Built in the 18th century, Royal Heritage Haveli was a hunting lodge frequented by the Royal family. The lodge has since been converted into a family-run heritage boutique hotel and is renowned for the personal touch that comes from the family being actively involved in every aspect of running the hotel. Royal Heritage Haveli’s Restaurant retains a charm that alludes to an era gone by. (Also Read: A Charming Getaway at Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur)
Even today, Royal Heritage Haveli continues to entertain you in the traditional style of the yesteryear. And dining at Royal Heritage Haveli is no different. The hotel’s restaurant serves delicious food, still using several of grandmother’s authentic recipes.
From sitting in the bar to dining in the restaurant or going in for a mesmerising, romantic meal in a verandah, you can choose the mood you want. The delicious food, the excellent service and the lovely ambience all bundle up to making dining at Royal Heritage Haveli a great experience.
Fresh & Flavourful Food in a Fantastic Setting
At Royal Heritage Haveli, the focus is not just on making food fancy, but on keeping it homely. The food is delectable because it is prepared using authentic heirloom recipes and the emphasis is on ingredients as well. The Kigelia Court restaurant serves Indian and light Continental fare, but specialises in Rajasthani and North Indian cuisine. Only the freshest ingredients from the best local wholesalers and produce from the kitchen garden are used. All these considerations go a long way in ensuring fresh and healthy food you enjoy.
Dine indoors amidst fresco-ed walls or outdoors in the veranda. The open dining area under the two-centuries-old Kigelia tree is the perfect place to chomp on the real flavours of Rajasthan, especially during winters when the nights are cool and the area is beautifully lit up with earthen lamps the soft sounds of santoor and tabla instruments playing in the background. Lunch and dinner can also be served in the courtyard and private meals can be arranged on request.
If you’re having dinner at Kigelia Court, I highly recommend their Rajasthani Thali. It is essentially a set-meal platter with an assortment of local dishes. The star dish of the thali is the Gatta Curry (chickpea-flour dumpling cooked in yogurt and onion gravy), which was hands down the best Gatta Curry we had on our trip. While I found the Kadhi (chickpea flour curry) to be average, the Ker Sangri (dish made of cooked berries and desert beans) and Dal Tadka are both quite good. Also served in the thali is Paneer Tikka (cottage cheese marinated in yogurt and spices and grilled in a clay oven).
The mains are served with rice, papads, and an assortment of pickles and chutneys. I absolutely loved the Tomato Garlic Chutney but the star pickle was Mirchi ke Tapore (hot and tangy chilli pickle) which eludes replication at home till date.
All this is wound up with a hearty helping of Dal Batti Choorma (cooked lentils served with deep fried balls of flour, clarified butter and jaggery), which is Rajasthan’s most famous and traditional dish.
If, however, you’re here for lunch or in the mood for a lighter meal, you might be better off ordering a-la-carte. On our first day at Royal Heritage Haveli, we hit the restaurant soon after checking-in (read about our stay) and ordered a few dishes. I loved the Paneer Kathi Rolls – they are tasty and light as they’re made with homemade chapattis (unleavened bread) instead of fried or oily wraps. Also good is the Bhutta Kebab (mildly spices potato and sweet corn dumplings).
For the mains, we ordered Dal Tadka and Subz along with rice and chapattis. The Dal Tadka is a gem that is high on flavour, something you are bound to order again. Tuck these in, heaped on rice or scooped with home-made chapattis which are soft, hot, fresh and excellent.
For dessert, relish the Kulfi (ice cream made from thickened milk, and flavoured with cardamom) or the Ginger Cake with Jaggery Treacle and Vanilla Ice Cream, both are quite good. They also have several other desserts on the menu, so you won’t be short of choice.
The hotel bar, Mehrab, is a cozy place with glass arches and mirrors shaped like hunting trophies. They have a good collection of spirits and cocktails with an array of finger food. Though we did not really enjoy the White Wine Sangria which was not cold enough and loaded with fruits, the Mojito was superb. Another great pick was the Watermelon Martini which was quite refreshing.
Royal Heritage Haveli: Khatipura Tiraya, Khatipura Road, Khatipura, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302012, India. P.: + 91 141 408 2121