I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published May 28th 2012
Jaisalmer Palace serves North Indian cuisine with 30 years of experience. The colourful restaurant is situated in the center of Melbourne's CBD on exciting Burke Street.
The interior of the restaurant is classically Bollywood with gorgeous warm orange and red tones, decorative wooden furniture, which is tied together with Bollywood mood music.
The menu has a wide variety of items to suite any taste whilst also including a large selection of vegetarian options. The appetisers highlighting both vegetarian and non vegetarian options include such alternatives as Pakori Punjaib, vegetables battered with chick pea flour, spicy onion rings, Tandoori chicken, Chicken tikka and tender lamb mince kebabs.
A selection of mains are designated as 'Dishes from the Royal kitchen of emperor', with many alternatives like Butter chicken, Rogan josh, Spicy Madras curry and Spiced masala 'style' chicken – most with a choice of chicken, lamb or beef. Vegetarian dishes include Mushroom curry, Aloo Gobhi Masala cauliflower cooked with potatoes and peas in a spicy sauce, Korma E Sabz mixed vegetable curry in a mild creamy cashew gravy. While seafood dishes highlight prawns or fish cooked delicate spices and sauces such as coconut cream and spices, spinach tomatoes, capsicum and onions. Biryani or layered rice with chicken, lamb or beef or vegetarian also appear both with a mixture of yoghurt, mint and saffron. Drinks showcase Indian Lassi, juices, teas and beers.
The accompaniments are truly varied with pulao or rice done in a variety of ways including plain and coconut with a touch of lemon and naan, with like varieties including Aloo pratha with spicy potatoes or Kashmiri naan with minced fruit and nuts.
My party of three dined on a Saturday evening after making a reservation. The restaurant however could easily accommodate this sized party as a walk-in. We ordered papadams, mixed pickle, mango chutney and raita. The other dips included a balsamic, a cool pea and mint and hot spiced preserved lemon – refills are charged.
Our mains included a green salad (tomatos, carrots and cucumber), chicken madras, and lamb bhuna gosht, cooked with onions, capsicum and tomatoes in a spicy sauce. The madras was the favourite with its coconut gravy with a touch of vinegar. Alongside we had plain rice that was fluffy and fresh and uniquely served in small silver buckets. We also had Kashmiri pulao, which was the same fluffy white and yellow rice served with some candied fruits and nuts and a plain serve of naan.
The restaurant servings were a little on the small side but the flavours of some were tasty - while prices would be higher than average.
A colourful Indian style restaurant with helpful staff.