Thursday, December 13, 2007


Restaurant: Jaipur Brewing Company
10922 Elm St (68144) - Inside the Rockbrook Plaza
Genres: Indian, Microbrewery
Check Constraints: No split checks, 18% gratuity on parties of 6 or more
Chain: No. | More Omaha Locations: No.


  • Lamb Curry with Rice (w/Mulligatawny Soup, small salad, a normal plate's worth of food) ($8.50)
  • Onion Kulcha ($3.25)
  • Jalapeno Beer ($3.50)
I haven't had Indian food in a while, and it's not the easiest thing to get right, so I was pleased that the restaurant was, in general, satisfactory. It's certainly a little on the pricey side, with the mean average cost of an entree at about $8.50. It's also a little on the slow side, at about an hour and a half from sit down to stand up. Of course, we weren't hurrying.

The lamb curry was excellent, with a lot of cumin and coriander. The rice it was served with was spiced in what I take to be the traditional style, with coriander and I think cardamom. For $8.50 it was a little on the small side, but was nonetheless delicious. The "mulligatawny" soup made of lentils that came with each entree? Also delicious. The onion kulcha was a little heavy on onion, but also delicious. You may detect a pattern here.

The jalapeno beer was intriguing. I would have preferred it as a slightly darker ale, but I lean towards the darker side of beer on the whole. The flavor of the jalapeno was definitely present, and the beer itself did not shy away from capsaicin, without being like taking a shot of Tabasco for $5 in the employee break room of an elementary school. Don't ask.

Overall, I might reserve it for special occasions, but it was certainly worth visiting once.

  • Kheema Matar
  • Chicken Pakora
  • Rose Lassi
I have to agree with Chamelaeon on the soup, it was quite good as an appetizer, definitely better than the chicken pakora. I had expected boneless chicken chunks, much like Mecha and Moogle got for their main dish, and that would have been much preferable. As it was, I recieved three extremely bony chunks of chicken and one with plenty of meat, all of which had been thickly battered and deep fried. Post-frying, the batter was easily an eighth of an inch thick, and really wasn't good enough to justify that much blandness obscuring the taste of the chicken.

Lassi is a yoghurt drink with roughly the consistency of milk. I might have liked it a bit more if I had gone with strawberry or chocolate, but in the name of trying new things, I tried the rose. The only way I've found to accurately describe the flavor is that it tasted just like roses smell. The overall taste was a tad too yoghurty for me to really get used to it.

Chamelaeon insists that the kheema matar is distinguished from taco bell seasoned ground beef by the fact that taco bell overuses cumin to disguse its terrible quality, and Jaipur uses so much cumin for good effect. Aside from a slightly coarser texture on the ground beef and the actual presence of vegetables, it might as well have been taco bell that I ate. It did go down well, and the rice served with it was some of the best rice I've ever had, but you can be sure that if we go there again, it won't be kheema matar that I order.

  • Chicken Tikka Naan
The mulligatawny soup was good. It had a good amount of spice/heat to it without being prohibitive to eat. The Chicken Tikka Naan had bright red boneless chicken breast pieces, rice, naan bread and a bit of salad. The naan bread is a flat bread that reminded me of a floppy pita. It had an interesting texture and was pretty good. The chicken was well done--tender and not too dry--but seemed a little bland after the soup. Overall, it was a good but somewhat bland dish.

I tasted a few things from some of the other dishes. The rose lassi was a lot like drinking yoghurt in a rose garden. It was a very different sort of drink, but it was pretty good. The mint chutney was really strong and not all that minty. I wasn't too impressed with the chicken pakora and agree with ND's verdict.

  • Chicken Tikka Naan (w/Mulligatawny Soup, Rice, small salad, a normal plate's worth of food) ($8.50)
  • Chicken Pakora ($6.25, half a chicken in pieces)
The mulligatawny soup was indeed good, as the others have said. The Chicken Tikka Naan was red chunks of boneless chicken along with a folded piece of Naan (a slightly leavened pita-like bread, very tasty.) My first impression of the chicken itself, besides its virulent redness, was that it reminded me of the teriyaki chicken that you would get on a stick at most Chinese places, in texture (and chuink size, possibly from the same suppliers?) That said, the flavoring, while briefly similar, was a whole lot more complex. Solid dish, and mixing any of the pieces with any of the other pieces worked just fine together. All good. There was a tinge of heat in the meat, but nothing to get worked up over. Cham said that the rice had hints of saffron in it, which might explain why ND thought it delicious, but all I could tell was that it was good.

I had a slightly better experience with the Pakora than ND and Jay did, and although it wasn't boneless I had better success at getting meat, even if Cham did take the leg and breast (and didn't comment on them!) Which also reminds me that ND got a Mint Chutney that he didn't comment on yet (although Moogle did.) (I was assured it was Minty + Cilantro, neither of which are my favorites in large amounts.) It didn't taste quite the same as the main Chicken Tikka, although there were similarities (for example, the same red hue on the meat inside the breading.)

I sampled the Onion Bread (which was indeed oniony) and rose lassi (which I finished off for ND.) The notable thing about the lassi is that although it did strongly taste of yogurt (good for spicy food) it did not taste bitterly/sourly of yogurt, which is one quality that I think yogurt can have on its own.

Price-wise, it is definitely a bit costly, even off the lunch menu. 5 people, pre-tip, ended up being ~$70, with 5 main dishes, 2 major appitizers, a couple extra sides (Onion Bread, undelievered pickles, garlic naan), and only the beer and rose lassi as extra drinks. But there's not a dish that I was unhappy with in taste, only perhaps a little sad about the price.

Edit: Also, in addition, they do not split checks. Worth knowing for anyone who wants to go there. (And the autogratuity value is 6-18%)

Yeah, I forgot the chicken pakora, which was intensely DRY. A dip in the (deliciously cilantroey) mint chutney helped, but it wasn't worth getting again. The taste was good, but it just lacked all moisture. And definitely steer clear of the mint chutney if you are not into its three primary flavors: lime, cilantro, and mint. In that order, really, which kind of belies the "mint chutney" title.

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