Indulge in the signature cuisine at Mohan Mahal, the premier Rajasthani restaurant at The Leela Palace Jaipur
Rajasthan - the land of kings and palaces, has always attracted tourists and travellers from around the world due to its rich culture, history, tradition, and heritage. Unsurprisingly, it is part of one of the most sought-after travel itineraries in the world, and rightfully so since a trip to India would be incomplete without savouring the delectable cuisines of Rajasthan in all their glory. Like they say, when in Rajasthan, feast like the royal Rajputana!
So, where might that take you? Into the enchanting arms of Mohan Mahal in Jaipur – the premier Rajasthani fine dining restaurant at The Leela Palace Jaipur.
Taking architectural inspiration from the majestic Sheesh Mahal at Amber Fort, Mohan Mahal has developed quite the reputation for serving some of the best Rajasthani food in Jaipur. With nothing but candles for lighting, and over 3,50,000 mirror pieces adding to its regal ambience, the restaurant charms visitors with a scrumptious spread of specialty dishes from the Awadhi cuisine amongst others. From Matha Sangri Ki Seekh to Shekhwati Nalli Gosht, you can fulfil all your gastronomic dreams in this 5-star fine dining restaurant.
Let’s go over all the bespoke offerings at Mohan Mahal:
Luxury in every bite – the best Rajasthani food in Jaipur
The menu at Mohan Mahal presents itself as a culinary journey through the state of Rajasthan as well as the region of Awadh, with a range of traditional and signature dishes on offer. From the melt-in-your-mouth Sharabi Maas, a rum marinated lamb braised with mathania chilli, to the classic dal baati churma, a combination of lentils, fried bread, and a sweet porridge - there's something to suit every palate.
But the real highlights in the menu are the restaurant's mouth-watering signature dishes, such as:
- Matha Sangri Ki Seekh - Yoghurt and local wild bean mince skewer roast in tandoor
- Banjara Chaap - Local lamb chop marinated with dry kachriand cooked in tandoor
- Shekhwati Nalli Gosht - A rich preparation of lamb shank cooked with yoghurt and cashew
- Dana Methi Aur Kismis Ki Subzi - Classic Ayurveda dish, fenugreek seed and raisins cooked with onion and spices
For those who relish exotic rice preparations, then Mohan Mahal’s Jodhpuri Pulao Basmati rice is sure to leave them wanting more. It comprises of gram flour dumplings and wild berries simmered with curd and finished with dum in a sealed handi. Enticing, right?
And who can miss the exquisite variety of breads featured on the menu? Your experience of tasting Rajasthani food in Jaipur is bound to be incomplete without the likes of Khoba Roti (whole wheat bread cooked on griddle) and the curiously named Bina Pani ki Roti (almond and ghee bread).
These are all part and parcel of the Rajputana royal cuisine that Mohan Mahal strives to do justice to. When you try the vegetarian or non-vegetarian thalis, you have the opportunity to experiment with many more dishes and truly experience the extent of the cuisine.
As for dessert, Sambhar ki Feeni is a popular choice among diners. Who doesn’t want to dig into a delicacy made from shredded, flaky refined flour roasted in ghee, blended with melted sugar and then flavoured with cardamom and saffron?
And while you have your fill of the best offerings from various cuisines of this state, don’t forget to pair them with a stellar selection of old and new world wines, as well as fine whiskies and handpicked, signature cocktails. This makes Mohan Mahal a standout fine-dining restaurant to celebrate the grandest of occasions – ones that call for a feast with wine or champagne-filled glasses clinking every now and then.
On the other hand, Mohan Mahal’s uniquely crafted cocktails and coolers too, are unmissable. The Rajasthani Tadka – a perfect blend of gin, elderflower, peach, red chilli – and the ‘Padharo Mhare Des’ – a Pineapple-flavoured, saffron-infused rum are highly recommended!
Savour the finest cuisines of state against a backdrop of history
One step inside Mohan Mahal, and you are instantly transported back in time.
As mentioned before, the immortal Sheesh Mahal serves as the architectural inspiration for Mohan Mahal. For the uninitiated, Sheesh Mahal is a popular pavilion at the Amer Fort that was constructed under Maharaja Man Singh’s reign in the 16th century. As its name suggests, Sheesh Mahal is a ‘palace of mirrors’, and this unique architectural identity also reflects in the ambiance of Mohan Mahal at The Leela Palace Jaipur.
In fact, the restaurant was fashioned by the same family of artisans who created the Sheesh Mahal. The result is over 3,50,000 pieces of traditional Thikri work with cut glass stamped upon the walls, reflecting light from the candles – the only lighting inside Mohan Mahal. That makes for a truly epic and evoking dinner setting for patrons looking for a taste of royalty in Jaipur. Adding to the aura of the utterly magnificent Rajasthani restaurant in Jaipur are performances comprising of dainty classical musical instruments.
Of course, the royal setting is further enhanced by the intricate Rajasthani décor and plush seating that provides a serene and comfortable experience as you get ready to dive into scrumptious meals prepared by some of the best chefs in the house. This is what royal kitchens and dining affairs of Rajasthan’s past must have felt like!
Authentic, immersive, delicious – Mohan Mahal, Jaipur, has it all
In conclusion, Mohan Mahal is an iconic place to be at, not only to relish the best Rajasthani food in Jaipur but also relive a luxurious Rajputana epicurean experience in all its glory. Whether you're a food connoisseur or just looking for a unique dining experience, Mohan Mahal is sure to impress – right from its buffet of signature dishes to intricate mirror work and candle-lit setting. So, come indulge in the signature cuisine at Mohan Mahal, The Leela Palace Jaipur, and enjoy a royal feast unlike any other.