Rajasthani Thali @ Rajasthan Al Malaki

Rajasthan AL Malaki Restaurant popped up when we were searching for a rajasthani fare. Surprised to see that it’s a rajasthani/ marwari/ gujrathi thali place. Competing at a distance with the champions of Thali service of Dubai, it’s unassuming nature wins you over. We bookmarked it waiting for a Friday, the only day when you can venture into Sharjah not worrying about the traffic. And by the looks of it, now we will venture there even braving the traffic on a weekday for the food.

Ambiance: This has a very nice homely ambiance. It reflects the charm of a sweet/ chaat shop that doubles up as a family run Thali place during lunch & dinner hours.


The tables are adorned with Rajasthani art pieces & so are the walls that carry the Rajasthani handicraft work.

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Service: Amazing. Very courteous waiters who want to feed you as much as they can. The Manager/Owner came for personal feedback during the meal & didn’t just do it to me because of the zomato checkin, but every table around. Loved the personal touch in every small activity.

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Food:
This will invariably end up being compared with my favorite Indian Thali place in Dubai & it matches up. The food isn’t rich in ghee or oil & carries a very warm comfort feeling about it.

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Chaas was spot on, not too salty & with a hint of cumin in it.

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Garlic Chutney: Now this is a must have for all marwari feasts & is spot on perfect. Just the right amount of heat. While other thali places have stopped serving it, this can be a clincher when I am next pondering over which places to choose.

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Dahi wada: slight sweet smooth yogurt tempered with little curry leaves & soft vada dumplings, repeat order please.

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Dal Baati Churma needs loads of improvement especially with the tough bati & slightly watery insipid Dal.

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Samosa & Dhokla were right in their taste.

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Sabzis: Standout was the Gobi Aloo sabzi that reminded me of the taste my rajasthani friends used to bring, superb in simplicity.

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The Paneer was also delicately spiced while the Gatte ki sabzi was also good.

 

Rotis: The Bajra Roti with little drizzle of ghee & a few crumbs of jaggery was Oh So Good! It wasn’t the usual tough Bajre ka Roti & i ended up having 2 of these in their own.Don’t remember the last time I enjoyed a piece of bread so much.

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Roti & Puri again excelled but were overshadowed by their illustrious brethren.

Khichdi was just the way I want for my ultimate comfort food.

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Gajar ka Halwa is a dessert that every Indian claims that they had the best of. This would rank in the best 3 ever had for me. No overload of ghee/ khoya or milk. Just let the carrots, cashews & sugar do the talking. Wow!

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Fruit Custard needs improvement especially in the Custard base, a tad watery for my liking.

Pricing: 30 dhs per foodie is a mind blowing deal for this food. It is probably the best vegetarian meal you can get for 30 Dhs

Final Verdict: This is honest cooking with not too many frills & great taste. Visit this place for that experience. Recommended Thali place!

Rajasthan Al Malaki Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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