In a nutshell:
Nice ambiance, an army of service staff, efficient and mechanical service like most other thali serving places, good food that is far from being wow.
Address & other details: Shabree Restaurant
Meal for 2: 660 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian
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Short description – in case u r in a hurry:
It is like all of those unlimited vegetarian thali places like Rajdhani and Panchwati Gaurav where all food is good but not necessarily great. There is a minimum standard below which nothing falls. A place to go for family dinners and carb load oneself till the stomach is bursting – not necessary that tastebuds are giggling.
The exception to the rule I remember is Gypsy in Jodhpur that serves an outstanding local unlimited thali.
Food was being made in huge quantities almost like an industrial set up.
Waiting staff were constantly coming every 3-4 minutes to ask for additional helping.
Some among the Waiting staff were nice and others were stiff upper lip stern faced ones who were not amused when we were deliberating between sitting for the thali or going for a la carte in the dining room above ( of the same restaurant). They clearly displayed their discontent with facial expressions that reminded me of Kathakali dancers of Kerala.
Food was good as I said but not recommended for foodies who look for the real authentic almost home made local taste.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
Shimla mirch besan was capsicum in a thickened solidified besan gravy. Taste and flavours of besan were there. Capsicum had withered and become soft. Generally good to taste. Rate it 3/5.
Aloo bhajia was nice – deep (batter) fried crisp outer and soft potato within. Rate it 4.25/5
Palak bhajia was very good. Very crisp, very tasty and very good. Rate it 4.25/5.
Pithla was again a besan based smooth thick curry. It tasted good but was too smooth in texture. Rate it 3/5.
Dal was thin , almost like home made and very good to taste. Was a little sweet as well. Rate it 4/5.
Lobia curry was soft lobia in a thin gravy. It was good to taste. The grains of lobia were inseparable. Simple dish, almost like someone new at cooking wud make at home. Rate it 3.5/5.
Potato and aubergine curry was good again. However nothing stood out. It was like home cooked curry made by someone who has just learnt cooking. Rate it 3/5.
Kadhi was very good. It was a good balance of sweet, sour and salt. Really liked this one. Rate it 4.5/5.
Koshimbir was very good. Crunchy veggies in a sweet, sour and salty curd base. Enjoyed munching on this. Rate it 4.25/5.
Jalebis were nice. They had a bit of sourness with a lot of sweetness. The jalebis were very crispy too. Rate them 4/5.
Fruit salad was again pretty good. Crunchy fruits in custard. Rate it 3/5
Overall rating of food at Shabree averages out to 3.8/5.
I am unlikely to get bk here.