During our stay in Jaipur we had a breakfast and a dinner at the Peacook Restaurant, which can be found on the rooftop of the popular budget hotel called Hotel Pearl Palace. Breakfast was ok, dinner wasn't great. In the end, we found the Peacock Restaurant very average at best would seek our meals elsewhere when next visiting Jaipur.
Our breakfast at the Peacock Restaurant was uneventful but served its purpose. We had an omelette and paratha aloo that were both a bit bland but edible (rating 3 of 5). Masala tea order was good enough, making for a basic, average breakfast. Not particularly tasty but not bad.
Dinner at Peacock Rooftop Restaurant came with mixed results and was something we'd choose not to repeat again. Firstly, we arrived at 7.40pm for dinner and were told to wait a few minutes for a table. As many are aware, waiting a few minutes can mean many things in India. On this occasion, a few minutes was 40 minutes and we were finally ushered to a table and asked if we wouldn't mind sharing with two other foreigners. This was actually no problem for us, as this is a rather common practice in Hong Kong but not sure how others would feel about this.
For our meal, we ordered the Chef Thali (180 rupees or US$3.35) that was good enough. It included a butter chicken that tasted as expected and would have made a nice order on its own. The lentil dal was mushy, well flavored and enjoyable. A cottage cheese dish with a korma-like sauce was also good. The briyani was a bit basic but tasted ok and the gulab jaman, was equally just ok. The thali servings were decent, far from as nice as others we tried on our India trip but they weren't bad (3 of 5). What didn't care for so much was the school cafeteria trays used to serve the thali. Yes, these fit the small tables better but this only served to counter the nice decor and ambiance they were trying to create.
We also tried the Mutton Rogan Josh (180 rupee) that came with four medium sized pieces. The meat seemed to have been overcooked, making it tough and chewy. The sauce flavor wasn't bad but it was way too salty to a point of making it difficult to eat, left a lasting chili powder taste in our mouths that wasn't particularly nice. In the end, one of us couldn't eat this dish while the other managed to tolerate some of it by combining with large bites of jerra rice, which served to temper the overpowering saltiness of the dish. In the end, this was a poor demonstration of skill that shouldn't have happened (rating 1.5 of 5), making this the least enjoyable Rogan Josh curry we had during this trip to India.
As for drinks, the masala tea was sweet, fairly spiced and enjoyable. Service, other than the wait was friendly and accommodating, just slow due to the high volume of people dining here.
In the end, we would opt to find other restaurants in Jaipur when visiting next time. Neither meal at Peacock inspired us to recommend this restaurant.
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