I try to find old food shops in small cities which maintain their uniqueness by preparing foods in which they are excellent instead of putting everything on the menu and do a shoddy job of each dish. This was one such place.
This shop has...a very limited menu but each item on the menu is worth trying. My first trip was for breakfast. I went again during lunch time but ended up having almost the same dishes I had them for breakfast.
There is a sweet shop in the front and a sitting area behind the shop. If you are travelling alone then choose and pay for the food first or else you can sit and order from the table. The person sitting at the cash counter is not the most polite person but if you know what you need it will be quick trip to the cash counter. He is not the one to indulge in small talk and explain the nuances of the food (this tip is for the chatty food bloggers ;) ). Ambience is okay (nothing falshy), cleanliness is not the best (though not bad) and service is quick.
I am a jalebi lover and nothing makes my morning happier than watching fresh hot jalebis served right out of the kadhais. The moment I saw them I promptly ordered without thinking about the main food. Needles to say, jalebis were excellent. They were crisp, sweet (but not too sweet), hot and not sour (which means jalebi batter was fresh and well prepared from right mix of ingredients).
There are two kind of sabjis one can order with pooris, Aloo and Methi. I ate both methi sabji and aloo sabji and both were prepared well. Methi sabji is a bit bitter (which is expected as Methi has a bitter flavour) and if you are trying it for the first time it may not sooth the taste buds. Pooris are prepared round the clock and you will always get hot fluffy pooris instead of stale, limp and cold pooris you may find at other places. Pooris are a bit oily but they taste good.
Best items on the menu are sweets. Jalebis are served only till 10 AM. Other sweet items are bikaneri rasgullas, dal halwa, gond halwa, ghevar, gulab jamuns, ras malai. As Bikaner (and Rajasthan in general) is known for bikaneri rasgullas and ghevar they are highly recommended. I had ghevar at other places in India, and I can easily say this place has the best Ghevar I ever had. Ghevar is crispy but not too crispy, fluffy but not too fluffy and sweet but not too sweet. Exactly the way it should be. The moment you put it on your mouth you can easily taste the ghee, which is not so apparent at other places. Ghevar has two varities, Mithi and Rabri, difference is Mithi has no rabri as topping. Rabri ghevar is highly recommended. Another local sweet delicacy is Fini (or Kesar fini). This is also recommended.
Bikaner's lassi or dahi is also popular. I tried dahi. It is how a dahi should be. Slightly sour but not too sour, thick but not too thick. A good dahi should not leave any sticky residue on your tongue and this is what the dahi at this place does.
Apart from poori-sabji, jalebi, ghevar and dahi, I also tried samosas and kachoris. They were good too. Though I liked Samosa a little better than Kachori.
All in all it is no-nonsense, no frills place which reminds you of the charm of eating at reasonably priced small eateries run by families which serve excellent food over generations. The only chink in the armor is that this place does not serves tea.More