When you think of eating out in Jaipur, Chowki Dhani is the first name that comes to your mind. And though the place is a must-visit to experience the rich food and cultural heritage of Rajasthan, we tell you other five best places to eat at in the Pink City!
1. LAXMI MISHTHAN BHANDAR (LMB)
One of the oldest sweet shops in Jaipur, LMB is located on Ajmer Road, near Johari Bazar. We tried Pyaaz ki kachori which were a treat to the palate but had it been freshly made and served hot, it would have added to the flavour. Next we tried their special kachori which was fairly average. They also have a proper restaurant adjacent to the sweet shop, where we tried the fruit salad which was fresh and flavoursome but too overpriced along with the spicy Dahi bhalla. To top it up, we were suggested to have the Ras Malai which won our hearts.
2. C`EST BON PATESSERIE CAFE
This two year old café is located in Imperial Hotel, MI Road and has a wide range of dishes on their menu– from Italian, to pizzas, to continental, to French to Indian!The place has a vibrant and young feel to it too although we felt that the staff needs to be a little more trained. We had ordered for a Veg Risotto with a Veg Pizza along with Cold Latte Coffee and Oreo Shake all of which were fairly appetizing and perfectly made. For those who would crave for some international cuisine in the land of Dal, baati–churma and spicy fried Pakodas, this is definitely a place to visit.
This is one of the oldest and famous restaurants in the Pink City situated near Panch Batti, MI Road with a history of its own. Running since 1949, this place is popular for its non-veg Mughlai, Continental, Tandoori and Chinese delights including Lal maans. We visited Niros on a weekend for dinner and the tiny, white-washed place was packed with customers; booking a prior reservation would be a better option. In order to experiment we tried their Veg Pasta in White Sauce and Veg Au Gratin which to our disappointment were fairly average in their taste and presentation. If you are a non-vegetarian, we would suggest you to stick to their Mughlai and special Lal maans with a variety of assorted breads.
4. RAMBAGH PALACE HOTEL BY TAJ
The Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan is the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur which is now converted into a luxury Taj Palace Hotel located on Bhawani Singh Road. This luxury Palace hotel, which is widely considered to be one of the best hotels around the world, is spread across 47-acres of land and has mesmerising views—be it the beautiful gardens or the brightly lit palace after the sunset adding to its royal feel. We visited Steam, their lounge bar. Going by the name, the lounge has a restored steam engine, complete with a recreated Victorian style station making the place a unique in its experience. The place was dimly lit after the sunset and we ordered for their soul quenching mint and orange coolers with a delicious red velvet cake after a long tiring day, all of which along with our royal treatments added to the opulence of the historic Palace. In case you plan for a lavish fine dining experience, the hotel also has four other restaurants– Suvarna Mahal, The Rajput Room, The Verandah and The Polo Bar.
5. RAWAT MISTHAN BHANDAR & RESTAURANT
Situated on the Station Road near the bus stand, Rawat Misthan is yet another popular snacks and sweets shop where you get to taste the local Rajasthani cuisine. This place is famous for its Pyaaz Ki Kachori, Mawa Kachori, Mirchi Vada, Dal Baati Churma, Ghewar and of course Indian sweets which are perfect to carry as souvenirs from Jaipur!