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“Rated very good for view and atmosphere, not food”

The Surya Restaurant
Ranked #17 of 188 Restaurants in Jaisalmer
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$700
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: After-hours
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours
Reviewed 23 March 2013

We were escorted to the Surya Restaurant by our guide in Jaisalmer - up very steep, difficult steps and in to a quaint and interestingly set up place to eat, with guests squashed in to tiny low tables while they lolled about on carpets and in the window seat connecting the restaurant on the edge of the fort to the majestic view to the surrounding settlement.
Right where we sat was a proudly displayed photocopy of a reference a European girl had written several years ago saying how much she liked the place and how entertaining the host was.
There was no arguing with the magnificent location and the cosy atmosphere, making it very easy for you to strike up conversations with other travellers.
We were not impressed with the cooking - the chicken was inedible, not at all cooked and tasted strange, but the waiter/proprietor insisted it was just freshly killed.
But that didn't seem to matter as there was enough "safe" food - rice, dessert, salad - to eat to get over the bad meat and really the atmosphere was the amazing experience that meant even though we did't like the food we would go there again for sure. But next trip. Once "bitten" with bad chicke, twice shy this time.

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1  Thank Roslyn T
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

we came 2 times and the food was excellent and the place well decorated. It was nice to chat with the owner.

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Reviewed 24 January 2013 via mobile

Having waited an hour for food to arrive we were served cold, stale and flavourless food which we didn't eat. Chicken was chewy, the dopiaza was bland and flavourless and the naan was not like any naan I have had before. I would avoid eating at this place

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3  Thank Dizzle-Bizzle
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Reviewed 23 January 2013 via mobile

Save your money and eat elsewhere, the food here is terrible. The chicken tikka was dry and over cooked, arrived cold and tasted nothing like chicken tikka. The naan bread was like a rubbery pancake. The chicken dopiaza was better, but distinctly below average. What made it worse was the fact it all took an hour to arrive when the restaurant wasn't even busy.

Meanwhile the owner/manager spent the evening fooling around and chatting with customers. Perhaps if he put a little time into managing his business properly instead of playing the court jester they'd serve food to an acceptable standard.

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1  Thank GrumpyTravelerMan
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

Food not even average. we asked for veg haka noodles but seems like the chef did'nt know how to make it. I think the restaurants are more inclined for foreign visitors than India. But great ambience to sit and view outside balcony was marvellous. Although on15th dec i was the only customer at the restaruant

1  Thank tajar123
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