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Jaipur restaurant review: Surya Mahal (plus some doggerel)

TripAdvisor is being wonky about letting me write a review for a restaurant it doesn’t have listed; it has me stuck in a loop, insisting that I confirm that it is in an unlisted city, which it is not. Anyway, here’s the review I would have posted there.

A local resident recommended Surya Mahal (Shop No A, 179, MI Road) as the pure vegetarian place he goes with his family. It is indeed a family restaurant, down to paper placemats with absolutely terrible jokes on them.

But the food was just so good.

The menu includes Chinese and Italian, as well as Indian. We had the King’s Tali: little dishes of malai kofta, paneer butter masala, vegetable pulao (rice), some type of dal, and a raita (spiced yogurt) plus papadam, bread (we got roti) and two gulab jamuns. One tali served both of us.

Everything was exceptionally delicious: richly flavored, nicely textured. We ate all of everything and left satisfied in every direction. I’m no expert on Indian food, but I’m going to stand by what I just said.

Plus the children running around were adorable.

The owner (or so we assumed) was very helpful and enthusiastic. He honored our counter-cultural request that the food not be very hot in the peppery sense; one of us is a wimp.

Total cost, including a large bottle of mineral water, was under 500 Rs. — about US$7.00.


One night when we woke up in the middle of the night and could not get back to sleep (thanks to the lag of jets), I was thinking how, in my limited experience, almost all northern Indian food comes in lots of sauce or is a sauce itself. The following doggerel popped into my head:

Put on your galoshes
‘Cause everything sloshes.

Except the banan-
a, which is second to naan.

I had a third verse as well, but I eventually fell asleep and forgot it.

Just as well.

5 Responses to “Jaipur restaurant review: Surya Mahal (plus some doggerel)”

  1. Uh-oh. David “The Messiah of Miscellaneousness” Weinberger has fired up the bong again! The doggerel is a dead giveaway. Since he’s in India I’m guessing it’s Nepalese temple balls this time.

  2. Such a nice blog…..Virasat Restaurant is a famous place to visit in Jaipur where you get royal experience by live music, folk dance, Rajasthanithali , Ganlanding,Royal Welcome, feet Wash. Surprise your fiancé with a pre wedding photo shoot or enjoy the live music with your family.

  3. Thanks for the info…I had Rajasthani thali ones in bangalore… though it was a heavy meal for me ..thalii was full of varieties and really enjoyed it…in next visit i will be going to surya mahal for sure.

  4. Nice blog…. Radhey Ki Haveli is a best Hotel in Khatu which provide the luxurious modern room facility, Ekadashi Kirtan, North Indian food served in a fine dining ambience as well as Rajasthani Thali served in a traditional Bajot sitting area which gives you an experience of how Royals used to dine.

  5. nice blog… thanks for sharing


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