Rajdhani is a popular vegetarian restaurant chain in India well-known for their thali. They recently opened a branch in Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), named Rajdhani Street, where they serve not only the thali, which they are famous for, but also vegetarian food from the streets of Mumbai. Do not undermine this place just because it’s vegetarian and they serve street food. You’ll be amazed at the presentation and taste of this street food serving casual restaurant, which by no means is just casual. Vegetarian food has definitely climbed higher on my food ladder. Rajdhani Street has one more branch in Karama.
As with all restaurants in JLT, Rajdhani Street too has outdoor and indoor seating areas. The outdoor area has nice views of the lake and the high-rise towers while the indoor area is very vibrant and colourful with yellow and green chairs and colourful cartoons on the wall. The staff especially Mr. Pramod, the Manager, were very friendly and helpful and all the dishes that we tried were based on their suggestion. The menu is funky and goes well with their theme.
Hold on tight as I take you on a gastronomic ride…!!!
First up, the Drinks!!! Don’t get me wrong when I say drinks, this is a non-alcoholic outlet. Masala Thumbs Up, Kulukki Sherbet and Hara Pudina Shikanji are what we had. The presentation of the first and the third drinks was amazing. I ordered Masala Thumbs Up just because I had seen it on my friends reviews and I loved how it came in glass container shaped like an animal’s horn!! Taste-wise I loved the Shikanji, actually we all did, so we were all fighting over it. The Sherbet was also nice, loved the basil seeds in them.
From the Chaat section, we had Dahi Papdi Chaat. Again, nice presentation, the dahi (curd) came in a separate cute mini jar and the rest of the dish came in a closed glass bottle. So you can add as much or as little of the curd. I just went over-board and added the whole thing, and again, we were literally fighting for the last bit.
Two Street Specials that we tried were Thepla Paneer 65 Tacos and Cheese Burst Maggi Dosa. They are not your usual tacos, the paneer 65 mix is placed in a thepla (a Gujarathi flatbread) and topped with thinly sliced violet cabbage, green capsicums and lots of gooey melted cheese. It’s quite spicy, so wouldn’t be that great for the kids, especially if they aren’t into spicy food. But I loved all the cheesy, spicy, crunchy notes in it. The other dish is something that I’ve never ever tried in my life nor have I seen or heard about it. No, I’m not exaggerating, that is the truth. I loved the concept of a crispy dosa stuffed with spicy Maggi and topped with gooey cheese and more cheese on the side. My first tryst with this dish was delightful.
My lil one is always tempted when he hears cheese sandwich, so we ordered the Breach Candy Grilled Cheese Sandwich. It looks like a club sandwich but with a veggie and cheese filling served with mint chutney and French Fries. Yes, I loved this too!! How can I not, when they serve such amazing food!!
Next up, was an Indo-Chinese dish, Crispy Chinese Bhel. Bhel, an Indian snack item, covered in sauce that is characteristic of Chinese food was an innovative dish. The bhel was crispy as it should be and was presented well in a bamboo bowl but didn’t score high on the taste factor for any of us.
By this time, we were all full but the Manager suggested that we have to try the Bombay Tawa Pulao which is one of their bestsellers. So, we did, and now my hubby and I are a fan too. The pulao is served in a kadai along with papad, raita and a veg. gravy which to me tasted like a butter masala gravy. Whatever it was, it was piping hot and delicious. The veg. pulao was perfectly balanced in terms of flavour and spice and I loved the fried onions on top.
If you know me, then you’d definitely know that I never leave a restaurant without having dessert. Jalebi with Rabdi is what we ordered and my goodness, the portion size was huge. I just expected 2-3 jalebis with a little rabdi but here came a huge platter, with three stacks of jalebi and 4 jalebis in each stack and lots of rabdi…. Now you know why I was surprised. The Jalebis were slightly warm, could have been a little more warm but it may also have gotten cold as I was engrossed in getting the right pic. Nevertheless, it was delish and a perfect way to end the meal.
I can’t wait to head back there again and try their other amazing dishes.
Thanks to all the staff at Rajdhani Street, JLT for making our visit a pleasurable experience.