London, United Kingdom
October 3, 2001
The first evening we were there, my mother and I had pilau rice, small paneer (cheese) pancakes with garlic sauce, lentils, and chickpeas with garlic. The portions were fairly generous, so we had a bit too much food between us, but the variety was good. The pancakes were very hot – too spicy for me – and the meal as a whole was very spicy, even thought we asked for medium, not hot. If you don’t like really hot food, it’s a good idea to ask for mild here. The cost was 1,100 Rs – expensive for India, but the food was very good indeed. The second night in Agra we were both tired after a long day, and had a passable but not amazing room service meal from the same restaurant – omelettes and toasted sandwiches. The third evening we ventured back upstairs, and had a Diwan Kebab – a mixture of lots of small servings of different dishes, available in meat and vegetarian options. We had the vegetarian one, which was 500 Rs for 2 people, and can only be ordered as a 2 person dish. It included 5 different types of curry, rice, dal, and roti bread, and was very good indeed.
The restaurant is incredibly good at Indian food, and if you’re in Agra, I’d recommend a visit here – the restaurant is open to non-guests, and indeed most of the diners when we were there weren’t staying at the hotel. Their continental food isn’t that good, so stick to the Indian.
From journal Agra - home of the Taj Mahal