As we enter, a burly Rajasthani man with big moustache welcomes with traditional folded hands and plants a ceremonious Tikka on the forehead. The two levels of seating at CP has simple yet elegant interior decoration with Thaali meter showing 85+ Lakhs Thalis been served till date.
The elaborate fixed menu of Rajasthani and Gujarati cuisines at Rajdhani is served in a big Thali. In most restaurants a finger bowl is served post-meal whereas the hygiene is even more critical pre-meal. Here the staff helped wash hands with warm water right at the table, poured from a traditional Indian silver tumbler known as “Surahi” completing a royal welcome.
Since it is Mango festival going on at Rajdhani till end of May’12, we were offered a refreshing Aam Panna to quench the thirst. Which is followed by their regular salad, fried chilli, mango pickle and three chutneys (mint, tamarind and garlic) and Farsaan (snacks in Gujarati). Dhokla was soft without being watery, and the bhajiya (fried small Pakoda) was warm, lightly spiced, crunchy on out and soft inside.
Main course meal had their daily changing four subzis along with usually available Rajasthani Kadi, Sweet Dal and Teekhi (Spicy) Dal served with Poori, Thepla, Roti and Pooran Poli. Amongst the oodles of Desi ghee served on top of the Khichdi, it was one of those heavenly flavours I still remember, rest being lost in the choices I was spoilt with.
I was looking forward to the mango delicacies. Kachhe Aam ki Laungi was detectibly tangy and Fajeto (Aam Kadi) was my first ever. It was a complex taste with Mango slightly overpowering the besan. Cold Aamras provided a perfect ending to the mango festival. Special mention of Gatte ki subzi is warranted which was soft and wholesome in flavour.
Interestingly, the floor manager/captain use sign language with waiters to ensure different items are served to the guests. For example, showing four fingers meant four subzis. This meant less noise and quicker service.
Frankly, with the ongoing mango festival I expected few more mango dishes, but at a price of Rs.290 per Thali, or Rs330 per thaali with unlimited desserts, Rajdhani offers good value for money.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Food: 3.5 | Service: 4.0 | Ambience: 3.5 | Overall: 3.5
Alcohol: No| Credit Cards: Yes | Meal for Two : Rs.650 | Address: 9-A, Atmaram Mansion, Scindia House, Connaught Circus, Connaught Place, New Delhi – 110001 | Phone: 011-43501200