Our guide of Best 7 Destinations offering the MOST for a Food Enthusiasts of Delhi, perfect for a weekend visit or longer stay, these destinations have a lot to offer for your spiritual, mental, physical as well as gourmet well being.
Delhi government has called for 3 days off for schools and I think this is the best time to escape town to give your lungs a breath of fresh air.
Here are 7 places that we have shortlisted for you to visit from Delhi and of-course, we have ensured that we have food recommendations already covered for you.
Bhopal is a unique and extremely beautiful city at the heart of India. The city is straddled by two large lakes, one of them built by the legendary Raja Bhoj. Due to several different aspects to have affected the city, the cuisine too has been shaped by the movements.
Bhopal is a unique and extremely beautiful city at the heart of India. The city is straddled by two large lakes, one of them built by the legendary Raja Bhoj. Due to several different aspects to have affected the city, the cuisine too has been shaped by the movements. Raja Bhoj is considered the founder but subsequent rulers like the Begums during the Princely State era have added further colour. In recent times, the establishment of the BHEL factory and settlement as well as creation of Bhopal as the state capital has attracted people from all over the country. To add further to this Bhopal boasts of some of the finest educational institutes in the country such as IIFM, MANIT, NLIU and NIFT which have ensured the city has a youthful and vibrant look about it.
Following is a list of 7 of the city’s best restaurants which must not be missed if one is in Bhopal:
In spite of Bhopal not boasting of any Chinese / East Asian heritage worth the name, this gem surprises us all. This restaurant tops the charts in all the items prepared here. The lamb is sometimes a bit hard, but every other item is top class. Please try the coriander soup, laksa kai soup, American chopsuey, the prawn items and the Thai curries.
This place serves excellent Mughlai food but also does a smattering of other dishes. The mutton dishes are especially full of flavour. Proportions are extremely generous. The chili chicken especially can literally feed an army.
Not strictly speaking a restaurant, instead this is an area in old Bhopal. It is part of the Muslim quarters and serves food typically associated traditionally with this city. The kebabs and paya soup are among the best tasted anywhere. The Bhopal biryani has its own unique flavour distinct to its Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi or Lucknow cousins. Best part however are the bun kebabs which are basically meat preparations stuffed inside sweet buns. The sweet and spicy combination goes together extremely well.
A relatively unknown restaurant, Lake Princess is part of a hotel located in one of the up-market areas of the town. Ambience and service are amongst the best in a city which otherwise does not care much for such frills. Best items here are the palak paneer and mutton korma.
More than the food, this restaurant tops the bill due to its sheer location. It gives customers a panoramic view of the beautiful Bada Talab or Bhopal Lake. Live background music is also played, usually comprising of Sufi music. The food is eclectic and quite good. Especially worth trying are the sizzlers which are of genuine quality.
One of the two top hotels of Bhopal, this has been created inside a palace. The food is eclectic and different cuisines of food can be ordered. Each item is cooked with finesse. The Hungarian Goulash for example is as good as the gajar ka halwa. Just do not go for the gulab jamun as it has been described as jamun-e-gul and the description can fool some ignorant customers like it did me. The interiors and service are possibly the best in Bhopal.
This restaurant belongs to the most expensive hotel in the city, built inside the erstwhile royal palace. The interiors are equally gorgeous and the place reeks of genuine fine dining. Due to the Nawabi heritage, kebabs and biryanis are famous here. The sweets are also particularly well known. Best part however is the Haleem, which is a must try.
This list includes the very best although numerous other outlets have opened up which will soon provide healthy competition to the established lot.
This tasteful contemporary-meets-classic hotel is a haven of tranquility and relaxation and if you want to just EAT, chill and pamper yourself silly then Fairmont Jaipur is great option to indulge & splurge!
A palatial hotel that combines the glorious past with the modern-day comforts in the lap of serene Aravalli Hills on the outskirts of Jaipur- a city I simply love.
The architecture, decor & food is the amalgamation of the Rajput & Mughal ascetics & sensibilities which is apparent in the showering of rose petals at the entry, intricate frescoes or be it the many artifacts in the hotel – every inch of the space is about royalty, refinement & luxury.
