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Devi Garh, Delwara

Tel: 91 2953 289 211's insider take:

Thalis, or tasting menus of regional Indian dishes, are the specialty at this restaurant inside a former fortified palace turned hotel. For instance, expect spicy lamb curry from Kashmir, or coconut-based concoctions from the southern Indian region of Kerala—all served on silver platters. But what makes it most memorable (and worth the 30-minute drive from Udaipur) are the many places where you can actually have your meal. In addition to the formal restaurant, which has pleasant views of the Aravalli Hills, servers will set up a dining space inside the palace or around the grounds, depending on your whim. Perhaps you want to eat on the rooftop, with plates set on a bed of flowers, or in a courtyard beside the sound of running water, or with candlelight reflecting off mirrored walls, or in a tiny alcove with live flute music. That they can do it for you is a reflection of just how quirky the physical layout is, with all its unexpected spaces left over from the palace days.

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