When Rajasthan is mentioned, colorful cities, grand forts, proud and colorful people, and serene hill stations are some of the things that come to mind immediately. Yes, their highly delectable food also comes to mind. Its rich cuisine is a result of its royal past, warrior lifestyle of its inhabitants, and shortage of fresh vegetables and water in this desert land.
Rajasthan might be an arid land and there might be a shortage of fresh vegetables and water, but its cuisine is definitely not short of taste. Rajasthani dishes like Laal Maas and Dal Bhati Churma, are the famous world over. If you come to Rajasthan and go away without trying their royal delicacies, you really have not experienced Rajasthan. Below is a list of some of the places that you must visit to taste the real Rajasthan cuisine.
Located in Jai Mahal Palace, Cinnamon oozes royalty in its décor, service, ambiance, and food. You are bound to feel like royalty when you dine here. The restaurant specializes in Hyderabadi, Awadh, Kashmiri, and Rajputana cuisines and they serve their delectable fare in silverware. Their Rajasthani Thali, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, are quite popular.
Their Sangri ki Shami, Bhindi Jaipuri, Jaipuri Paneer Ghewar, Safed Maas, Lasooni Dal Tadka, and Shekhawati Gatte are the talk of the town and give a taste of true flavors of Rajasthan. A meal for two will cost you approximately 3,600 rupees.
Suvarna Mahal, Jaipur
Located in the beautiful Taj Rambagh Palace, Suvarna Mahal offers a fine dining experience like no other restaurant in Rajasthan. The beautifully done interiors and their great service just add to the experience of gorging on great Rajasthani food here.
Their menu consists of authentic Rajasthani dishes. Their Laal Maas, Dhundhar Murgh, Jodhpuri Gatte, Dhungar Paneer, and Chakki ka Saag are highly recommended dishes on their menu. A meal for two will cost you around 5,000 rupees. The cost is on the higher side, but it is worth it.
Located in Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Risala offers a royal dining experience like no other. As you step in, the first thing that will take your breath away is its beautiful interiors. The walls are adorned with portraits of royal ancestors and the place offers magnificent views of the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur city, and royal garden.
The Rajasthani dishes served here are prepared using recipes from the royal kitchens and this makes for a truly royal dining experience. Their Laal Maas, Jodhpuri Murgh, and Kachar Maans are favorite amongst the regulars here. A meal for two costs about 12,000 rupees and the experience here is worth every penny.
Upre by 1559 AD, Udaipur
If you come to Udaipur and do not dine at Upre, you are missing out on an exquisite dining experience. This amazing rooftop restaurant offers a breathtaking view of Pichola Lake, City Palace, and the ghats around the lake. When you get to relish authentic Rajasthani cuisine amidst a setting so perfect, the experience becomes etched in your memories forever. Their Laal Maas, Mewari Egg Curry, and Dhungaar Maas must be tried to get a feel of authentic Rajasthan cuisine. A meal for two will cost you around 1,900 rupees.
Sheesh Mahal- The Leela, Udaipur
Sheesh Mahal offers fine dining experience amidst exquisite surroundings. Sheesh Mahal is a two-level open-air restaurant with alfresco setting and overlooks the enchanting Pichola Lake. Rajasthani dishes served here are prepared using royal recipes with contemporary touches added to make the dining experience memorable.
Their spicy Laal Maas, Bajre ki Roti, and Achari Beans are just finger-licking good. The service is excellent here and you will always remember dining here. A meal for two will cost you approximately 2,200 rupees. Considering how amazing it is to dine here, the cost is not really a consideration for many.
1135 AD, Jaipur
Located in Amer Palace, 1135 AD offers a royal dining experience to those who are on a journey to discover the highly scrumptious cuisine. The restaurant’s name, 1135 AD, is based on the year the Kacchawaha dynasty was founded. This beautiful restaurant consists of three sections.
The Shahi Aangan is an open-air dining area. The Swarna Mahal is the main restaurant and Diwan E Khas is used as a boardroom for business meetings. The ambiance is royal and the food is equally royal in taste here. Laal Maas is their specialty. Its gravy is so aromatic and the mutton pieces are so succulent that they just melt in your mouth. A meal for two will cost you approximately 2,500 rupees.
Samode Haveli, Jaipur
Samode Haveli is a traditional Indian mansion that was built 175 years ago. It used to be the residence of rulers of Samode and their descendants still live here, but today it has been converted into a hotel. It has a fine dining area where exquisite Rajasthani dishes are served.
The former royal dining hall now serves as a restaurant where traditional Rajasthani cuisine is served along with international cuisines. It’s royal ambiance and walls covered with hand-painted murals, Samode Haveli offers a unique dining experience. Their version of Laal Maas is quite spicy but highly delectable. Dal Lahsuni and Gatta Jodhpur are must-have on their menu. A meal for two costs around 3,500 rupees.
The Serai, Jaisalmer
The Serai is a luxury desert camp and spa which consists of 21 large tents that offer royal luxury to its guests. The tents are right in the middle of the Thar Desert but are equipped with all the modern-day amenities, including a fabulous dining area. Dining in middle of a vast desert is truly an exquisite experience that only The Serai can offer.
Their chefs use freshly grown vegetables from the hotel’s farm and everyday guests are served different Rajasthani dishes. Their Rajasthani dishes are authentic and finger-licking good, to say the least. The best part is that non-guests can also dine here.
These restaurants not only offer a chance to taste the highly delicious Rajasthani cuisine, but they also offer a chance to customers to get a glimpse of how the royalty of Rajasthan used to live and dine. When you dine here, you get a chance to sample dishes that are cooked as per the royal kitchen recipes and this is experiencing Rajasthan in the true sense.