In a NUtshell A Royal mess in terms of managing the restaurant, cold, over worked & badly trained staff who reminded me of Sukumar ray’s ‘ram garurer chhana, hanste tader mana’ (people who don’t smile), good ambience but nothing Royal about it, HOWEVER, a truely grand spread of dishes & very good food – our taste buds were super happy. Address & other details: grand … Continue reading Grand market pavilion (ITC Grand Royal, kolkata)
This is a travelogue on stay at weaver’s place and experiencing the Loinloom festival, organised by exotic echo. (Contactexoticecho@gmail.com) In a NUtshell: A memorable home stay in a real naga village, inside a traditional village bamboo hut on stilts, a never before exposure to weaving and weavers, unending conversations with some very interesting, passionate and talented people from around the world, beautiful music in the … Continue reading International Loinloom festival (village diezephe, weaver’s place, near dimapur, Nagaland)
This is a travelogue on visit to the annual hornbill festival held in Kohima. This trip was a part of Textile and bio diversity trail organised by exotic echo. (Contactexoticecho@gmail.com) In a NUtshell: A one of its kind showcase of culture, lifestyle and food of the different Naga tribes at one location – unmissable first time experience but might get repetitive on multiple visits. Short … Continue reading Hornbill festival (Naga heritage village, Kohima, Nagaland)
In a NUtshell: A very interesting and unusual (for me) lunch that reinforced our thoughts on Naga cuisine, fast and efficient service, basic clean interiors, regular eating place for locals – not a fancy tourist trap. Address & other details:Naga morsel Meal for 2: ₹200 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ … Continue reading Naga morsel (EROS lane, DimApur, Nagaland)
In a nutshell: Naga food stall in Dilli Haat that is a good quick introduction to YUMM but slightly toned down sub authentic Naga Food. Address & other details: Dilli Haat. Try to take the metro as parking is a big nuisance. Meal for 2: Rs. 400 onwards Cuisine type: vegetarian & predominantly nonvegetarian Short Description – in case u r in a hurry: We … Continue reading Nagaland Stall, Dilli Haat (Dilli Haat, opp INA Market, New Delhi)
The restaurant had something unique to it – It did not have professional service, had no tap water in the otherwise clean loo & we had to climb the stairs for I guess 4 floors (coz like all buildings in the vicinity, it did not have a lift). What the restaurant had instead was a very warm & efficient service – they were not very fluent at English but good enough to have a decent communication. The guy serving us had a smile on his face almost all the while & treated us as if we were a guest to his house. Most importantly, the Naga food was as ‘non Delhi-ized’ as possible. Super liked it & wud surely get back. Someone had the guts to serve super hot Naga food in Delhi – I guess almost same standard as that in Nagaland.
The entrance to the building is thru a narrow ‘gully’ that had a carved wooden door. Before we reached the staircase, we saw a Latin Restaurant, a Japanese snack counter, a Frankie shop & more unimaginable variety of shops coexisting with each other. No one attempted to beautify the staircase. There were no signboards or arrows of the restaurant either, on the way up.
A huge painting of Naga women standing in traditional attire marked the entrance of the restaurant. As we walked in, we realized there were two sections – a closed Dining Hall with seating area & two additional seats in the balcony.
On the floor above there was a marvellous open air seating (with a roof). Both the floors had abundant view of the Lake (For the uninitiated, Hauz Khas means Royal Lake. The word ‘Hauz’ means lake & ‘Khas’ means Royal. This lake came into existence at the time of Allauddin Khilji in early 1300s. Beside the lake, there r many 700 year old Historical monuments in this campus, including Feroz Shah Tughlaq’s tomb)
The Dining Hall has traditional paintings & also Handicrafts made of wood & bamboo. The furniture is basic wooden.