Vegetarian restaurant Rajdhani Street offers up a taste of India’s urban cuisine, we went along to see if it could spice up a meatless-Monday.
Located in Cluster I of Jumeirah Lakes Tower, we arrive at Rajdhani Street to try what’s been described as Indian street food ‘with a twist.’
As we enter the restaurant, we notice a quirkily decked-out feature wall with imagery of Indian street life. The mosaic of snapshots prods the brain’s nostalgia centre with urban scenes of havaldars and panipuri vendors.
It certainly feels like we’re in the right place to get an authentic taste of the passion and spice that makes Indian street food such sort after fare.
The menu is elaborate and includes substantial dishes as well as sharing nibbles. You can choose from chat, rolls, paranthas, quick bites, sandwiches and a small but tempting selection of desserts.
But we’re here to take a stroll through the street food dishes, and so begin our expedition of eats with Jaljeera, a traditional Indian drink. We’re impressed, it’s a super refreshing sip with a cheeky dose of zest.
Out first plate is khakhra nachos (AED 21), an on-point fusion dish of crispy Indian bread called khakhra, topped with Mexican beans, lots of cheese, finely chopped onions, tomatoes and sev topped up with chutney. It’s a Mex-Indian mash-up that deliciously blends two spice-loving culinary traditions.
Next we try Pune camp sliders. (AED 19). It places a crispy vegetarian patty, commonly sold on Indian streets, topped with green chutney and onions, served in a bun. We appreciate the crispiness and how accurately the flavour of the patty captures a taste of home. The wholesome dish comes with a healthy portion of potato fries on the side.
Afterwards, we dive straight into the mushroom gallouti kebabs (AED 27). These tenderly-grilled tidbits are as soft as any mutton gulouti kebabs, and could take them on in a flavour test too. They’re so good in fact, we actually have to check with the waiter that these kebabs are actually vegetarian. There certainly would be a market for ‘beyond mutton.’
We’ve been so satisfied with the food so far, the anticipation of the next plate, thepla paneer 65 tacos (AED 27), leaves us drumming the table with our fingers. Thepla is a soft Indian flatbread typical of Gujarati cuisine, it’s rolled in a semi-circle and stuffed with spicy paneer. So good it’s got us dropping double negatives, there is nothing in it that we don’t love. This Indian-adapted version of the Mexican street food staple, straight-up stole a piece of our heart.
We finish our culturally-immersive culinary experience by forking an appetising shahi tukda (AED 24). This royal Indian dessert is creamy in all the right places and sweet where it needs to be. It’s substantial, soaked in syrup and drizzled with thick, luscious rabdi.
The portion sizes of each dish are generous and four servings of street snacks at Rajdhani streets are enough to feed two adults to a level of satisfied belly-patting. The staff are clued-up, consierate, enthusiastic and keen to suggest must-try-dishes. Like Arnie said. We’ll be back.
Dubai Week dined as a guest of the restaurant. 11am-11pm. Platinum Tower, Cluster I Jumeirah Lakes Tower. 058 162 5577.