Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Your Order Please

As any traveller will tell you, there's an abundance of dhaba's to satisfy your hunger when travelling in Punjab. The good news for the comfort-concious traveller is that more and more 'upmarket' western style service stations are opening up, complete with fuel, a shop and clean toilets (not just one toilet).

I remember stopping at one such place on the way from delhi to Jullandher at about 9 o'clock in the evening. Overall, it was a good experience, and if you wish to order, here's the menu (you should be able to read it if you click on it):

And just in case you're interested in having a look at the menu at the hotel we stayed at, here it is (I like the description 'golden fry' under snacks).


ss said...

I love that the menu is called Khaana-Peena; thats how we should have them labelled over here; To-eat, To-Drink; you know a functional title ;-)

So I couldnt help thinking (excluding the salads as don't consider them proper meals) that there were more non-veggie meals than veggie ones on the hotel To-eat, To-Drink.

Maybe I'll go back over and check again; but it sure felt like it.

Feeling hungry now ;-)

ਿੲਕ ਿਸੰਘ said...

m-singh, what hotel did you stay in? and are there any decent hotels (hard to miss) on the way to jalandhar from delhi that one can stay in...in the middle of the night...say 3/4 am...or early mornin?

msingh said...

ss you're right, khaana-peena definitely sounds the business. You're also correct in that there was more choice of non-veg dishes, and being vegetarian I ate out quite a lot - mind you the dal makani at the hotel was rather nice, although the tuty fruity was too sweet for our liking. Best of all was the fresh fruit juice we used to have at least a few times a day, orange, apple, pomegranate. Not to mention the badam milk, mmm...

ik singh in jallandhar I stayed at the Sekhon Grand hotel. Going from delhi to Jallandhar is comfortably doable in a day - you shouldn't need to stay at a hotel on the way, apart for stopping to have a break and eat.


ss said...

There's a lot of food talk about suddenly; all the talk about cakes on SK, Satvinders and my blogs and now we have your tutty fruity to add to the mix.

You fancy some cake?

Did somesay cake? ;-)

msingh said...

Mind you only have a small portion of tutty fruity, as the one from this menu is extremely sweet!

And if fancy a change from the usual, may I reccomend a cup of Earl Grey tea to go with the cake.

Did the samosay say have some cake?


ss said...

Oh I'm a big fan of the Earl Grey! It's what I usually get.

Sad but true ;-)

Chaar, samosay and cake - it's gets better and better. Yeah!

satvinder said...

Oh I'm so hungry now!!

Earl grey.... mnnnn Ditto veerji.
Although good old fashioned masaale valee cha is the flavour of the day on weekends.

Did somesay samosa?!! Oh hunger pangs.

berry hungry sat (",)

ਿੲਕ ਿਸੰਘ said...

even though i drink earl grey in the mornings i come to work. i rather have TAZO chai that i usually have in the mornings if i'm home.

Tazo chai has all the masalas a person would need. also i'm a milk person so i love the fact that you can never add enough milk in the tazo chai.

thanks for the info m-singh. we're staying at raddisson (jallandhar) for a week...hopefully the food is nice there too. but i think the menu prices are a bit out of date cuz i went on to their web site (Sekhon's) and it's doubled from what you have posted here.

msingh said...

ik, the picture of the menu is from the service station we stopped at on the way to Jallandhar, and there was a link to the sekon grand menu at the bottom of my post.

The Raddisson is not far from the Sekhon Grand, my guess is that it is probably even better than the Sekhon.

Don't forget to try some of the fresh juice from the Khurana juice vendor, which is a few minutes walk away.

ਿੲਕ ਿਸੰਘ said...

please please do tell all your little tid bits. (either on your blog or mine...i promise i'll keep it upto date thanks!) and Thank you for the last one! i sure will try if my stomach lets me. last time around i didn't have such a good time for SIX whole weeks!

msingh said...

Although I haven't been myself, I'm told the place called "Haveli" just outside Jallander (Phagwara road)is definately worth a visit - excellent food in in interesting surroundings I'm told.

