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For a nation that takes vegetarianism to heart as much as India, the extravagance of our kababs and biryanis seems to always overshadow the humility of what grows on our soil. Royal Vega is a bold, ambitious endeavour at elevating a meatless meal to pedestals, on which few have stood before. Best described as an ornately traditional dining experience, the brainchild of ITC’s Executive Chef Manjit Gill, draws inspiration from royal kitchens and Ayurveda. Everything from handcrafted ingredients and seasonal menus, to painstakingly presented viands make you almost forget, that you are paying as much as you would for a cacheted meat fest at Peshawri next door. Royal Vega is doubtlessly a landmark restaurant in the Indian dining scene, and one that ITC shall inevitably elevate to its crown jewels. Suitably, in a city that is (quite inaccurately) known for austere vegetarianism and in a hotel that is built on grandeur, Royal Vega is an experience you must partake in.
I have been here so many times that I’ve lost count but have had a divine experience every single time. Each meal is crafted to perfection. The bigger meals are usually the highlight everywhere and are no doubt superb in RV. But what I really liked is their focus on the little details - freshness of the produce used - I usually don’t like paneer but RV is the only place where I have loved the softness and mild taste of paneer in their tomato gravy, absolutely lip-smacking! The dahi they use is super creamy. The beetroot cutlet with the mint chutney is delicious. I eat stuff there which I probably wouldn’t touch outside :D (paneer and beetroot especially). Such is the flavor there! I haven’t tried the South Indian thali yet so not sure about the flavours used but north Indian thali is awesome. Another thing great there is the service. They take such good care of dietary restrictions, changes in flavor to suit your needs. And once they understand your taste, you will be taken care of for life! Trust Chef Varun and Rohit with that (speak to Rohit as soon as you step in). In case the visit is pre-planned - ensure you have lighter meals through the day because the thali is some serious heavy stuff, and if it isn’t – be prepared to leave with bloated bellies. Eat smaller portions so that all the courses and varieties can be included (atleast sampled) because there’s nothing I’ve come across that can or should be skipped. Cheers!
A very good place to enjoy your dinner. Tried the south Indian menu. Very distinct taste. While serving they will explain each and every dish. Kudos to the team.
Have been here multiple times and the mojo remains the same. My recent visit to this place was when I had stayed here. Spectacular food, both Jain and regular. Earlier they used to serve a la carte and now they have mandatory thali. The thali is too filling and it's mind blowing. I was told by rohit (meet him when you guys visit this place and he will take care of everything!) That they source the grocery on a daily basis and hence the food is fresh every single day since it's prepared from scratch. I would also particularly mention that the custodian of this cuisine chef varun is a perfectionist. The food is consistently delicious every single time we visit this place. Hospitality of Mr. Balaji and Mr. Nirdosh is fantastic. They made us feel like home. Note: The thali is too heavy for a single person to reach upto the last course, so please plan your courses accordingly. The kofta and paneer are to die for. I was also told that the paneer is sourced from ghaziabad exclusively at this restaurant. Paneer goes well with doli (not on menu, but you may request the chef to do so, if informed in advance). Please get in touch with Mr Rohit (manager) possibly before heading there and he would sort out everything for you, especially if it's your first visit. Cheers to the entire team!
The restaurant, the people, the food all were outstanding. Up till now I was not sure of vegetarian food. But this place has stirred and managed to rouse my inner herbivore. Super. Rohit and his team were fantastic. Felt the mouth freshener was too hot but the rest made up for it.
This is the perfect place for you to dine if you are a pure vegetarian! they served in 'silver plate' and south indian foods served in banana leaf which is rare in Chennai; the quality of food is very tasty and visual appearance also wonderfull, Staffs hospitality impressed my family, I don't know how ITC finding these kinds of hospitality staffs, everyone are excellent all are serves with smiling face, Only ITC can do this then I have grown one level up in my family, because of choosing this restaurant, because this restaurant gives us prince experience,
Vegetarian food may get a lot of backlash from the carnivores but let’s admit it has its own redeeming qualities. First being its clean healthy aspect that can never harm your body and second, the light feeling you have even after consuming a feast. For years we have been forgetting the true beauty of vegetarian food, leaning more and more towards the non-veg items due to its accessibility. But now restaurants have taken upon themselves to revive the veggie versions of classic recipes, paving way for innovative menus. It is a misconception that Chennai is a vegetarian dominant city, conveniently forgetting the fact of its stunning coast line that brings in tons of lovely seafood every day. ITC Grand Chola is a legendary luxurious hotel in Chennai and is counted amongst the heavyweights of hotel industry. Its opulent interiors houses a fabulous vegetarian restaurant called, ‘Royal Vega’.
Royal Vega is one of those magnificent places that is epitome of luxury and high class. The restaurant is everything one can imagine of a fine dining place and more. The lush opulent interiors of the restaurant acts as an ideal backdrop for important dinners or business meetings. It’s perfect for tourists who want to taste the grandeur of Chennai in big way. Bring here someone who appreciates good food and even finer surroundings. The entire restaurant is fashioned after a royal dining room, complete with ornate furnishings and vintage crystal chandeliers. The old-fashioned royal appeal of the interiors are highly attractive to many. If you truly want to savour the opulence, ask to be seated in their private dining section which is outstanding.
The menu of Royal Vega follows a North-Indian fare. The entire menu is completely vegetarian yet expensive, exploring the veggie delights of North-Indian and Mughal food. They offer a wide range of thalis, through which you can sample numerous dishes without costing much. Although the menu is superb, keep a light hand on the appetizers or you will miss the pleasure of main course. Pick from their exhaustive range of rice or breads to mop up the curries. You can dabble between, shvet paneer, kesariya alu, dal adhav, kundan kofteh, mangochi pakauri, palak chaaman, krishatil alu, shyaam chholey, marudhar sangria kofteh and palak mungori karhi. Their dessert section is sublime and equally rich, worthy of a king. Kanak halva and Chandragupta malpua will do wonderfully.