Raja Cafe (Opposite Entrance, Western Group of Temples, Khajuraho)

In a nutshell:

I was told about Raja Café’s impressive Culinary heritage & we liked food that they served – Inspite of a decline from the time it was a ‘Legendary Restaurant’. It is surely not the best in its category in the current day but surely worth a visit.

the entrance

Meal for 2: Rs. 600 onwards

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:

I had heard a lot about this place from friends who had visited Khajuraho before – ( 8 – 10 yrs back). As I started chatting with people in Khajuraho, many mentioned the Legend of Raja Café – started by a European couple & used be be a superb place to eat & hang out….in those days. I was also told that it was much better earlier than today.

I was pleasantly surprised as I entered the place. Very nice & casual décor – options to sit outside as well as inside the a/c dining hall. There are two entrance gates on two sides & they r beautifully done. The ‘sit outside’ section has beautiful Garden chairs & the area was dimly lit. The ‘sit inside’ area was brightly lit – good for me coz better lighting means better food snaps. Before coming to this place I thought it wud b plastic chairs & tables like Mediterraneo & other eateries in Khajuraho but it turned out to be pleasantly different.

A view of Raja cafe from outside the gate – open seating section in the front & indoor seating in the background

The staff member who served us was good, quite prompt & served us with a smiling face. He handled our queries (about the menu) well. I wud say that he was as good as one cud get in this part of country.

They had quite a huge menu card – ‘Fresh from our Bakery’ section starts with apple pie, croissants, muffins, lemon tart, Brownie etc. drinks like different kinds of coffee including the likes of cappuccino hazelnut, different kinds of tea, many options of shakes, vegetarian & non vegetarian club sandwiches, the usual list of beverages, Indian, Continental & English breakfast, omelets of diff kind – European & indian, Chinese soups & main course, a huge section of continental – 16 to 18 dishes & a list of North Indian approximate 10 vegetarian & 10 nonvegetarian options. In Tandoori section they had approximately 12 diff tikkas, nans & kababs. Apart from this they offered 4 kinds of south indian dosas. For desserts one cud choose from a long list of pancakes, waffles, banana flambé & banana fritters. They also had Indian Fixed menu & the most interesting named item – ‘European thali’ (grilled mixed veg, pasta with tomato sauce, rice pudding, mashed potato)

the menu card

The large menu was very balanced menu with almost equal number of vegetarian & nonvegetarian food on offer in each section.
Food was good but not outstanding. Good place to spend some time & eat some good food when in Khajuraho – Food at Mediterraneo was far better.

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Hard Rock Cafe, (DLF Place Mall, Saket, Delhi)

In a nutshell:

Pretty Good food with Very Good Drinks & Excellent Music.

massive guitar outside DLF place saket – night view

Address & other details: Hard Rock Cafe

Mammoth Guitar in daytime

Meal for 2: Rs. 750 onwards (without alcohol)

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

inside the ‘cafe’

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

If u reach this place before 9pm, u almost get treated like u have been to a restaurant. Post that, depending on the day of the week, occasions, live shows etc, the place converts from a restaurant to a disc ……………. U can see the transformation if u hang around for 2 -3 hours.

Music is loud but peppy, enjoyable & nice usually.

The menu is the same as any other Hard Rock Cafe in any other country. There r ‘India special’ dishes too. The serving staff is good & the Manager comes at least once to check if everything is fine. The food is mainly American stuff with some tid bits thrown in from around the world. The food tastes much above average – I call it ‘good’ to ‘very good’, nothing I ever ate here was below expectations – but not many of these dishes fall into the category of ‘outstanding’.

Cocktails r really good – Every time we have been there, the cocktail suggested by the serving person was usually the best – as compared to others that we ordered.

the cocktail that we liked the most last time we went to HRC

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