Pulikeshi Dining Room (Hotel Badami Court, 17/3, Station Road, Badami, Karnataka )


In a nutshell:

Loved eating at this restaurant that served consistently good food over a few meals, in a small town that houses a historical marvel.

Pulikeshi Dining Room
Pulikeshi Dining Room

Address & other details:  Badami court

Meal for 2: Rs 300 onwards.

Cuisine type :  vegetarian & non vegetarian

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Receipt - proof of payment. Some items missing here were in another bill which I have misplaced.
Receipt – proof of payment. Some items missing here were in another bill which I have misplaced.

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short description – in case u r in a hurry:

Badami, is a town in Karnataka, that was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. 1500 years back they built amazing rock cut temples and other structural temples. For the uninitiated, rock cut temple is a natually formed hillock carved into a temple – monolithic.

hillock base cut into a temple.....
hillock base cut into a temple…..

We went to this location few months back & stayed at Hotel Badami court.

Hotel Badami court
Hotel Badami court

While the hotel was actually in the middle of nowhere, it was few kilometers away from the historical site. In absence of anything around, we ended up having all meals here.

a part of the rock cut temple
a part of the rock cut temple

The restaurant of the Hotel was named Pulakeshi , after a famous Monarch of that name.

a huge monolithic rock cut statue of Vishnu's avatar
a huge monolithic rock cut statue of Vishnu’s avatar

The Dining hall of the restaurant was neat & clean, simple décor & had wooden furniture.

Dining hall
Dining hall

The staff members were just not the professionally trained  kinds & that is why they wud smile only when they wud b amused, they wud be nice to us as fellow humans when we were nice to them. I really loved our interactions with the guys at the restaurant.

Food in general was good every time & at times we came across some outstanding stuff as well.

Fried chicken kababs
Fried chicken kababs

Detailed description – in case u hv the time to NJOY reading:

Day 1 we wanted to try something which was something she remembered having eaten in Karnataka as a child. Pure nostalgic reasons we ordered it – gobhi manchurian.

gobhi manchurian
gobhi manchurian

As u wud know by this time, Manchurian is an Indian invented dish & people in China have never heard of it. To read more about it, pls click here: Manchurian

Needless to say Gobhi manchurian is a hardcore Indian food.

gobhi manchurian
gobhi manchurian

The gobhi manchurian at Pulakeshi was chatpata to taste. It was quite hot too & somewhat oily as well. The good thing was that the gobhi was crunchy & hence the dish tasted quite good. Rate this 3/5

We also tried Fried chicken kababs. These had a coating on them similar to Andhra fish fry. The coating ensured that the chicken were juicy inside. Seasoning of the kabab was perfect. Loved munching on the chicken kababs. Rate them 4/5

Fried chicken kababs
Fried chicken kababs

For maincourse we had yellow dal. Awesome it was. Not on the face but it had good flavors of dal, spices & it was a bit hot as well. Loved it & rate it 4.5/5

yellow dal
yellow dal

We requested on local style Chicken curry in our next meal. This was excellent. They asked if we want spicy or hot. We said ‘make it the way it is served at homes’. What came was delicious. Hot, rustic, robust, spicy but YUMM. The chicken pieces were also very good. Rate this dish 4.5/5

Masala Chicken curry
local style Chicken curry

In another meal we had Baingan masala. This was bringal cube pieces made into a curry local style. The brinjal itself was not so good. It had too much seeds. However the masalas were nice & that ended up making the curry quite good (after throwing away the excess seed parts). Rate this dish 3/5

Baingan masala
Baingan masala

We also ordered Masala Chicken curry ( I remember waiting guy saying this). This chicken curry had full spices, was rustic, quite robust & hot as well.

Chicken masala curry
Chicken masala curry

The chicken was very soft & was tasty too. The chicken & gravy had been cooked together. Rate it 4.5/5

chicken masala
chicken masala

We also tried egg curry. They had fried the boiled eggs before cutting it in two & pouring it into two. Good , thick, gravy, flavors of spices intact. Rate it 4.25/5

egg curry
egg curry

The dish that was simplest & so good was poori aloo that we had for breakfast. Outstanding, simple aloo ki subzi tempered with curry leaves. Awesome. Rate it 4.5/5

subzi
subzi

Poori was very soft & nice to taste , with the curry as well as just like that.

Poori
Poori

Overall rating of food at Pulakeshi Dining Room averages out to 4/5

In summary I wud say that these guys have a 2 page menu but whatever we had there had a basic minimum standard – hard to find in faraway places like Badami. In case u r in town to see the amazing creations of 1500 years back, u might wanna pay a visit to Badami Court to try some of their good food.

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