There really aren't a lot of restaurants, at least stand-alone restaurants, in Sawai Madhopur. This really is kind of out in the boondocks, so to speak. For the most part, the better places to eat in town are attached to hotels.
We ate every meal in Sawai Madhopur at our hotel dining hall. The food was very good, well prepared and there was a nice variety. (Like most hotels in the area, they featured a buffet setup most of the time) And, beyond the excellent quality of the meals it was SERVICE that made the Nahargarh special. These guys really really really go out of their way to take care of their customers. This is especially true if they know or suspect that you are "on your own" and are not part of a tour. They're truly proud that you've chosen to stay and/or eat at the Nahargarh.
One of "our" waiters (there were two guy who really went over the top to take care of us) even came in on his day off when he heard that it was going to be the day we left. He told us that he wanted to say goodbye in person. That really sums up the service and attitude at this place.
If you're not staying at the Nahargarh Ranthambhore and would like to eat at a different hotel in town - just for some variety - I'd suggest that you stop by and enjoy the pampering. I can guarantee that your water or juice glass will never stay empty more than about two seconds. :)
Favorite Dish: All of the food is good. As I say, they handle most meals on a buffet-style basis. That's kind of de riguer for most hotels in the area.... or so I hear. The thing about the Nahargarh is that their food is VERY well prepared, it's presented in a fresh manner and they have a very nice variety.
And, if you'd like yours spicier than the standard tourist fare, just tell the dining room captain. They're more than willing to make up a "batch" of whatever you fancy JUST for you. And with a bit of a grin, he'll tell you that he can make it as "spicy as you like". Beware. :)
The morning omelets are quite good here, and I especially liked the freshly squeezed juice. There's also a good and safely-prepared selection of fresh fruit available at most meals.
AND the desserts are very good too. Keep your eye open for their jalebi. This delicate honey-laced creation was THE best dessert we had in India. We are still looking for a recipe to make it at home. I'm also nagging the guys at the Nahargarh (via email), trying to get them to give up the recipe. :) Don't miss the jalebi.
While we were staying in Ranthambore Park, we felt like having a "night out" with a good meal. There are not that many choices! But, along with another young couple, we decided to book at the nearby Oberoi Hotel Restuarant and have a great de luxe evening. And that is what we got!
The hotel sent a car to fetch us, and we had a splendid time. The hotel is simply awesome, and the restuarant was very luxurious. Great service, music by a live quartet, and food to please the most discerning palate.
I highly recommend this restuarant- even if staying at the Oberoi may be impossibly expensive, at least having a meal there gives one a special night out.
The exquisitely decorated restaurant features hand painted frescoes of flowers and animals. Outside is the walled terrace of the Inner Courtyard which offers an outdoor dining experience with fireplace in winter.
Favorite Dish: The choice was wide- But being vegetarian, we enjoyed the following-
Aloo Masala- ( this was DELICIOUS)
Dhal (I don't recall what it was called, but spiced heaviliy with coriander)
The Salads were fresh from Hotel gardens
Gulab Jamun & Pistachio Kulfi were the best.
All the food was included in our stay in Sawai Madhopur, as there really was nowhere else to eat in town.
The food was generally very disappointing, a dull, tasteless selction of 'international' dishes. Every day there would be rice, lentils, a potato dish, a vegetable dish and chicken. Some days a lamb dish would be served too (the meat was tough), or a pasta dish (overcooked).
Favorite Dish: The only delightful dish in the restaurant was the freshly cooked nan bread. A dedicated chef would be outside under a cover, turning out nan after nan and cooking them in the clay oven. The would be brought to your table fresh from the over, still piping hot. Mmmmmm
There is pretty standard food to be had in this and similar roadside eateries in India. The thing to watch out for is how clean the plave looks, and indeed, how clean the man behind the counter looks.
The food tastes good, at least to most Indians! :-)
Pic credit: husain