Situated in the premises of the luxurious Raas, Jodhpur’s first boutique hotel, the Darikhana is a perfect choice for dining al fresco. Its beautiful modern terrace with marble floors and dim lighting provides a wonderful night time view of the shimmering lights of the Mehrangarh Fort. The majority of ingredients on the Darikhana’s menu are sourced from local farms and the Raas Hotel even boasts its own organic garden, which supplies the restaurant with seasonal vegetables, salads and herbs. These are all blended with hand-ground spices from Old Delhi to make some of the most mouth-watering fragrant Indian dishes.
Situated in the beautiful hilltop village of Delwara in an exquisite 18th century palace, Devi Garh is a perfect romantic retreat from the city. Its somewhat theatrical setting features a breathtaking backdrop of mountains, the mellow sound of jal tarang and flutes, contemporary furnishings and intimate spaces with candles flickering in mirrored walls. The menu features an interesting aspect of Indian cuisine, which would not otherwise have been served in such surroundings. This is the famous ‘chaat’, or street food, which the Devi Garth chefs serve with a creative twist. The rest of the menu is based on Indian and international cuisine, and all dishes are prepared with the freshest ingredients.
Located in the busy centre of Jaipur, Handi is a homely restaurant specialising in Mughlai and tandoori food. One of the restaurant’s signature dishes consists of meat cooked very slowly over a charcoal stove in a clay pot, or handi, from which the restaurant got its name. Other typical dishes on the menu include garlic mutton, marinated chicken cooked in tomato curry and khati kababs. Fish curry is available according to season. A popular place for both locals and tourists, the Handi owners were winners of the Times best North Indian Food award in 2013 and have since opened a sister restaurant in Jaipur, the Vaishiali Nagar.
Located inside the sumptuous Vivanta Hotel, Latitude is one of Jodhpur’s trendiest restaurants and open at all hours for luxury breakfasts, light lunch snacks and heavenly dinners. Its chic interior opens out onto a majestic courtyard where guests can enjoy a candlelit dinner to the sound of live music. Music is not the only live feature of Latitude. Chefs are always on show here, busily preparing meals live in front of the guests at various food stations and filling the restaurant with the fragrance of spices. Food is then beautifully displayed in the form of breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets from which guests can savour a wide choice of Rajasthani delicacies. Look out for Latitude’s signature dal bati, Jodhpuri dahi kebab and lal maas.
Latitude, Hari Mahal 5, Residency Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, +91 291 243 9700
Sheesh Mahal is possibly one of the most romantic settings in Rajasthan. Situated in Udaipur’s luxurious Leela Palace, this divine terrace overlooking Lake Pichola offers a blend of traditional and contemporary styles. Its chic chequer floors and glowing lanterns, scented candles and flowers all spell out romance, while the Indian flavours of the menu and traditional ceremonies are a feast for all the senses. The evening glow of glittering candles in multicoloured hues adds a resplendent touch to this already royal restaurant, making Sheesh Mahal an exquisite fine-dining experience in the heart of Rajasthan.
Sheesh Mahal, The Leela Palace Udaipur, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India, +91 294 670 1234