Wander no more among the streets of Budapest in search for a restaurant for lunch or dinner as we, at Trip101, have found a place that will blow you away. We introduce to you, Rajkot Palace, which is nestled in the city centre at Nyáry Pál u. 9. It is an authentic Indian restaurant that will conquer your heart within seconds. It’s a place which will make you feel like royalty and give you a magnificent and enriching experience unlike no other. Ready to find out more? Read on and find out about this trendsetting place that has totally captivated our attention.
Stunning royal residence with room for 130 people
From the outside of Rajkot Palace, you will see that it has two floors including a balcony. However, like any royal residence, it also has much more space as there is an enormous basement that is perfect for large groups and celebrations. There are a total of 130 seats in the restaurant and each and every part of it is breathtaking. No expense has been spared with the interior, which is absolutely stunning. The photograph of the magnificent light, featured above, is taken from the balcony seating area. The balcony sits around 10 or so people and overlooks the ground floor of the restaurant. It is also from this balcony that the Hollywood sensation that is Will Smith dined with his guests whilst he was filming, “Gemini Man” in Budapest. The balcony has a real exclusive and intimate feel and offers a delightful space where you can have some privacy and create special moments. From the balcony and the ground floor, you can also see the gigantic windows that overlook the street; on a cool day, these windows are kept open and really do create an even more airy and relaxing ambiance. The entire restaurant, from top to bottom, is immaculate.
An experience fit for royalty that is being made available to you
No royal residence would be acceptable without magnanimous paintings of its inhabitants and their bloodline and the Rajkot Palace certainly has created a décor in line with expectations. It has a glorious painting, as featured in the photograph, that covers an entire wall and can be seen in its full glory from the ground floor or the balcony. Alongside this painting are several statues and religious figures, which enhance the feel that you are in a special and sacred place. The interior of the restaurant is tasteful, unique and very fitting in light of its name. Tying into the gorgeous décor is the first-class and on point service. The owner, Saer Zulkarnain and his team are personable and charming. We found the owner to be very down to earth and welcoming (and not only us at Trip101 but to all the guests in his restaurant). The owner attends to every table to see how his guests are finding their experience and we were pleased to report to him that we were having an unbelievably spectacular time. The waiters are extremely pleasant and personable; they know the menu inside-out and are happy to provide information and recommendations.
Quality dishes that match the stunning decor
Rajkot Palace’s menu reflects the diversity of Indian cuisine with a few modern touches; it includes items that will appeal to every dietary group and we are pleased to report that the vegetarian and gluten-free options were in abundance. The quality of options and dishes that are produced by the chefs at this restaurant really do live up to its stunning interior and you will feel like you’re Indian royalty. As no Indian meal can start off without roasted papad, we have to encourage you to order this thin, crispy bread that is made of chickpea flour and served with a flavoursome mint chutney (500 HUF/ 2 USD). Alongside this, we recommend that you sample the delicious pani puri offering, which consists of round hollow fried crisps filled with a mixture of tamarind water, tamarind sauce, chilli, masala, potatoes and onions (1,400 HUF/ 5 USD). If you want something with less of a crunch, then we suggest that you try the lucknowi-dal, which is a lentil soup that is cooked with coconut milk, lemon and Indian spices (1,000 HUF/ 4 USD). This soup is high in protein, has a creamy feel and the right amount of heat to be memorable.
Dedicated chefs that pull out all the stops
Top notch food is offered through every course at the Rajkot Palace and the hearty, indulgent and generous mains with accompaniments are unbeatable. We have a love for the Indian cottage cheese called paneer, and the chefs at this restaurant pull at our heartstrings with the amount of paneer dishes available. Whatever way you want paneer, you will find it at the Rajkot Palace. Paneer grilled, fried or even in naan, it’s here. There are a variety of curries available and each one is truly distinctive in the way that it is cooked and the spices that are used. Homely yet unique and bold flavors are bursting from the curry dishes and we really do have to recommend that you try more than one, so that you can embrace the different flavors. One of the showstopper dishes has to be the dal makhani, which is made from three types of lentils and is cooked with onion, tomatoes, cream, butter and spices (1,800 HUF/ 7 USD). To make this dish takes a great deal of patience and dedication as the lentils are slow cooked in a spicy sauce to really infuse and create a knockout flavor. There are different types of breads and rice dishes that you can order to accompany the curries. We recommend the kashmiri naan, which is a fluffy bread that is stuffed with dry fruits, as it’s a perfect balance for all the spices that are hitting your tastebuds (800 HUF/ 3 USD).
Will Smith, Trip101 and now it’s your turn to experience
To finish your visit off at the Rajkot Palace and to make it even sweeter than you thought possible, take a look at the desserts on the menu and make sure that you order the kulfi, which is homemade Indian ice cream made from milk, and available in pistachio or mango (1,200 HUF/ 4 USD). This restaurant really is one of the best places to dine in Budapest, whether for lunch or dinner, and we definitely endorse it as a place for you to eat in. Budapest is a multicultural delight of a city and dining at the Rajkot Palace will enhance your experience of this place. The décor is exquisite, intriguing and cultural; the service is personable and charming and the food is, quite frankly, unforgettable. The prices for the dishes are jaw-droppingly good and the quality is sky-high; Will Smith enjoyed the Rajkot Palace and so did we, so now it’s your turn to give it a chance. Go and experience this phenomenal place and see if you agree with us.
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