Is there any better way to experience a culture than to immerse yourself in the culinary landscape of the region? Rajasthan, the Indian state which is renowned for its hospitality, is home to cities that are rich and varied in their offerings. If you are in Jodhpur, the Blue City, this list will guide you on where to tuck into the best Rajasthani food in the city – from street eats to luxury dining.
Indique, Pal Haveli
This open-air rooftop restaurant is located inside the heritage hotel, Pal Haveli. Offering a breathtaking 360-degree view of Mehrangarh fort, Umaid Bhawan, and the iconic Clock Tower, this restaurant offers a mix of authentic Rajasthani dishes, as well as some exotic picks. The must-try dishes are the traditional Mushroom Marwari, the Gatta Curry, and the Khada Lamb. The restaurant is the ideal place for a candlelight soiree.
Address: Gulab Sagar, Near Clock Tower, Jodhpur
Bhaati Dal Baati Bhojanalaya, Sardarpura
If you are craving hot and steamy dal baati, head to Bhaati Dal Baati Bhojanalaya. This is a humble hole-in-the-wall establishment, where the food does the talking. Priced at just INR 50, the freshly made Baatis are cooked in front of you on charcoal grills. Top it off with a piping hot cup of chai.
Address: C Rd, opp. BSNL Office Thar Ghar, Sardarpura, Jodhpur
Shri Mishrilal Hotel, Sardar Market Girdikot
Established in 1927, this is a legendary sweet shop in the city of Jodhpur, today run by the fourth-generation descendants of Shri Mishrilalji, the founder. It is famous for its Makhaniya Lassi – their invention that is made up of cardamom, kewda, sugar, and milk. The Rabdi too is unmissable.
Address: Clock Tower Rd, Sardar Market, Jodhpur
Shandar Sweet Home, Ratanada
This restaurant boasts one of the most unique menus we have ever come across. They are famous for making sabzis/curries out of popular Indian sweets. Choose from Gulab Jamun Sabzi, Rasmalai ki Sabzi or Kaju Kishmish Sabz. All the sweets are simmered in a cashew-based gravy that is made without onions or garlic. Worth a visit for any adventurous eater!
Address: Jalori Bari Rd Jalori Gate Bari, Ratanada, Jodhpur
Kalinga Restaurant, Station Road
A trip to Jodhpur is incomplete without trying the famous Lal Maas. Kalinga in Station Road makes a Lal Maas that is authentic and rich but also balanced in its flavours. They offer many other Jodhpuri special dishes like Kaju Curry, Chakki Ki Sabji, Chicken Khaas-e-Kalinga, and Tadke Wali Dahi.
Address: Station Rd, Ratanada, Jodhpur
Jhankar Choti Haveli, Kabir Nagar
This vegetarian restaurant is situated inside an antique-style boutique hotel that has an old-world charm. Favoured by Indian and international travellers alike, they have a mix of cuisines, but we recommend the traditional Rajasthani thali, to get a taste of everything. Dishes like Gutte Ki Sabji, Ker Sangri, Rabori, and Raj Badi are part of the thalis.
Address: Makrana Mohalla, Near Clock Tower, Kabir Nagar, Paota, Jodhpur
Risala - Umaid Bhawan Palace
This fine dining restaurant is inside the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace, managed by the Taj Hotels. Get the royal treatment at this establishment as you dine on dishes such as Hara Moong, Jodhpuri Dal, Kachar Maans, Malai Ghewar Laapsi, and Mewa Rusrani.
Address: Circuit House Rd, Cantt Area, Jodhpur
Khaas Bagh, Ratanada
A hidden gem in the Blue City, this boutique hotel is a tribute to the Victorian era and its charm. Memorabilia from the period, such as vintage cars, adorn the property. Their restaurant offers dishes such as Darbari Laal Paneer Bhurji, Willy’s Bawan Bajre Ki Khichdi, Jodhpuri Kabuli, and more.
Address: Police Line Rd, Ajit Colony, Jodhpur
Chokhelao Garden and Terrace Restaurant, Mehrangarh Fort
Set inside the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, this restaurant is a blend of culture, heritage, and cuisine. The ambience and the spectacular view of the fort and the city make it ideal for a special occasion. Dine on authentic royal fare as part of their thalis.
Address: Mehrangarh Fort, Sodagaran Mohalla, Jodhpur
Osian Sand Dunes Camps and Resort, Pratapnagar
While this property is located slightly outside the city, it makes for a one-of-a-kind experience. Dine under the stars in the heart of the Thar desert. The food is humble, traditional fare. Guests can also take part in camel rides and enjoy folk dance performances.
Address: Khetasar - Osian Rd, Pratapnagar, Osian