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Living it up in Havelock Island!

Fancying a romantic get-away with your special someone at a destination which is secluded yet a whole lot of fun? Or are you planning a honeymoon in a bid to surprise your beloved with the finest that life has to offer? Are you an adventure enthusiast wishing to get up close and personal with water sports? No matter your purpose, Havelock Island makes for the right fit without a doubt. This is one of the most beautiful islands in Andaman and Nicobar, making it a preferred hotspot for adventure tourists, honeymooners and families alike. What are you waiting for? Plan your trip now and book your tickets without any delays! 

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Best Time To Visit Havelock Island

The best time to visit Havelock Island is anytime between the months of October and May. This time of the year usually guarantees clean, calm and soothing waters which help you indulge in water sports such as snorkelling, coral hunting and scuba diving. There is a rush of tourists from December-January, avoid visiting in the monsoon. The temperature remains moderate between 23-30 degrees Celsius throughout the year and rainfall is witnessed on a regular basis in the afternoons for short durations.

Places To Visit In Havelock Island

  1. Elephant Beach
  2. Radhanagar Beach
  3. Kalapathar Beach

This pristine island has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty, picnic spots and destinations where you can just unwind. Some of the Havelock popular places include the following:

1. Elephant Beach

Elephant Beach

What you can expect at this uniquely named beach is total peace and privacy. The clear and gorgeous waters and serene ambience are major draws.

2. Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach

This beach has been recognized as one of the best beaches not just in the country but globally. Radhanagar Beach is the island’s crown jewel and a must-visit! The white sands, beautiful shoreline, clear water and lovely surrounding forests make it straight out of a postcard! Take a romantic walk with your better half in the evenings when a poetic sunset emerges on the horizon. You may even spot a welcoming elephant or two here!

3. Kalapathar Beach

Kalapathar Beach

This is one of the most peaceful beaches in the country if you’re in the mood to just relax, sunbathe or lie down in a hammock with your favourite book! The Kalapathar Beach has black rocks embellishing its shoreline along with silver sands and lovely green waters which contribute towards creating a surreal ambience.

If you’re seeking attractions nearby, you can definitely go on a day trip to the Neil Island where you can spot gorgeous coral reefs. The more adventurous and fitness inclined can go trekking right to the summit of Japanese Hill and enjoy the amazing views on offer.

Things To Do In Havelock Island

It’s not just about a few hours of peace and quiet; there are plenty of other things to do in Havelock Island. If you’re fond of adventure sports, there’s plenty in store for you here.

You can go scuba diving or snorkelling which will certainly be life-changing, immersive and amazing experiences. Watch corals and other marine life in their natural environment and embrace the sheer beauty of the ocean. For some, it’s also an opportunity to overcome long-held fears and anxieties (remember Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara anyone?). There are PADI centres on the island which help you with sea walking/snorkelling/scuba diving for beginners.

Swimmers will have a blast, courtesy, the ample scope to enjoy the cool and clear waters on the island. In fact, you may have elephants joining you as swimming companions on the Radhanagar Beach. Talk of novelty!

You can book a seaplane and take an exciting ride right to Port Blair and back in only 15 minutes or so. Only 9 passengers can be carried at a time and you should book in advance. This is one of the most thrilling experiences for travellers.

If you have leisure time at your disposal, an auto-rickshaw or a scooter ride would be comfortable for exploring the island blissfully at your own leisure.

When you’re done or craving a bite, explore Havelock Island’s famous cafes, pubs and eateries including the Full Moon Café, Venom Bar, Fat Martin, Anju-Coco Resto, Dakshin, Emerald Gecko and Rony among others. Enjoy the lovely music, lip-smacking seafood and invigorating beverages as you finally start to relax.

How to reach Havelock Island

Havelock Island is located around 40 kilometres to the north east from Port Blair which is the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You can fly to Port Blair from all major  Indian cities.

There are private/government ferries and ships which frequently go to Havelock Island from Port Blair and also from Neil Island. You can expect to complete this journey in around 60-90 minutes. Book your tickets earlier to avoid any last-minute shenanigans.

Enjoy a soothing vacation at Havelock Island and experience natural splendour that’s  right out of a fairy tale. In fact, if you’re traveling with your beloved, it’s time to weave your own magical story here while you’re at it!

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Why a homestay in Nainital is your only hope of experiencing Uttarakhand at its finest!

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Uttarakhand is a hidden treasure for the number of places that travellers can explore. Each destination is nothing less than a Pandora’s box considering the activities to indulge in and places to explore. From lush green mountain ranges to mesmerising water bodies, it’s nothing less than a paradise. One of the most famous tourist destinations of the state is Nainital, also known as the Lake District of India.

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Legend has it that when Lord Vishnu cut, Goddess Sati’s body into 52 parts using his Sudarshan Chakra, Lord Shiva couldn’t contain his grief and took to traversing the corners of the universe with her body. Each region where the parts dropped were converted into religious sites and the place where her Nain(eyes) fell became the Nain- tal, also known as the Lake of the eye. From the top view, the lake also resembles that of mango or rather an eye. Even today, matters of religion and custom seem as important as entertainment choices. To go into the depths of these matters, a regular trip to the hotel and conversing with a few guides isn’t going to do justice.

If you’re seeking for an authentic trip replete with basic enlightening on the local language, Kumaoni, culture, and customs, a homestay is what will serve you best. Learn about the rich history behind the Nanda Devi Temple and the historical stories. Nanda Devi Temple is situated right next to the Nainital Lake and to seek blessings of the Goddess. Right adjacent, there is a lane; Thandi Sadak (Cold Road)  that stretches along the lake on the opposite side of the Mall Road. This famous road is known to stay chilly all through the year, even during the summers, given that it stays sheltered by the hill

Another fascinating ritual that most tourists remain oblivious, is the traditions enjoyed and taken forward by women here. Occasionally, a group of women come together and prepare a delicious recipe; Nimbus Saana. More than the delicacy itself, it is the very custom and time spent by these women together, spending countless hours sharing casual banter and enjoying the preparation of this dish.

