Jul 20, 2012

Fine Dining options in Jaipur-2015-16

Jaipur has its fair share of fine-dining places. Some of these places have unique architecture and surreal charm. While others have fantastic food, eerie quietness and others are thronged by weekend eaters...

Here is a list of places (In No Order of Preference) that I personally like a lot and feel travellers would enjoy as well.

VAJRA: Vajra is an amzing, opulent restaurant inspired by Moorish architecture and serves Contemporary Indian & European Cuisine. The restaurant is a part of the Devi Ratn Hotel. Its a long drive away from the city, right in the middle of no man’s land but what a amazing place. I haven’t seen this kind of splendour in Jaipur. A must visit for travellers for a unique experience. Its generally very quiet as not many locals know about it. I was taken by my husband for a surprise dinner and would always remember this as one of my most romantic dinner experiences ever!!




THE RAJPUT ROOM: The Rajput Room is located within the Rambagh Palace hotel in a gorgeous hall, has Al fresco dining and serves European cuisine.
The interiors will take you back to the bygone era of the royals! The Rajput room has intricately carved marble walls, many arches and it overlooks the sprawling Rambagh Lawns. You get into this place and come face to face with erstwhile Indian Opulence. Service is impeccable and so is the atmosphere. Expensive, but totally worth the price!
The only thing that did not go down well with me was, I had made my reservations and gone, but when we reached; before getting seated they told us we must spend INR 5000 at-least only then will they allow us in. I thought of that to be strange. In the sense, if I have pre-booked and gone- I haven’t gone there to have a soup and come back. You can’t be ordering me as to how much money I must spend. So, please pre-book and check if there is a spending cap.


SUVARNA MAHAL: Opulent interiors, Royal service, Great food and gorgeous ambiance. Suvarna Mahal is a fine dining restaurant at Taj Rambagh serving Indian Cuisine. Expensive but one of its kind place.

STEAM:  This is the lounge bar at Taj Rambagh Palace and is a charming place to spend the evening. They have an actual steam engine that has been converted into a restaurant. Steam introduced wood-fired Pizzas to Jaipur and serves the best wood-fired pizzas in town. The lounge has a Mediterranean ambience! It’s cosy, intimate as well as zesty with low-slung couches, snug seating and plenty of space to relax and unwind.


SAFFRON: The Indian restaurant at Marriot serves Indian and Rajasthani specialties including delectable kebabs, curries, biryani, variety of Indian breads and some fantastic desserts. The Menu is not very exhaustive but has a decent number of dishes to choose from.  The Galauti kebabs and Degchi soola murg are to die for and so is the Biryani.

OKRA: The round-the-clock restaurant  at  Marriott offers fancy global cuisine like sushi, Teppanyaki. Italian, Lebanese, Indian etc.  Its a gourmet delight. The most elaborate buffet serving global cuisine. Its generally very crowded, so make sure to reserve a table.

GIARDINO:  The restaurant is a part of Jal Mahal Palace hotel and by no doubt is the best Italian fine dining place in Jaipur. Its set by the poolside.  And I was told that some of the veggies and herbs used here are grown in-house. There is a wide selection of starters and mains and a great wine list to choose from and the ambiance and hospitality is great. Just keep in mind, this is a fine Dining- expensive restaurant but is worth every penny!

THE KEBAB FACTORY:  This is the Indian restaurant at the Country Inn & suites. Very packed over the weekends has a Live kitchen and a very elaborate pre-fixed menu that changes every day. Great Indian food, balanced spices and wonderful setting! The Menu is priced at 725 + taxes per person and serves a very elaborate 5/6 course meal. The quantities are unlimited so at 725 per per you can eat to your heart’s content.

DRAGON HOUSE:  The Chinese Restaurant of Country Inn & Suites, Dragon House boasts the best Chinese food in Jaipur. Its slightly on the expensive side but worth every paisa. The ambiance is absolutely oriental. It has exotic Murals on the walls and ceilings and walls and also has a outdoor seating facility as well. The menu has a wide selection of Entrees, Soups, Salads, Mains and they also have a few decent wines. Please reserve a table on weekends, else you might have to wait long.

PESHAWARI: This is one of the restaurants at the Rajputana Sheraton. The food tastes great and the setting is lovely, usually large groups/ families come here to dine, especially on weekends. Please make a reservation, else it maybe a long wait before you get a table. The menu is not very elaborate but has a fair selection of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, cooked to perfection and served in a wonderful atmosphere.

1135 A.D. : Based on the theme of a Maharaja's Dining Hall, Set inside The Amber Fort, this place is all about ambience more than food. They serve you food in silver Plates with silver cutlery, a la Maharaja Style. No alcohol served in 1135 A.D.  Great, opulent, Palatial ambiance but service is just about OK.

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