Jaipur: Royal Indian Cuisine

Written by on September 30, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(jaipurcuisine.com) – Fairfax, Virginia

How I heard of this place: Jack and Lenore first introduced us to Jaipur, and our catch-up date nearly a year after we last visited, warrented a trip down culinary memory lane.

Type of cuisine: Traditional Indian cuisine from the northern region of India. “The cuisine we present is rooted in the rich heritage of India it is a combination of subtle tastes where the flavors are as varied as India’s climate and as exotic as India’s people. Fragrant, pungent and warm spices from all over India are delicately blended to create the dishes. The blending and preparation of spices is a centuries-old craft and indispensable to Indian cuisine. Our Dishes are authentically prepared in our restaurant, just as we would in our own home. And while you enjoy our hospitality, please consider our home yours!” Additionally, Jaipur’s website boasts, “Indian cuisine is a combination of many subtle tastes. Flavors are as varied as is the climate of India , and as exotic as the people of India . Fragrant, pungent and warm spices from the four corners of the country are delicately. Blended in meticulous proportions to create the dishes we present to you. Each dish will have its own distinctive flavor and aroma, which cannot come from any curry powder, but from, spices which have to be separately prepared each day fresh for each individual dish. Our traditional dishes are rooted in the soil of Bengal and Northern India and they are prepared in our restaurant as they would be in our own homes.”

Ambiance: “Known as the Pink City, Jaipur is one of the jewels of Rajasthan, a northern Indian province west of New Delhi. The restaurant’s name did not come by chance; it is the original home of the manager and the chef. The decor includes rows of beads adorned with brilliantly colored birds and a contingent of elaborately dressed puppets. stunning paintings by Indian Artists and the interior design in accordance with the principles of Rajisthans Royal Palace. A perfect setting for a relaxing meal with friendly staff and superior service.” As one enters the glass, double-doors, the bar straight ahead, complete with bartender cleaning shot glasses with a white towel, he is greeted with a smile. Making your way through the adorned space, one notices the abundance of Indian artwork and crafts, the brightly colored, gold-threaded silks draped over the windows, and pink walls in this large space. Tables are clothed in pink linen and fake, red roses in small vases. Branded plates with the restaurant logo are presented with silverware, as are the pappadoms and sauces to start. Music plays softly in the background as hushed voices can also be heard throughout the establishment.

What I ordered: A small group of hungry friends gathered and we ordered the following: a Pink (Regular) City Platter ($9) with one vegetable samosa, two deep-fried vegetable cutlets, two onion bhajiya, two fish pakora and two curry chicken wings. For our main entrees, the table shared one Saag Paneer ($12), homemade cottage cheese with freshly chopped cinnamon, topped with fresh cherry tomatoes and almond slivers; Dal-Makhni – The ‘Chef Specialty’ Beans ($10), a blend of lentils simmered over-night on slow charcoal fire and finished with a drizzle of cream, butter and spices; Lamb Chop Masala ($18), a Chef’s Specialty of grilled lamb chops prepared in onion and tomato sauce with special blend of spices; Gosht Korma ($16), cubes of lamb cooked in rich nut (cashew) creamy sauce; Murgh Tikka Masala ($14), BBQ chicken breasts finished in onion and tomato sauce with cream and bell peppers. Two orders of Naan ($2 each), a leavened soft fine flour bread, three sweet lassis ($3 each) and one mango lassi ($4) and the table was set for an evening of wining and dining among good friends.

What I loved: Of everything on our table, my favorite was the Chicken Tikka Masala. Each of the other curries were also very well made and served in over-generous portions, which we shared, family style.

Why I loved it: Excellent food, a cozy setting, water glasses full before they even hit the table and great company. What more could one ask for?

Cost: Average ($12 – $18 per dinner entree)

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