If you are a traveller who is enthused about exploring the culture, homestay in Nainital can surely provide you a stay replete along with the modern amenities akin to a hotel and at rates that don’t pinch your pockets. Since each house has its own story to tell, you get a more informative stay. Bond with your host and you’re bound to get access to the history behind the city that will leave you bedazzled, not to mention the palatable food to leave you licking your fingers till the end.

It’s not in any hotel or resorts that you will get find the authentic delicacies like Bhatt Ki Churkaani and Kaapa Bhaat that aren’t just mouth-watering but also carry loads of health benefits.

With World Laughter Day just gone by, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a look back to see if we have forgotten how to laugh it out. Laughter has unintentionally tied itself to travel in the millennial’s dictionary. There is no doubt that in the midst of stress and hectic routines, we’ve forgotten to rejoice the simple things in life. When we leave our ordinary lives and step into another city, we exit the mundaneness of our everyday existence. Travelling gives the respite to breathe better air and time to bond with our fellow travellers, be it friends, family or acquaintances, to evoke laughter and make memories that will last a lifetime. Travel. Laugh. Live.

Things To Know While Travelling To Nainital

1. Getting there

Road- There are many ways of reaching Nainital. The valley is well-connected to the rest of the towns and cities of Uttarakhand. You can travel by car, bus, train. From Delhi, a distance of 320 km can be covered with a 9 to 10-hour drive. Along the way, at places like Do Gaon and Jeolikote, don’t miss out on the amazing tiny dhabas, that serve amazing snacks like Chana Raita and Bread Pakoda. We’ve heard that the ones available at Jeena are worth the hype.

Bus: Regular buses ply from Delhi to Nainital. You can board either from Anand Vihar ISBT or Kashmere Gate to Haldwani. The journey from Kathgodam to Nainital takes an hour by road. You can choose between a taxi to cover this distance.  

Train: The nearest railway station is Kathgodam Railway Station at a distance of 41km from the city. Grab a local taxi from here that charge Rs.150 per seat or approx. Rs.1000 for the entire cab.

2. Weather

May is one of the best times to visit Nainital given the warm and pleasant weather conditions at this time. For people who don’t like snowfall, the maximum temperature usually doesn’t go beyond 25 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature doesn’t dip below 13 degrees Celsius.

3. Clothes and Accessories:

It’s safer to travel light, irrespective of your mode of travel. The temperature will be pleasant, so it’s best that you carry a couple of extra layers that you might require post-sunset and with the drop in temperature. Sunscreen and hats will ensure that you don’t get tanned during your sightseeing tours. Carry water bottles along with you to avoid dehydration, we suggest avoiding plastic bottles.

4. What to do in Nainital:

  • While in the city, there are plenty of activities to keep you on your toes. You could opt for boating or even yachting in the famous Nainital Lake or seek blessings from the Goddess Shakti at the Naina Devi Temple.There are 6 popular lakes in Nainital to check out- Naini Lake, Sattal, Bhimtal, Naukuchiyatal, Sariyatal, and Khurpatal. For a bit more thrill, there are several hiking trails around Nainital like Snow View Trek. China Peak Trek, which is more of a hike, is popular among families who aren’t looking for too much strain. Travelers can also look for the hidden water streams towards Kilbury.
  • If retail therapy is your thing, Mall Road is lined up with plenty of apparel and souvenir stores to provide you with a plethora of choices. Remember to bargain well if you have a lot of items on your shopping list. Famous souvenirs from the area include candles available in bundle throughout the city as well as those carved from pine fruit.
  • Looking for a bit more chill? Take the ropeway to Snow view to enjoy a cozy picnic offering a chance to gaze at the endless range of the magnanimous Himalayas in its entirety and glory with a plate of Maggi and a steaming cup of tea. Half day trip to Bhimtal, one hour from Nainital is another option to explore Paragliding.
  • If sightseeing is your main goal, then some of the places to visit in Nainital include Gurney House, Himalaya Darshan and Echo Zone, Kilbury, Pt. G B Pant High Altitude Zoo, Gurudwara Singh Sabha, St John’s Church, Tibetan Market among others.
  • You could also plan a visit to the Corbett National Park, which is located at a distance of 127 km from Nainital. Pangot located roughly 15 kms is another popular tourist destination for looking to indulge in bird watching. It hasn’t been extremely commercialised yet as compared to Nainital. You can also spot an extensive range of pine as well as Deodhar trees along this range.

Top 6 Homestays In Nainital

1. OYO 9730 Home 2 BHK Lake View Mall Road

Located close to Nainital Lake

This property is conveniently located on the Mall Road making it easily accessible for travellers to explore the city on foot and enjoy the lake view as the name suggests. The well-equipped kitchen is suitable for preparing your favourite meals. The absence of Wi-Fi at this property makes it suitable for a peaceful retreat without any disturbances from the virtual world.

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2. OYO Home 18758 Spacious Cottage

Heading to Nainital with a large group? This property is just what you need. Located close to Naini Lake, enjoy a calm and comforting stay in this wooden furnished cottage. Aesthetically designed walls and carpeted floors bring in the much-needed warmth and homeliness to your vacation. Amenities like geyser, TV, parking and in-house restaurant are offered here.

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3. OYO Home 18299 Lake View Stay

A rejuvenating homestay in Nainital

This holiday home in Nainital is suited for those looking for a rejuvenating stay away from the hustle and bustle of the main city. Simple and semi-furnished rooms are available to make your stay as pleasant as possible. The presence of the usual facilities like geyser, TV, refrigerator, parking and in-house restaurant is perfect for a stress-free vacation.

