Nautanki Gali has been conceived to look like a typical scene from a ' local Indian street' and the ambience does adequate justice to the theme. A fully air-conditioned restaurant made to look like a huge gali full of local shops, the baltis (the aluminium buckets used in Indian homes) converted to seats in the waiting area, the occasional big tree with a platform around it (the kind that the Sarpanch gets to sit under - in Hindi movies), partitions made with delicately placed glasses of 'cutting-chai' and bottles of 'goli-soda', musicians performing in traditional Rajasthani attire, feedback forms in the form of a Report Card, bills coming in quaint bill-boxes - the ambience sure gets a 10/10. My dining booth was the barber shop with some very beautiful pics of yesteryear Bollywood actresses (they sure were gorgeous. sigh!).
The buffet spread was vast and spread out throughout the whole restaurant. The starters were extremely good with a special mention of the batter-fried corn kernels and the succulent pieces of chicken (the chat counter should employ a more cheerful and generous man, though!) and the main course had a good variety of dishes accompanied with rice / dum biriyani or chappatis / phulkas hot off the stove - in a typical dhaba style. The mocktails and the cocktails (which were served in goli-soda bottles) had an offer of a free drink for every 2 that you purchase. Sadly, that did not apply to the hard drinks!
The letdown was the desserts - both in terms of the number of items and in terms of quality. The icecreams did not have flavor-tags and in the dim light you really can't make out if the icecream you are picking out has the flavor of mangoes or oranges. The carrot halwa tasted as if it was made halfheartedly. I did not bother to taste the rest of the desserts.
Verdict - good for a regular night out with friends / family - not a place I'd recommend for a 'special' evening.
Tip - while the autorickshaws are a great photo-op, its quite inconvenient for dining - since you need to keep moving around to get to the buffet.
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