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We traveled during the pandemic Dec, 2020. After a 3 hour tour inside the fascinating fort palace of bundi, we became a bit tired and hungry too. We found Jay's cafe very near to the palace gate and asked if the cafe is operational. Jay,...himself was there and his sister and mom were cleaning some spinach (rai) outside their home( a beautiful traditional blue washed house ). With a broad smiling face all of them replied, cafe isn't operational officially right now but they can make a homemade thali for us instantly. We ate butter roti , mixed veg (that spinach :D , as I requested and cauliflower), daal, papad. The meal was wonderful and we had a good chat with Jay and his sister Rinku, a lovely lady who cooked all the food by herself within just half an hour. Jay works as a guide too.More
MarkyMAmsterdam hit the nail on the head: Jay is gregarious, voluble, hypomanic; entertaining, but at times a bit much. Be prepared for several attempts to get you to book tours, return for more meals, spread the word about his cafe, etc. However, if you take...him with a grain of salt, his energy is sort of endearing, and the food is astonishingly good. I don't do well with intense sales pitches or overbearing people, but we ended up coming here three times and were glad we did. So carve out some time (everything is cooked fresh, so things move slowly here), gird your loins for a healthy dose of Jay and settle into a novel experience and some of the best thali you will ever eat.More
We were pretty ragged by the time we got to this restaurant, right by the entrance to the old palace. Jay was the person who took us up to the top of the hill. Oy! Lawrence needed some ibuprofen, stat! The food was good the...family was nice. We were glad our big hike was over.More
The eponymous owner of this little cafe is a one off phenomenon. The food is good, enthusiastically served, portion sizes are liberal. Be careful to check what you order. We suspect Jay doubles up on some dishes to keep his sales up. His guiding service...to the fort above is very good though. Do NOT take food with you to the fort, the monkeys here are fearless and come with “ attitude.”More
Jay runs this homecooking restaurant together with his sister. The restaurant is nothing more than two tables at the terrace of the family home. Jay and his sister are very welcoming, extravert, energetic and take enthusiasm to a next level. It feels like you step...into an Indian version of Fawlty Towers. It can feel pushy, but we felt is was really funny. The food is really good (maybe not the best in India as Jay is saying, but that would be quite a challenge anyway) and not the cheapest (but prices are negotiable), but you can have as much as you like.More
Don't get me wrong : Jay's sister makes really good food and his mum is adorable and their house is beautiful.
BUT, Jay is very very very pushy, and I felt uncomfortable. He kind of insisted for us to come on the time we visited...the fort so we said yes later and came back for a simple lunch on the next day.
There is no menu but only Thali, which is really ok for me. When they said the price I was a bit surprise as 300 rupees is the most expensive price for Thali I have seen all over India.. He said 6 dishes are coming so I was thinking "let's give it a try". We actually had rice, poori (indian bread), chutney, sweet, dhal and gobi masala. To me it is 3 currys, not 6. Rice, poori and chutney are not counted in any other restaurant. Couples of days before we had a 250 rupees thali with more than 5 different currys + dhal + curd + bread + rice. So I was a bit disappointed when I saw the plate. It is really good, and she refills you if you ask but I would not go back there as it is really too expensive for what you get.
Family food yes, but could be with family price too, and without Jay asking us to do advertisement for his restaurant all over Bundi... He came talking at the end of the meal saying how amazing the food was, how we cannot find better anywhere else, how we need to come back on the evening because his food is the best in town.. A little bit too much for me ...More
We met Jay when we went up to the fort and he became our guide. He's funny, kind and knowledgable and we thoroughly enjoyed our time together. When he mentioned his family run a cafe near by the Fort, we happily decided to try and...we totally loved it.
A small family restaurant with no menu, just fresh food cooked that day.
We met some other visitors there and had a charming time talking with them until our food arrived.
Totally recommend both the food and Jay as a guide to the fort :)More