Food plays your taste buds like a piano, pressing down combinations that elicit sweet and savory harmonies or bitter discordance. While much of what we eat every day plays our tongue keys on a third-grade level ("Hot Cross Buns"), today's deal to Jaipur Royal Indian Cuisine will serve up a symphony of spicies, savories, sweeties, and salties. For $15, you'll get $35 worth of piquant curry, homemade cheese, and spiced meats to share with your seasoned maestro or fourth-chair flautist.
The menu at Jaipur spans across India to deliver authentic cuisines from a variety of regions. Start off with savory triangular pies called samosas ($2.95), filled with steamed potatoes, peas, spices, and herbs. To sample the region of Tandoor, the Tandoori-Khazana ($17.95) loads you up with a smoky assortment of tender kebabs, including prawn, each outfitted with complementary spices, and every lucky Tandoori plate comes with the reliable naan and dal. Fan your flame for spice with gosht vindaloo (hot-chili onion sauce with lamb and potatoes, $14.95) or perk up your palate with murgh nilgiri (chicken with grated coconut, cilantro, and mint sauce, $13.95). Warm up with a steamy saag-paneer (spiced spinach puree with homemade cottage cheese, $11.95) or indulge in the decadent lobster tikka masala (lobster chunks with onion and a creamy herbed tomato sauce, $17.95). If you aren't sure what to get, try the thal, a traditional platter with an assortment of five small dishes planned by the chef ($15.95 for vegetarian, $17.95 with meat).
Jaipur Royal Indian Cuisine's bold pinks, reds, and blues reflect the bold pinks, reds, and blues of Jaipur itself. Dramatic window linens and beaded curtains visually prepare the palate to pay attention to the subtleties and complexity of each delicate dish. The vibrant decor, studded with birds poised in midair and well-dressed puppets lounging about, will satisfy your hunger for travel and adventure until you save up enough pennies for a passage to India. Your dutiful waiters will ensure that your water glass remains filled and will happily help you choose between your old standbys and a new dish.
- Awash in shades of pink reminiscent of its namesake city of Jaipur, this eatery is seductive and lush with its Indian trappings and pungent cooking aromas…Jaipur's cooks present an interesting array of some of India's finest vegetarian dishes, including baby potatoes bathed in a fiery Kashmiri curry, fragrant black or yellow dals, and kebabs of paneer, or Indian-style cottage cheese, skewered with vegetables and cooked in the tandoor. We loved the meats, especially the lamb vindaloo and the fancy Jaipur chicken. – Gayot
- …Indian cuisine at its best…The Rajasthani Northwestern ambience with colorful dolls and paintings adorning the walls gives a very warm feeling. Staff is very courteous and welcoming. – Dolly K., Judy's Book
- I had the shrimp tandoori dish, which came out sizzling (a-la fajitas) with onions and peppers. There were six very large shrimp. The dish came with a side of lentils (good size, not too spicy, fresh) and a naan. On request, the naan was prepared without butter. The naan was excellent! – giulietta429, TripAdvisor
Jaipur Royal Indian Cuisine
Fashioned after Jaipur, a gem of Rajasthan, Jaipur Royal Indian Cuisine excites the senses with aromatic spice mixes prepared separately each day for each dish. Among an interior of authentic figurines in elaborate dress and strung beads baring images of vibrantly colored birds, they serve a menu of traditional dishes rooted in North Indian cuisines. That includes rich grilled lamb, chicken, and seafood, as well as complex curries and plenty of fresh vegetarian dishes. They welcome guests to pair such variety of tastes with flavorful beverages such as aam ki lassi, a whipped mango and yogurt drink.