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Jodhpur Royal Dining – Your guide to Vegetarian Awesomeness in one of Dubai’s finest Restaurants

There is nothing like walking into a restaurant that makes you feel Royalty and serves food even better than what would be fit for a King!

I had heard a lot about Jodhpur and its magnificent food but had never got a chance to taste it till I was called in to review their vegetarian options. I had many expectations but somehow thought it might be hyped for no reason. And boy was i wrong!

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From the food to the ambiance, everything spills class! I can’t even put in words how delicious the food was. And i don’t even know how to describe what i felt with each bite. The flavors were to die for and Chef Pradeep Khullar made sure we were at our utmost comfort at all times. All praises for him and his creations are extraordinary and they should be as him and his team highly deserve it.

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Great taste along with great presentation usually don’t go together but this is one restaurant where there is no lack of both. Even the interiors are beautiful and will make you feel like you are seated in one of the dining rooms of a Palace.

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So without further ado, here is what i got to feast on:

PRE-STARTER

Jeera Khari with Herb Yoghurt –Β Refined Flour, Salted Butter, Caraway Seeds, Yoghurt, Coriander Roots –Β Indian puff pastry, dredged with caraway seeds & served with herb yoghurt. Crisp flaky khari’s certainly brings childhood memories back in a jiffy. These were so simple yet magnificent and tasted super delicious with the amazing dip served along with it. And i LOVED the colorful little Rickshaw they were perched on.

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AMUSE- BOUCHE

Macaron Chaat –Β Almond flour, Lecithin, Albumen, Hung Yoghurt, Lime Powder, Onions, Coriander Roots, Seasoning – THIS WAS A GATEWAY TO THE HEAVEN OF HEAVEN’S!!!Β Macaron stuffed with tangy filling & served as chaat with all the elements like sweet, sour, crunchy, chewy. Eating this is like putting a tiny dynamite in your mouth whichΒ gives a whirlpool of flavours within. It was so good we called for 2 rounds of this and were still not satisfied! It was amazing how the tangy cream went so perfectly against the macaron shell and actually tasted like the after taste you get post having chaat.

STARTERS

Desi Pesto Kabab, Raisin Malai, Popcorn Chutney –Β Coriander Pesto, Cream Cheese, Raisins, Popcorn Chutney – Coriander, Green Chilies & Basil pesto kabab stuffed with Raisins & Cream Cheese. Grilled, topped up with chutney made from Popcorn & crip Parmesan papad. OK! SERIOUSLY! POPCORN CHUTNEY!!!!Β How do you even think of that? Break into the kabab and a delicious white filling of cream cheese comes out. You get the slight hint of popcorn taste and it’s marvelous!

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Laban & Ricotta Kabab, Rose Ash –Β Roasted Rose Petals, Hung Yoghurt, Ricotta, Coriander Roots, Green Chillies –Β Melange of Hung Curd & Ricotta, coated with Rose Ash. Served cold from the centre to allow a contrast in the dish. Bold step for any Indian restaurant to do a cold kabab, however is justified as hot temperatures ruin both yoghurt & ricotta. Crispy coating is derived after flash frying the kabab & then rolling it in dehydrated & smoked rose petals. And the taste, well you can only leave it to one’s imagination!

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Tandoori Matra Kulcha, Imli ChutneyΒ Dehydrated Peas, Onions, Green Coriander, Green Chillies, Cumin Seeds, Refined Flour, Tamarind Foam –Β Conventional Matra made crisp & stuffed in kulcha dough & cooked in tandoor, topped with chutneys & Imli Foam. This was a tickle to the tastebuds. It was light and flavorful.

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Kale Patta Chaat, Chatpata Tarbooz, Feta Curd –Β Kale Leaves, Gramflour, Yoghurt, Mint Chutney, Tamarind Chutney, Pomegranate Pods, Chaat Masala, Watermelon, Feta Cheese –Β Flash fried Kale leaves served over classic watermelon & feta salad. Drizzled with chutney trios & spices surrounded with crunchy yoghurt snow – WOW, WOW, WOW! The feta crumble was insane and the whole combination was ecstatic. The fried kale against the soft feta made it a delight to the senses.

