Where the mystical charm of crystals, chime with the glimmer of silver and gold. Where the royalties feel royal and yesteryears decadent charm leave you in awe. Where salivating appetite is won over by the food of kings and queens, that’s where I got my good fortune to dine for my beholding 4 course meal.
1135 AD Amber restaurant, located in the premises of beautiful and majestic Amer fort, 11 kms from the main city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, offers a wide selection of Rajasthani/ Mughalai cuisine inspired from the era of Jodha and Akbar. It’s got a glorious past. For the ones with a taste for history, Amer Fort was built by Raja Man Singh I, in 1592. Visitors dine in Diwan-I-Aam, located very close to Shila Devi Temple’. For special occasions, there is a special chamber called Sheesh Mahal, adorned with crystals, sterling silver furniture, a majestic dinner seating for 12, huge intricately carved silver shisha and gorgeous chandeliers. Sheesh mahal is available for bookings, Rs.10,000/person is a meagre cost for that special romantic evening, a life changing proposal or an anniversary dinner. I was told, that this experience is made extra special with a carpet of rose petals and completely lit fort for the celebrating guests.
Interiors of the restaurant itself are gorgeous and food is sumptuous. I visited it during the scorching heat of May, a week before my anniversary for a simple lunch. We were welcomed with cold glasses of rose drink, Rohafzah! for all who know about it and have had it many times before. It was very refreshing and built our appetite as we got ready to dine on our beautiful table with red velvet table cloth. What followed were absolute treats for us, hungry souls. Another round of Rohafzah, the rose drink, platter of veg kebabs & mushroom galouti kebab. Since mughlai food is quite filling and high in calories, I didn’t realise that there wouldn’t be any space left for the grand entrance of main course Thaal-e-Jodha. A delightful veg platter with my favourite gate-ki-sabzi, along small portions of other vegetable curries, a small portion of rice and three variety of Indian breads – missi roti, garlic naan and lacha paratha. I was dead by the end of it all. Just before I was about to get up from the table, waiter informed that the desert is on its way. Shahi Tukda! Whaaat? No way could I have eaten that entire thing. But I did manage to steal and hide a bite of it in some corner of my tummy/ thigh/ buttock. Happily!
Food Quality: 4/5
Cleanliness: 3.5/5 (it could have been more organised, washed wine glasses were kept in the plain site and buffet area wasn’t as great looking during the day as it would be during the dinner time.
Service: 3.5/5, it improved after the appetizer course. Main course was served with a good hearty smile. After desert we were given a much needed walking tour to the Sheesh Mahal. Manager insisted us to get a picture clicked in the royal silver chair, which I really appreciate.
A must visit for anybody visiting Amer Fort or staying at Rajasthali Resort & Spa. Evening is a better time for a visit as weather gets pleasant, entire fort and surrounding areas light up and restaurant itself looks ethereal in dim chandelier and candle lighting.
Below are a few more pictures of the place and its surroundings.
Have you been there? How did you like the food? I would love to hear about your experience.