Relish in Hotel The Grand Raj (Kangra), a simple and beautiful restaurant with dark brown color furniture and a wide screen television, has cheery ambience. A wide glass panel separating the part of the kitchen and the dining area allows you to watch the process of making tandoori rotis (Indian bread). The restaurant serves Continental, Chinese and Indian food for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
The menu features both familiar dishes and some less common dishes. You can eat from à la carte menu and / or set meals menu. Filtered water, served free, was good. There was no need for buying mineral water. So you can save on mineral water.
À la carte menu
The menu in a leather jacket has more choices for vegetarians than many other restaurants in Kangra District that we visited. However, the portions in Relish were definitely smaller than those in Mumbai Masala in Mao Fort Hotel (Jassur, Kangra). There is something more than paneer (cottage cheese) and aloo (potato) in main course menu. We appreciated that because we were bored with cottage cheese and potato dishes.
During our five days stay at Hotel The Grand Raj in September 2012, we tried the following yummy dishes:
Aloo methi heengwal (potato and fenugreeks) (INR 155.00)
Dal Bukhara (INR 125.00)
Kashmiri pulao (rice) (INR 245.00)
Gajar mutter ghar jaisa (carrot and peas) (INR 125.00)
Gobhi adraki (cauliflower with ginger) (INR 155.00)
Kangra Malai baraf (an ice cream sold in Kangra only) (INR 75.00)
Lal rajama (INR 125.00)
Lassi (a drink made from curds) (INR 65.00)
Mixed raita (INR 115.00)
Peanut masala (INR 55.00)
Salty and sweet fresh lemon water (INR 45.00)
Special chana masala (INR 145.00)
Steamed rice (INR 95.00)
Tandoori bharwan (stuffed) aloo (INR 155.00) with green dip
Tandoori roti (Indian bread made from wheat flour) (INR 10.00 per piece)
Tandoori missi roti (INR 35.00 per piece), an Indian bread slathered with desi ghee (pure oil), is made from gram flour, greens and spices.
Like a sandwich, Peshawari paneer tandoori (INR 185.00) contains dry fruits stuffing pressed into cottage cheese slices. The stuffing was yummy, but the taste of thick slices was usual.
However, we were not happy with stuffed parantha (stuffed Indian bread) with achar (pickles) and dahi (curds) (INR 115.00) served for breakfast. The portion of green salad (INR 65.00) was very small.
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Set meals menu
Grand Raj Special Veg Thali (INR 245.00)
Veg thali is a good option for solo travelers. Big portions and high price prevent them from enjoying variety of dishes, as there is no option for half-plate. The thali contains dal, paneer, papad, raita, rice, roti, salad, aloo hingwale, mixed vegetables, and a sweet dish.
Another option for solo travelers is mini meals.
Reasonably priced mini meals were stomach filling and nutritious. A palak paneer mini meal (INR 145.00 per meal) features steamed rice, spinach curry with cottage cheese cubes, raita (curds with vegetables) and a papad. A rajam mini meal (INR 125.00 per meal) consists of red rajam (beans), steamed rice, raita (curds with vegetables) and a papad. Neither of the meals would be complete without pickles, raw onions, green chilies and lemon pieces.
Although the mini meal section of the menu reads “24*7”, but the meals were unavailable before 12:30 PM as the chef’s duty starts after 12:00 PM only. Fresh juices were also not available though mentioned in the menu.
The restaurant offers in-room dining service for a fee. Therefore, you need not tip the waiter.
Overall we enjoyed the food. We were happy with service. You can also try.