When it comes to restaurants in Udaipur, one place stands apart – it’s not famous for Laal Maas or local delicacies, nor is it Lake facing. Yet, it is one of the most recommended places with a fairly unusual name — ‘Savage Garden’.
Located in the old city close to Bagore Ki Haveli (a popular tourist spot) and City Palace, Savage Garden is famous for its Italian cuisine and a place for most foreigners to chill out over non-spicy food and drinks. ‘Salvation’ Garden, then perhaps, would have been a more appropriate name.
Ask any rickshaw driver or local there, and you will be directed to the place. It is owned by the same owner as German Bakery – Edelweiss Café and offers a limited but good dining experience. We went there after an evening of traditional dances & songs at the Bagore Ki Haveli. And ordered a Gnocchi dish and Spinach Ravioli with Agnello sauce which was nothing but a standard meat sauce. We were not very hungry and hence, topped it with a beer. Surprisingly, the beer was not mentioned in the menu card anywhere. The Ravioli was excellent and the serving size, quite decent. The Gnocchi was sadly, a disappointment, a little dry with not-so-great pesto sauce.
Savage Garden is small and the décor, minimalistic. Offers a nice and cosy environment for one to enjoy a meal without frills or distractions. You would not really mind the absence of lake-facing views there and mind you, the service is good. At about Rs. 225 a dish & Rs. 200 for a 650ml beer bottle, its great value for money and we would recommend this place to anyone wanting a break from the spicy local food at Udaipur. Club it with your visit to the evening performance at Bagore ki Haveli and it will be a well spent evening at the lake city. Cheers!!