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4. OYO Home 18798 Peaceful Stay

For a serene stay

Looking for some much-needed peaceful time? As the name of the property suggests, this stay will provide you nothing less than solitude and serenity given its unique location in the middle of thick greenery and narrow lanes. Read a book or meditate away, you’re on your own here with minimal interference not found in hotels.

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5. OYO Home 18537 Elegant Stay

Stay amidst lush greenery

Choosing a homestay doesn’t imply doing away with the comforts of a hotel and this stay will prove just the same to you. The well-furnished rooms with wooden furnishings at this holiday home in Nainital are aimed at providing a comfortable stay. Walk into the well-manicured garden and do a bit of yoga to give your lungs a refreshing time

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6. OYO Home 37695 Luxurious Stay Bhimtal

For those who link vacations with luxury, this property in Bhimtal is nothing less than hitting the jackpot. Simplistically styled rooms with minimal decor but sufficient ventilation and scintillating views are what perfect vacations are made of.

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A view of Old Nainital

Stay at these homestays in Nainital to get a taste of the best, both literally and figuratively. From strategic locations to digging into authentic local delicacies, staying here will open up a whole box of events to explore Nainital, not like an outsider but from up close and personal. Talk to your caretaker or hosts and you might be lucky enough to hear tales from the past unknown to even the most nuanced traveller. Food gourmands shouldn’t miss the opportunity to dig into yummy Kumaon delights from Aloo ke Gutke to Bhang ki Chutney and Gahat Dal to Bal Mithai and Kumaoni Raita to wash it down with.

While in Nainital, a visit to Sakley’s for deserts and tea and snacks at The Boat House Club is a must other momos at Sonam Fast Food and coffee at Cafe du Mall.  

It is no secret that hill stations in North India have gradually reached the tipping point when it comes to hosting tourists. The rapid commercialisation of these cities has irked natives to no extent. The erstwhile images of Nainital are enough to leave you gaping at the drastic change that overcame this city. The lush green and gigantic Kumaon Himalayas were at one point of time a much-needed respite for the city-bred to refresh their lungs. There were days when horses and pedestrians would be found leisurely strolling on a narrow lane adjoining the Nainital Lake.

Today, things are different. There are separate roads for incoming and outgoing traffic to avoid minimal congestion. As travelers, it is our job that we treat our travel destination with the same respect as our home destinations. Small initiatives like carpool, waste dumping management, hiking across the city over driving, can make a lot of difference in retaining the glory of these pristine areas. If we wish to continue travelling to these destinations as retreats, we must give them the special treatment and care of one by looking at sustainable methods while on vacation. Ultimately, with each trip, we should learn to live and let live!

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15 Restaurants in Pune Serving Great Food

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Pune a growing city in the western state of Maharashtra is a melting pot of cultures. This is perfectly reflected in the vibrant culinary scene of the city. The city boasts of eateries that offer a mix of traditional and modern, local and international, and junk and healthy food. Not only known for serving mouth-watering delicacies these restaurants and cafes are also popular for the inspired and creative themes and décor that they exhibit.

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With the variety of restaurants in Pune, foodies will definitely be spoilt for choice. We have put together a list of 15 restaurants in Pune that offer some sumptuous and flavoursome culinary delights.

Top 15 Restaurants To Visit In Pune

  1. Chillis
  2. The Greedy Man Pizzeria
  3. Bubsterr’s
  4. Mahlzeit- Berlin Street Food
  5. Savya Rasa
  6. The Flour Works
  7. Farzi Cafe
  8. Paasha
  9. Shizusan
  10. Le Plaisir
  11. The Earth Cafe
  12. Nisarg
  13. Vohuman Cafe
  14. Prem’s
  15. Flechazo

1. Chillis

If you are looking for some mouthful of snacks, Chillis can be your preferred destination. Here, you can have skillet brownies, burgers, chicken wing, and some gooey cheesy delights. If you are looking for some desserts, you can get that too. What makes this family restaurant more inviting are its pocket-friendly prices. The food joint is located at Viman Nagar in East Pune.

2. The Greedy Man Pizzeria

This is a typical hole-in-the-wall family restaurant with just two tables but it is extremely popular. If you are a self-professed pizza aficionado, you need to visit this place. Pune people, who cannot do without their bites of pizza, flock to The Greedy Man Pizzeria for some sumptuous bites of pizza. It is just pizza all around with as many as twenty different toppings to choose from. The balance is perfect – ten vegetarian toppings and ten non-vegetarian toppings, though these combinations keep on changing every fortnight. So you can use it as a veg restaurant as well. However, they don’t change the classic items. The pizzas here are famous and some even liken them to the famed Neapolitan pizzas of Italy. If you are not feeling very hungry, yet cannot do without a bite, you can go for the quarter pieces or halves. With a crust that is neither too fluffy nor too hard, it offers just the right pizza slice. The piping hot, crusty, and juicy pizza can nudge your subdued sense of hunger and make you gorge on the offering. The most popular items available here are The Niki, Pork Chorizo, The Greedy Man, Supreme, etc. The food joint is located in the shop no. 104, Victoria Fort Aleza, Kalyani Nagar in Pune.

3. Bubsterr’s

Bubsterr’s is yet another family restaurant that has been satiating the hunger of pizza crazy young men and women. It is a tiny restaurant, but the pizzas made here are impressive. Here you can get whole pizzas as well as slices of pizza. These are 10-inch pizza slices with a medium crust. But the crust is not so thick as to make you feel like you are eating a lot of dough. Apart from pizzas, the joint is also popular for its hot dogs and burgers, although their pizzas are heavenly. This restaurant is so popular that people travel quite a distance to get a taste of their heavenly food. The most popular items in this food joint are Cheesy Bacon’d Fries, Bubsterr’s Pork Overload, Bubsterr’s Garlicky Mushrooms, Chocolate Pizza, Bubsterr’s Porky Affair, etc.

