I am a Mango Maniac. Just the word, the sight, the tantalizing aroma of ripe Mango makes me go crazy in anticipation of it's ambrosial sweetness. Please don't kill me just yet for being so narcissistic cause I am going to make you more ecstatic with the Mangolicios Majestic Feast at Khandani Rajdhani ( Phoenix Market City, Kurla )
At the entrance of the Rajdhani ( Ek Khandani Parampara ) , We were greeted in a very traditional Indian way with a flower full ,Pooja thali , Chandan tilak and led inside by the manager. What followed was an authentic, Royal Banquet! It started with washing hands in a brass basin, by the warm water poured from a brass Suraee (I almost refused to do this but had to co-operate). Refreshingly cool, sweet & sour Kairi-Panhe or Mango Lassi as per diner's choice.
Usually , when we go for a restaurant review, we chat, we eat, we take lots of pictures-breaks for every new dish. And that day being Sunday there were lots of diners rushing in big groups of family / friends , so we had to concentrate on tasting a bit faster than we usually are accustomed to. Check out the House full Rajdhani and its palatial decor
Statutory warning : You must fast for a day before entering Rajdhani, or you won't be able to do justice to the Royal spread that appears majestically in a spectacular thali, The attendants keep on refilling every bowl , as soon as you finish the first portion. Let me try to recollect the infinite preps I tasted...
Chana chaat, Paneer Aalu, Ker Sangri ( Rajasthani special vegetable ), Aalu matar, Mataki oosal, Aam Kadhi, sweet & sour Mango Dal dhokli, Dal Bati , Vegetable korma , Rajsthani khichadi ,soft, fluffy Mango Ring Dhokla, Dahi chaat , Kairi Chilli samosa ( I wish I had an extra stomach, just for this crispy, yummy prep ), Raw Mango Pachdi , Mix achar , lasoon chutney , Mango chhoonda , Aam bhare Papad roll, Koordai , Aam ras-Poori, Aam ki launji Moong Dal Halwa , Mango Jalebi , Choorma ladoo ...
Many say, never visit a bhatarkhana ( kitchen ) of a restaurant or you will never dare to eat at that restaurant again. And here at the Rajdhani, the diners are actually invited to visit their spacious, clean , hygienic kitchen to view the cooking process. I particularly loved how swiftly my favorite pooris puffed , the fulkas rolled and roasted.
You may visit Royal Rajdhani for Mango Festival feast till 16th June.