If royalty is what you seek and good food makes you skip a beat then boy does Jaypee Siddharth have a treat for you! The four course royal meal is available at Paatra restaurant in Jaypee Siddharth for all you blue bloods. The inspiration for this royal treat is none other than Maharaja Ranjit Singh, founder of the Sikh Empire that stretched all the way from Afghanistan to parts of western Tibet. The dishes have your typical northern influence along with Muslim and English influences. Maharaja Ranjit Singh was known for his diversity and the same can be experienced in the vivid flavours of delectable dishes. The Royal Table, called Daawat-e-Khas, is a very apt name considering the décor laid out for the meal. The table itself seats 12 and is made out of marble. With silver ornaments and silver casings holding the rolled up menus, one feels a tad underdressed. Perhaps a shervani and a safa would be more suitable! And if you think the table is giving you a complex, wait till you see the cutlery. A special royal seal has been embezzled on the plates taking inspirations from the Maharaja’s three seals. The starters consisted of the Peshawari Bharwan Tangri, Machchli Khasa, Baluchi Surkh Gosht and Murg-e-Khyber. It was a beautiful symphony of tender and hard meat all cooked in a very simple yet absolutely delicious manner. Each item had a distinct flavour but my favourite has to be the Machchli Khasa. The fine marinate on the king fish made it a savoring memory in my mind. Also notice the use of region names in the menu, a feature that holds throughout the meal. This was followed by the Paye ka Ras. Not only did I enjoy the flavour of the soup but also the consistency. Being a little thinner than your usual soups at usual places, it hit all the right notes on my flavour palette and at the same time left enough space in me for the spectacular main course. And yes spectacular is the right word. The meal consisted of ten, yes you read that correct, ten items, mostly non-veg. Whether it was the Mardan Malai Bater or Attock da Keema Hari Mirch or the Sunhere Machchli ke Kofte, the food was so simple, yet so different from what you have ever eaten. And never in my life have I relished a bowl of dal. The flavour of the Lahori Peeli Dal made me want another bowl. The fine texture of the dal and the strong flavour of turmeric on the taste buds was actually quite fantastic. Another power packed part of the meal was the Lehsun ka Raita. The strong garlic flavour might not be everybody’s sin, but do give it a try. You will not regret it.
The final course of the meal consisted of a scrumptious collection of sweets. The Pan Bahaar which was a pan flavoured ice cream served with sevai, the Mawa Mithai which had just the right amount of sweetness as to make you taste buds tingle but not be overwhelmed and the Lancha Jamun, the chefs recreation of the classic gulab jamun.
The meal was royal in both quality and quantity. I will strongly suggest avoiding a heavy meal before this palatable festival of flavours and luxurious delicacies they call the Royal Table. But of course, the royalty comes at a price. At Rs. 2500 per person plus taxes, one does need some royal affiliation to digest the bill. But the Royal Table isn’t for everyone. It’s not just a meal, it’s an experience. Also note that the meal is for minimum eight and maximum 12 people and needs to be booked at least 48 hours in advance. The meal is also available in a vegetarian format.
We recommend a meal here for getting a taste of the royal life, literally.