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PALATE CLEANSER

Mango, Cranberry & Kaffir Lime Chuski –Β Mango, Cranberry, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Lemon Juice –Β Ice Lolly to clean your palate so that you get ready for main course. Served in a toy pressure cooker made with Fresh mango puree, spiked with kaffir lime leaves & de-hydrated cranberries. Pressure cookers are symbolic to Indian household kitchens & popsicles remind you once again of your childhood memories. I loved how this was served! The mini pressure cookers were the highlight and I honestly was too tempted to ask the chef if i could take one home πŸ™‚

MAIN COURSE

Palak Makkai, Corn Textures –Β Spinach, Corn Textures- Nachos, Popcorns, Malai Corn, Crispy Corn, Garlic –Β Garlic sauteed hand pounded Spinach topped with textures of corns like Nachos, Masala Popcorns & Creamy Corn Galette. I don’t think I have ever liked Spinach in a better form (other than my mom’s cooking of course :)) This gravy was so delicious and the spinach was not at all bitter. It was pounded to perfection and topped with the most exotic flavors.

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Miniature Pao Bhaji, Batata Vada –Β Carrots, Beans, Cauliflower, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Capsicum, Green Chillies, Fresh Coriander, Lemon Juice –Β Slow cooked vegetables with spices & mashed till puree is attained. Served with Garlic butter seared miniature paos topped with batata vada. OK! I am the biggest form of Pav Bhaji and you never find this street side Mumbai favorite in a fine dine restaurant. So you can’t even imagine my excitement when this was served and my shock at how good it tasted. Fine dining places don’t tend to get street food right but this was just another level! I was craving it at 2 AM last night so you can understand how i feel about this one.

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Faux Dal Makhani –Β Green Moong Dal, Butter, Fresh Cream, Fresh Tomatoes Puree, Fenugreek Leaves, Red Chilly Powder –Β Green Moong dal simmered overnight & tempered with all the seasoning for Dal Makhani. We call it ‘Faux’ since black dal is replaced with the lightest dal on the planet, though the flavours are not compromised. You will never be able to tell this is made with green dal. It was downright delicious and had the exact taste of a black dal.

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Chur-Chur Kulcha –Β Cottage Cheese, Onions, Cumin Seeds, Whole Wheat Flour, Semolina, Coriander Roots, Green Chillies –Β Crisp Kulcha stuffed with cottage cheese, onions, chilies & cumin seeds cooked in tandoor & crushed with hand so that you can’t count how much you are eating & since it is crisp, you keep eating till you are full. Chef Pradeep has a special memory behind this of how his Grandmom used to do this so that they would eat more rather than counting how many roti’s they are eating πŸ™‚

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Zaatar Naan – Topped with herbs and a very Indo Arab Fusion, this delicious naan was magic with every bite. The zaatar was just right and not overpowering.

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DESSERTS

Lotus Treacle Tart, Salted Butter Scotch Ice Cream –Β Lotus Biscuit, Treacle Syrup, Butter, Refined Flour, Butter Scotch Ice Cream Β –Β Jodhpur’sΒ take on classic British Treacle tart flavored with Belgian Lotus biscuits, served with salted butter scotch ice cream. This was one of the best Lotus desserts I have had in Dubai and as sweet as it was, you will keep going back for seconds, thirds, fourths, till you realize you are guilty for finishing the entire dish!

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Dulce De Leche, SorbetTrio, Kheer Crisps –Β Basmati Rice, Full Cream Milk, Green Cardamom, Raspberry Sorbet, Lime Sorbet, Strawberry Sorbet –Β Caramelised Milk & Rice pudding cooked for several hours, topped with a trio of sorbets to cut down on the richness and garnished with pudding crisps. This too pretty to eat dessert tasted wonderful, light and airy on the tastebuds.

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DRINKS

A beautiful presentation of 3 drinks came together and they were refreshing and delicious!

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My beautiful meal ended here and the best part was inspite of tasting so many dishes we didn’t feel sick to the stomach. The food is light and definitely one of the best meals I have had in the UAE. Chef Pradeep goes out of his way to make you feel welcome and gives you the best experience to savor his dishes. Highly recommended!

*Cover photo is taken from Zomato.

Phone number – 04 3559846 Table booking recommended

Cuisines –Β Indian, North Indian

Cost – AED 500 for two people (approx.) Cash and Cards accepted

Opening hours –Β 12 Noon to 3 PM, 7:30 PM to 12 Midnight

Address – Al Murooj Rotana, Downtown Dubai, Dubai

Highlights – Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar Available, Luxury Dining, Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Kid Friendly

Jodhpur Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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