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BAR PALLADIO JAIPUR

The architecture and interiors of Bar Palladio makes it the most charming spot in Jaipur; when I was seated at a table with a magnificent view of peacocks grazing within a few feet, I felt the magic of dining in paradise. Nestled in Narain Niwas Palace, it was launched with the simple intent of presenting authentic Italian cuisine in a charming ambience that lets guests feel the magic of an artistic lounge, the magic of peacocks in the grounds, the magic of wine and canapés under tented canopies warmed by flickering candles.

 

With interiors by Dutch designer Marie-Anne Oudejans and named after Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, Bar Palladio is an ode to Italian cuisine, viewed through the prism of a Sixties maharaja's palace! The story goes… Barbara Miolini owned a textile factory in Jaipur and felt the need-gap for a European lounge, following which she opened one. Walking down a candle-lit path to the packed- to- capacity bar, I was in awe of the handpainted electric blue walls, the tented ceiling, the opulent ottoman, the stone bar, the printed floral banquettes and above all the menu! It was deja vu and took me back to a dinner on my list visit when I had relished Gazpacho, gnocchi and meatballs. Flash Forward — my friend and I ordered Negroni and bruschetta. The cocktail was mixed skilfully and a long sip ensured I was relaxed after the long working day. Bruschetta with tomatoes and mozzarella was the perfect aperitvo: light, warm and flavourful. Settling back contentedly to gaze at the romantic outdoors was rewarding — the ambience was right out of a fairytale. Was I in the heart of Jaipur? Really?! Hmm.

 

Deeply satisfied with cocktails and aperitvo in such a beautiful place, cocooned from the hustle bustle right outside, I promised myself I'd be back for dinner on my next trip to the Pink city; after all, the menu was alluring! VERDICT: there's a reason why Bar Palladio is packed all days of the week. The proprietor has a pulse of what the discerning diner wants; hence it is always packed and reservations is compulsory. I highly recommend chilling here with friends or candlelit dinner with a beau. If you're alone, it's a good place to catch up on reading at sundown, in the company of grazing peacocks, while the order is being prepared. Buon appetito!

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
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