India is a veritable food paradise, given the wide range of its cuisine. Every State and every region has a different cuisine with its own unique flavors and aromas. Having had the privilege of staying in and travelling across the country has made us self proclaimed connoisseurs of Indian Vegetarian food.
We love food from all corners of the country, but one of of our favourites has to be the cuisine from the western states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Having stayed in Gujarat for a long time we have a particular fondness for the Gujarati Thali (Food platter with a mind boggling variety of dishes served piping hot).
Cosmopolitan city like Bangalore offers literally limitless dining options of every type of regional and international cuisine.It was one of those summer afternoons when clouds covered the sun and the earth cooled down a little after bearing the brunt of the sun all day. A cool breeze had set in carrying with it a whiff of the aroma of fresh earth, indicating the advent of rain in the city. We headed towards a restaurant called Rajdhani for our lunch.
Rajdhani – The Vegetarian Thali Restaurant
The restaurant is part of a chain of similar restaurants spread across 27 locations in India with a presence in the Middle East as well. It offers Gujarati and Rajasthani cuisine and boasts of 72 varied and rotating menus which include over 22,000 dishes. The restaurants are spacious and neat and have a good ambience.
We had chosen a table near the window and we had a vantage view of the rain washed road below as the restaurant is situated on the third floor. A turbaned waiter ushered us into our seats and we were immediately served with water followed by a glass of cool Aam Panna (Juice of cooked raw Mangoes).
We felt like royalty as three waiters hovered discreetly around our table, ensuring that we were comfortable. They then placed huge circular plates in front of us and around 10-15 small bowls for each of us. Once we were ready, they started serving us with a mind boggling array of starters, curries, pickles, fritters and salads, stopping only once all the bowls were full to the brim. Next they started serving Phulkas (wheat pancakes) topped with marinated butter and an assorted array of different rotis. It being the Mango season, we were also served Aam Ras (Mango juice with some spices like cumin powder, thrown in), this is best eaten with Puris (deep fried wheat pan cakes).
We were full but we could not stop before having a helping of Khichdi (preparation of rice and lentils), a famous and common preparation of Gujarat.
We rounded off our lunch with dessert which included Gulab Jamun and Jalebi.
The food was indeed very satiating and tasty and had brought the flavours of Gujarat and Rajasthan to Bangalore.
The service is very good with smiling and friendly waiters who unobtrusively make sure that you are comfortable.
The cost is quite reasonable by the standards of Cosmopolitan Bangalore.
These kind of restaurants are meant for focusing on and enjoying your food, if you are thinking of a quite dimly lit romantic kind of dining, then this is not the place.
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