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.