The vegetarians amongst us will know just how limited menus can be with meat-free dishes. Often you’ll find the same two to three (if you’re lucky) recycled meals making up a measly vegetarian section, bringing as much excitement and joy as the very under-cooked falafel they serve. But it doesn’t have to be like this - enter Jyotis.
The family-run Jyotis are changing the game with their menu of pure vegetarian cuisine, inspired by South Indian recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques. Here, the selection of solely vegetarian (vegan options are also available - just let them know) dishes are seemingly endless; the menu boasts a huge choice of 15 starters, 72 mains, a sizeable list of rice accompaniments, and a decent choice of savoury sundries.
If you’re visiting Jyotis for the first time, the choice might seem overwhelming. With all things, keep it simple; the chef’s thali affords a bird-eye view of the entire menu with its choice of curries, puris, daal, rice, raita, pickle, papadum, onion bhaji and rasmalai. And if you’re dining with two to four people, you really can’t beat getting stuck into the set meals that include everything from main dishes to sundries.
But restaurant aside, there’s another reason to stop by Jyotis on the regular - and that’s it’s sweet centre. The front section of the shop is dedicated to traditional Indian sweet treats, with everything available to eat in with your meal or takeaway. They’ve got the lot - everything from rich Magaz with its notes of nutmeg and cardamom to smooth Mawa Penda bites. There are even coconut sandwiches, made with sweet, sticky bread. If you’re a connoisseur of Indian sweets, then you’ll know exactly what to reach for. But if you’re new to the game, we recommend filling a box with a little bit of everything and sharing a few bites with your mates.
If you haven’t got much of a sweet tooth, fear not. The counters at the front are also ladened with savour morsels, including onion bhajis, patra, battered aubergine slices, and aloo tikki. Everything’s home-made by the family, following their unique recipes.
Offering a fascinating glimpse of the various cuisines from South Indian, there’s nowhere quite like Jyoti.