This post is coming very late, but we visited Samaroh right before our trip to Rajasthan and it was an amazing experience. For those who know me, know that I do not understand the nuances of vegetarian food very well. But Samaroh is not just about the food, it is about a culture far away from here, read on – you will know what I mean. We also had a chance to meet the owner Mr Jagmohan Bhutada, who is from Rajasthan himself, and is very passionate about the food they serve. It was a good discussion about Rajasthan, the various dynasties, the people and the different kind of food each region offers.
Samaroh is located on Vittal Mallaya Road and serves Indian Vegetarian cuisine in 7 course Indian unlimited Veg Thali style. We visited the place in evening and we loved the ambiance. Royal pink and golden were the key colors of the decor, might sound a bit of the cliché, but quite well executed. Beautiful hand crafted cutlery, all sourced from Rajasthan. The fine attention to the details started our beautiful culinary experience.
They have fluid menu which changes every day. So our meal started with Kesar Mewa Choorma and Subzi Tamatar Shorba. We enjoyed the Mewa but the Shorba was little sweet and too thin for me. Then we quickly moved to their nashta’s where we were offered Pudina Paneer Tikka, Chandni Seek, Vegetable Samosa, Palak Bharwan Roll in a plate with Neembu Adraki Thanda. Paneer Tikka was definitely was the winner of this round, the cottage cheese itself was fresh and soft. Tapash really enjoyed the Samosa’s, and happily got several helpings of the snacks. These bite sized food almost filled me up! The drink was really nice, refreshing and was complementing the food.
Next part of our prix fix meal was Samaroh Pani puri and Bangdi chaat. Pani puri was good but I’m more of Calcutta “Gupcup” person. But I’m sure most of my other friends will enjoy their Pani puri.
Next came Main course, they call it “Mukhya Bhoj”. And there were lots of options. So all the tiny bowls were placed around the main thali, and the servers started filling our bowls with various dishes – Dal Tadka, Paneer do mirch, Channa Masala, Chatpati Bhindi Makai, Latpata Aloo Dum and Kakdi raita. I really don’t know what is my favorite in this course. All of them tasted quite good, and very different to my palate of course. We ate these with hot roties and Pyazi Kulcha’s loaded with Ghee and Butter. The person who was enjoying a lot in the table was definitely Tapash, he loves north Indian thali’s and this was perhaps the best we have had in Bangalore. Meanwhile Soham and I were trying to navigate around the loads of food around us. We did try their Veg Dum Biryani which didn’t make much of an impression. But everything else was top-notch.
Like all roads lead to Rome, all meals ends with deserts without exceptions, eh! And Rajasthani desserts are brilliant, overwhelming in fact. And this is coming from a true blue Bengali, and yes I know good mishti when I taste it! We had Angoori Shrikhand, Kurmuri Jalebi, Stawberry Sondesh and Kulfi with hot Gulab Jamun. Shrikhand was delicious – in texture and taste – leaving a soft lingering taste of the dessert. The Strawberry Sondesh sounded unique and interesting, but not very impressive – kinda just tasted sugary. And the Jalebi was hot and crispy. Of course, Kulfi with hot Gulab Jamun is something which can never go wrong.
A couple of weeks ago Samaroh was awarded the Best Vegetarian Restaurant at the Times Food and Nightlife Awards 2016. And I would definitely recommend Samaroh for a great North Indian Vegetarian meal. The pricing is also quite good, between 475 to 555 excluding taxes, depending on the day of the week. It’s definitely a must visit place for food lovers, preferably for lunch as their meals are very heavy !!!!