Shimla is no culinary destination like its sister towns of Manali and McLeodganj – both of which offer much wider variety and choices however the city does offer some decent options to keep you kicking for all those hikes and walks that you would take on the mall road.
Shimla besides being capital of Himalayan state – Himachal Pradesh, also happens to be one of the most famous tourist places in India. The mountain city has a Victorian charm like none other and despite urbanization related problems, remains one of the most pleasant places that you can visit. Proximity from Delhi along with good road conditions make it an extremely popular weekend destination for residents of Delhi / NCR.
Talking about food have visited the place a few times, though have never had food experiences that I can call ‘exhilarating’. Shimla is no culinary destination like it sister towns of Manali and McLeodganj – both of which offer wider variety and choices however the city does offer some decent options to keep you kicking for all those hikes and walks that you would take on the mall road. Here are few comments and conversations from our Food communities that would help you understand the food scene a bit while helping you decides where you want to spend your precious appetite.
Kamal VijhaniAt the mall road of Shimla prominently… Domino’s, CCD and Sagar Ratna then good old famous Gufaa Restaurant, tried and tested Indian Coffee House for South Indian and Continental Snacks, Gupta ji’s Vaishno Bhojnalya near Gaiety Theatre, near Timber Market Delhi’s famous Sita Ram Bhatoore wala is also there…. There are 2-3 Bakeries too Krishna near Domino’s and Devicos near Telephone Exchange. Have Fun.
Shashank ShekharHave breqkfast in Chail palace…it offers gud food and served with class
Also make sure you are visiting that river where u can sit brtween water and have food..i am not rememberingname of place but its qyite famous. It is about 30 mins drive from Chail central. Any taxi vala will take you there.
Sekhar BanerjeeSadhupul is the name of the spot, it is on the way to Chail via Kandaghat
Shashank ShekharRight..Saadhupul..thanks for tellinh…Aman – Have your lunch at Sadhupul only smile emoticon
Some ppl might sy there that its not very clean water..dont listen to them smile emoticon
Kamal VijhaniDon’t miss to have your refreshments/lunch/dinner or breakfast on the way to Shimla or back home at Giani da Dhaba, Dharampur on Solan-Shimla Road.
Food is impeccable…!!! Even celebs vouch for their food. There can be a huge waiting on weekends here. It also has famous Haveli restaurant bang opposite it.
Sekhar BanerjeeThe water at Sadhupul is flowing water, it is cleaner in the day but advisable to be avoided after 5 pm
Jaskaran SinghTry kurkej! It sounds like a non vegie dish but its an amazing veg snack! Ask anyone on the lower market road about it! Thodi fight maarni padegi to locate the shop as i dont remember the name! But its on the lower market road for sure’
Gunjan MahaniKukrejii…:)i got it jaskaran..yes it’s right there at mall road and shope name is Krishna Baker:)
Komal KaurYeh puchne ki zarurat bhi ni.. Wo jo mall se stairs niche ja ri hai. Waha corner pe samne and right mrin 2 shops hai.. Ek.mote se uncle waha paranthe banate hai along with other delicacy.. Enjoy there.. Explore yourself
Amit SaxenaLakkar bazaar ke famous lucchi puri with chhole khaa lo…world famous in shimla hai by gawd !
Jaidev SanpalMall road church k paas ek chole bhature waala hai bohot famous .. Pooch Lena .. Nahi khaane to Indian coffee house is the best option ..
Sapna PundirDo try gulabjamun from baaljees after your meal on mall road.
Amit SaxenaAfter noon snacks should be mom’s (mutton or veg) from krishna bakers, mall road
Shuchi SethiThnks for all the tips guys….me also going to shimla tomorrow
Gurdeep SinghGyani’s Dhaba at Dharampur.This is between Kalka & Shimla.
hawna SapkaareJust saw the post – Go for hide out cafe its at mall road its just amazing
There seems to be a lot of recommendations in the comments above, and for the convenience sake I will sum up top 5 recommendations here, these are combined from comments above and my own experiences. The list is in no particular order, numbering is just for convenience.
