Lunch at this restaurant was a part of Textile and bio diversity trail organised by exotic echo.
In a NUtshell:
A Manipuri ‘rice hotel’ with warm people and fabulous food.
Address & other details: meetei manipuri
Meal for 2: ₹800 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian
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The lunch was a part of the trail organised by exotic echo mentioned above.
The bill published below is for 5 people
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
We were taken to this restaurant as a part of the trail mentioned above by exotic echo.
The restaurant was few meters away from the highway connecting dimapur and Jorhat. That gave a good parking space for 2 SUVs / cars in front of the restaurant.
There were 2 signboards outside the restaurant.
As we entered, there was a small shop on the right from which a customer could buy over the counter, without entering the restaurant. It was selling packaged food , water, soft drinks etc.
The main hallway of the restaurant had 2 parts adjacent to each other. The structure of the hall was made with wooden beams. The ceiling was made from bamboo strips.
The walls were painted bright pink and there were photographs of Manipuri art and culture on the photos. That made the walls pretty lively.
Everything was neat and clean in the dining area.
On the way to the washroom inside the building, we saw the kitchen. It had traditional walls made with clay on bamboo / wood. In the center of the kitchen was a huge chulha fueled with firewood.
The kitchen was also neat and clean & the racks organised.
The boys serving food were warm and nice. They understood we were tourists and not so aware of the local language and food. They treated us like guests at their home.
There was menu written on a blackboard. I strangely forgot to click a picture of the same.
Almost all dishes were hot yet super YUMM
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
We were served local unpolished Rice. Loved the thick, short grains of rice, perfectly cooked.
We were also served 2 kinds of fiery yet tasty chutneys – one was a lump and the other was dry.
The Lumpy Chutney with gourds, aloo was good to taste but not great. It was hot and salty. Rate it 3.5/5
The Dry Chutney was very good. It had thinly sliced veggies. Rate it 4/5
We Started the meal with an unstoppable aloo curry that retained the skin of the aloo. Simple aloo dish that made our day. Rate it 4.5/5
We loved the ‘home like’ yellow daal, full of daal flavors and less distractions. Perfectly seasoned. Rate it 4.5/5
The black daal was slightly slimy, had minimal spices, was high on the intrinsic daal flavor and taste. Rate it 4.5/5
Next came a fab fish curry with jeera that was robust and rustic. Drank the gravy till the last drop. Flavors of the fish had beautifully merged with the flavors of spices. Rate it 4.75/5
Then came a mutton curry that made a statement – strong flavours of meat and mustard oil complimented each other. The gravy was thin yet power punched. The neat pieces were melting away. Super loved it. Rate it4.5/5
Lai shaak was cooked with some spices and salt was added to it. This was unlike our meals in Nagaland where it would be just boiled without salt and eaten. Rate it 4/5
Like most eateries in this region, there was no sweet dish on offer for dessert.
Overall rating of food at this restaurant averages out to 4.3/5
Highly recommended to get a feel of local cuisine if you are in the area.