4. Mahlzeit – Berlin Street Food

Mahlzeit is the German for ‘enjoy your meal’. This family restaurant offers a nice peep into German street food. It is owned by a part German, part Bengali man, who has endeavoured to bring Berlin’s street food to Koregaon Park. It is a restaurant where you can gorge on German street food. The most popular items here are Currywurst, Coilwurst, Bratwurst, Bratkartoffeln, Meatball Salad, etc.

5. Savya Rasa

If you are craving for some South Indian beyond their staple food items of idli, vada, and dosa, you need to visit Savya Rasa. This is a South Indian restaurant, which serves food from different South Indian states like Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, etc. It is a non-veg restaurant and includes almost all non-vegetarian specialties from South India. The iconic temple motifs along with the attractive Tanjore paintings enhance the look and feel of the restaurant. The most popular items here are – Appam, Chicken Chettinad, Sea Food, Filter Coffee Martini, Filter Kaapi, Neer Dosa, Mutton Stew, etc. The restaurant is located in Koregaon Park.

6. The Flour Works

This is one of the few restaurants, which are owned by women. But, this is a distinct place not only for its woman owner but for the vibe and the foods on offer. It is not just a restaurant; it is a family restaurant, a cafe, and a bakery. Whatever you get here is either made from flour or is a beverage. You can get exquisite quality pancakes, waffles, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Minestrone Soup, Gnocchi, Pasta, Fish-en-Papillote, Feta Salad, etc. This food joint is located in North Avenue, Kalyani Nagar, Pune.

7. Farzi Café

This is a cafe by look and feel, but more a non-veg restaurant and bar by choice. It serves some authentic wine and excellent kebabs and tikkas. You can get to hear some unworldly names like Smoked Patthar Ke Kebab, Parle G Cheesecake, Delhi Belly Tikka, Malaya Prawns, Chocolate Dirt Pile, Bheja Fry, etc. Taste the items, enjoy the remarkable decor and gulp down the food with some authentic wine. Here, you can get some experiential Indian food that you may not have tasted or heard about before. These unheard of and uncharted combinations along with the magical cocktails available here can make up for the crowd and the buzz that you are about to experience here. The cafe is located in Fortaleza Complex, Kalyani Nagar, Pune.

8. Paasha

If you are in the mood to indulge in a royal dinner, Paasha can be the perfect destination for you. The place where it is located offers an excellent view of Pune. The restaurant is a part of the famed JW Marriott hotels and is located on the 24th floor of JW Marriott hotel, on Senapati Bapat Road, Pune. The restaurant is popular for its mouth-watering kebabs and other Mughlai and North Indian dishes. You can satiate your craving for fine dining if you visit this place. They also serve some signature cocktails. However, compared to many other places it is quite expensive. The most popular items here are Taftan, Zaffrani Murg Biryani, Raan Sikandari, Gosht Pulao, Kakori Kebabs, Chatpata Jhinga, etc.

9. Shizusan

Tourists crave for different platters while away from home. If you think that you need to taste some Sushi while in Pune, Shizusan can well be your destination. This non-veg restaurant is situated on the Upper Ground Floor of Phoenix Market City in Viman Nagar, Pune. It is the first East Asian bistro in Pune. Moreover, it is affordable and has a warm ambiance. This is an award-winning restaurant serving a variety of food from different South East Asian countries like China, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, etc. You can get the whole platter of South East Asian fares here, which includes a variety of sushi, dim sum, and other items. Some of the most popular items here are California Roll, Dynamite Shrimp Sushi, Half Moon Gyoza, Golden Floss Pockets, Prawn Rolls, Spinach, Rainbow Maki, Prawn and Chive Dumplings, etc. 

10. Le Plaisir

This is a patisserie-cum-bistro serves a mouth-watering dish of Spaghetti Bolognese. Some of the other popular items available here are Macarons, Creme Caramel Plus, etc. However, this is not the end of the food on offer at this restaurant. They also serve some delicious desserts. They are known for making authentic bistro food that you can get in very few places. With handwritten menu and simplistic decor, this place oozes the feeling of a homely, cozy, and warm place to have some great food. This bistro is located at Rajkamal on Prabhat Road near Deccan Gymkhana, Pune

11. The Earth Café

This cafe in Koregaon Park, Pune serves some great Japanese, continental, as well as North Indian food. While the cafe draws visitors with its simple, yet alluring interiors, the spread of platter makes sure that the crowds keep on visiting. The most popular items here are Tiramisu, Sushi, Broccoli Soup, etc. It is situated on the Upper Ground Floor of Power Plaza, Koregaon Park, Pune.

12. Nisarg

If all the cakes, macaroni’s, burgers, hot dogs and Japanese food have put you off, it is time to indulge in some great seafood. Nisarg is one of the best seafood restaurants in Pune. What makes this a unique place to eat and enjoy is that they cook almost everything that is available in the sea. They also have thalis, which cover a wide variety of seafood. Some of the most popular food items here are Fish Thalis, Crab Manchow Soup, etc. This non-veg restaurant is very popular in Pune.

13. Vohuman Café

If you are striving to get a quick and delicious bite before going off for sightseeing, there is every reason to go to Vohuman Cafe. The place opens early in the morning at around 6:00 for serving breakfast and closes by 6:00 in the evening. In between, the tables are always full. Their butter-soaked buns or bun maskas along with a double cheese omelette can keep you full and happy for a long time. After devouring the buns and omelettes, sip on the famous Irani chai, and you would have a complete and satisfying breakfast. The cafe has been serving Punekars since 1978. Bun Maska, Double Cheese Omelette, Irani Chai, etc. are some of the most popular items sold here. The cafe is located near Ruby Hall, Dhole Patil Road, Pune.

