Regional Food Fun @ Suruchi, Karol Bagh

Suruchi is an all Vegetarian Restaurant with a tagline “Eat like a King” and here, you sure will. Open for over 15years, it has expanded to 3 branches. Run by Mr. Kamlesh Parik , they place great value in quality and consistency so much so, that if you approach them for a franchise they will give you strict rules to follow before forming a partnership, those include allowing them to choose the entire staff and the chefs!

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I have been eating here with my family since childhood, however, I didn’t remember much about it until we visited again recently. According to my father, the servers don’t serve with as much love and courtesy as they did before, but I was still quite pleased.  They continuously ask whether you want something else, humbly put food in your plate {even at a fast speed}. Certain servers are more humble than others, but I surely wasn’t going to complain about it. They allow you time to eat, but don’t leave you unattended. It’s a fine line, but I think they manage it well, if not exceptionally.

The ambience is clean and simple with a slight ethnic touch. Marble tables with comfortable sofa and chairs, minimalistic decorations and no cutlery on the table, this place is quite intriguing.

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They have a very limited menu with only 5 options {all unlimited offerings} that include Rajasthani (most selling), Gujrati, Punjabi Thali and Bombay’s Special Pao Bhaji and Vada Pao. I would suggest opting for the thali, because the Pao Bhaji and Vada Pao despite being delicious, aren’t nearly as exciting as a huge spread of vegetables, pulses and regional specialities. Each Thali has a wide selection of vegetables and comes along with quite a range of embellishments like mango chutney, mint chutney, pickle, etc.

Both Rajasthani and Gujrati thali came with piping hot kachori’s (filled with peas) and Dhokla as appetisers. Kachori was somewhat of a collaboration between the two cuisines, small round in shape filled with mashed peas which were sweet but not overpoweringly. It was one of my favourite things on the plate! Dhokla, one of the signatures of Gujrati cuisine was served hot, just like it would be traditionally and tasted delicious.

My favourites from Rajasthani thali were Gatte ki subzi, kadhi and bajre ki roti served with a dollop of crushed jaggery and two generous spoons of ghee. It was a delight to eat.

Favourites from Gujrati Thali were dal and kadhi, both of which were sweet but strangely enough I absolutely loved! I was expecting to try the Gujarati signatures like Undhiyo and Aamras, however we were informed they only serve Undhiyo a few days in winters and Aamras is served till 1st July, which was really disappointing. Undhiyo is a Gujrati version of Mixed Vegetables, including eggplant, unripe banana, peas, purple yam, plantain, potatoes and much more. Traditionally cooked in earthen pots upside down, it has quite complex flavours and eaten with Puri. Aamras on the other hand, is sweet pulp of mango, eaten with roti.

Leave some space for desserts, served after you happily finish your thali feeling plump as a partridge. I opted for refreshing and cold fruit custard, a perfect end to such a scrumptious meal.

Overall, Suruchi is one of the old gems that doesn’t fail to impress with its unlimited thali’s and delightful insight into different regional cuisines.

Suruchi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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