Rajasthan, a landscape of desert, lakes and mountains, is steeped in India’s rich history, manifest in the region’s numerous temples, palaces and forts. Whether you find yourself in cities like Jodhpur and Udaipur, or somewhere more remote, hospitality is high on the agenda in Rajasthan. Updating our previous gourmet guide, we have selected 10 of the region’s best restaurants, so you can taste North West Indian culture for yourself.
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.
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.