14. Prem’s

For some authentic North Indian, Chinese or European dishes, you need to visit Prem’s. The restaurant is located on North Main Road, Koregaon Park. This is a non-veg restaurant and is somewhat expensive. However, they serve really delicious food. In fact, despite being an old name in Pune, it is still catering to the taste buds of Punekars owing only to the delicious food. They don’t have fancy decor or theme, but they do offer a great homely ambiance and some finger-licking dishes. Some of the most popular food served here includes Paneer Tikka, Butter Chicken, Veg Au Gratin, etc.

15. Flechazo

If you want to enjoy a casual dining experience outside the city or at the outskirts of the city, you can go to Flechazo. This is a casual dining non-veg restaurant with a simple, but elegant ambiance. The restaurant serves a variety of cuisine from different areas of the world as well as the country. You can get Asian, Mediterranean as well as North Indian cuisine here. Perfection, authentic food, and lip-smacking taste are the USPs of this restaurant. The staff here is very courteous and makes sure that your dining experience is worth the money you spend here. This is a family restaurant located in Wakad in West Pune.

This list of restaurants in Pune will guide you in your quest for delicious and savoury local and international food. Visit these restaurants and get to sample food belonging to different cuisines such as idlis, seafood, pizzas, sushi, kebabs, and more. Pune’s eateries cater to different tastes and budgets. So when in Pune satiate your hunger with Hot Chocolate from The Floor Café, The Niki from The Great Man Pizzeria, Garlicky Mushrooms from Bubsterr’s, Meatball Salad from Mahlzeit, Neer Dosa from Savya Rasa, and more tasty fare.

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12 Restaurants in Powai That Display an Enticing Culinary Spread

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Powai is a cultural hotspot in Mumbai because of its ample residential neighbourhoods for different public sector giants, technology institutions, bustling office spaces, industrial quarters, management colleges, startups et al.

This begets a kind of intermingling of minds, ideas, aspirations, and preferences. The restaurants in Powai amply uphold such fusion of ideas through unique culinary style and food items. Let us go through a list of restaurants in Powai that need to be visited.

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Top 12 Restaurants To Visit In Powai

  1. Mia Cucina
  2. The Fatty Bao
  3. Suzette Creperie and Cafe
  4. Le Pain Quotidien
  5. Indigo Deli
  6. Soda Bottle Opener Wala
  7. Pizza Express
  8. Mirchi and Mime
  9. Turban Tales
  10. Sigree Global Grill
  11. Nawab Saheb
  12. Bijoli Grill

1. Mia Cucina

Mia Cucina literally means ‘my kitchen’, and this Italian bistro is practically showcasing this family restaurant as your own kitchen. The warm and homely ambiance of this theme restaurant is highlighted by a well-lit patio. However, it is not the light per se that matters; it is the way the lighting arrangement has been done that spells a lot about natural and homely feel. Filament chandeliers have been dangled from the branches of a tree placed beside the outdoor seating area. If this is not enough to entice you to visit this restaurant, the friendly interiors with high seated chairs, an island bar, framed photographs hung from walls, and pastel green furnishing will surely do. The menu includes typical Italian delicacies like pizzas, pasta, paninis, etc. loaded with special ingredients and made with secret recipes. Some of the most popular items served here are Pizza Verdura, Panna Cotta, Char-Grilled Chicken, etc. The restaurant is located in Hiranandani Business Park, Lake Boulevard Road in Powai, Mumbai.

2. The Fatty Bao

If you want to taste Pan-Asian cuisine, you need to visit The Fatty Bao family restaurant. The restaurant has kind of reinvented Pan-Asian cuisine while keeping in mind the typical intricacies of the Indian palate. This is not just a restaurant, but a restaurant-cum-bar that has come up with somewhat bizarre-sounding nomenclature for the food on offer here. So you would come across names like Pork Belly, Fatty Oysters, Brie Tempura, etc. These are all adaptations of food from countries from all over Asia and given a local flavour to appeal to the Indian audience. You can also try some appetizing and soothing cocktails in the bar. Nevertheless, it is not just the food, but also the décor that spells something unique about this place. This place displays a charm that is unique to it. People in Powai don’t miss a chance to miss The Fatty Bao. It is located at Sentinel, Opposite Powai Plaza in Hiranandani Gardens, Powai.

3. Suzette Creperie and Café

A good and hearty breakfast can set the tone for a successful day. At Suzette Creperie and Cafe in Powai, you can get such a hearty breakfast. It is a French café, which is reputed all over Powai for its tasty salads, crépes, and juices. Owing to the lack of space inside, there is not much scope for interior decoration, but the quality of food and ingredients used have more than made up for that. Inside the café, there is a breakfast bar and some wooden tables. What is really charming about this place is that they use organic spices in all their preparations. Organic spices have an altogether different flavour and appeal. They source all of those spices from Sri-Lanka. If you are curious about how French food is cooked, you can go through culinary books kept in a small book stand. It is not only the spices that are organic; the ingredients for its fresh salads and French food too are organic. Here you can get a variety of breakfast items and savoury crepes and sweet items to satiate your sweet tooth. Some of the most popular items served here are Marco Polo and Belle Du Jour. The restaurant is located at Ventura building, Powai, Mumbai.

4. Le Pain Quotidien

The international fame of Powai has attracted a number of an international chain of restaurants from different parts of the world. Le Pain Quotidien is one of those names. It is a part of a Belgian chain of bakeries, which boasts of outlets in different parts of the world. Here you can get exquisite hand-rolled bread and an enticing spread of chocolate spread to be eaten on long community tables. The chocolate is specially imported to India. The bakery does not boast of a buffet spread of menu, but whatever they have on offer is authentic, tantalizing, and exquisite and that includes European, French, as well as continental dishes. However, here you can also get sandwiches adapted to Indian preferences and some enviable chocolate desserts. High standards of hygiene, big windows, and sun-drenched interiors are the hallmarks of this great breakfast joint. You should not miss the Sweet Bread Roll and Belgian Hot Chocolate served here.

