The next day we left for Jagannath Temple, which was not very far from Mayfair Waves. Word of advice: book your panda or pandit(priest) before going to the temple, it’s utter chaos inside.
Our guide and pandit showed us the temple, told us about some interesting trivia and then we finished offering our prayers amidst a lot of pushing and shoving. There is a counter near the temple gate, where you can buy packets of prasad.
Couldn’t enjoy the beach this time due to slightly chilly weather. So we started back for home and stopped at Nakli Dhaba in Mayfair Lagoon, Bhubaneshwar for lunch. This restaurant is designed to look like a rustic village replete with trucks, woven beds(charpai) etc.
There is some outside seating, but there were seven of us, so we got seated at a big circular table inside. The decor is similar to the various dhaba style restaurants in Bangalore.
None of us was much inclined towards appetizers, so we opted for main course straightaway. I placed an order for paneer makhni, dal makhni, yellow dal tadka, sabz panchmel, rice and some breads. Service was a bit slow even though the place was mostly empty.
But again, food was surprisingly good! Dal makhni was heavenly, loaded with butter and cooked to perfection. Both paneer and sabz panchmel were delicious too. Nothing was too hot or spicy and all of us loved the food.
All of us left the place happy and sated. Back at home we had a small bonfire for Lohri, followed by some Blue Label and Jacob’s Creek 🙂
For those who don’t know about Lohri, it is a festival celebrated in Punjab when winter is at its peak. Read here for more. We had a nice time with different sweets made out of sesame seeds, peanuts and jaggery.