Eating out in Udaipur is as much about the views as it is about the food. The city offers a mix of casual and fine-dining options. In this excerpt from our guide Rajasthan for the Indian traveller we tell you about the best places to eat in this city.
This reservation-only place is ideal for a romantic dinner with your loved one or a cool lunch with your buddies. Housed in Jag Mandir in the middle of Lake Pichola, this glasshouse-like restaurant is plush, private and has breathtaking views of the lake. They serve everything from traditional Indian to modern Australian cuisine. In the evening, there is a cover charge for couples that can be redeemed against food and drinks. A buffet dinner is also on offer.
Address: Jag Mandir, Lake Pichola; 0294 2528016–19
Jagat Niwas Palace
Spread across two levels – on a rooftop and indoors – the Jagat Niwas Palace Restaurant is warm and comfortable and has views of Lake Pichola. The restaurant offers an extensive menu and is considered among the best places to eat by the Pichola. Choose from a range of Indian, Chinese, continental and Mexican dishes.
Address: 23–25 Lal Ghat, Lake Pichola; 2422860;
This is the most popular restaurant by Lake Pichola. It has a relaxed ambience and offers great views of the Lake Palace and City Palace Complex. The decor is simple yet plush with garden furniture and a British club-styled shed on top. The menu has Chinese, Indian and continental dishes. Try the chicken Jahangiri and raan.
Address: Outside Chandpole, Lake Pichola; 2431085
The Food Club
Expect to see a host of Indian and foreign youngsters chilling over hookahs at this lake-view shamiyana-topped restaurant. The seating is mostly comfortable gaddas in alcoves lining the lake. The place opens early in the morning and serves an American-style breakfast. The main cuisines on offer are Indian, Chinese and continental. Alcohol is also served.
Address: Lal Bagh, Lake Pichola; 9352320103
Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, Raas Leela is an open-air restaurant with basic décor and wonderful views. The approach to the restaurant is through a maze of winding narrow lanes and may be difficult to navigate, but you can call the restaurant and they will arrange to pick you up. Gorge on Indian, Italian and traditional Rajasthani fare here. Alcohol is also on offer.
Address: Soni ji ki Bari, adjoining Leela Kempenski; 9887008257
This garden restaurant has cool and casual decor and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. There isn’t much of a view from here, but the well-spaced garden seating gives it a great ambience. Indian cuisine along with a few Chinese and continental dishes are on offer at Whistling Teal. Hookahs are also served and the restaurant claims to serve the most refreshing coffee in Udaipur.
Address: 103 City Palace Road; 2422067
Gingham tablecloths and white wrought iron furniture gives this place a casual and cosy feel. Large windows around the restaurant open out to the lake making the place bright and breezy. The food is a mix of Indian, continental and Chinese.
Address: 14 Lalghat, Lake Pichola; 0294 2411103;
This rooftop restaurant is tastefully done up with comfortable and classy furniture. The glass façade makes way for loads of natural light and views of Lake Pichola on one side and the swimming pool on the other give a soothing effect. In the evenings, a flautist plays lovely retro tunes. Turn up here for a long, relaxed meal of Indian, continental or Chinese cuisine.
Address: Opposite Chandpole, Hanuman Ghat Marg, Lake Pichola; 2432810/11
1559 ADThis restaurant offers four different dining options under one roof. Located near Fateh Sagar Lake and housed in a bungalow, each has its own identity – the first is a bright, fuchsia-coloured lounge, the second a casual bar, the third a fun dining place and the fourth a coffee shop. Expect everything from traditional Rajasthani to north Indian cuisine, and pizzas and pastas to brownies and pies here.
Address: P. P. Singhal Marg, near Fateh Sagar Lake; 2433559
This British club-styled restaurant is one of the few fine-dining options by the Fateh Sagar Lake. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor seating is done up with solid wooden furniture, while the outdoor area is breezy and casual and offers an open view of the lake. Choose from a range of Indian, Chinese, continental and Italian dishes, or, if you’re not in the mood for a heavy meal, pick something off the all-day snack menu. Alcohol is also served.
Address: Rampratap, Fateh Sagar Lake; 2431701
This is the most popular place for thalis in Udaipur. Once housed in a building in the heart of the city, the restaurant has now moved to the station road to make more room for visitors’ cars. The food is yummy and healthy, and the service quick.
Address: 22–24 City Station Road; 2487488;
Palace View Restaurant
This rooftop restaurant is known for its tandoor platters and, as the name suggests, offers wonderful views of the City Palace Complex. Cosy and comfortable, its location on Lake Palace Road makes this restaurant easily accessible.
Address: Lake Palace Road; 2421921
Chunda Palace Restaurant
Land up here for a romantic and intimate dinner. This restaurant offers candle lit tables in cosy alcoves on the terrace that provide ample privacy to diners. Views of the City Palace Complex, Jag Mandir and the Lake Palace in the distance, add to the appeal. There is a large indoor seating area – with a glass facade – for families.
Address: 1 Haridasji ki Magri, near Oberoi Udaivilas; 2430252
This large garden restaurant has a private dining room for big groups and has large tables comfortably spread across a lawn underneath beige-coloured billowy silk canopies. Interestingly, each umbrella is wired separately for its own stream of music and light. This is perhaps the only place in Udaipur to have a live band in the evenings, and on weekends there is a huge rush of local foodies, thus prior reservation is recommended. The food is a mix of Indian, Chinese and continental.
Address: 65 Sardarpura; 2419298
This completely old-world place is a favourite with locals for kachoris. On paying Rs. 15, you can gorge on pyaaz kachori with kadhi. Hot jalebis are the other delicacy here. There isn’t any place to sit and kachori fans jostle for space on a cement slab on the wall that acts as a table. Stop by the adjoining plush shop, run by the same owner, selling sweets, namkeen, chocolates and homemade biscuits.
Address: 16 Sarang Marg, Surajpole; 2414972
For a taste of homemade Mewari cuisine, head to the family home of the Bedlas. The descendants of the Bedla family, who were the prime ministers of the Maharana, still serve a meal of their secret recipes to true connoisseurs of food. Mr Vijay Singh Bedla, his charming wife and young son Karan host small groups of foodies for lunches and dinners. The Bedla cuisine, christened Karan Cuisine by Vijay Bedla, is Mewari cuisine tempered to suit the foreign taste buds so lovers of spice, be warned. A usual spread consists of 20 items including favourites like tukkar murg, macchi talma, karansahi maas and dahi doodh ki tarkari, among others. The Bedlas have been hosted by leading luxury hotel chains to conduct food festivals.
Address: Bedla House, Govind Bhawan, Chetak Marg; 2522362