In a nutshell:
We were pleasantly surprised to find two awesome & unique dishes at this restaurant & some other very good ones.
Address & other details: Shaheeni
Meal for 2: 300 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & nonvegetarian
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Short description – in case u r in a hurry:
This Foodie madness post is a part of a series called Culinary pilgrimage – On a weekend in August 15 we decided to travel to Jodhpur on Culinary pilgrimage. A 2 day trip to Jodhpur just to eat out at the numerous streetfood shops that have survived over time……….We ended up eating at 11 places in a span of 48 hours & spent a total of approx Rs. 1850 & then we dined at Jodhpur fort for Rs. 3000. The cost of staying at Jodhpur & travelling to Jodhpur from Delhi was, needless to say, quite a few times more.
We had chanced upon a mention of Shaheen hotel on the internet. So we decided to give it a shot. The restaurant was Not in google . Adventure started when we read the address available on the net – it said ‘near Ishaqiya school’. Ishaqiya school was also not on Google.
So we asked an auto wallah to take us there. He said yes, we sat , he had afterthoughts & he then transferred us to another auto. This was one of the best things that happened to us in jodhpur trip. This guy knew all the lanes & by-lanes & most importantly, all the eateries.
You might try calling him in case u want a foodie tour – Mr. Sher Khan, mobile number +91 9799883445
Soon we were in super narrow lanes where even two auto rickshaws cud not pass each other easily. At one point an auto rickshaw got so near to a drain that a guy actually walked up, lifted one tyre & pushed it into safe zone!!! The good thing is that in that chaos everyone in all vehicles & also the pedestrians were pretty patient. No quarreling on the streets / abusing each other.
It were not just Auto rickshaws that got stuck in jam, but pedestrians were also stuck in the traffic in that tiny lane.
We reached the shop to find it shut. We called the number printed on the shop façade. No one responded.
That is when the autowallah told us that the same guy had another shop & his brother had another shop. Went to owners brother’s stationary shop and he confirmed they hv 2 more branches. ‘Go to Jalori gate one’ he said.
At Jalori gate we realized that this restaurant was Shaheeni & not Shaheen – but they had the same menu!!!!
The restaurant was on the first floor & one had to enter thru an iron staircase & then into the main cemented staircase.
There were two sections – the general area & the AC area.
The AC area had rows of seats, a wash basin at the corner & a TV playing Bollywood movies. This room looked cleaner & better maintained than the other one.
Service was very efficient. The serving boys knew their stuff well.
We were pleasantly surprised with some unique food & loved the rest as well.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to NJOY reading:
We started with Mutton tikia – It had lots of Daanedaar Dal, some mutton, good amount of spices. They were hand made & hence irregularly shaped.
The kababs were crisp on the outer & moderately soft inside. The kababs had excellent taste inspite of having less mutton.
Masala sprinkled on top made the kabab Chatpata to taste. Rate it 4.25/5
Next dish we had was Chaap fry – deep fried chaap , never had it in my life. Wud hv never ordered had the serving guy not recommended.
Crisp on the outside, the mutton chaap had a batter layer. It was soft n juicy inside. Awesome is an understatement. Rate it 4.75/5
Next dish we had was Mutton Adla – it was a unique dish. It had s light yellow gravy unlike most mutton dishes.
The gravy had coconut and milk ( thickened) in addition to spices. The result was a thick , creamy and yumm gravy that tasted awesome. The guys were experts in handling their meat.
The mutton pieces were cooked along with the gravy – hence they incorporated the elements of the gravy and the gravy had its share of meat flavours. Meat pieces were super soft , melt in the mouth while retaining full flavours. Rate it 4.5/5
Mutton quorma was a thick spicy mutton gravy. The spices of this quorma were not as subtle as the ones in Lucknow – these were more on the face, yet enjoyable.
Meats again were very good – melt in the mouth, yumm. Rate it 4.25/5.
They did not have any desserts to offer that day. The guy offered to get us desserts from the neighborhood. We gave it a pass.
I was specially intrigued at the egg halwa. In case u r lucky to taste it, pls post a review of the same below.
Overall rating of food at Shaheena averages out to 4.44/5
I wud definitely revisit if in Jodhpur. Wud also try the Shaheen restaurant. Look forward to u sharing ur experience here.