We ate almost every evening meal at this restuarant, which is in the Hotel Bissau Palace. Having arrived late (10pm) from our previous destination, we were starving, and they very kindly kept the kitchen open for us, and served us a wonderful meal- with smiles.
The food was good- we are vegetarian, and are never disappointed. Although the dining area is quite small, it is well laid out, with several different chambers. The walls are decorated with mirrors, which reflect the candles on each table. Meals took a while to come, but the pleasant atmosphere made the wait worthwhile.A sitar player provided background music. There was no pressure on diners to hurry meals. Coffee is served in the adjoining lounge, or library.
Our waiter was also a wonderful source of information, and gave us many ideas of what to see and do in Jaipur.
Favorite Dish: Parathas- Hot naan bread- Vegetable Biryani was especially good.
The Tomato soup was freshly made, tangy and spicy.
The desserts were mouth-watering. Kulfi- and Gulab Jumin (small balls of something delicious soaked in syrup) and served hot.
A huge basket of fresh fruit was available to choose from.
Favorite Dish: This was part of a tour and there were plenty of other tourists at the same place... when in doubt and rather hungry then just order a thali. A thaali is a metal plate, with bowls arranged on top here you can see, from bottom right going anti-clockwise: a rice and veggie dish, a paneer (cheese) dish, a lentil dish, a vegetable dish, curd, a sweet and a salad in the middle. It all tasted wonderful, each little dish totally unique! Had some favorite garlic naan on the side.
The restaurant offered the best diner for us in India.Not only the food was good. But also the decoration and the hospitality of the staff.While we were waiting for the diner we could lesten to traditunal Rajasthani live music with beautiful and well-trained dancers.We had our greatest night here and surprisingly.We dida't have to pay a lot for this Andrea & Attila Budapast.
Favorite Dish: Rajasthani Tanundri Chicken & Chicken Mughli.
Next to the Anokhi Shop is the Anokhi Café. It is a café serving fresh organic food and snacks. Many of the products are grown on the Anokhi Farm. On the menu you can find meals, salads, sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, fresh fruit juices , coffee and tea. I only had a hot chocolate (Rs 63 in August 2010) as I had had a late lunch and was eating later, back at the hotel. It was nice though to sit down for a while in comfortable chairs and rest after a day with much walking.
Peacock Rooftop Restaurant is the restaurant at Hotel Pearl Palace. It is a very nice place to sit in and relax and the view over Jaipur is good. When I first arrived it was in the middle of the afternoon and I came here to wait for my room to be ready. It was busy with people eating lunch. There was one thing I did not like and that was the noisy big fans. Fortunately they were not used other times I visited.
On the menu you can find pizza and past, Indian food and Chinese food. There is also a good breakfast menu, but the service in the morning was quite slow.
This is what I paid in August 2010:
Chicken pizza and coca-cola Rs 121
Fruit salad, stuffed nan, yoghurt Rs 131
Coffee pot, butter toast, fruit salad Rs 142
Paneer pansanda and rice Rs 147
Butter toast, omelette, coffee pot, banana lassi Rs 152
French fries, mixed fruit drink Rs 95
Coffee pot, French toast, mixed fruit drink Rs 126
Large Kingfisher beer Rs 160
At the hotel and restaurant it is advised not to tip individually. There is a tip box in the reception and the tip is divided equally among the staff.
As is the case in many Indian cities, most of the better restaurant (better meaning dependable quality and preparation standards) choices are attached to the hotels. We stayed at the Alsisar Haveli during our time in Jaipur. We ate several breakfasts at the dining hall, and one dinner. All were excellent, and the service was attentive and competent.
If you're looking for another hotel (other than yours) restaurant some evening, you might want to try the Alsisar Haveli. You'll be pleased with the food and will probably enjoy the historic Raj surroundings of the haveli itself.
Favorite Dish: There is a nice selection of both Indian and Continental entrees on their buffet. Well prepared and kept nicely hot. There's also a good supply of "safe" fresh fruit for your pleasure.
As for a specific dish, we really liked the chickpeas... excellent taste and in some ways, they reminded me of the joy of a good bowl of black-eyed peas back home in the American south. They didn't taste like black-eyed peas, but they achieved the same perfect blend of spice, cooking time and "base" to be filling comfort food. :)
Oh, one other thing.... you can eat outdoors if you so choose. There are several outdoor wrought-iron tables available, and the waiters will provide table service out in the courtyard. If the evening is cool enough, it's a good choice.
Don'tmiss the awesome 'Thali' in this place, sumptuous food made of pure ghee, served on silver cutlery! An experience to remember-become poundwise and penny foolish ;)
Favorite Dish: The Rajasthani Thali- replete with papad, roti, nan, khadi, salad, chaach, sweet and jeera rice!Finger licking good!
The Spice Court Restaurant is centrally located in Jaipur, and was recommended to me by a local host representative in the city. The Spice Court advertises itself as a multi-cuisine restaurant, and they also have cultural entertainment in the evening.
The hours of operation are 12.30 - 14.30 for lunch, open for snacks between 15.00 and 18.30. Dinner service is from 19.00 - 22.45.
Let me say this.... we enjoyed the food, the spicing and preparation was excellent. BUT.... we must have picked a bad night to visit. I think they were hosting a large gathering for a tour group, and they'd obviously put all of their efforts into a magnificent five-courser for the guests. Looking back, if I'd realized the situation, I might have just asked them to price me "participation" in the large dinner. The problem was that we were ordering off the menu, and they only "had" about half of the items listed. (Probably because they'd spent so much time putting the big dinner party together) The service for us was kind of an afterthought - they just couldn't seem to decide who was going to be our waiter. It took an inordinate amount of time for our orders to find their way to our table.
