Eating out is never a big deal for all food-lovers. Jaipur being the capital city is a heaven for all the food lovers. You can spot a new cafe or restaurant opening every other day.
But there are a few hidden food joints that you are unaware of. Here I present to you 5 not known pocket-friendly restaurants serving yummilicious food you have been missing out on all this while.
Whenever I’m stressed out and crave for ghar ka khana, I drive down to Chitra Cafeteria. There is a formal dining which extends into garden sitting. The restaurant specialises in Continental and North Indian food. Less oil and fewer chilis are used to prepare the gourmet delights. I love the fact that all dishes available on the menu are put on display, which means you know your portion sizes. Their staff is super friendly and the food is so delicious and home like that you’ll only crave for more. I often spend my evenings sitting in their huge garden with candles all around, delicious food and surroundings so surreal.
Though everything on the menu is inviting, My personal favourites are Baked Beans On Toast, Café Special Pasta, Greek Salad, Vegetable Chow Mein, Mango Shake and Fruit Custard. Their Apple Pie and Caramel custard are to die for.
Price for two- Rs.400 (Approx)
Location- Arya Niwas Hotel, Behind Amber Towers, Sansar Chandra Road, Jaipur
THE BELLA ITALIA
There is nothing fancy about this place so when you enter don’t turn your way away.Follow the signs into a sketchy elevator, up to the roof top, then follow the patio tiles to a delightful little outdoor restaurant. Their ambience is really simple and since most of the people aren’t aware of this hidden gem you will hardly spot tables taken. The Bella Italia serves authentic Italian food, other options on the menu included a full selection of breakfast items and desserts.
I often visit them to satisfy my wood-fired oven pizza cravings. My favourites from their wide spread menu are Pizza Quattro Formaggi, Margherita al Prosciutto, Spaghetti Carbonara, Lasagne Con Carne, Chicken all’ Aglio, Ravioli and Cream Brulee. You should also try their Grandmother Apple-Pie and Chocolate Cake.
Price for two- Rs.1000 (Approx)
Location- Amber Tower, Roof Too, Sansar Chandra Road, Jaipur
While driving around Gopalbari, I randomly decided to stop by this cute little restaurant and it’s been my favourite ever since. This place is so damn beautiful and view of Hathroi fort is breathtaking. They have indoor and outdoor sitting both. The staff is really courteous and friendly. They serve literally everything from Indian to Continental to Chinese and everything is finger licking good.
I have tried more than half of their menu on my several trips to Aura and my favourites are Paneer Butter Masala, Matar Methi Masala, Dal Bukhara, Chole Bhature, Vegetable Manchurian, Hot Garlic Noodles, Veggie Supreme Pizza and Fruit Cream. Do try their breakfast menu and fall in love all over again.
Price for two- Rs. 550 (Approx)
Location- Sunder Palace Guest House, Hathroi Fort, Gopalbari, Jaipur
This place is perfect for all formal family dinners. They have a beautiful garden and indoor setting and atmosphere are very warm. My family loves Niharika’s food and every time my mother doesn’t feel like cooking, we end up eating here. They serve North Indian, South Indian and Chinese delicacies. The staff and owner are so friendly it feels like home and their service is super fast. I love their North Indian section as much as their South Indian food.
I always end up ordering Veg Kofta, Kaju Curry, Handi Dal, Cheese Dosa, Rawa Masala Dosa, Cheese Manchurian and Rasmalai. Do not forget to meet adorable black Labrador while walking out.
Price for two- Rs. 400 (Approx)
Location- Hotel Bani Park Palace, Kabir Marg, Bani Park, Jaipur
HOTEL RATNAWALI RESTAURANT
For all the Indian Food lovers, this is your place. Ratnawali is stunning when it comes to ambience. It’s warm, it’s cosy and it’s amazing. They serve scrumptious Indian food and there is everything on the menu you need for a North Indian feast. Their USP is their FOOD. It’s tempting and it satisfies your taste buds. You cannot miss their Rajasthani food.
I often go to Ratnawali for breakfast and lunch and my most ordered dishes are Tandoori Aloo, Matar Paneer, Paneer Lababdar, Paneer chaat, Dal Fry in Butter, Ratnika Special, Dhaniya Mangodi, Gatte ka Pulao and Ratnika Special Kulfi. If too confused just order their Thali and let your taste buds do the talking.
Price for two- Rs. 600 (Approx)
Location- Hotel Ratnawali, New Colony, Near Panch Batti, MI Road, Jaipur
Look beyond reviews and ratings and visit these places. Often, truly good restaurants are hidden away in some back lanes. Stop wondering and start exploring. Life is too short and nothing brings people together like good food.