What happens when you visit a new city and meet locals, be it relatives or friends?
They tell you all about the places you should check out. All this advice is definitely worth heeding to (mostly).
But what when each one tells you ‘You have to visit Xyz, the view is amazing’ or ‘Have you been to Xyz yet? If not, let me take you, you will thank me later’ and you proudly nod and say, ‘Oh we checked out Xyz yesterday, and we know what you are raving about!’
The Xyz in this context is Jheel’s Ginger Coffee Bar and Bakery and obviously, we are the epic people who checked it out!
Jheel’s Ginger CBB is a guest house that also houses a café and bakery and is located at Gangaur Ghat with a magnificent view of Lake Pichola. The café is spread over two floors of the guest house – the ground floor and the open terrace.
One can see the entire area lit up, from the bridge to the other hotels and buildings.
February being comparatively cool in Udaipur, the cool breeze made us shiver, but the feeling is totally worth it!
The menu is quite well spread, but we were not here for the food, so we stuck to coffee and a sandwich.
Jheel’s Giner CBB is pretty famous for the breakfast range it has on offer, so that is something one can check out
Getting here is a bit tricky since the Cabs do not come beyond Jagdish Temple. One can take a tuk-tuk or an autorickshaw to the nearest point (being the Mata Temple bridge) or can just walk the distance (which is not much) and enjoy the colourful handicrafts and artefacts on the way.
Jheel’s Ginger Coffe Bar is one café you must visit on your trip to Udaipur, not only for the view but also for their decent grub.
But finding it in one of the lanes in Chandpole, famous amongst tourists who may not know many of our stars, was pretty surprising for us.
Café Ra looks like the house of a crazy Bollywood lover, who knows every movie and every dialogue at the back of the head and has a room that is a shrine to a celebrity or Bollywood in general.
Replete with drama, Café Ra is a cute and rugged restaurant dedicated to the owner’s love for Bollywood.
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In fact, the way we located this cafe was equally dramatic. We were walking down the narrow lanes of Chandpole, to find another café, when we saw some really colourful and funky looking graffiti on the side walls.
Curious we walk in and discover this fun place. The walls at each level are covered in movie posters, pictures of actors and actresses or movie names. The topmost floor is labelled Stall and has its two walls covered in paintings and movie posters. On the same wall, one can find Coolie and 3 Idiots, Umrao Jaan and Jodhaa Akbar, Pyasaa and Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge!
The cold coffee was something you can refrain from ordering. It was basically sugar water with a little flavour. Hot Coffee was decent.
What you must give a shot to are the parathas and other desi items. We loved the Aloo Paratha we ordered. It was huge and super delicious and spicy like we asked it to be. Served with a lip-smacking mango pickle, this one totally made our day! Another good news? It was for only ₹50!
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Café Ra is a restaurant you should definitely visit for a pocket-friendly meal. Our bill came to a total of ₹150. If not the food, the paintings and the insignias and the Bollywood craziness is sure to make you smile.
I make my own luck and I make it in a pot and then I bring it to potluck – Jarod Kintz
So there the secret is… you gotta make your own damn luck!
And we think, we did.
Sometimes you get happen to hit a jackpot and find a place that makes you really happy the moment you step in each time!
Done in cool blues and peaceful whites, this place is modern yet has an old world, rustic charm! Wooden tables that bear a worn out look, floral chairs and cushions give it a very cozy and homely feel. Once you enter, you definitely will not wish to leave. Complete with huge wooden panelled windows and knick-knacks that add colour and pizzazz to the interiors.
The outdoor seating is the best one, with lots of plants to lift your spirit. Only one issue, they do not have a shade and hence one can comfortably sit here only when the sun has set. Otherwise, this would be our favourite spot to be at!
Just like the décor, a great deal of effort is put in the preparation and the presentation of food. They have a good mix of breakfast options, nibbles, sandwiches, burgers along with salads, pizzas and kinds of pasta. We entered the place in desperate need of coffee (no, it is never going to change!) and were really happy and satisfied with the Cold Coffee. It was the right amount of strong and thick and was so chocolatey.
How often does it happen, that you go to a place, just for coffee or tea or maybe a sandwich, but you end up staying for so much more! It happened to us at PotLuck. The music, the ambience, the food and everything, literally everything made us stay back for just a little longer. We ordered Maggi with a twist and Mince Soya Burger.
The twist in the Maggi was the insane number of veggies added and the spicy masala. One can find tiny pieces of everything, from carrots to mushroom to onion to bell pepper. The masala makes it mildly spicy and really delicious. Slurpy and delicious!
Mince Soya Burger had a soya based crisp patty with mushrooms. Lots of cheese, rocket leaves and tomatoes made the burger a complete delight. The flavours very not very sharp, as is expected from mushrooms and soya, but we could not have enough of the burger!
Cranberry-Lemongrass Cooler was magnificent! When it was first put on our table, we were a little shocked.
Who wouldn’t be? Look at that!
And then, a strong aroma of Lemongrass filled the air. Not only is it totally Instagram-worthy but it was really refreshing and enjoyable with intense flavours of cranberry and lemongrass, the later overpowering the former just by a whisker.
Watermelon Basil Splash is another delightful drink made fresh, with watermelon and basil leaves and topped over with Sprite. We say fresh coz we saw them cut open a watermelon, crush its pieces along with basil leaves and then prepare our drink. The best part? Flavours of watermelon and basil overshadowed the soda content.
Open Garden Sandwich was equally delicious with lots of veggies, a really strong pesto sauce and cheese!
Fruit Barni Ginger Ale was a mix fruit mocktail with pieces of apple, pears and cucumber. Ginger did not overpower the other flavours, rendering a fruity and energising drink.
Apart from the food, another amazing thing about the restaurant is their playlist! Seriously, keep your Shazam ready, you are going to want to get a lot of those songs!
Overall, we just love the place. A calm and serene ambience, with really good food and warm service.
Wooden panelled blue door and windows covered by a thick canopy of flowers…The Homemade Cafe is a beautiful and cosy cafe on the busy Oshiwara lane. It stands apart from the other establishments in the area with its calm and soothing ambience. An old world charm.
The homely aroma and feel just invite you in. The interiors are in washed brown colour with artwork and cute frames adorning the walls. Bookshelves, kitchen containers and odd knick-knacks line the cafe and exude a very comfy vibe. The cafe is quite small with about 4-5 tables/sofas. Soft instrumental music, violin perhaps, soothes your nerves and makes you want to settle here forever.
Come evening and the cafe is lit up with twinkly lights and candles. The ambience is taken to another level altogether! So romantic and so warm! You will never want to leave this place!
We tried Cold Coffee, Homemade Greek Salad and Cheese Garlic Bread. The coffee was just amazing.
Homemade Greek Salad was perfect with lots of veggies and sprouts. The veggies were fresh and the feta cheese was soft and mildly tangy. Seasoned with salt, oregano and herbs, this salad is jam-packed with flavours. The vinaigrette dressing adds a punch to the already overwhelming combination. Loved it!
Cheese Garlic Bread were soft loaves of garlic bread, baked to perfection with oodles of melted cheese on top. The intense aroma of baked cheese makes the mouth water uncontrollably. At least it did ours!
The cafe is a little pricey, but one would not mind much given the ambience. Our bill came to a total of ₹ 829. The service is friendly. There is decent parking space available in the are and if you are lucky, you get to grab a spot right outside the cafe.
We just loved The Homemade Cafe. It left us with a warm fuzzy feeling!