After reading so many amazing reviews on many food forums about this newly opened Royal Dining Experience, I was eager to visit them and I made sure I did that at the first opportunity I got.
Enquired about Sunday’s menu & the dishes on that menu sent to me by Jagruti tempted me even more to visit them, especially Malpua and Kabuli.
Reached there at 1.30 PM and surprisingly there was no waiting.
Located at the Upmarket and Posh Pavillion Mall, it has an unmistakable royal touch to its decor. It has two dining sections, no major difference in both, except outer part has typical Indian low sitting. I am really fond of low sitting dining so settled for the outer space. It was cozy and comfortable, just as I like it.
They have kept one chair where you can click the pictures adorning Safa & Chundri, super concept as I felt back at home in Jodhpur. Loved the intricate white metal work on chair, and in fact entrance gate handles also have elephant shaped carving of white metal agsin speciality of Jodhpur and carving which lends the decor much needed royal touch to suit the name.
Coming on to the food, despite some small improvement areas, this for sure is one of the best Thalis that I have eaten at Pune till date.
Sweets – Aamras, Gulab Halwa & Rabdi Malpua
Having a sweet tooth & being a Jodhpuri, I love to start any meal with a sweet. Just loved all the sweets to the core. Sweetness was just perfect for both Halwa & Malpua. They infact were the showstoppers of this huge thali.
Gulab Halwa is the signature dish of their head Maharaja Gulab….
Farsan – Pakiza, Ring Dhokla and Misal.
Again bang on with the taste. Pakiza was really yummy, Dhokla was soft with lovely chatni on side and even the Misal tasted decent.
Paneer Achari : Though the Sabji was really tasty with matar in it but I had some other perception about the name Achari Paneer. I was expecting it to be more tangy and spicy to suit the Achari tag.
Flower Masala : Good preparation but nothing great.
Aloo Raswala : Again a very good preparation. I was expecting dahi wale aloo to go with this sort of Thali but that doesn’t matter, I loved it nonetheless.
Pindi Chhole : No, it was not Pindi Chhole, again a totally different preparation from the name. It was kale chane in curd gravy, however tasted amazing.
Gujju Dal or Spicy Dal : We had the spicy version, It wasn’t sweet and moderately spiced for our tastebuds, tasted good.
Kadhi : Awesome Kadhi; Little Khatti Slightly tikkhi, just the way I like it. Drank 2 vati kadhi, and still wanted more but other stuff was also supposed to be finished. So had to give up on the tempetation.
Fulka : Hot & Soft
Masala Koba Roti : Good one
Missi Poori : Typical Rajasthani Style, loved it.
Jodhpuri Kabuli Pulav : It was not the typical kabuli as we make it in Jodhpur. Veggies were really scarce and It really lacked authenticity. Usually Ratalu is used in it but with time few people have started using Potatoes along with Ratalu. Along with that Gatta, Bread, Kaju, Dankh, Matar (all fried) & few seasonal veggies along with pomegranate is used. It is then mixed with the curd gravy. I felt few basic masalas including garam masala were missing too which brought the tste down from what it should be. #Disappointed as was really looking forward to this one.
Khichadi : Good, as it should be.
Welcome Drink : Kesar Sharbat. Yes, a very refreshing drink. I sipped it slowly with my food to water down all the heavy stuff.
Chaas : Good one.
Along with that we had 2 Chutneys, Papad & Achaar. Accompaniments were yummy too.
I loved the way they gave the warm water to wash hands before we started eating, followed by Dakshina for Cows, though they gave coins to put inside the gullak but still we preferred to donate little from our side for the amazing cause. Then the food followed
Staff is really courteous. They knew how to do manwaar, a typical Rajasthani hospitality ritual.
Only thing which I did not like that my son was still having the food & they brought the bill. We did not say anything that time & waited for my son to finish his food but again when he came to our table I told him to wait till he finishes his food. This put me off but with almost everything in place this could be ignored.
Frankly it didn’t matter if the mentioned dishes were way too different from there name tags but overall food was good.
However, they should work on naming the dishes correctly as it creates an impression just to see the dishes on menu and you make up your mind accordingly. No serious complaints as I liked the food, even my daughter who is a choosy eater, for the first time finished everything on her plate .
Priced at Rs 500 + GST,
value for money is one’s personal perception…
It was indeed a good experience, they should however up their game some more as they are expensive when compared to other famous and good Thali places in town.