5. Indigo Deli

The Swiss Cheese Sandwiches and large burgers in combination with exquisite décor and sophisticated atmosphere of the place offer the quintessential deli experience to visitors. The menu here is extensive and unique because of a blend of American and European culinary techniques. Authentic spices and herbs are used to make sure that there is no fluff or harmful element. They have daily specials; so you need to ask for the special item for that day. However, it would augur well for you to book in advance since the place is almost always packed to capacity. Irrespective of daily specials, there are some popular fares in this family restaurant. This includes Eggs On The Beach, Swiss Cheese Sandwich, Ravioli, etc. The restaurant is located at shop no. 101, Sentinel, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai.

6. Soda Bottle Opener Wala

If the name is evoking a sense of Parsi vibe then you are right. Soda Bottle Opener Wala is a Parsi café and family restaurant, the likes of which are very few as the Parsi community of India is very small. The menu here is full of traditional Parsi staple items prepared with their Bawa culinary techniques. But, it is not just the menu, but also the décor that evokes a sense of tradition in peaceful coexistence with modernity. It is all-teakwood interiors with a glass front in this calm and quiet Parsi café that help it exude a sense of chicness as well. While the symbols of Parsi heritage are on display through the bullet at the entrance, the tiffin-box cutlery, and a signboard on the wall; the upscale lamps, the well-stocked bar, and the music system helps to blend tradition with contemporary design. Some of the most popular items available here include Kheema Pao, Dal Dhansak, Chicken Farcha, Parsi Mutton Masala Roast. The restaurant is located at the Ground Floor of Sentinel building in Hiranandani Gardens, Powai.

7. Pizza Express

If your continental palate is searching for some crispy, crusty, and juicy pizza, you need to come to Pizza Express. Here you can get crispy and juicy pizzas of various ingredients and toppings. The crust can be thin or thick, according to your preference. The live kitchen is the most awesome feature of this place. If you have an eye for culinary details you can see how the chefs are masterfully kneading the dough while skilfully tossing up the nuggets high in the air and baking them to perfection. The most popular fares of this place include original London Pizza, Formaggi 65, Pollo Coriander Pesto, etc. However, you can also customize your pizza here. The place is located at G-14, A-Wing, Ventura Building, Hiranandani Business Park, Powai.

8. Mirchi and Mime

Apart from the food, there is something unique about this place – the flawless display of hospitality training and management by the staff of this restaurant, all of whom are hearing and speech challenged and received training at special schools. This itself is enough to make a statement, but there is more to it and it is about the food. The USP of this theme restaurant lies in its food. The kitchen dishes out a pan Indian platter with a modern touch. Here you can get a tantalizing platter of Soft Dori Kebabs, Tandoori Quail, Quail Egg Salad, Cooker Wala Desi Kukkad, Kothimbir Wadi, Punjabi Kadhi, and more. While the names evoke hunger, the food satiate the taste buds. It is located in Trans Ocean House, Lake Boulevard in Hiranandani Business Park, Powai.

9. Turban Tales

If the mention of Punjabi cuisine nudges your gastric juices into flowing, you do need to visit Turban Tales, a Punjabi theme restaurant in Powai. The interior of the restaurant is decorated with brisk elements of Punjabi households like wheels lit with bulbs, manjis, inverted buckets, a giant faux tree, etc. In fact, the idea of Turban Tales is to pay tribute to the ubiquitous Punjabi dhabas. However, it is not all pomp and décor, the restaurant can live up to every bit of your expectation in terms of Punjabi food through its indulgent array of food items. The food served here indeed complements the decor of the restaurant. Even the small plates for serving food evoke interest. The menu is a blend of traditional and experimental items like Besan Chilli Tacos, Butter Chicken, Amritsari Lollypop, Soya Chaap, Chicken Tikka, etc. Some of the most popular items available here include Bhatti Da Chicken, kheema Kulcha, Sarson Da Saag with Makai Tartlets, etc. The restaurant is located at Panchkutir Ganesh Nagar, Powai.

10. Sigree Global Grill

The sophisticated décor, ample lighting, the long dining hall, and the buffet spread of Sigree Global Grill in Powai attract visitors from far and wide. The menu on offer here includes North Indian food, Turkish delights, Lebanese delicacies, and Greek traditional cuisine. Owing to such a delicate intermingling of delicacies, the restaurant has become immensely popular. It is a very popular family restaurant in Powai. The buffet spread of this restaurant caters to the palate of vegetarian food lovers too. So you can even call it a veg restaurant. Some of the most popular items available here include sumptuous tikkas and kebabs including Prawn Kebabs, Teriyaki Chicken Wings, Harissa Grilled Chicken, etc. The huge dining area has an open kitchen where you can experience the culinary styles of the master chefs. Each table in this restaurant has a live grill. The restaurant also has a bar.

11. Nawab Saheb

Nawab Saheb is the quintessential representation of a Lucknowi non-veg restaurant that can transport you to the splendour and luxury of the Nawabs. It is a specialty Indian theme restaurant serving wholesome veg and non-veg dishes to its customers. It also serves seafood. The subtle flavour and taste of Indian herbs and spices, a reminiscent of the times of the Nawabs, is evident in every spoon that you devour. The food here is cooked in a slow cooking technique, which used to be the USP of Nawabi food. Some of the most popular food served here are Awadhi Seekh Kebabs, succulent Shahi Gilwat, Lehsooni Dal Tadka, Warqi Parathas, Ghost Awadhi Biryani, Shahi Tukda, Mirchi Ka Halwa, etc. However, the restaurant opens for dinner only, and it would bode well for you and your family to book prior to coming. Even though there is ample seating arrangement, they fill up quite fast. The restaurant is located at Renaissance Hotel & Convention Centre, Near Chinmayanand Ashram, Powai.

