In the Lalit Temple View Hotel is what is arguably the best restaurant in Khajuraho, Panna.
The room itself is a touch plain, too brightly lit and quiet but the service is charming and the menu expansive. As is the case in most restaurants in the city, you can eat from a full Indian menu but also choose American or Italian dishes (not that you should, because you really shouldn’t).
After a day of temple viewing (amazing) and with an early morning pick-up for a safari in the nearby national park The Monster gets right down to business. The order:
Kathi roll, parantha with chicken tikka – fairly spectacular tasting, these are addictive appetizers that begin the meal on a high note.
Matkewala murg country chicken curry in an earthen pot – deeply intense flavor and a truly satisfying dish.
Vegetable Tarkari biryani – a colorful melange of vegetables on slow fire with basmati rice condiments flavored with saffron. This incredibly aromatic dish surprises at every bite, revealing itself slowly as a complex delight.
Garlic naan rounds out the meal to make sure every last bit of flavor is savored. And this is a meal to be savored in the least likely of places.
So even if you feel like you’re eating in a cafeteria at least the food will be delicious.
And then it’s off to bed as a 4:30 wake-up call greets you tomorrow.
Why go? For a surprisingly delicious meal.
Monster rating: 4/5 Monster
Opposite Circuit House, Khajuraho 471606, India