In a nutshell:
A super popular joint that seems to have let loose its standard over time – I found Pokar Sweet home & Janta Sweets serving much better fare.
Address & other details: Surya namkeen
Meal for 2: 60 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian
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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.
Sher Khan & his auto rickshaw 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
The shop is located in a very visible location, Jalori Gate Circle.
As we stood there we found cars and bikes coming there non stop, people grabbing their food & the munching it in the cars or on the bike seats.
A guy in the corner was constantly frying the different pakoras & kachoris & the freshly prepared food was vanishing in minutes and people were waiting for the next batch.
The serving staff were throwing some amount of attitude as opposed to the traditional Rajasthani warmth. They were working like machine too. Maybe that was the reason.
It was good to see that the shop urged people to throw waste in a basket rather than litter it all around.
Food was Ok but surely not worth all the hype around this store.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to NJOY reading:
We first tried Sai samosa – this samosa was huge in size and was more flattened as compared to the usually roundish girth samosas.
The outer layer of the samosa was very crisp but not flaky / layery. The masala was very robust and it had all four elements of taste in it – sour, sweet, hot and salt. The sweet and sour were comparatively higher than the filling of pyaz Kachori at pokar sweets.
I found the balance of taste slightly off – wud hv preferred a tad more salt and a bit less sour. However the shop was super popular with the people from the neighbourhood – so this balance seemed to b doing good here or was it an aberration on that day? I don’t know.
Rate the samosa 3/5
Mirchi pyaz vada had a real lot of filling and a Thin chilly in the center. The filling was robust – almost similar to the samosa. Quite sour, sweet and somewhat hot and salty. Excess filling meant that the besan layer cud not balance the taste. Liked the mirchi vada at janata sweets much more due to better balance of taste.
Rate this 3/5
Overall rating of food at Surya Namkeen averages out to 3/5
I am unlikely to revisit.