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A stunningly beautiful, traditional look, South Indian, vegetarian fine dining restaurant that serves excellent food
Address & other details: padmanabham
Meal for 2: ₹500 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian only
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Short description- in case u r in a hurry
We got to know of this restaurant from a social media post by one of our foodie friends – Snehalata saikia.
So one afternoon we decided to drop in for lunch here.
The restaurant has entrance from the main market GK ground floor – it’s just a door & a staircase leading up. A lady was stationed just outside the door – she was coordinating the seats booked, allocated seats etc.
As we entered the door, we realized we had to start climbing the stairs. The staircase was broad & very beautifully decorated.
As we reached first floor, we realized that the space was like a mini hall.
The dining hall was elaborately decorated. Paintings of vishnu’s dus avatars were on one side of the wall.
The menu card was elaborate & covered dishes from the different states of south India. Each item on the menu was well explained.
This was fine dining South Indian. Thali was being served on banana leaf but the rest were in fancy heavy plates.
The guys who took the order & the ones who served, were nice & warm. They knew about the food very well.
Loved the food
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
We started with the street food kuttu paratha. We have never ordered this dish b4 on our own but we have eaten it after someone else in a large group would have ordered. Must have had this in not so good places. So I did not have a good memory of kuttu paratha till we had it at Padmanabham.
The kuttu paratha was great to taste, it’s texture was very interesting- we cud feel the layers of the paratha, the paratha was soft & just everything was good. Rate it 4.25/5.
We moved on to ghee Pongal. It was excellent. Simple, subtle, flavors of dal, ghee, black pepper. Perfect texture. Loved it. Rate it 4.5/5
Then we ordered Bhojanam, inspired by Kerala sadya. This was served on a banana leaf, all items, one by one.
We call it ‘inspired by’ as we saw some items from other states of south of India as well.
The bhojanam was served to us in a banana leaf. The gentleman serving us placed one item after the other in a particular order, from left to right, row after row.
Not mentioning each & every item in details. Overall it was excellent. Not a single item was sub optimal.
So happy to see that they had not tweaked the original version much, to adjust to delhi taste buds.
Rate the bhojanam 4.5/5
For dessert we had pineapple halwa. This again was outstanding – good flavors of ghee, chunks & flavor of pineapple, good balance of sweetness & other taste. Roasted cashews surely made a difference to the texture. Rate it 4.5/5
I had requested a strong Filter kappi . Loved the coffee. Rate it 4.5/5
Overall rating of food at padmanabham averages out to 4.4/5
Look forward to revisiting
2 thoughts on “Padmanabham (1st Floor, N Block Market, Greater Kailash 1 (GK 1), New Delhi”
While your recommendations have generally been spot on, I detested Padmanabhan. I’ve had 10x better kuttu parotta at a friend’s place in Chennai.
Thanks for sharing this. Usually traditional food made by someone at home for a dear one is way better than made at mass commercial places. My observations. 🙂