22 January 2013

Jaipur Maharaja Sweets ~ Indian - Sydney



We get over to the other side of the tracks for Indian sweet and treats at Jaipur Indian on Elizabeth Street, Sydney






Jaipur Sweets is a cavernous venue located along busy Elizabeth Street. While the view out the window facing the train line and busy street scape isn't inspiring, it does however offer some great people watching opportunities.



There's a certain offbeat vibe to this place that we love. Our favourite spot by the window is decorated with a curious mix of chandeliers, a didgeridoo and an electric guitar. We've always had smiley service here, sometimes it takes a long time for the dishes to arrive, but we don't mind, it's a place we come to when we feel like taking out time.



Salt lassi  & a salty lemon drink that we forgot the name of, about $3.50 each. The lemon drink had some other spicy flavours as well, refreshingly good.



Hyderabadi bryani lamb (or chicken) - $11.90. A dense mound of rice hiding lumps of tender lamb inside. The side of coconut cream cuts a little of the spice and adds a contrast.



Punjabi thali - $14.90. A thali is a great way to sample a bunch of dishes in one go. Curries are good, not mind blowers but good, the bread excellent.



Kingfisher Beer - 'the King of Good Times' - $8 each. Kingfisher is brewed in Australia these days which perhaps doesn't warrant the premium beer price.



Uttapam - $10.90. Wikipedia tells us Uttapam is kind of like an Indian pizza, a flat dough base topped with red onions and capsicum, a little veggie curry and some coconut on the side.



Rawa Masala Dosa - $12.90. Rawa dosa is a little thicker and more substantial than the crepe-like dosa we often come across, we love this more rustic style. Filled with spiced potato and onion with a few well cooked chillis inside. The chilli wasn't firesome at all, adding more flavour than heat.



Two indian sweeties for $2! The little one shaped like a curry puff was filled with nuts, the orange swirly sweet tasted of deep fried dough saturated in syrup, every bite down brought a little shot of super sugary sweetness. Not recommended by your dentist.




Jaipur is located very close to a number of hotels on the Surry Hills side of Central. If you are staying in a hostel nearby or the bigger Vibe Hotel then you are almost next door. A number of tables had reserved signs on them, it looks like they do a lot of big group catering.

The building above it is quite incredible, a grand old dame of a hotel.

188 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000. Phone 02 9280 1111.

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14 comments:

  1. I've never actually eaten Indian food out before, believe it or not! But Indian sweets are definitely something I've had my eyes on for a while now, especially since the ones you had look so tempting :D

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    1. There are also some great sweets places on Cleveland St in Surry Hills and in Harris Park. Watch out, they are really sweet at times. Some are condensed milk based and have lots of nuts, even bits of gold at times. You must try at least once.

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  2. Yum. May have to try this when I come down with Seam...

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  3. This is definitely must try. Do they sell kulfi there? That's my favourite Indian dessert :p

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  4. South Indian thali is great!
    Stan.

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    1. Thanks Stan, we agree. BTW - I accidentaly deleted your comment on Asahi beer on the Shibuya post, apologies, it wasn't intentional. The beer states product of Japan, not a taste of Thailand in sight.

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  5. Hey, this looks good. I've been up for trying Dosa in a decent Indian place.

    Off topic, but wheres the go-to place in Sydney for Pho Bo(Hanoi style, preferably)?

    Cheers

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    1. The dosa in Kammadhenu in Newtown is excellent as well. Best pho? Probably in Cabramatta. Noodlies blog has a run down of best pho by region: http://www.noodlies.com/2010/10/sydneys-best-pho-restaurant-winners-by-area/

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  6. Thanks! Great blog, i've used it a few times but first time to comment!

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    1. A bit of a mutual lovefest here - checked out your blog too and had a good jealousy making read.

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  7. What are some places for really good Thali ....Maya in Cleveland St

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    1. Either Maya or get out to Harris Park to Taj Sweets.

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    2. Hey just a question have you guys ever tried nepalese cuisine? Its similar to indian in that its curry based but the spices tend to be less full on. Theres quite a few good places in sydneys little nepal - rockdale area if you want to try it.

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  8. How much tips usually foreigners will pay for the entrance at tourist location Jaipur, here is best raajsahi bhojan.

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