It’s a sociable, family-style set up – the elegant dining room has a large, central dining table and six small tables that seat four apiece. Two of these small tables are tucked away in an alcove, if you prefer privacy.
If you’ve ever fancied sporting a kurta, now’s your chance. Anything goes really, but it’s nice to spruce up a bit at night, given the dining room’s sparkling chandeliers and traditional elegance. Come pashmina-clad in winter.
Dev Shree’s dining arrangement continues its home-from-home philosophy: meals are included in rates and designed around guests’ tastes. Instead of a formal menu, expect daily-changing dishes that highlight home-grown produce and showcase local flavours. The local chef – Mitha Lal – has been trained in Indian cookery by the owner’s mum; there’s also a tandoor specialist on hand. We loved the Rajasthan dal, baati (unleavened bread), laal maas mutton (a fiery meat curry, traditional to the region) and sugary carrot halwa. Lunch includes western options; dinner is local-style (thalis a–go–go). On hot summer nights, dinner is held on the roof terrace under the twinkling stars, in sight of the shimmering lake.
Dev Shree doesn’t have a liquor license, so boozehounds will want to come equipped with their favourite poisons (there’s no corkage fee). With a bit of notice, the hotel can source local wine, spirits and beer. Pipe up any time you fancy an on-the-house soft drink (a zingy lime soda, perhaps), tea or coffee – you can enjoy it in the grounds, in one of the squashy sofas or in the cosy dining room.
Timings aren’t strict, but breakfast is usually on offer between 7.30am and 10.30am, lunch is 12.30pm–2.30pm and dinner kicks off with soft drinks and little bites served sociably around 7.30pm.
None, but guests are considered family, so don’t be shy to ask if you’d like a little snack between meals.