12. Bijoli Grill

Bengali cuisine has had a resplendent track record of preparing some of the most mouth-watering and delicious food in the world that has enticed people from all over the world. Bijoli Grill is the quintessential Bengali non-veg restaurant with its roots in Calcutta. The menu here features a sumptuous feast consisting of an expansive list of delectable Bengali dishes. What matters more is that such sumptuous food is available for a price that is quite affordable to people en masse. Get a bite of the heavenly Fish Fry and let your gastric juice start flowing for the main course that includes Rui Macher Kalia, Kosha Mangsho, Chicken Kabiraji, Chingri Malai Curry, etc. Some of the most popular items sold here are Fish Fry, Chanar Dalna, Kosha Mangsho, etc. It is a small piece of heaven for food lovers here at Hakone Bumpers & Rides, Hiranandani, Powa.

Whether you are searching for a simple family restaurant or a theme restaurant, you are spoilt for choice when you are in Powai. There are non-veg restaurants and there are veg restaurants catering to both food preferences. Explore these 12 culinary wonders in Powai and experience the best of Indian and international cuisine.

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10 Wonderful Restaurants in Bandra for the Foodie in You

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Bandra, Mumbai’s hippest suburb, boasts of some really exciting family restaurants that promise to satiate your hunger and tickle your taste buds. It is a cosmopolitan area, busy and buzzing with a perfect melting pot of tastes. Bandra is like a playground where experimental foodies from across Mumbai flock to experience the latest gourmet trends. Such iconic restaurants have stood the test of time, and successfully lived up to the expectations. This suburbia exudes a certain charm quite closely linked to its fascinating history and its warmth has its own manner of attracting diners easily.

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When you explore the lanes and nooks of Bandra, you will come across eateries selling tangy paani puris, steaming hot grilled prawns, freshly prepared pan rolls and juicy chunks of meat on tall skewers. From the myriad seafood starters to the authentic Catholic home-style dishes, to pure vegan delights to the amazing bakeries in the city, the culinary diversity of Bandra will entice you for sure.  So get ready to indulge as we’ve picked the choicest veg and non veg restaurants for you, and find out what dishes are they famed for.

Top 10 Restaurants To Visit In Bandra

  1. Taj Mahal Tea House
  2. Birdsong Organic Cafe
  3. Pali Village Cafe
  4. Hakkasan Mumbai
  5. Pali Bhavan
  6. Candies
  7. Ferry Wharf
  8. Bastian
  9. The AB Celestial
  10. JLWA 

1. Taj Mahal Tea House

Referred to as India’s premium tea brand, Brooke Bond Taj Mahal launched its own tea house in Bandra recently, and it is pretty quaint and inviting. It occupies an old revived heritage bungalow, offering an ideal setting for romance over a cup of tea. You can find as many as 40 varieties of refreshing teas on offer, ranging from trendy chai latte to black coffee for those who would rather prefer to sip on something a little more exotic. The teas are accompanied by food specially designed to complement them – sandwiches, burgers or even pasta.  

You can simply grab one of the books that are strewn around and enjoy a relaxing session of reading.  Being elegant and classy, this love theme restaurant is perfect for enjoying the finer things is life or popping the question to your partner!

2. Birdsong Organic Cafe

Birdsong Organic Cafe, located in a lane off Hill Road near Ranwar Village, is an ideal place to stop for a bite when exploring the street art in the neighbourhood. This bohemian theme restaurant has high false ceilings that create an illusion of space and its huge windows let in an abundance of natural light. The interiors portray a rustic charm that is unique.

The owners of this laidback café are renowned for their immaculate baking skills. Although all the ingredients are absolutely organic, it’s still possible to devour some comfort foods such as pasta, pizza or lasagne. There are plenty of gluten-free and vegan options on the menu too, and jaggery is used instead of sugar, as a sweetener. Order the fabulous hot chocolate here if you wish to feel cosy. Also ask for the specials of the day and you may be in for a treat.

3. Pali Village Cafe

This brunch restaurant in Bandra was conceptualized by the same team as Pali Bhavan. It has a similar feel to Pali Bhavan, with vintage interiors that give you the feeling of being in a real ancient bungalow.

What’s different is the menu –it’s European! With a variety of pasta, pizzas, grills, salads and sandwiches on offer, you will be spoilt for choices. Herein, breakfast is served until 7 PM! Those who are looking for something more substantial, they can choose from dishes such as the herb chicken, pan seared duck breast and peri peri lamb stew. And, not to forget, there is wine, to begin with.

4. Hakkasan Mumbai 

Craving for some Cantonese cuisines? Fret no more. Highly-acclaimed Hakkasan Mumbai serves up some outstanding Cantonese dishes and is one of the twelve in the world from its chain of restaurants.  Established in 2011, it is one of the top family restaurants to visit with your loved ones for a Sunday lunch.

Some of the signature dishes that are only available in here are three-way mushroom Guangzhou bun, braised lamb, and aubergine clay pot. Nonetheless, its prawn dumplings with tobiko and crab meat are simply irresistible too. 

5. Pali Bhavan

Replacing the Pali Naka of olden times, Pali bhawan is the perfect family restaurant for you. Featuring a rustic yet elegant look, its carved wooden furniture, chandeliers and vintage photographs complement each other quite well. The restaurant came into existence in late 2012 and promises to offer an eclectic menu to its diners.