Indian Coffee House : Seems like cooperative restaurant chain’s outlet is one of the most popular joints in Shimla and like every where else in India they would have their standard menu and standard style as well. Mutton Dosa, Cutlets, Coffee etc – almost everything is very reasonably priced and food can range from average to bad – however I am sure Shimla’s weather does the trick and people end up enjoying one of its kind food that you get there.
Giani Da Dhaba, Dharampur : This is not exactly Shimla however it is a super popular Dhaba on the way to Shimla. Have had pleasure of having several meals here – Butter Chicken, Lemon Chicken, Egg Bhurjee etc – honestly speaking not extraordinary stuff, however hot, decent & fresh food which does the trick when you are hungry. If you have not tried it before then do give it a shot, even if it is just to tick of the place for your list.
Wake and Bake Cafe : A new entrant to the scene, this is a beautiful and cozy café located right outside Townhall. You can take the window seat, read a book while having a look at life go by on the iconic Mall road of Shimla. They do serve decent food and the coffee is served from imported machines making it at par with any modern coffee shop. Just a bit cuter.
Momos on mall : There are several vendors on the mall road, some of them do get mentions in comments above. My 2 cents say that you can try almost any of them as long as you see other people eating there. The whole weather and ambiance of mall would make sure that they would taste good.
Gulab Jamuns at Baljees and Kukrej : Though have not tried either personally, however these two items are not on top of my list. Gulab Jamuns because they are Gulab Jamuns and Kukrej because its something that I have not heard or tried before. Which also makes me think that not many of you would have heard or tried this item. Its getting recommended by other food lovers, so must be taken for a spin.
Other notable mentions : Chhole Bhature from Sita Ram near Church – have never had them, don’t think the Super famous Sita Ram Dewan Chand of Delhi has anything to do with this guy in Shimla, however few people have recommended it so you might want to try them. Also Bun or kulcha Chhole do not get a mention here – it is an item you will get on the roads leading to Shimla, they have a unique style and taste, something tourists appreciate and has their own fan following. Another item I remember enjoying was Vegetable Pakodas you get in the lower bazaar. Shimla weather and pakode are made for each other, do take them for a spin.
This is no way is a comprehensive list, and we are keen to hear from you – Please do share your food recommendations for Shimla for benefit of fellow food lovers.
I was writing a comment on Facebook to make suggestions to my friend Ashwani Kohli for his upcoming trip to Kasauli. Given the kind of experience I had on my ride and overnight stay in the small hill-town I was not able to resist and keep my words limited for a Facebook comment. I thought making a blog post out of it and sharing some pictures would put this information to better use in long term for me and my friends.
The hotels would start from 2k, the cheapest I managed to find was for Rs.900 and that too was a dump (Hotel Aanchal I guess) . That said Google for HPTDC property there, they never disappoint.
Outside seating area at Roscommons and HPTDC Hotel
In the HPTDC hotel itself they have a restaurant called The Roscommon, which is very nice, ask them to put tables out in the sun and they would serve you there as well, even as walk in customers. A lunch is recommended for sure (Chicken Anardana I had, loved it. Local HP Specialty).
Chicken Anardana, listed as local speciality at Roscommon
Chicken Anardana with Roti
Roscommon’s Menu from outside
And there is this bakery/grocery (Daily Needs it is called I guess) store near the hotel itself, which is quite legendary for its ham and salami sandwiches. Do check that out, personally when I was there, the owner seemed a bit arrogant and that did not help my appetite along with the fact that I had an amazing breakfast sometime back at the Tannu ki Dukaan.
Narinder Sweet House or Tannu Ki Dukaan in Lower Bazaar – Dig into those hot Gulab Jamuns for dessert, Khushwant Singh says they are the best in the world, and I am still struggling to find a fault to his statement.. 😛 – And that is not all, they are L-E-G-E-N-D-A-R-Y for their Bun Samosa, part of the Kasauli folklore.
