An ever-expanding metropolis, Jaipur, like much of India, is redefining itself constantly but proudly retains its charming royal vista.
The Pink City is a destination where one can experience true indulgence in the luxurious confines of its myriad forts and palaces. We bring to you a handpicked list of restaurants that deserve to be on any hedonist’s itinerary to fine dine your way through Jaipur.
Located in the 16th century Amber Fort, the name 1135 AD alludes to the time when the founding stone of the fort was laid. This restaurant furnishes an overwhelming dining experience set in an opulent ambience. The menu has regional hits like ker sangri and gatte ki sabzi, and even partridge for the culinary adventurer. We recommend their thaali for sampling the vibrant colours and flavours of Rajasthan on a single plate. Every inch of the place is a reminder of an unflinching rendezvous with royalty.
#DSSCTopTip: Skip the stilettos to safely make it across the restaurant’s ridged inclined ramp. Don’t forget to check out Sheesh Mahal (also available for private dinners), a room filled with silverware, intricate mirror work, and photographs of royal figures.
Map it to: Amber Fort, Level 2, Jaleb Chowk, Near Sheela Mata Temple
Pick up the phone: +91 9829744416
Once Upon a Time
The escorted walk under a parasol and soulful recitals by folk musicians sets the tone for the evening. Visit at night and reserve a table by the window for a magical view of Jaipur while you make your way through some fine North Indian food. The Butter Chicken and Palak Chaat hit all the right spots.
#DSSCTopTip: No entry ticket needed if visiting the restaurant. When the weather allows, ask to be served on the rooftop for a starlit view of the city below.
Map it to: Nahargarh Fort, Brahampuri, Krishna Nagar
Pick up the phone: +91 9116048101, +91 9116048104
Bar Palladio and Shikaar Bagh
Set in a Rajput heritage hotel, Bar Palladio was envisioned as a fantastical marriage between Italian cuisine and Mughal décor. White and blue frescoes adorn the interiors while cozy tented canopies adorn the candlelit lawn. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a hectic day of shopping or sightseeing with a tipple of choice. Indulge in the complimentary tapas or order from the selection of classic Italian dishes.
#DSSCTopTip Fast filling tables and strict adherence to the last order at 10.30 pm is a great excuse to pop open that bottle of bubbly before the sun goes down.
If teleporting is not on the agenda and you crave a more closer to home experience, the newest spot on the culinary map of Jaipur, Shikaar Bagh (adjacent to Bar Palladio) is the place for you. A homage to the hunting tradition of Rajasthan, one feels like they’re in a lodge eating out of china dedicated to the four legged inhabitants of the jungle.
Map it to: Hotel Narain Niwas Palace, Kanota Bagh, Narayan Singh Road
Pick up the phone: Bar Palladio – +91 141 2565556; Shikaar Bagh – +91 141 2561291
When driving into the gates of Rambagh, it’s an impossible feat for even the most stoic person to not be spellbound by its imposing façade. Steam gets its cue from the restored steam engine that half of the restaurant is set in. Beer on tap and wood fired pizzas ensure a loyal fan following even among the locals. End the meal with their signature cinnamon ice cream that is sure to leave a lingering footprint on your palate.
#DSSCTopTip: It is the only restaurant in Rambagh which doesn’t have the condition of a minimum order per person, so go on and enjoy a guilt free indulgence. Take a stroll in the manicured gardens alongside the ubiquitous peacocks.
Map it to: Rambagh Palace, Bhawani Singh Road
Pick up the phone: +91 141 2211919
Baradari Restaurant and Bar
Its award winning re-adaptive façade, marble fluted island bar, and a relaxed al fresco set up amidst a cascading water body is set against the 18th century Chandra Mahal — the seven storied residence of the Jaipur royal family. Baradari seamlessly blends the traditional with the modern and regional with the international. It serves you the quintessential keema pav but not without a sunny side up and hollandaise sauce or if you’re vegetarian, their mean mozzarella kachoris will do the trick.
#DSSCTopTip: Save your visit to the City Palace for the evening for an exclusive Museum at Night experience. Access the palace and its galleries in greater comfort and quiet followed by a Sculpture Lumiere Show and end the evening with a meal at Baradari which offers a special discount with a Museum at Night ticket.
Map it to: The City Palace, Jaleb Chowk
Pick up the phone: +91 141 4088836
The Colonnade and 51 Shades of Pink
The former sports a glass fronted façade and blue wallpaper while the latter as the name suggests is all things pink. From being the official home of the British resident political officer (1821-1947), Rajmahal Palace has transformed into a boutique hotel whose recently re-invented interiors require no magic potion to confuse it for a wonderland. Both the restaurants offer a mix of Indian and International cuisines though we recommend going here for breakfast or high tea.
#DSSCTopTip: Request for a tour of the hotel. This 14 room property follows a thematic trajectory for each room and is usually named after its most noteworthy occupants—The Mountbatten Suite, The Queen Elizabeth II Suite, The Kennedy Suite and we leave the rest for your discovery.
Map it to: Sujan Rajmahal Palace Hotel, Sardar Patel Marg, Near, C Scheme
Pick up the phone: The Colonnade: 0141 4143000; Fifty One Shade of Pink: +91 141 4143000
Go ahead and discover the stories and mysteries that the royal walls and battlements enclose through the flavours and aromas served to you on a silver plate.
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