The Spice Court has both indoor and outdoor dining space. On our lucky night, it appeared that the only option was to be outdoors - the dining room was pretty much abandoned. Again, we just picked the wrong night. Sigh. Thankfully, it was not too hot outside, although I probably would have chosen indoors if it were available.
At the end of the meal, the manager seemed to understand that we'd been somewhat ignored for the evening, and they gave us a nice round of dessert "on the house". So in closing, let me say this.... the Spice Court has excellent food. Try to find a night that they're really serving dinner and are not tied up with a large group.
As for the cultural entertainment, it's a bit touristy. The big question in all of our minds as it progressed was exactly how many jars can that lady carry on her head at once? The answer appeared to be something like five.
Pass through the chaotic sweetshop and into the serene breezy restaurant. It appears to have been recently renovated in an 'out-there 80s' theme.
The waiters speak good English, and remember your face if you come back a year or two later. Food is served promptly and they keep the water poured and hot pooris coming.
Favorite Dish: The cuisine is strictly Brahman (no onion or garlic are used in preparation), but pickled onions are served as an accompaniment, for those who choose to partake, and no meat or alcohol are allowed on the premises.
I can recommend the samosas, kachoori and sweet lassi (comes with topped with fresh curd, and the drink is lightly flavoured with rose - yum).
This lassi would have to be my favourite (second place goes to makhani lassi in Jodhpur).
We had a late lunch at the Rajmahal Restaurant on the advice of our local guide, Mr. Alok Choudnary (see separate tip about Alok). It proved to be a good choice... the food was tasty and dependable, and the service was excellent.
They had, as do most places in India it seems, a buffet available, but we chose to eat from the menu. My choice was an Indian "grilled vegetables" entree and it was perfect....wonderfully spiced. My wife ordered the Rajmahal's dal and enjoyed it with their excellent garlic/butter naan. My daughter had a homemade soup and a stuffed tomato salad. All very tasty.
The Rajmahal also has a nice beer, wine and mixed drink card. We had our usual afternoon beverage, a nice tall and very cold Kingfisher beer. Again as had become our tradition, we split the large 600 ml bottle. :)
Please ask for Shankar Singh, the food and beverage manager. Tell him we said "hello".
If you are just looking for an Indian Fast Food joint then this is the place to head too. Even the sweets here are awesome, some of the best I have had in my life!!
Favorite Dish: Poha & Jalebi; Channa Batura- not at all an oily affair here
If your pockets are not deep enough to enjoy a full stay at the Rambagh Palace Hotel, then do as I did and consider having lunch or dinner at the Rajput Room. The restaurant is located within the hotel in a stunning hall, with carved marble walls and multi-lobed arches, overlooking the beautiful Mughal-style gardens. If the weather is nice, then the Verandah Café is also a nice option. Both restaurants serve the same menu consisting of Indian and Italian cuisines. I enjoyed lunching here on my first day in Jaipur that I returned a second time on my third day (tried a different cuisine each time). While the meal was more expensive than average in Jaipur, it was not unaffordable for the western tourist. It was definitely an enjoyable way to admire the exquisite Rambagh Palace hotel.
The courtyard adjoining the Surya Mahal restaurant is the most romantic place to have dinner in Jaipur. Lit by huge burning braziers, the courtyard features a raised platform where beautiful Rajasthani women give a short performance of their traditional dance (Sept 15-Mar only). Service is superb, as is the food -- this is one place where the "Continental" cuisine, created by Chef Andrew Whiffen from Barbados, is as good as the Indian. Specialty Indian dishes include the kebab platter (any of the tandoor dishes are highly recommended) and traditional thali (multicourse platters). The murgh malai tikka, chicken marinated in yogurt and cream and cooked in the clay tandoor, is delicious, as is the seafood Kerala curry -- prawns simmered in a mild coconut sauce and spiced with curry leaves, mustard seeds, and tamarind; mutton dishes, generally speaking, are less successful. All Indian dishes are served with dal, curried vegetables, steamed rice, Indian bread (choose from a variety), and chutneys. If you don't feel like eating Indian, try the pan-seared snapper; the penne with roast peppers, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and basil oil; or the fettuccine with grilled chicken and basil pesto -- all comparatively bland, but balm for a sensitive stomach.
Favorite Dish: Jaipur is famous for its Dal Batti, Churma.
Cuisine : In Choki Dani restaurant the food is served by attendants dressed in traditional Rajasthani dress. Visitors sit on little low stools and the typical Rajasthani meal is served in 'pattals' leaf plates. The food is served with most hospitality. The visitors are persuaded to have more of every dish a typical way of Indian Hospitality.
Chandi Mahal Bar : the bar with its ceiling of 100000 mirror gilt coated furniture transports you to the bygone era of Maharajas
We were satisfied with the food and the clean and neat athomsphere.
The service was good and nice, the only problem with the staff was the fact that they didn't speak much English nor other languages than their own.
If you want something really exotic, go to this place. Their menu contained dishes from many parts of India and also from the neighbouring countries.
Favorite Dish: As a starter I tried a very exotic choice: "Afgani seekh kabab spiey" which was an Afghani food.
As the main course I took a Rajasthani traditional hot (spicy) meat dish. I was very satisfied with both of my choices, likewise was my husband.
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