OTH Bakers&Bistro, Jaipur

Sunday Brunch is one of my favourite meals. Its something i’m quite passionate about actually…you may remember my Spanish Brunch.

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So off we went last Sunday to OTH – On the house, which is just off Sardar Patel Marg in Jaipur. We’d been there once before and though we didn’t much care for the food, we wrote off that experience as just a fluke and decided to listen to the many fans the restaurant has in the city. I admit, the ambiance is nice. Its open, airy and cheerful. Everyone recommends the ‘Jerk Chicken’ there. I have taken a bite of the dish as a friend had ordered it. There is nothing with the dish per say, just it’s name. Jerk Chicken is a Jamaican legend. Its a dry rubbed chicken, packed with heat and flavour, almost like a Caribbean Tandoori chicken. What is served at this restaurant is a Chicken in a creamy mushroom sauce. So please don’t mislead your patrons.

The first time around we had ordered the bacon burgers which were greasy, dry and bready. So we steered clear of the burger section and glanced through everything else on the menu. So finally we had, what we thought was a perfect Sunday Menu. Eggs Benedict, Pepperoni Pizza and Potato and Bacon Sandwich, to be washed down with a snickers shake. Sounds good right? It looked equally good when it was brought to the table…
Eggs Benedict
Pepperoni Pizza
Bacon and Potato Sandwich
But the problems began with the first sip. The shake tasted like eating a snickers, except with a ton of sugar added to the already sweet candy bar. But I chalked that down to people in Jaipur having an extra sweet tooth.
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So we first attacked the eggs. Once the hollandaise started to trickle off the eggs i started noticing that all wasn’t well with the dish. First of all, the sauce was split. There is nothing more unappetizing than a split hollandaise sauce.
Split Hollandaise
Second of all, the eggs looked more fried than poached. The yolks were perfectly set, sitting on top of the whites. What was even worse was that when I took a bite of just the eggs, I felt like I was chewing on a candle!! It was bland and waxy.
Waxy Eggs
It really sad when the best part of a dish is the re-fried  frozen potato patty 😦

Moving on to the pizza. As I’ve mentioned before, Jaipur seems to have got its pizza crust down pat. It was thin and crisp. But of course, it was all downhill from there. The pizza sauce tasted like a hot and sweet chilli ketchup and overpowered the crust, cheese and even an inherently spicy,smokey and flavorful pepperoni.
The saving grace, if it can be called that, was the potato bacon sandwich. The sandwiches there are offered on a choice of breads. We had initially asked for the baguette that was listed, but it seems that its not available anymore. How about taking it off the menu then? So we went with the Focaccia.  The crisply toasted bread, enveloped a velvety mashed potato and bacon. But unfortunately the bacon wasn’t really cooked properly and was greasy and chewy. But credit where its due, it was the best part of the meal.
As we sat there cribbing about the food, we joked – the place is called ‘On The House’ , which means free of charge, but we will never re-visit the restaurant, even if it was for a free meal! The food may be suited to the Indian palate, but there is a difference between making international food more flavorful for Indian tastes and turning everything into Butter Chicken. Try at your own risk.
Address: e 145 ramesh marg,c scheme; Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Phone: 0141 4112231-32. 

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