Damascus, Dimashq, Syria
April 27, 2005
Regardless of whether you're eating Indian, Chinese, or "homesick" foods, the portions are very generous and definitely a good value for the money. The food is always piping hot and freshly cooked. They also do marvelous banana and honey pancakes. The restaurant itself has a lovely ambient atmosphere, and the view across the lake looking towards the steps at the Sunset Cafe is superb, especially at sunset. The roof terrace is partly shaded by traditionally patterned awnings, and there is enough room between the tables for you to have a decent amount of privacy when eating. At night, the lighting is provided by subtle fairy lights and lamps, and the choice of music is discrete and usually contemporary Indian.
Once upon a time, it was Raju himself who went around the tables asking the clientele if everything was okay. Now, however, Raju has turned his attention to politics, and although present on many evenings for a chat, it is Satu who has taken over the duties of host. Raju was a hard act to follow, but Satu is great, not only in the restaurant, but also as a useful and amiable source of information about where to get something or how to get somewhere.
One bonus about this restaurant is the fact that the terrace overlooks the lake on one side and down on the street on the other. The street is fascinating enough at the best of times, but if you're in Pushkar during the wedding season (January to March), then you get a fantastic view of the wedding processions from the roof as they pass down the street. In one night alone, we watched seven weddings pass below the terrace. And I don’t think there can be many places in the world where your meals are "All Cooked With Love!"
From journal Pushkar - a Holiday from a Holiday!