I pretty much gave up the rajdhani dream when i ate at rajdhani in bangalore. They molested the thali with unusual veggies and random curries. It was thus with disdain and suspicion that i ventured into rajdhani in phoenix market city - kurla .
We were the first guests for lunch at 1pm on a saturday . The first thing that struck me was that the spread was larger than in bangalore and i could make that out by the number of bowls in the thali.
The starters were dahi bhalla and samosa . I was surprised as i am used to more number of starters from rajdhani , however i am not much of a starter fan and hence i was fine. The samosa was very good , it was piping hot and the mint chutney made it it even more so. The dahi bhalla was good but it being a predominantly north indian dish i found it too sweet , but it was good.
The crowning glory was the dal bati in main course. Now the bati was not exceptional and i have eaten better but the dal was a class apart , a simple hing flavored delight topped with ghee it just hit the spot.In the sabjis there was a potato & tomato curry , two dals, one kadi . The let downs however were many. Firstly i dont understand what were rajma and mata paneer doing in a rajasthani thali...there should have been gatte ki sabji and singree or beans. Secondly they had something called kashmiri karela which was a dry veggie ,sweet and topped with cashew. What was appalling was that it had coconut flavor , now where do i get coconut in kashmir?
The let down was also in sweet. The badam halwa was dry ...much like what suji ka halwa becomes after an hour. The gulab jamuns were slightly hard too. The basundi was tasty but it reminded a lot of milkmaid.
Overall it was good and dal baati saved the day however my expectations were much higher after seeing the menu.They need to pull up their food selection and preparation at this place.Its average to good at best.