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Make a ceremony of tucking into a Vegetarian Thali at Samaroh

    Lavelle Road, Bangalore


    The Samaroh thali obviously


    Buttermilk and Khus Sharbat

    Winning for...

    The ceremonial serving style, the beautiful serve ware and of course, a wholesome thali

    What to eat

    The only recourse here is, obviously, the thali, and there is plenty going on in this seven-course meal. The food here is served in shiny, beautiful serveware made out of Kansa or bell metal, said to have some healing and medicinal properties. We began with a sweet amuse bouche of  sorts – Keshar Mewa Boondi, a crumbled laddoo served in an adorable little box and tiny spoon. A hearty Tamatar Adraki Shorba followed served with Chatpati Khichiya {miniature papad served with a spicy onion and tomato salad}.

    We also took a little chaat break with Samaroh Pani Puri {not as much fun as good ol’ street pani puris}, and an excellent Mini Kachori Chaat complete with yoghurt, chaat masala, sev and pomegranate. The starters included a really delicious Peeli Sarson Ka Paneer Tikka {the paneer was homemade and soft, and went well with the pungent mustard marinade}, a Palak Paneer Samosa, and a Methi Makai Seek. The main course came served in a Kansa thali with tiny bowls into which was ladled Palakwali Dal, Paneer Roganjosh, Gajar Makai Palak, Panchmel ka Saag {a mixed vegetable dish}, Kolhapuri Kofta and Dahi Vada. All of this we mopped up with Hare Pyaz Ki Missi Roti and Tandoori Roti slathered with ghee or butter {your choice}.

    Special mentions go to the chilled lychee Shrikhand {with actual slivers of the fruit}, the mini crunchy jalebis served as dessert. Kesariya Rajbhog and Akhrot Halwa were other options.

    What to drink

    Balance out your heavy duty meal with a glass of chilled buttermilk or the cooling Khus sherbet {a tad too sweet for us}.

    The DL on the ambience

    Located on the third floor of a building with glass windows, Samaroh has a clean and minimal aesthetic to it. Pink and yellows dominate the colour scheme of the restaurant.

    So, we're thinking...

    Though the thali here is unlimited, the portions served in tiny bowls will make you eat just enough to satiate your hunger as well as feel happy rather than pile on the carbs and grease. But be warned, this is not a thali you should be eating on a busy work day, because the food is going to make you feel really somnambulistic. We just wish there were more regional specials from north of the Vindhyas, from where Samaroh claims to get its cuisine inspiration from rather than just popular versions of some of the curries.

    Where: 7, Vittal Mallya Road, above ICICI Bank, opposite Mantri House

    When: noon-3.30pm and 7-10.30pm

    Contact: 080 41203600/700/800

    Price: INR 550 {weekdays} and INR 650 {weekends}

    Find them on Facebook here.

      Lavelle Road, Bangalore