Silver saloon (Usha Kiran palace, Taj Hotels, Jayendraganj Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh)

In a nutshell: A nice restaurant with some lipsmacking food (including a special platter of Nepali & Marathi food) managed by a rare breed of passionate, warm, talented and professional people who take excellent care of guests. Address & other details:  Silver saloon Google map: Silver saloon Meal for 2: Rs. 2000 onwards Cuisine type :  vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited … Continue reading Silver saloon (Usha Kiran palace, Taj Hotels, Jayendraganj Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh)

Wangchuk’s Ladakhi Kitchen ( Behind Super Mart 2, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon)

In a nutshell: Good spacious restaurant with an excellent outdoor area, efficient staff & good but not that authentic Nepali, Ladakhi & Tibetan food & one of the best momos in Gurgaon. Address & other details: Wangchuk’s Ladakhi Kitchen is just behind Supermart 2 which houses Lawrence & Mayo. In absence of Wangchuk’s presence on google map, have plotted L & M. Meal for 2: … Continue reading Wangchuk’s Ladakhi Kitchen ( Behind Super Mart 2, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon)

Roots – Café in the Park (Rajiv Gandhi Renewable energy Park, Leisure Valley, Sector 29, Gurgaon)

In a nutshell:

Day 1 & Day 2: Simplicity, back to basics (Roots), a great idea, superb execution, unbelievable prices & excellent food are words that come to my mind while describing Roots café. Day 3 : Quite dissappointing & average food

the logo

Address & other details: Roots

Meal for 2: Rs. 200 onwards

The exterior view of Roots cafe

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & eggs

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It was a Saturday morning & we were upto our customary ‘Earn ur breakfast’ – Walked 4km & then renewed our energy at Roots Cafe situated in Renewable Energy park, leisure valley, Gurgaon.

Moong dal chilla @ Roots cafe

For many of us in Gurgaon, central air-conditioning, glass house buildings & high rises have become a part of existence. Lots of us have lost touch with the way we used to be in our childhood – simple fans / air coolers. Roots Café reconnects us to our roots with its basic but tastefully done décor in which almost no man-made materials have been used, the simplicity of its menu, partially open-air structure & the huge air coolers.

the interiors of Roots Cafe

The structure, as mentioned above, is of wood, bamboo & other natural materials. The roof is thatched. The furniture is all wood. The coasters are natural & so is the beautifully made cover of the menu card & the ‘cheque’ folder.

Furniture at Roots cafe

As mentioned above, there is no A/C but even in the heat of June the two mammoth non noisy air-coolers do a good job of keeping the place cool.

The all natural Menu card – only the lamination inside is plastic

Unlike in other places where the waiting staff gets the order, here u r supposed to write ur choice of food on a little ‘order slip’. Really liked this concept as that reduces chances of wrong ordering / wrong order interpretations.

A huge wall cabinet with an inbuilt refrigerator in the center

The waiting staff is very non-intrusive but well behaved & nice. Their product (the food that they serve) knowledge is good as well.
The urge & passion to serve tasty & good food (even though it is not gourmet food) is really commendable.

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Yeti – The Himalayan Kitchen ( 50 A, 2nd Floor, Hauz Khas Village, Hauz Khas, New Delhi)

In a nutshell:

Quite interesting & different ‘Himalayan’ cuisine with some ‘too good’ & some ‘just good’ dishes.

The signboard with most letters missing.

Address & other details: Yeti

Meal for 2: Rs. 400 onwards

Cuisine Type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

the interiors

Short Description- In case u r in a hurry:

The Himalayan Range is so vast that the word ‘Himalayan cuisine’ covers a plethora of cuisines of places situated on the Himalayas. Yeti serves Nepali, Bhutanese, Tibetan& North eastern Cuisine. Pretty interesting variety I wud say, for someone in Delhi – almost no one has thought about it before.

We heard about this place & decided to try Nepali cuisine. The menu card had precisely 99 items across the cuisines mentioned above. They include so far  unknown (in Delhi) dishes & also the already popular momos, noodles & thukpas. So to focus on one cuisine at a time was the best way to do justice to the lunch.

starter platter at Yeti

As we approached the restaurant, we saw the signboard & were surprised to see missing letters in it – in a new restaurant????

The restaurant is situated in the first floor of a building almost near the gate of the Historical ‘Hauz Khas’ lake. The interiors are nice with Himalayan motifs and masks all over. The music being played here is also folk tunes from different regions – played a bit louder than ‘enjoyable’. Space being a constraint, the tables are a bit close to each other. In the peak of lunch hour, the chatter from all tables & the music make sure that decibel levels are quite high – makes u talk louder than usual.

masks on the wall

Like many other theme restaurants, they can sell the music CDs that they play / small motifs masks etc as most of these r unusual to find in Delhi.  

The serving staff are quite well trained & warm. The one serving us always had a smile on his face. His understanding of the items on the menu seemed to be good & he cud answer all our queries regarding food on the menu.

Serving time might be an issue for ‘non thali’ items on the menu in peak hours. We almost waited for 30 minutes for a main course dish. However what came post that was a marvel as it was freshly cooked from scratch.

The coordination however seemed to be an issue. We cud see people waiting inspite of having empty seats inside. Make sure u book a table before u land up here are it is already pretty popular.Waiting without booking can b quite a harrowing experience.

The starter thalis are humungous & in fact the quantity is too much to the point of being silly. Two people with average appetite will be almost full after just having a veg / nonveg starter platter. A good idea can be to have ‘half plate / Full plate’ or ‘bite size sampler / Big bite sampler’ etc.

Not all items on the menu are ‘exotic’ or special. There are simple dishes like stir fried potato with sesame seeds or masala chana that taste good but r not the ‘oh my God, this is out of the world’ variety. Some others like chicken fry, goat lung fry, ‘wai wai’etc. are very good.

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