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A clean modern space on the 1st floor of the newly opened Ramee Hotel in Deccan. I always feel vegetarians have much less choice when it comes to eating out; it is either a thali joint or then having to share a menu with nonveg items if you're looking for something more up-market. Rasoi is a smart alternative with a lovely beaten brass thali set lunch and a la carte for dinner.
Lunch is an unlimited thali and a mix of regional Indian vegetarian specialities. The food is quite light and more home style than the thali joints you may be used to in the city. The menu changes daily. They bring you a nice cool kokum sharbat as you sit down followed by a couple of starters. The day we were there, it was khandvi stuffed with mashed peas. The khandvi was as thin as can be and made in-house. Along with that came kaju ki tikki, which was actually a dahi ka kabab with bits of cashew nuts. Both quite outstanding; The thali consists of two dry vegetable dishes, three vegetable curries, a kadhi, dal and of course the usual papads, pickles, rice, rotis, fresh puris and two desserts. I really enjoyed the whole meal especially since it was neither oily nor over spicy. Quite a welcome change and something you could indulge in everyday. In the evening - it is silver service with some well made shorbas, mulligatawny or sol kadhi (kokum and coconut milk) to start with. Interesting in the salad section is the makai simla mirch chatpata in a fresh mustard oil dressing. You have the usual round of vegetarian starters - vegetable seekh and paneer tikkas, masalas and kormas. Do try the Rajasthani ghatte ki subzi and the local bharleli vangi. The langarwali dal smothered with a pure ghee tempering is their speciality. They also do a very interesting Hyderabadi dal which is slightly 'khatta', a dal karari with added rogan, black dal and a palak dal. Don't miss the kulfi faluda and the home-made angoori rabadi (much lighter than you may be used to). Would I go back? Yes, certainly and more than once!nnPlus and MinusnThe restaurant can smell a little overpoweringly 'curry'. However, it does not have carpets or heavy furnishings so they should be able to get rid of this with some airing.
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X-Tasy is uber chic and an uptown resto-bar done up in a Mexican theme. The bar is well stocked and the bartender does a good job too. There are about forty cocktails with the likes of Manhattan, Whisky Sour, Pina Colada, Bloody Mary, Singapore Sling, Gimlet, Gin Fizz, Tangerine, Mojito, Caipiroska, Tropical Itch, Cosmopolitan, Woo Woo and Love in the Afternoon. Those of you who like mocktails can choose from Spice Girls, Hot Wired, Funky Toffee, Blush on Ice and Caribbean Mango. Wafers and peanuts are served complimentary with the drinks. Starters and main course can be ordered from the Grill Room that serves some European treats like Seafood Bisque, Fish 'n' Chips, Fish Fingers, Chicken Nuggets and Skewered Prawns with Tangy Salsa. There’s also Tangdi Kebab, Chicken Tikka, Murgh Malai Kebab, Tandoori Aloo and Crispy Vegetable. The Filipino band belts out a mix of English and Hindi numbers every evening from 8pm onwards, except on Tuesdays. Happy Hours (1pm to 7pm) gets you 25 per cent discount on drinks.