My veggie friends are often annoyed when they go to buffets- they feel that non-vegetarians get more bang for the same buck. Chains like Rajdhani and South Indies are a boon to them, and also to people who would like a nice vegetarian meal now and then.
On Makara Sankranthi, I picked the Rajdhani near our home to treat mom and let her take a day off cooking. The staff was still putting up decorations when we walked in at 12.30 and we, and the other diners, had to wait a good 15 minutes for service. The rose sherbet they started us off with was no better than the concentrates we buy from stores, and the buttermilk chaas was so salty we had to send it back.
The starters were better- a vada and khaman dhokla, and we loved the undhiyu, we probably could have eaten that and nothing else. The roti, methi thepla and puri were ok, but the sabzis were not. The servers kept serving only the masala in the sabzis (paneer kofta, besan ka gatta, aloo gobi and a dal-based one), and you had to keep asking them to give you some paneer or some sabzi. The dals were great though, and the teekhi dal had a hint of mango that left me licking my lips.
I wish I could say something nice about the rest of the meal. I don’t know what the pongal was- it was not pongal and it was not khichdi and it was lacking in salt. The desserts were pretty disastrous- the gulab jamun was doughy, the jalebis too sweet and the pineapple halwa was worse than my first try at making halwa at home. The shrikhand was the only saving grace among the desserts, and the Sankranthi special til ka laddoo was not too bad either.
I don’t know if it’s just the Indiranagar outlet, but the quality and quantity of food seems to have degraded over the last few months. For Rs 375, the food fell short both in terms of quality and quantity, and service was quite poor as well, despite the fact that there was hardly a crowd. I wish chain restaurants would not just rush into opening new outlets without getting their basics in place.
Rajdhani Thali Restaurant
Salarpuria Landmark, 100 Feet Road