One of the greatest things about India is its diversity. The country is so diverse that you can find an India with a town. If you stay in a gated community or even a society, you know that there are people from various states staying along with you. That means that you can easily find their food too.
While Hyderabad is known for its Biryani, finding a Rajasthani and Gujarati Thali isn’t that difficult. One of the newest restaurants serving Rajasthani and Gujarati Thali in Hyderabad is Rajthali. I was invited to taste their thali a few weeks ago and this is going to be my Rajthali review.
Rajthali – Filling the void
There were only two iconic Rajasthani and Gujarati Thali restaurants in Hyderabad – Rajdhani and Ohri’s De Thali. Ever since the pandemic hit, the entire F&B was hit. Many places shut down and Rajdhani (Banjara Hills) and Ohri’s De Thali were amongst them. De Thali was my (& Hyderabad’s) favourite thali restaurant. I don’t know what was Ohri’s thinking about replacing it with EatMore…
Anyways, the shutting down of Rajdhani and De Thali left a huge void in the Rajasthani and Gujarati Thali space in Hyderabad. With the opening of Rajthali, Hyderabadis now have another place to relish some regional cuisine.
Does Rajthali remind you of something?
There’s only one thing that Rajthali serves and that’s the thali. A pure vegetarian affair with flavours from Gujarat and Rajasthan. Located in the posh area of Jubilee Hills, Rajthali is fairly easy to locate. It’s situated right opposite Alcazar mall, next to the building that houses Amnesia and situated right above Paradise. The distinct purple branding will help you identify it easily.
Upon reaching the restaurant, you’re greeted in the traditional way. A ‘teeka‘ is applied as you are escorted to your table. The restaurant isn’t that big and I presume it can get crowded during peak hours. Upon reaching the table, I saw oval-shaped plates neatly arranged with many small bowls in them. I think I saw it somewhere else too. Rajdhani! Deja Vu. Rajthali has a striking resemblance with Rajdhani. Everything except the name will remind you of it.
Now that you know that Rajthali reminds of Rajdhani, let’s get into the main thing – the thali.
Gujarati Thali at Rajthali Review
We were welcomed with a glass of cool and tangy Jaljeera perfect for a sunny afternoon. One by one the servers arrived, poured in their respective items and left. Within no time, our plates were full. We had a variety of dishes on the plate.
There was the famous white Dhokla along with Mutter Pack. The dhokla was pretty amazing, especially with the fiery garlic chutney. The mutter pack was nice too – had a sweet filling. Coming to the curries, we had Paneer, Aloo, Baigan Bharta and Gatte ki Subzi along with the dal and kadhi. All the curries were good, but if I had to pick one, I’d choose Baigan.
If you’ve read my previous posts about my love for Gujarati Thali, you know how much I love sweet dal and kadhi. While this thali had the Rajasthani kadhi, the sweet dal was still present. I had multiple servings of dal with rotis.
On the rice front, they had steamed rice, khichdi, veg biryani and curd rice. I tried all of it and loved the khichdi and kadhi combo. Apart from that we also had the famous dal baati churma too.
Lastly, for dessert, we had Jalebi with Rabdi, Gajar Halwa and Kulfi. All the sweets were pretty good, but on the sweeter side for my liking. The iced rose Kulfi was pretty soothing and flavoursome and I totally enjoyed it. Finally, I had the company of the famous Chaas all along with the meal.
For an unlimited Gujarati / Rajasthani Thali, the spread at Rajthali is pretty good. In terms of overall flavours, they are pretty balanced and toned down. If you are someone who loves masaledaar food, then you find a few things a little muted.
Satisfy your Thali cravings at Rajthali
Rajthali – the Rajdhani Clone – is stepping up to fill the void created by the shutting down of De Thali and Rajdhani(Banjara Hills) The thali is priced at Rs 500++ is pretty decent for the price considering it is an unlimited thali. While it doesn’t match the authentic Gujarati or Rajasthani Thali that you get in Gujarat or Rajasthan, it surely does a good job of bringing similar flavours to your plate. The sweet Dal, Rajasthani Kadhi, Gatte ki Subzi are pretty close to the original and hence worth a try.
What’s more, if it’s your birthday, you get a free thali! Just go in with valid id proof. Also, every Tuesday you have 50% off on the thali. Women’s enjoy 25% off on Wednesday lunches. So in terms of offers, they have quite a bit. Hence, request you to check with them when you are visiting them.
Overall, a good place for a family outing to relish flavours from Gujarat and Rajasthan. If you are craving a thali, you could give Rajthali a try and share your experiences with me. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, tweet to me at @Atulmaharaj, DM on Instagram or Get In Touch.