Jorhat is one of the major cities of Assam. Jorhat acts as a gateway to upper Assam and to the state of Nagaland. It was the last capital of the Ahom Kingdom and home to many historical monuments of Assamese culture. In the north of the district, the Brahmaputra River forms the largest riverine island of the world, Majuli, spreads over 924.6 square kilometers. The cultural diversities which prevailed in Jorhat nearly a century ago has inspired the people to participate in cultural activities through the decades and as a result Jorhat has been able to produce many creative writers, musician, actors, historians and journalists, terming Jorhat “The Cultural Capital of Assam”.
Meridian Restaurant is located in Mithapuhuri Road, Jorhat. A man-made lake in 1810-18 during the reign of Ahom king Swargadeo Chandra Kanta Singha. PLaced beautifully across this lake the place serves now as a busy and popular food gateway to most foodies around the corner.
The restaurant has now become a popular food destination for many food lovers, specially the Thali served during lunch time has gathered public from all over the place. Whether office goers, school teachers, professors to students or any special occasion this place is always fully loaded. Its a warm and a cozy place, very spacious and the artifacts decorated are mind blowing. The owner Mr. Subrata Das a passionate foodie by heart has played really well to bring up a place where people can enjoy food with the ambiance and also within a reasonable price.
The Veg Thali which is famous in this place served almost 11 to 13 dishes, you also get an option to choose your fish, mutton, duck and chicken to go well with the Thali. Its reasonably priced so people from all corner of the place gets to enjoy it.
As it was day time and lunch time was over my head, me and my sis decided to go for an Assamese Cuisine where people like me who always misses its home food by leaving abroad, this is the right place to be. We ordered 2 Veg Thali along with a Local Fish Curry for me and a Local Chicken Curry for my sis.
The Thali menu changes everyday, as we visited on a Friday our menu was :
- Mati Dal (Black Gram)
- Kothalor Musi (Jack Fruit Youg)
- Koldil Bhaji (Banana Flower Vegetable)
- Dhekia Haak Bhaji (Fiddlehead fern Vegetable)
- Aloo Bhaji (Potato Vegetable)
- Aloo Pitika (Mash Potato)
- Bengena Bhaji (Brinjal Vegetable)
- Mix Vegetable
- Bengena Fry (Brinjal Fry)
- Green Salad
- Pineapple Chutney
- Green Chillies.
I ordered a Local Fish Curry named Arhi Mas (Giant river cat fish ), The fish was way to delicious and tasty and the tangy curry just added so much to the dish. It was perfect to go with the Thali served. A must try out fish in this outlet.
My sis had ordered Local Chicken Curry, though i have not tasted it but i can see and feel how much she loved it. The curry was a thick gravy paste and the deliciousness of it can be seen from my sis craving for it.
The experience of the Thali was simply amazing, all dish served was way to delectable yet beautifully presented. I bet you cannot complete your first round as the people are way to generous in serving.
After math of the food was served in the traditional Assamese style Soaf (Mouth Freshener) in a a kind of decorative plate with a stand made of bell-metal. This utensil is generally used to offer betel nut to the guest in by the Assamese family. Love the tradition and culture still prevails and we as the new upcoming generation should always feel proud of it.
The restaurant ranks No. 1 in TripAdvisor rating which is indeed is a terrific news for the locals and people leaving out of Jorhat.
Overall my experience was amazing, i would highly recommend this place specially for people who leave outside their homeland and miss the food. This is the right place to dig in once you are home.