Think of Jaipur and what immediately comes to mind is regal palaces and forts, colors, music and dance, jewelry, and of course – spicy and ghee laden(but definitely tasty) food – the Pyaaz kachoris at Rawat Mishthan Bhandar, Laal maas at Niros or Handi, Dal bhati churma just to name a few.
So the Anokhi Cafe, almost seems like an oxymoron to the city of Jaipur. A hidden gem no more, the cafe, adjacent to the Anokhi Store on Prithviraj road has been in business for more than 8 years now. I have been there a few times myself, and have completely enjoyed the fresh, organic and healthy options on the menu. And I always wondered as to why such an exciting concept had not proliferated to other cities, considering the clothing store is pretty much everywhere, but it is not accompanied by the cafe, except in Jaipur.
On a recent trip to the Pink City, I paid the cafe yet another visit, in an attempt to savor the goodies and get some well-deserved answers 🙂 I spoke to Shakti Singh, the manager at the cash counter, an extremely smiling and friendly gentleman who told me that Rachael Singh, the wife of the owner of Anokhi has actually set up the cafe. The couple have their own farmhouse in Jaipur, where organic farming in practiced. All fruits, vegetables, herbs such as lettuce, spinach, carrot, tomato, broccoli, chillies, basil, and fennel are grown organically in the farm and used in the cafe.
Every day, fresh produce from the farm is used to create delicious and healthy options at the farm kitchen and then brought to the cafe where the final finishing touches are added. Melissa Millward is the chef and Shakti mentions she has been with the cafe right since its inception.
In my visits to the cafe, I have almost sampled the entire menu (the advantages of eating with a big group :-)). To give you an idea of what to expect – salads such as the Thai Green Bean Salad; Soy roasted nuts, Seeds and Bean Sprouts Salad; Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad are just some of the great options for the calorie-conscious. There are multiple varieties of sandwiches, pizzas and savories such as Bean Burger filled with beetroot Chutney, Cheese and Tomato; Massaman Curry(with organic brown rice), Falafel in Pita Bread with Skordalia and Tomato Salsa. You can also buy fresh loaves of breads to take back home. But my absolute favorite part is the multiple coffee and tea options to go along with the desserts such as Coffee Cake, Chocolate and Caramel Slice and the Baked Mascarpone Cheesecake.
The cafe has a seating capacity of 40-45 people, all comfy cane chairs, earthy and very Anokhi.And on my 3 visits there I have also found it to be extremely packed, anytime of the day or evening, so you might need to hang around a bit to get a table.
If you are looking for a relaxing break from the all sightseeing, shopping and rich food in Jaipur, Anokhi Cafe might just be the thing for you!
Timings: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm
Address: 2nd Floor, KK Square, C-11, Prithviraj Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur
Keep a watch out for another cafe in Jaipur, Tapri which I will be covering next!