I remember spending my 24th Birthday, I was on a Solo Trip in Jaipur and it was quite fun in its own way. After a tiresome sightseeing, I got down at the local bus stop and was trying to get back to the hotel room. But, it struck me, someone mentioned about Chokhi Dhani where I can get some traditional Rajasthani Food. Without any hesitation, I got on another bus and did a 1+ hour journey. Upon reaching and having their Rs 850+ worth Thali is one of the best birthday dinners I have ever had. Fast forward 1 year, when Kiran told me about NH8 in Whitefield Bangalore, where he and his friends happen to have a get-together, which unfortunately I couldn’t attend, I always wanted to experience it myself. I did! Not once but, twice! And here I am, all excited to share the experience.
NH8 Restaurant Review
One day I and Kiran were at Inorbit mall and we spotted the restaurant NH8 and decided to walk in. As you enter, you will be welcomed by a wall which has Hawa Mahal painted on it. The restaurant ambiance was traditional and at the same time, I felt like something is missing. Some sort of vibe, which the NH8 outlet in Whitefield has. Maybe, because it is inside a mall. The way they treat the customers is very impressive and for every table, one main waiter will be assigned. You get to wear the Rajasthani Pagdi (Traditional Turbans), which I find as a perfect photo opportunity for the selfie lovers.
There were two seating options; The normal table-chair and or you can sit on the ground (slightly raised platform) cross-legged, in the traditional way, and have food. Since I am old, I don’t find it comfortable to sit on the floor and have food, we sat on the table. One main issue with restaurants in a mall will be the availability of washroom. Don’t worry, here in NH8 the washroom will come to you. They will make you wash hands on the table before you start enjoying the delicious food.
We started off with Chat, Dahi Puri Chat, my favorite and once that is done they have served us a platter of snacks. Onion Pakoda, Samosa, and Paneer Tandoori. I suggest you have it just for the sake of tasting since there are so many things yet to be served. The paneer was cooked to the perfection and I loved the Samosa.
And for the main course, in a big round plate, they served us Dal Batti Churma, Phulka, Bajre Ki Roti with Jaggery and Ghee on top of it, Gatte Ki Subji, Bindhi Masala, Kadai Paneer, Peas Pulao and Khichdi. I have asked them to serve Bajre Ki Roti 3-4 times and I loved it. I know! This is too much to eat and you will be feeling full right after this. I will ask you to limit the main course just in a way to accommodate the delicious Indian desserts and drinks.
For desserts, they have served Moong Dal Halwa, Shrikhand and Rasmalai. If you would ask me to pick one among these, then, of course, Moong Dal Halwa. For drinks, they will serve you Jal Jeera and Chaash.
PS: You may see the waiters snapping fingers at each other, well, its perfectly normal and there is no disrespect. If you observe closely, immediately after snapping the finger they will show a number using the finger. This means that the particular table needs the dish which is indicated by the number.
Overall, it was a great experience for me and my friend. The second time I was here with Kiran and Sunish (my besties) and it was Sunish’s first time having Rajasthani food. I am sure he loved it. If you are in town and want to experience a traditional Rajasthani cuisine then this is the best place to go. We would love to recommend this place to anyone. Hope we will visit soon again.