We took a 4-day trip to Jaipur, a city in the Northern part of India called Rajasthan. I really like Rajasthan for its historic palaces, extraordinary forts, and excellent shopping. And we even took a picturesque elephant ride! It’s different than anywhere else I’ve traveled, and that’s why I liked it so much!
This series of posts will cover the logistics of getting to Jaipur, the hotel we stayed in, the activities we did, and restaurants we visited.
Jet Set to Jaipur Trip Report Index:
- Part 1 – Planning and Introduction
- Part 2 – Getting to Jaipur, India
- Part 3 – ITC Rajputana Hotel Overview
- Part 4 – ITC Rajputana Hotel Room
- Part 5 – Activities in Jaipur – Amber Fort and Elephant Ride
- Part 6 – Activities in Jaipur – City Palace and Jaigarh Fort
- Part 7 – Shopping in Jaipur and the Hunt for Lacquer Jewelry
- Part 8 – Eating in Jaipur
- Part 9 – Conclusion & Blog Giveaway
Eating in Jaipur
This post will highlight various restaurants we went to, including:
- ITC Rajputana hotel breakfast
- LMB Restaurant (near Johri Bazaar)
- ITC Rajputana’s Chandravanshi Pavilion
- ITC Rajputana’s Peshawri
ITC Rajputana Breakfast Buffet
Breakfast was included with the price of our stay, so we went there each morning.
There was a big selection of all kinds of food.
There were cold cuts and salads…
. . .bread and pastries…
. . .yogurts…
. . .fresh watermelon and lassi, a yogurt drink…
. . .pineapple, oranges, and papaya…
. . .vegetable broth soup and cereal…
. . .an omelet station…
. . .scrambled eggs, hash brown potatoes, grilled tomatoes, hot garlic vegetables, and baked beans.
There was even both chicken and pork sausage.
. . .and a pancake station…
However, I decided to stay away from the “streaky bacon.”
There was a lot of Indian food, too, including tomato rawa bhaat (a sort of hot cereal), dil ki kachori (a regional dish), aloo paratha (flatbread stuffed with spiced potato), and medhu vada (like a donut).
We found a table and got some food from the buffet.
The most fun part of breakfast was playing the sitar and drums!
At 1st, I thought I would just pose with the musicians…and was surprised when they handed me instruments to play!
I convinced my mom to join us as well…the musicians expect a small tip of 50 to 100 rupees (~$1).
LMB Restaurant (Near Johri Bazaar)
LMB is a pure vegetarian restaurant that specializes in Rajasthani thali.
It’s located near the Johri Bazaar.
We came for the thali, which was supposed to be very good here.
Thali is an assortment of curry and vegetables along with flat breads and rice.
The portions are served in small cups, but the waiters will refill every bowl if you want. I really liked the freshly fried doughnuts. They tasted very good dipped in flavored sugar.
We also ordered some Rajasthani potatoes.
My mom and Mark ordered chicken fried rice, 1 of their favorite dishes. LMB restaurant serves Chinese, Indian, and European food.
The check was ~$44 for all of us, and included drinks. The most expensive meals were the thalis for ~$7 each.
After a few hours of shopping, we went to Niros for dinner.
Niros was located on a busy street. My mom almost got hit by a car crossing it, so be careful!
The restaurant had a lot of comfortable seating. We went to the restaurant around 6:00 pm, which is much earlier than the customary dinner time of 8:00 pm.
We ordered traditional Rajasthani food and Chinese food.
Mark ordered a chocolate milkshake that came in an elegant silver goblet.
We ordered chicken fried rice and sweet and sour chicken…
. . .chicken a la kiev, lal maans (mutton cooked in a traditional style in spicy red gravy)…
. . .alloo pyaz (potatoes and onions Rajasthani style)…
. . .naan, and jeera rice.
Everything was delicious! Unfortunately, they forgot our chicken a la kiev and vegetables (even after confirming with us our order at the beginning), but we had ordered more than enough food without it.
All of that food (including drinks), which was more than enough to feed 5 of us, cost ~$52.
ITC Rajputana’s Chandravanshi Pavilion
My mom and I went to the hotel restaurant to have dinner. The others didn’t join us because they weren’t feeling well.
We liked the menu because it had a mix of Indian, Continental, and Chinese. There was even a Thai dish or two!
To start, we ordered a caprese salad, which was very tasty. I ordered a margarita pizza which came with basil, tomatoes, and cheese.
My mom ordered roast chicken.
For dessert, we shared an amazing brownie with mint ice cream. It was divine!
ITC Rajputana’s Peshawri Restaurant
Our last evening at the hotel, we went to Peshawri for dinner. Peshawri is located inside the ITC Rajputana hotel, so it was very convenient to just take the elevator down.
It was an exclusive Indian menu and is regarded as 1 of the best Indian restaurants in Jaipur. This was our only splurge meal in Jaipur.
We were given aprons to wear while we ate.
We ordered chicken and lamb kebobs, butter chicken, and shredded lamb. The shredded lamb was too salty, but I liked the butter chicken and the chicken kebob.
For dessert, we had galub jamun.
The food was expensive, although I thought it was above average Indian. It was not worth the price.
The hotel had a great selection of food, and it was delicious, too! Niros was my favorite restaurant outside of the hotel to visit…everything we ordered was tasty!
I liked that the restaurants we visited had a variety of Indian, Chinese, and European options. We enjoyed sampling traditional Rajasthani dishes.
Don’t forget to come back for the trip report conclusion and giveaway!