Tried and Tasted: NH44, Rajouri Garden

By 12:45 Tuesday, 14 June 2016 , ,

Where: C-13, Vishal Enclave, Rajouri Garden
Cuisine: Pan-Indian
Cost: 1000 for two

Since the time I have started food blogging and keeping a tab on the opening of new eateries, not a lot of them do justice to Indian cuisine. And by Indian, I don't only mean North and South Indian food. Most of the (new) restaurants I review tend to have a small Indian segment on the menu with very typical dishes, while Italian, Asian and Continental food take up most of the space. Indian cuisine has so much to offer and NH44 in Rajouri Garden has decided to make the most of it.

The menu covers the best of regional cuisines of all places that fall on the longest highway of India, NH44, that runs from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Every region has a separate category on the menu, with the choicest of dishes from these states. From Kashmiri Kehwa to Rasam, Vada Pao to Idli and Dosa, Butter Chicken to's the best of India under one roof.

The interiors are colourful, inspired by dhabhas and truck art that are so reminiscent of Indian highways. What I really liked was that unlike most of the restaurants in the area, NH44 is big on space and privacy. There is also a separate seating area for larger gatherings. The brick walls are super edgy and coloured glass windows filter and beautify natural light.

First up, Vegetarian Tandoori Platter had everything us North Indians love. My absolute favourites were spinach kebabs and stuffed tandoori potato. Their Vada Pao had a touch of South India, thanks to the generous sprinkle of grated coconut. The stuffing of the vada was a lot like what you get inside a Masala dosa. Non-vegetarians, do not miss the Maharaja Patiala Sword Kebab that comes flaming hot- literally! If this isn't spicy enough for you, try out their signature Chilli Guava mocktail, a spicy and tangy summer slushie served in a chilli-rimmed margarita glass with fresh green chillies and coriander.

I tried Masala Dosa and Vegetable Idli next. Though the sambhar and chutneys were perfect, the idlis were a little dry for me. I will however, recommend the crispy dosa.

While their classics like Dal Makhni and Butter Chicken are enough to blow your mind, I will highly recommend Paneer Lavang Latta. It is cottage cheese stuffed with dry fruits served with a brilliant tomato gravy. My second favourite was Palak Kofta stuffed with mushroom also served in a rich, creamy, tomato gravy with a strong kick of garlic. Non vegetarians can count on the smashing Nihari with Lachha Parantha that'll make you forget all of your life's problems- I'm taking my friend's word for it.

DO NOT leave without trying out the Beetroot Halwa. Made with grated beetroot, milk and absolutely no cream, it tastes very much like Gajar ka halwa, only healthier. Gil-E-Bahisht, their signature dessert, is a cool summer-friendly dessert made with phirni and kalakand. However, it was little too sweet for my taste.

It has been quite a while since an Indian restaurant has been able to bowl me over like this. The excellent service, a good mix of innovative and classic dishes and beautiful interiors, all make for a very pleasant dining experience. Visit, you must.

National Highway 44 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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