If given a chance, everyone would love to live life like a king or a queen. But the daily humdrum, the busy schedules, the approaching deadlines can make us feel like we are running in a rat race. Living the fantasy of experiencing royalty almost seems like a fantasy in these modern times. The era of kingdoms may be a matter of the past, but having a royal experience isn’t anymore! With its rich history and vibrant culture, India offers many opportunities for a commoner like you and me to experience sumptuous meals and regal hospitality. Across the country, many restaurants are providing an aristocratic fine-dine experience that will leave you feeling supreme! Here are some of the luxurious restaurants in India that offer a royal experience like no other!
1.1135 AD, Amer
1135 AD is a place where you get to relive history. Often called ‘The Most Opulent Restaurant in India,’ 1135 AD offers an open-air dining experience with special live performances for customers’ entertainment as they enjoy their meals. This restaurant also has a private dining room with interiors (from the cutlery to the furniture) made with silver! Now that’s genuinely regal!
Located inside JW Mariott in Chandigarh is Saffron, a luxuriously beautiful restaurant with wooden furniture, plush chairs, and yellow ambient lighting, setting the mood for a perfectly comfortable dining experience. The restaurant offers a rich North Indian menu and plays live music for the amusement of its guests.
Aish is within The Park Hotel, located in the Somajiguda area of Hyderabad. This luxury restaurant is a staggering sight of beige, cream, and gold interiors that glisten in the warm yellow lights. It specializes in Hyderabadi dishes serving delectable kebabs, biryani, and its famous Haleem, which also comes in a vegetarian version.
4. Suvarna Mahal-The Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II transformed The Rambagh Palace into a luxury hotel in 1957. However, it was The Taj Hotels that opened its gates to the world. With interiors reminiscing the Italian Renaissance period, this restaurant (inside The Rambagh Palace) has a menu featuring dishes from the royals of Jaipur, Awadh, Hyderabad, and Kashmir.
5. Noor Mahal, Haryana
Noor Mahal at Karnal, Haryana, flaunts an astounding architecture in the style of Mughals and the Rajputana traditions, spread over an expanse of beautiful nature. In addition, it houses several sophisticated restaurants like The Frontier Mail, The Brown Sugar, The Polo Bar, The Cake Factory, and The Khaas Mahal, each providing a unique and unforgettable dining experience.
6. The Rajput Room-The Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Also in The Rambagh Palace is the Rajput Room, an exquisite multi-cuisine restaurant offering North Indian, Asian, Continental, and Mughlai dishes. Known for its impeccable service, splendid architecture, vast green lawns, The Rajput Palace is sought by many and described as a “once in a lifetime” experience.
7. Ginger House, Cochin
Down at the south in the beautiful city of Kochi is Ginger House, which is a museum restaurant housing some of the most priceless heritage artworks in the country. Visitors can relax in this backwater restaurant with some freshly squeezed juices, succulent Indian dishes, including the very exciting seafood.
8. Masque, Mumbai
Located strategically at the centre of Mumbai’s industrial mill area, Masque is a high-ceiling and high-end diner oozing urbanness in every inch and corner. With a menu that changes by the season, Masque is an ingredient-driven restaurant that explores flavours and seeks to reinterpret traditional Indian dishes in its unique way.
9. Cinnamon, Jaipur
Inside the 18-acre expanse of The Jai Mahal Palace is the exquisite fine dining restaurant of Cinnamon. Its pink hues make the place look majestic. Cinnamon serves North Indian food combining traditional and modern flavours of the cuisine. Its quiet and gentle ambience makes it a perfect spot for family get-togethers.
10. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
This 5-star restaurant is near one of the world’s seven wonders: The Taj Mahal. Bellevue, Esphahan, The Bar, and The Lounge are its dining rooms providing an international dining experience. The restaurants at Oberoi Amarvilas deliver phenomenal service and mind-blowingly delectable dishes.
11. Samode Haveli, Jaipur
Samode Haveli was 225 years ago; It is still being resided by the descendants of the rulers of Samode, and part of the palace was converted into a luxury hotel. The restaurant is adorned with hand-painted murals giving off an elegant ambience. North Indian, Continental, Mughlai, and Rajasthani food make up the menu of this restaurant.
12. Fairmont, Jaipur
Fairmont in Jaipur has two restaurants: Zarin and Zoya. One can immerse in fine dining while looking over the panoramic views of the Aravalli Hills. The golden cutlery and five distinct dining experiences are sure to be awe-inspiring for the visitors.
13. Indian Accent, Delhi
Adorned with glass walls and ceiling, this ‘No.1 rated’ restaurant serves Indian cuisine with a contemporary touch. It has even been listed as one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants. Sweet Corn Shorba, Mushroom Kulcha, Butter Chicken Kulcha, and Wine Cellar form some of the most popular dishes from its menu.
14. Indique, Jodhpur
Indique is situated at the centre of some of the most beautiful sceneries of Jodhpur city, like the Mehrangarh, Umaid Bhawan, Clock Tower, and Gulab Sagar. This open-air restaurant serves mocktails, alcohol, soups, salads, appetizers, and North Indian and Continental main course dishes.
15. Adaa-Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Adaa provides a genuinely regal experience to its customers with authentic Hyderabadi cuisine served with drinks. With a guided tour of the hotel available for visitors, Adaa is known for its great ambience and stunning view of peacocks during the day and the dazzling city lights at night. Popular dishes on its menu include Veg Handi Biryani, Dahi Kebab, Garlic Naan, and cocktails.
16. Raas Hotel, Jodhpur
Built using locally sourced marble, RAAS Devigarh was once under the reign of Rajrana Sajja Singh II before it was restored as a luxury hotel. Raas has a range of cuisines from native to international in various rooms across the hotel to display the palace’s grandeur. Stunning views accompany sumptuous meals here at RAAS.
17. The Spice Route-The Imperial, Delhi
The Spice Route is a delightful experience for anyone who relishes South-East Asian Cuisine. Condé Nast Traveler India ranked this upscale restaurant at No. 9 in their list of Top 10 Restaurants in India in 2017. Designed to resemble the coasts of Malabar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam, this place is full of flavour and culture.
18. Hanwant Mahal, Jodhpur
With a rooftop ambience, perfect view, great music, and hospitable service, Hanwant Mahal is a natural choice for anyone seeking a splendid dining experience. With a North Indian and Mughlai Cuisine, this place serves a wide range of non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes. The 360-degree view of the city got to be the most exciting part of dining here!
19. 1559 AD, Udaipur
Maharana Udai Singh Ji founded the city of Udaipur in 1559. The year is what the regal restaurant is named after. With a view of the serene waters of Lake Pichola and expansive gardens, 1559 AD is a dream dining destination for anyone with a taste for Continental, Indian and Thai cuisine.
20. Ambrai, Udaipur
It is no surprise that this list contains many royal restaurants from Rajasthan because of the state’s deep royal ancestry. So, our final location on the list, too, is in Rajasthan. Located inside Hotel Amet Haveli, this restaurant is famous for laal maas curry and kebabs. The views of the City Palace, Jag Mandir, and Lake Palace provide a spectacular dining experience