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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, Bar Palladio 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 Italian cuisine under tented canopies warmed by a bonfire.


With interiors by Dutch designer Marie-Anne Oudejans and named after Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, Bar Palladio is an ode to Italian style and cuisine, viewed through the prism of a maharaja's palace from the 1960s! Italian owner Barbara Miolini first opened a textile factory in Jaipur and soon felt the need-gap for a European lounge… and opened one that reflects her vision of European dining. Walking down a candle-lit path to the dining room, I was in awe of the handpainted blue-and-white walls by artist Vikas Soni — with murals of exotic birds and stunning florals, the handpainted ceiling, the opulent ottoman, the carved stone bar, the crystal stemware, the tented ceilings and custom-printed floral banquettes that evoke Mogul-era splendor and above all the menu depicting ostriches playing hide-and-seek! I felt like Alice falling down the fabled hole.


Perusing the menu packed with dishes that reflect the soul of Italian cooking, I ordered 'Helene', a cocktail of black rum and strawberry puree, accompanied by 'gnocchi' with pesto and 'ravioli' with spinach and sage butter sauce. The cocktail was mixed skilfully and one long sip had me happy while the gnocchi and ravioli were just so flavourful. Ordering a refill and mains i.e. roast chicken with spinach and potatoes, I threw on a pashmina shawl as there was a nip in the air despite the bonfires — the ambience was right out of a fairytale. Was I in the heart of Jaipur? Really?! Hmm. The chicken breast was roasted to perfection, just enough to seal the juices, served with potatoes and spinach. Flavourful and wholesome!


Deeply satisfied with a meal in such a beautiful place, away from the hustle bustle right outside, I promised myself I'd be back soon! Reminiscing about drinks and dinner, that evening there's a reason why Bar Palladio is packed all days of the week. The proprietor has a pulse of what discerning diners want — the growing number of loyal diners is proof. I highly recommend chilling out with friends, or a beloved, over cocktails and Italian cuisine. If you're alone, it's a good place to catch up on reading at sundown while the order is being prepared. Buon appetito!


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Narain Niwas Palace, Narain Circle, Kanota, Jaipur

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