Tannu ki Dukaan
Tikki Chhole at Tannu ki Dukaan
Tikkis being made
The Legendary Bun Samosa
Khushwant Singh’s favorite Gulab Jamun
Inside of a Samosa
Sher-e-Punjab Dhaba in Lower bazaar – Rustic, Super Simple, Ek Dum Desi... a place where you just want to order Chicken Curry and Tandoori Roti on a cold winter night after few drinks. Trust me, there are not much left like them.
Shere Punjab Dhaba
Inside Shere-e-Punjab Dhaba
And then further down on the lower bazaar street there is this small Chai Ki Dukaan on the left hand side, its a stand alone shop. Uske Pakode bahut hi shaandaar hai. Father and son duo, takes 15 minutes to make a round and make only 1kg per round. So its usual to wait for 15 or 30 minutes to get your share. But that goes very well with the laid-back pace of Kasauli and gives you an opportunity to sip couple of cups of chai while sitting on the street-side looking at the valley and letting the life drift by like a cloud.
Aloo Pyaaz ke pakode on the roadside. Done to perfection.
Christ Church Kasauli
An evening in Kasauli
PS : While you are there, do search for Solan No.1, a blended malt whiskey which I last managed to find at the local booze shop in Kasauli itself. Connoisseurs say its amongst the best they have ever tasted, and me..? I don’t have much taste in booze but really enjoyed the quart I bought for myself. The reason you should look for it there : because it is made there.
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Manali is one of the most famous and most visited tourists destinations in India. Every year it sees hordes of visitors from Northern Plains looking to escape the heat and just to ‘Chill’ a little. Besides that the town sees a regular flow of tourists not only from all over India, but rest of the world as well. Besides being a destination in itself it also acts as a base for lot of treks and travelers looking to explore Greater Himalayas. And on their way back it serves as a perfect spot to relax a little and rejuvenate their tired bodies.
Though the Hill town is surrounded by many worthwhile places, however I always look at Manali in 3 sections – Old Manali, Vashishtha & Main Manali.
Main Manali houses majority of eating options and that is the part that gets most chock-a-block with tourists and it is not uncommon to see it drowned in an ocean of white taxis ferrying tourists from one view-point to the other. While it remains popular with family audience, the more trendy urban populace of India chooses to hangout in Old Manali.
Old Manali is a different world from main manali – spread around a stretch of incline leading to a popular temple on top – this is a town in its own. Almost all the famous cafes are in this Area and have plenty of options for those who are looking to rub shoulders with some hipster and hippie populace.
Vashishta is a small village around 3 kms from the bus stands in Main Manali. The village has a smaller and less urban feel to it when compared to Old Manali, however it has plenty of guest houses & cafes to keep budget travelers and trekkers happy. Though there are no names that pop-up to my mind from that area, however almost any cafe would fix you a very decent sandwich, omelet, pizza or lasagna.
If you are a North Indian, then avoid eating North Indian anywhere in Manali. To throw more light on eating joints & food areas in the area, do read some of the recommendations that have come from fellow Food Enthusiasts. After these comments you can see my recommendations and some of the food pictures from Manali.
Nitin ShivaniDifferent sandwiches and coffees at Dylan’s Cafe in Old Manali.
I had one with avocado, loved it. Their cookies are nice too.
Aman SrivastavaTry anything you want to at chopsticks.. I don’t even remember the names of the dishes.. Try their springrolls for sure.. Gyathuk was tasty too.. Try Tingmo if you haven’t (it’s a bread).. Ask the waiter for suggestions.. He’ll guide you well.. But all in all, don’t skip Chopsticks.. It’s the top rated in Manali in all aspects..
Aman SrivastavaChopsticks on the mall road is a must visit but only if you’re a non vegetarian.. Johnson’s cafe, drifter’s inn and cafe 1947 shouldn’t be missed either..
