Juggernaut – South Indian Vegetarian Restaurant in Delhi
Sometimes when you ask for restaurant recommendations when you are travelling you are pointed in the direction of overpriced “authentic” restaurants which turn out to be tourist traps, but every so often you come across an absolute gem and Juggernaut in Kailash Colony Market, Delhi is one of them.
Arriving at Juggernaut can be a bit disconcerting as the entrance looks like a shop, not a restaurant, with the counters laid out with the fabulous snacks that Juggernaut sells, but the restaurants are upstairs away from the hustle and bustle of the street. We were greeted and given a tilak, then escorted to the lift and whisked upstairs to the main restaurant.
The first-floor restaurant is an explosion of colour! The walls are adorned with exquisite handpainted decorations, including a mural taking up the whole of the wall. Everywhere you turn there is something interesting to look at.
The menu is vegetarian and vast, with 26 different types of dosa, a thin crispy pancake stuffed with delicious fillings, a selection of interesting sounding Vada, Uttapam, Idli and Main Curry Dishes. Our waiters were very conscientious in explaining the various dishes to us but in the end, we opted for Thaal – Alan had a North Indian one while I went chose the South Indian Thaal.
And we weren’t disappointed. Out came two silver platters with lots of little dishes and I felt like a kid in a sweet shop, I didn’t know what to dip into first….maybe some appalam, sambhar, rasam, kulambu, chettinad curry, kootu, poriyal? They all sound wonderful and I may not know what they were, but all were heavenly and I polished off every delicious bite.
After we got chatting with the owner who explained that the restaurant had taken 6 months to decorate and took us up to the top floor restaurant. Dominating the wall was an amazing art installation made up of bricks. Each brick has been individually painted with a symbolic reference to India including snakes, elephants, symbols and even a brick for the great mathematician Ramanujan.
On our way out, we tried some of the snacks on offer which were scrumptious. The restaurant called a taxi for us and even escorted us to make sure the taxi driver had the correct address. The whole experience was delightful and I would highly recommend the Juggernaut if you are in Delhi.
Our Meal For Two | Rs 900 (approx £9.85 correct at 31/3/18 exchange rates)
Address | Juggernaut – HS-16, 2nd Floor, Main Market, Kailash Colony, Delhi
Telephone | +9111-41059991
Check Them Out On-line | Website and on Facebook
Quick Tip from Larch
If you are unsure of the menu in an Indian Restaurant, try the thaal. This will give you an opportunity to sample different dishes and breads instead of plumping for just one.
Have you been recommended a restaurant that turned out to be a real find? Let us know and if we are in the area we will try to review it too! We’d love to hear from you!
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Larch has had wanderlust all her life, travelling as much as she can whenever she can. Now in her 50’s, she writes about her adventures on her travel blog The Silver Nomad to encourage travellers of all ages to look at different destinations. In early 2019, she qualified as a CAA PfCO Drone Pilot and now travels with her DJI Mavic Pro and Mavic Mini to capture aerial videos and photos to enhance her work.