Rajdhani’s Rasovara: The Humble Thali Gets A Haute New Makeover

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The grand seven course golden thali by Rajdhani's Rasovara
The external facade of Rajdhani's Rasovara
The external facade of Rajdhani’s Rasovara

In today’s day and age when almost everything is getting a stylish new makeover, why should the formerly ‘humble’ thali be left behind? So, when I was invited to check out the newly amped up version of Rajdhani’s legendary and entirely vegetarian thali at their spiffy Rajdhani’s Rasovara branch at the Palladium Mall in Lower Parel (or is it Upper Worli now, in keeping with the aforementioned stylish new makeover trend?), I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into all the chic goodies.

After I was greeted at the door with a garland and a sandalwood tilak, I was escorted to my table by my very own ‘Captain’ who explained to me that my seven course meal would be served on an authentic golden Kansa thali and that it would be an amalgamation of authentic Gujarati and Rajasthani cuisine in terms of taste, preparation and serving.

The grand seven course golden thali by Rajdhani's Rasovara
The grand seven course golden thali by Rajdhani’s Rasovara

Very similar to the start of a meal at any haute cuisine restaurant, I was offered a cold towel to wipe away the grime and dust that a city like Mumbai deposits liberally onto one’s face and hands. Next, I had a choice of two welcome drinks—Thandai and good old Indian Lemonade aka Nimbu-Paani to quench my thirst with. Choosing the latter, I got down to sampling the Farsans and other appetizers that consisted of creamy Dahi Vada, Khaman Dhokla, Kachori and a mini Samosa stuffed with a spicy peas mixture. All these were accompanied by a symphony of pickles, papads, sauces and chutneys that ranged from mild to get-the-doctor-quickly piquant.

The plush interiors of Rajdhani's Rasovara
The plush interiors of Rajdhani’s Rasovara

Employing those typically Rajdhani-esque gestures to call for specific items, the captain made sure my 6lbs gold thali was forever runneth over with two kinds of Kadis (Teekha and Meetha), two varieties of Dals (Meetha and Khatta), an assortment of vegetable preparations like Saag Sabzi, Gatte Ki Sabzi and Panner and Malai Koftas, all mopped up with soft Ragi Rotis and Naans that seemed to have taken a leisurely bath in vats of melted ghee and white butter.

The Rajasthani Dal-Bati-Churma trio was just right and hit the spot especially when the captain suggested the addition of crumbled gur that melted into the pool of ghee, resulting in a mixture concocted by the Almighty himself…

Rajdhani's Rasovara, elegance all the way!
Rajdhani’s Rasovara, elegance all the way!

Although I am one of those people who detests over-attentive, almost militant staff who hover around like pesky flies ready to swoop down and irritate the daylights out of me by literally forcing me to have “ek aur” ghee-laden Phulka, I gave in to the genuine warmth and hospitality of the well-trained staff who sure know to back off when “no” means NO! I let them heap mounds of fragrant Pulao, White Rice and my favourite Dal Khichdi that is served just before the dessert course with… you guessed it more lashings of ghee and makkhan.

What followed next was a smorgasbord of sweet somehtings that took the form of crispy Jalebis, silken Srikahand and luscious Rabdi that was accompanied by Malpuas. And despite the fact that I’m not a big fan of Gulab Jamuns, I guiltily confess to gourmandising three. But in my defence they were cocktail sized… and bizarrely addictive.

Rajdhani's Rasovara
Rajdhani’s Rasovara

Given the fact that they don’t serve any alcohol, they do have a canny trick up their sleeve with the deceptively named Rajdhani ‘tequila’ which is nothing more than an innocuous shot of thandai-meets-paan flavoured milk that I didn’t need persuasion to down another!

What I also liked about the place is that diners get a different selection of dishes almost every time they visit the place, as there are a total of 72 different rotating menus and 22,464 delicacies on the thali for you to sample from.

But if a thali isn’t your thing and you’d still like to be treated like royalty Rajdhani’s Rasovarara also offers an à la carte menu which is available between 3 and 7pm that includes sizzling Akhrot Halwa, Kulfi, Firni and fresh fruit juices amongst other snacks and desserts.

Hmm, now that gives me another excuse to come back and indulge the hedonist in me once again…

Address: Level 3, Palladium, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai.
Phone: 022-4080 2118
Cost: Rs 449 for lunch and Rs 549 for dinner, per head

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Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.