Anurag SahniAnd do go to il forno if its still open for pizzas
Anisha KapoorThe food at Drifter’s Inn is exceptional. Also chill at Lazy Dog… Once ur done with these places..try the Bhagsu Cake from any of the German Bakeries, its a 30/- version of our 300/- Banoffie Pie. Once ur done with these…try anything else. Johnson is over hyped and over priced…it just enjoys being the only ‘fine dine’ in the city.
Pradeep KumarDrifter’s Inn >> just grab your ordered food and go right up to the roof top and enjoy with mountains all around you ! The food is quite good, though nothing like “not-to-be-missed” !!!
Conversation and comments above would give you a vague idea of the general opinion, however having visited Manali on a few occasions myself, here are some of my personal recommendations :
Visit any of the German or English bakeries that you can spot. They make their own bread and can fix you a mean sandwich at a reasonable price. Also opt for Yak cheese if they have to offer. Avoid the meats as they most probably would be canned, stick with vegetables and eggs. Their other baked goodies might not be as refined as what we see in fancy bakeries these days, but then once you get hand of them, you cannot get enough of them.
Drifter’s Inn – one of the personal favorites – have tried Pizzas, Eggs Florentine, various Pastas, breakfast combos, burgers, shakes, rajma chawal etc – they might not be THE best, however mostly manage to hit the spot right.
Johnson’s Cafe – This place is an experience in itself. One of the finest done places in India, they have multiple seating areas and options. This restaurant with well stocked bar is one of the most popular places in Manali and having tried their Food, specially baked Trouts a few times – I am not surprised at all. A bit expensive by all standards, however well worth the price.
Casa Bella Vista – One word – Pizza. Some of the finest you will taste in India. Do visit the restaurant of this resort run by a European lady to experience genuine food fired oven pizzas done with fresh cheese and pure veg ingredients. I love their outdoor seating or low seating in their main restaurant. Also try their drinks – specially the mint and lemon ones. Very refreshing they are.
Fresh Fruits – Just buy them from anywhere – cherries, strawberries, apples, peaches – they all grow in Himalayas and you get to savor them at their freshest best in Manali. Do consider picking few for home – they do sell by the cases – but make sure you haggle hard when buying in decent quantity.
1947 Cafe, Lazy Dog, Bob Dylans – they have their own charm and have food choices to offer. Do visit to experience these places – though have nothing to recommend in particular, however you can expect decent version of almost everything.
And not to forget Maggi at numerous ‘maggi-points’ that you will come across around and beyond manali. There is not much to differentiate one from another, however find your perfect spot and just go for it. The chances are that it would be the best Maggi you will ever have in your life.
Again – this is not a comprehensive list and we consider this as a work in progress, if you have some other eating options to recommend, please do add them in the comments below, would be helpful for fellow food lovers.
Heading to Mussoorie to escape the heat this summer? Make note of these amazing things that you can eat out there.
Mussoorie is a hill resort 300km north of Delhi, in foothills of Garwhal Himalayan Range. Its a hill-station that is often refered to as Queen of hills and evoked strong nostalgia amongst Dilliwalas, for whom its one of the most popular Summer destination.
To cater to the needs of ever thronging summer escaping population from plains, Mussoorie has developed its own range of food options. Though there are lot of eating joints out there, however there are some that have stood the test time of time and continue to please the food enthusiasts that visit the town.
Here is a question that was asked in out group and several food lovers gave prompt responses.
What are the must haves in Mussoorie..!?
Anant JainThere so many good options even at some small shops… Some really good bakeries…i can’t recall their names but few are quite good like
* THE RICE BOWL: at the middle of mall road….
* KALSANG CAFE: near Dominos
* GREEN RESTAURANT (VEG) : TYPICAL NORTH INDIAN/PUNJABI FOOD,,,,, they also deliver at your hotel till midnight, good for after party dinner.
Uncle’s bakery: near flew market, main mall..
CLOUD END COFFEE SHOP: its a beautiful resort, a hidden gem…..9 kms from Hathipav, 25 mins drive from fortune/Jaypee Hotel. Nice view, nice ambience… Great food on order, chefs name is chamoli, resort owned by Mr. Aggarwal.