Saturday, January 23, 2010

Veggie Nook: Rajdhani

This 10 Janpath serves good food



The thali It will satiate your hunger
10 Janpath, Rajdhani Hotel
Plus: Cordiality of the staff
Minus: Poorly-maintained washroom
Food: 3/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Located close to Masjid, Main Road, Siddiamber Bazar
Inside Hotel Rajadhani in Siddiamber Bazar is 10 Janpath–– a restaurant. This 75-seater AC restaurant, which began in 1977, serves pure vegetarian food and is counted amongst the oldest restaurants in the twin cities. The well-spaced wooden tables and chairs and the accent lighting add to the aesthetics.

The menu consists of a tiffin section which runs from 7.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The tiffins range from Rs. 25 for a plate of idli to Rs. 48 for a paper dosa. Amongst the beverages and juices, the selection varies from tea at Rs.16 to the milkshakes at Rs. 55. Blue Crusco must be tasted here. Prepared from a cocktail of litchis, Sprite and sugar syrup, this is slightly over-sweetened drink tastes mostly like a litchi drink. There is the fruit punch too, prepared with orange and pineapple juices with mango ice-cream, which has a slightly sour taste.
All the soups are priced at Rs. 55. Amongst these, the lemon coriander soup is quite delectable. The soup in this restaurant is made in a corn flour base unlike the conventionally prepared clear soup base. Two unusual but tasty combinations here are the Amiritsari chole paneer and the corn 65. Amritsari chole paneer though unusual in combination isn't unusual in taste. It has the usual red onion and tomato paste gravy. The corn 65 is crisply fried and served with pudina (mint) chutney. The pudina chutney is yummy and the combination of the starter with the chutney tickles one's taste buds to no end. The curries are priced between Rs.75 and Rs.120. Amongst them, methi chaman hariyali is highly recommendable. Made of fenugreek leaves and spinach paste, it has an onion-tomato paste, spices and is garnished with grated panneer. The fenugreek and chopped garlic makes the dish slightly pungent but the experience is enjoyable.
The dal makhani too is a specialty here. Thick in consistency and cooked in a good amount of butter, this dish has almost a home-made touch with sparingly-used Indian spices. Amongst the rotis, priced between Rs. 15 for a roti to Rs. 30 for the masala kulcha, the masala kulcha is quite tasty because it is rolled out very thin and stuffed with boiled vegetables like carrots, beans, potato and grated paneer. The South Indian thaali with about 12 items is priced at Rs. 74 and is served both for lunch and dinner.
A meal of soup-starter-roti-curries-rice-dessert comes to around Rs. 600. Ample parking space is available.

This article was published HERE.