Food in Jaipur

I went to India last month for about 10 days. It was a relatively short trip my parents had organized to visit our extended family living in Jaipur. It had been about 4 years since my last visit and although most of the city looked/felt the same, Jaipur had gone through some major economic growth and urban development. There were a lot more things to do, places to visit, and it was slowly becoming a bustling metropolis. Which brings me to the rant of this blog post, the food in Jaipur sucked.

My family and I ate out at a different restaurant every night we were there, partially because we didn’t want my grandma cooking dinner for 5 and mostly because it was ridiculously cheap (~$3 a meal). Living in a crowded city with thousands of dining options, a lot of restaurants would often try to stand out by offering a ton of variety. It wasn’t uncommon for me to get seated and look at a menu with 50+ items which presents itself to an old saying. Jack of all trades, master of none. With a kitchen staff consisting of usually a single chef and maybe 3 or 4 cooks, learning all the menu items and perfecting them was an impossible task and led to an overall decline in the quality of the food. This problem was further compounded with the fact that in order to seem more worldly/continental, these restaurants would often offer Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Greek, and French alongside Indian cuisine which meant a lot more variety in styles of cooking. Don’t get me wrong, the Indian food was amazing. It was everything else that was bad. This problem became more of an issue for me personally because patrons generally couldn’t tell the difference.

Not to sound cocky but living in New York, I always felt like I had a good sense of what certain foods like pizza should and shouldn’t taste like. It wasn’t just that the food was bad, it was that local patrons at the restaurant didn’t have anything to compare it to and so the food that was considered low quality from my perspective was considered on par or above from their’s.

Anyway, that’s my short rant on the food in Jaipur. Also, here’s a cool picture of the Taj Mahal I took on the trip.