If you can hack the crowds and congestion, Rainak Bazaar is always bustling, and good for shopping.


msingh said...

I found this write up on the Haveli in The Tribune which might interest you ik singh ji:

Havelis may be a thing of the past but you can feast your eyes on such a structure on the outskirts of Jalandhar Cantonment. Haveli, a restaurant that reflects the fast eroding rural lifestyle of Punjab, offers a rich mix of the modern as well as the traditional.

The restaurant has attempted to create a rural ambience with the help of mud huts and various exhibits like folk paintings, wooden cart, earthen divas, and all kinds of statues depicting rural life — women holding water pots, monkeys on walls, birds on roofs etc.

As you park your car and walk a few steps, you are welcomed by a fine spray of water thrown in all directions by pedestal fans set near the model of a well. The passage is dotted with small kiosks selling snacks — both modern as well as traditional — like chaat, gol gappe and jalebis. Traditional Punjabi songs are played throughout the day, complementing the environment.

The complex can broadly be divided into two parts. The first part comprises a big hall adorned with beautiful displays. As one steps into the hall, one is greeted in Punjabi by a darban attired in a traditional Punjabi dress: kurta, lungi and a phatuhi (jacket). Behind him one can see the statue of a munim sitting on takhatposh (traditional wooden table) and pouring over his accounts. On the other side, there are more statues: one of an old woman at the chakki (grinding flour) and the other of a father-son duo carrying fodder on their wooden cart.

The interior itself is no less intriguing. The walls of the hall are adorned with old musical instruments, folk jewellery, phulkari exhibits, old coins and the like. This section also houses the model of a truck along with its driver. The food in the restaurant is served the traditional way. You get lassi in earthen kasoras, phirni in mud bowls and mouth fresheners (including gur) in a small wooden cart.

Besides a thali that comes for Rs 55, there are a number of other tempting items on the menu. For those who don’t want to have regular Indian meals, fast food is also available.

The second part of the complex houses a small shop selling rural souvenirs like models of the spinning wheel. Though the shop is named Antique Shop, one can hardly find anything truly antique. For children, video games and crazy cars provide a means of entertainment.

The second segment may be called a rural museum. You have to shell out Rs 20 to enter this section and experience the richness of the land of five rivers. Here, visitors can catch a glimpse of statues depicting village life in Punjab. Women are shown engaged in various activities like preparing food on a chulha, spinning yarn, weaving, painting walls of the house, churning curd, fetching water from a well, getting ready for some special occasion, etc. Their moments of enjoyment are also depicted by life-like statues of women gossiping while sitting on the parapet of the well, etc.

Monkeys scaling walls, parrots sitting on rooftops of thatched huts, and a cock announcing the beginning of the day lend charm and a realistic touch to the rural setting.

This part is open from 12 pm to 12 am. A restaurant situated in this part serves lunch and dinner, each comprising a welcome drink, snacks, full meal and dessert. The lunch costs Rs 90, while dinner can be had for Rs 115 per person. During evenings, a cultural programme is also held here.

Though visiting this restaurant can in no way replace the experience of visiting an actual village and witnessing its lifestyle yet for the busy city dwellers this restaurant provides an opportunity to get a taste of a vibrant rural set-up and apprise their children about the same. It somewhere re-establishes our link with our rich cultural heritage and brings us closer to our roots.

ਿੲਕ ਿਸੰਘ said...

thank you so much for the tips!!! my brother went to Haveli and it looks absolutely awesome. and he said that food was even better. and of course prices are really good as well. we'll definitely go there a couple of times.

i'm getting some good material for a personal blog.

msingh, i wanted to ask you if i can squeeze Fatehgarh Sahib, Dera Baba Nanak, Annandpur Sahib, Amritsar Sahib, one day stay in Delhi, and a couple of close reltaives with the wedding all in 9-10 days?? the obvious answer is heck no! but i'll definitely try. i don't know much about Annandpur Sahib (other than the obvious history) but Fatehgarh Sahib seems like a nice place to visit with the ruins and everything?