Lunch at Village Restaurant in SuratBeing on a business trip often does not give you ample time to explore the local cuisines of a place quite closely. But few days back, I got the chance to do exactly the same. On my Surat visit, to wrap up the trip on a happy and delicious note, I visited Village Restaurant in ISCON Mall with bunch of my friends.
If you love authentic Indian food served in rustic setting with warmth and loads of entertainment, Village is exactly the place for you. I can say this from my first hand experiences of its lovely ambiance.
With warm welcome at the entrance, we were quite excited to know what next! Well, it was plain fun and frolic with a dekko at typical village life of Gujarat and Rajasthan. At minimal charge of Rs. 350 per head (which you need to deposit before stepping in), you get lot to explore here. With a typical Indian welcome of tilak on the forehead, it seemed as if we were revisiting old golden days. There were street side vendors or stalls of potter, handicrafts, village toys et al to admire. I also bought some to take home.
Next was the surprisingly rustic environment that amazed us completely. Colorful décor with artifacts actually relating to village life, walls having film posters, staff dressed as village folks with turbans (precisely, pagdi) on head, an old man smoldering Hookah under Banyan tree, jail cell, fortune teller, mehendi wala, bangle seller, and a palmist, all this was just alluring and made us say, Whoa!
The banyan tree is just the best spot to spend a while. So did us. Every now and then, a troupe of dancers with dhol and traditional costumes enthralled us with their folk performances including the garba. Interestingly for me, this was the first time; I actually got to see this exhilarating dance live. The people loving garba were simply swayed by the music and they too joined the dancers. What a festive environment it was!
Though if you are seeking some serenity, you may not find it at this overcrowded place where people just keep pouring in, especially on weekends.
Well, after this fun, it was time to relax a bit. So we chose to lounge on the low chairs of cane. We were served water in brass pitchers that we usually found stacked in the store houses of our ancestral homes. Then was the turn of some finger licking delicacies. We knew that there were lots awaiting us!
We started off with awesome taste of jal jeera (a spicy and refreshing drink), chats, chhaas, and sugar cane juice.
Then we decided to take a walk around and try all other foods on offer. There were around six types of cuisines offered at these stalls from North India, South India, and Chinese. While we loved Gujarati and Rajasthani cuisines comprising of dal bati, bajre ki khichdi, kadhi, and other tawa specials, South Indian dishes did not appeal so much to us. But any ways, we were not complaining!
There was also Punjabi corner with typical taste hailing out of Punjabi dhabas and Indian fast foods like Pav Bhaji, variety of steaming parathas, and other types of Indian breads. But for me, the icing on cake was delicious jalebis with their crunchy sweet taste. However, the hot weather also induced us to try the chilling and refreshing ice golas and faloodas.
As of now, we were completely full till the capacity of our appetite. But the temptation was simply not ending at Village. We wished we could stay here for long but it was the last day of our trip. So it was time to return and pack our bags with joyous memories of the fiesta we had at Village Restaurant.
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