it right till the end. You will see a Renuka Mata Mandir, quite huge, you have to go round it to the back and Wada will appear like magic!! (Yes, there is a big illuminated board at the gate.)
Once you are in the ‘hotel’s’ premises you will get the feel you have come to some far away, deserted farm house. There are open fields on both sides … only the planes flying low overhead, coming down to land, and the fancy cars parked in the huge parking space will indicate that you are very much in the city.
The atmosphere is that of an open air dhaba with just a roof covering. If you so wish, you can sit in the open too.
In this lovely ambiance, the delectable Saoji food is a treat.
Kheema kaleji, Chicken rassa, Patodi, Dal kanda, khur and mutton, you can order what you like best. Or one plate of everything – it is not expensive at all!
We were lucky to get fried fish (Rohu) too. If you go there early and demand fish, they will get it for you from a nearby shop and make it as per your choice.
The owner – of Wada and the five acres of farm land on which it stands – is Girish Gudhade, of the renowned Gudhade Patil family of Jaitala. But he is a humble, down to earth chap and attends to all guests personally.
The service is quick; the restaurant kitchen is modern, neat and tidy, and the food tasty without being overtly oily or spicy.
Wada opens at 6 p.m. every evening and is open till midnight.
So go on that treasure hunt and find it!!!
Near Yashoda High school Yashoda Nagar Nagpur, Maharashtra 440022
Owner – Girish Gudhade