Bangalore gets another reason to continue celebrating food !!!
Samaroh meaning Celebration, is the new go to place, to partake of what they like to call, a Cermonial thali. Serving mainly North Indian food, they attempt to be Palateably correct (which is the food equivalent Politically correct ) by gently slipping the very South Indian curd rice in the end, to please local eating habits.
Bright hues of turmeric and pink, lend a traditional air, creating a permanently festive ambience.
The meal is 7 course with unlimited helpings but the food is rich and one would do well to nibble wisely in order to be able to taste every item.
I was invited to experience their hospitality, which began with the section called Manwar, where a small portion of Gulab choorma that was rich but had a pleasant, restrained sweetness to it, just the way I like it. This was served in the cutest ever little Kumkum pot look alike, made of Kansa or Bell metal.
All their serving ware is of this alloy which is known to enhance the nutritional and medicinal benefits of foods cooked or served in it. I dont think it enhances ethical values though because I was getting this irresistable urge to steal the gorgeous tiny pot
A tamatar ka shorba and Namkeen karela was the next course, the karela referring to a deep fried savory and not the Bitter gourd. I found my shorba rather too sweet but surprisingly my companions thought it was spicy. I guess thats the downside of being an inherently sweet person
The Nashta, the equivalent of starters, came in a sectioned plate and had the samosa, channa tikki, sweet potato sheekh of sorts, a paneer tikka with pomegranate sauce and a Sharbath of raw mango to drink. All the items were good and I found the Sakar Kand ki Gillafi the most interesting of all, despite not being much of a sweet potato fan.
Chaat followed with a reasonably ok pani puri and a good Dahi batata puri and again the stealable little khansa mini Pani jug, just stole my heart!
One can also choose something to drink from their beverage menu and that is separately charged. We had the mango lassi that we felt was not extraordinary and was missing the thick malai that we get in the North. However, the dainty goblet that it was served in, definitely held my attention !!!
The main course or the Mukhya Bhoj is served in a Khansa thali with 6 shiny bowls that are filled with various side dishes like paneer makkan masala, dals, vegetable curries, dry vegetable dishes and raitha. There was a Hari gobhi dish which turned out to be broccoli and not cauliflower in green masala as we assumed. Luckily there were no broccoli haters at our table
The dishes are accompanied by rotis and rice items that include steamed basmathi and pulao and of course the afore mentioned curd rice.
The rotis were perfectly sized with their small diameters making it easy for us to be able to sample from all the varieties.
Their desserts again, are served in small portions which makes it easier to taste all of them. We had the lychee shrikand embedded with bits of the fruit, pineapple jalebi, pantua and mango chamcham, of which the last one was my favorite. Delicate and delightful, the chamCham’pion among the others.
Of course I did feel that they could have reduced the sugar levels in their sweets but then they do try to cater to the larger crowd and not to strange exceptions like me
The menu changes everyday. They have only the thali option, which eliminates the hassle of choosing from the menu especially for those who cannot make up their minds (yours truly heading the list).
We were lucky to also be served their Kesar kulfi that they had begun preparing for the next day.
And as is customary after a hearty meal, the Magai Paan signalled the end of the repast.
Go to Samaroh for a good vegetarian experience and go to gaze at their grand metal ware
It’s where the festivities never end !!!
For more pictures see My Facebook – Samaroh
Oct 20th, 2016