One thing Delhiites will blindly vouch for is the amazing street food. From delectable paani poori to the mouthwatering chole bhaturey, Delhi’s popularity on the street food map of the world is rising steadily. Almost all friends who visit me from other countries, head to Old Delhi for an authentic street food experience or tantalize their taste buds at stalls across the city. However, the fateful “Delhi Belly” is a big concern for travelers as well as localities.
To counter this issue, Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund has come up with a special menu which takes you on a delightful culinary voyage around town, without stepping out of the luxury of Taj. With different menus at their various outlets, we were invited to experience their Violet line menu at Surajkund.
It is based on Delhi metro’s violet line with exceptional palates to help you attain nirvana at every stop. The scrumptious spread includes the famous Pani Poori of Central Secretariat, Seekh kebab rolls of Khan Market; chole bhaturey and masala lemon soda of Lajpat Nagar, and the murgh biryani of Okhla to name a few.
So basically every stop of the metro line has a local street food specialty which Taj brings to you at one place. Not only does their menu offer a complete food tour but also ensures highest standards of hygiene to keep “Delhi Belly” at bay.
Our experience of Violet line Menu showcasing street food of Delhi –
As soon as we entered, we were taken in by Taj’s grandeur. My husband and I were ushered to a table by the window in their spacious all day dining restaurant called Oasis. Our server Abhimanyu was polite and friendly with an genuine smile on his face. We were given the lovely menu card and it matched perfectly with the theme. Soon after, we were served with several delightful courses, giving us foodgasms with every bite.
First we were offered an array of summer drinks which were perfect to beat the Delhi heat. Masala lassi (J.L Nehru Stadium), Roohafza (Jasola), Masala lemon soda (Lajpat Nagar) , coconut water (Mohan Estate) and Masala cola (Badarpur) – everything was top notch and masala lassi was the hands down winner for me.
Next up were starters which included Paani poori (Central Secretariat), Kachori (Badarpur) , Aloo samosa (Jangpura) and Ram Laddoo (Nehru place). These were heavenly, so, saving our appetite for the main course was a challenging task.
Then came Khan chacha’s famous Seekh kabab rolls which we were eagerly waiting for. Followed by equally appetizing chole bhaturey (Lajpat Nagar), Parantha with paneer bhurji (Moolchand) & Boiled eggs on toast (J L Nehru Stadium). You can imagine we were quite full already but to do justice to their menu, we had to go on.
With Badam shake (Jangpura) on the side, 6 stops to go on the menu and a full stomach, we finally decided we had to cut down on the menu. It was a hard decision but we finally choose – Murg Briyani with burani raita (Okhla), Tiffin chiken and Ajwaini Tawa Parantha (Kailash colony – and yes, they actually served it in a brass tiffin box – as authentic as it can get) Tawa- Fried Macchi (Tughlaqabad) among others.
For desert, we had Garam Gulab Jamun (Nehru Place) and Dandi wali Kulfi (Central Secretariat).
Undoubtedly, it was sad that we had to skip Rajma chawal & Kadhi Pakoda (Govind Puri), Dal sprout & Fruit chaat (Jasola), Meethi Lassi (J L Nehru Stadium), Garam Rasgulla (Lajpat Nagar), Subzi Briyani (Okhla), Elaichi aur Laung Waali Chaai (Sarita Vihar) and Bhunna Bhutta (Mohan Estate) – However, I can vouch for everything on the menu as each item we tried was just perfectly replicated from the original. I was told that the chefs had visited each location and learnt from the street food vendors to ensure they can be as close to the original delicacy as possible, whilst maintaining the high quality standards of Taj.
After the ambrosial lunch, we were taken on a tour of Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund, this also helped in digesting our food whilst we basked in the grandeur and luxury of the magnificent hotel a bit longer.
Overall my experience of their property and their food was simply extraordinary. A small downside to visiting Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund is the location. It is a bit south of South Delhi so can be inconvenient for someone coming from Center or further. However, the drive on the shooting range, which leads up to it is one of my favorite in Delhi.
With alternate outdoor dining options like Mashaal dining and Barefoot dining by the pool, Taj has a knack for combing unique experiences, quality and grandeur. With unmatched hospitality and spacious locales, it is no wonder that Taj is a leader in Indian hospitality industry.
Cost – Rs 2000 per person incl of taxes
Note – Since this is a special menu, it is only available on request. You are advised to call and make reservations 24 hours prior to allow time for preparation.
Special thanks to – Chef Aseem Gupta, F&B manager Chander and their friendly PR manager Ritika who ensured our experience was by far one of the best.
Disclaimer – We were guests of Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund but their menu was truly delightful and all opinions expressed in the post are 100% my own. Full disclosure here.