Daal Vada is one of its signature dishes which is a must try. It is basically a local south Indian street food consisting of lentils and chickpeas, served with pine nuts and wild rice pulao and green pea hummus dip as a side-dish. This is something to die for, apt for a perfect lunch. Definitely binge on the paan flavoured kulfi and the mouth-watering Baileys rasgulla for dessert. Your meal is incomplete without either of these. Earthy and sophisticated, Pali Bhavan paves way for nice meals and easy conversations. The coconut fish curry is absolutely delicious and the music sets the mood right. As it is a family restaurant, drop by with your family to enjoy the heritage feel of times gone by, even if you are not a great foodie.  

6. Candies

While the interiors reflect nuances of Portuguese culture, Candies is a special retreat specialising in comfort food. It is a great spot to visit for sumptuous brunches or simply to hang out with your friends on a Saturday night. Candies is best known for offering soft chicken sandwiches, complemented with old-school wafers and it is known to get sold out by 11am!

Candies is that hub that entices hungry foodies from all across the city, sometimes even becoming the focal point of a weekend plan for those staying far off. If you haven’t yet explored this little cosy place, we recommend you to try any of their rolls, dragon chicken or noodle roll served with pink panther lemonade. 

7. Ferry Wharf

Ferry Wharf is one non veg restaurant in Bandra West that specializes in the traditional style of Indian delicacies, particularly Mangalorean seafood from Karnataka. It strives to provide simple quality home-style seafood without the expensive prices. Although the restaurant’s menu may be tagged as old-school, however, its interiors aren’t.

It is a nautical theme restaurant, which has been designed to recreate the feeling of sailing away in a boat. What’s really endearing is that each table is equipped with a small sample tray of dishes, wherein guests can familiarize themselves with the delicacies and order what they feel like. 

8. Bastian

If you have a soft corner for seafood and are willing to try new flavours, Bastian is a must-visit in Bandra West. Named after the Disney character, Sebastian from ‘The Little Mermaid’, one can find many replicas of crocodiles and faux crabs engraved on its walls. The restaurant boasts of a modern Asian spin in the cuisines, giving a quirky and intimate vibe to its diners.

You can also challenge yourself to eat the Killer Sambal Crab Platter – stuffed with real spicy chillies and loaded with at least a kilogram of crab cooked in fiery Malaysian sambal sauce. If you are able to finish it all by yourself, you get your photo on ‘The Wall of Fame.’

9. The AB Celestial

Named after its owner, Aishwarya Bhende, the AB Celestial is where you must swing by if you are celebrating a special occasion. This family restaurant in Bandra West enjoys a location from where you can get a magnificent view of the Bandra-Worli Sealink Bridge.

This place is endowed with a luxury yacht as well that has three levels of entertainment space including a spacious sky lounge bar on the top deck and a veg restaurant that presents lip-smacking cuisines from around the globe. Weekends have special events wherein you can party hard till 3 am with unlimited booze for the ladies in the house. 

10. JLWA

Looking for a spiced up evening that would steal you away from your monotonous life? Well then head to JLWA. Known to be a classy restaurant among its customers, it turns into a disco bar by the end of the day, and you can drop in here if you are party lover. Situated by the Linking Road, in Bandra West, this expansive restaurant looks forward to revolutionizing the very concept of nightlife. Being a party theme restaurant, one can unwind and soak in the energy of the place in just a few seconds. The choice of music, the refreshing starters and the lighting here will surely reenergize you.

The menu offers nicely prepared Indian dishes and delicacies, retaining their authenticity and originality. Some of the signature dishes include the East India Company, which is, nothing like it sounds, but a beautiful combination of thyme and lime scented chicken coupled with sautéed vegetables and garlic scented upma. The cocktails served here are great too.

Feeling hungry now? What are you waiting for? Get ready to explore these amazing cafes and restaurants in Bandra and dig into the best of cuisines from different parts of India and abroad. There are ample non veg and beg restaurants here to cater to distinct tastes and diets.

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8 Supreme Unbeatable Restaurants in Ahmedabad Suiting All Budgets!

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When we think of food in Ahmedabad the first things that generally come to mind are the reigning ambassadors of Gujarati cuisine like mouthwatering dhokla, bhakarwadi, thepla, and crunchy khakra. However, there is more to Gujarati cuisine than these delicious vegetarian snacks. This and more can be experienced in the eateries of Ahmedabad. From local street food to special cuisines that can be found in every vibrant nook and corner of the city in iconic theme restaurants and trendy cafes, Ahmedabad has it all. Get ready to immerse yourself in this city of culinary delights where you will be spoilt for choice!

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The metropolitan city has a diverse mix of people from all over the country and is a melting potpourri of cultures and races. This has spilled over to the food scene of the city. No wonder, it has emerged as one of the biggest food hubs in the country, boasting of a mix of high-end and pocket-friendly restaurants and a decent nightlife. Here’s a list of the top 8 restaurants in Ahmedabad that not only serve authentic Gujarati and international cuisines but also offer an exquisite ambience. Scroll down to read and plan a gastronomic tour in the largest city of Gujarat.

Top 8 Restaurants To Visit in Ahmedabad

  1. Narmada – The Ummed, Hansol
  2. Swati Snacks, Ellis Bridge
  3. Yanki Sizzlers
  4. Wind & Water- Fortune Landmark
  5. Unlocked
  6. Italian Bistro, Maple 99
  7. Yaara da Dhaba
  8. The Mondo Kitchen

1. Narmada – The Ummed, Hansol

If you want to enjoy some quality Mughlai food, then this non veg restaurant near the International Airport is your best bet. It has been consistently churning amazing food to loyal patrons who swear by the juicy kebabs, chicken, and biryani served with mouth-watering chutneys. Just as the food looks stunning, it tastes ambrosial too, and you can easily make out the great deal of thought that has gone to make, plate, and serve every dish. Something very special about Narmada is that it is a sprawling restaurant with well-maintained interiors with walls adorned with beautiful artworks of canopies used by the Nawabs of Avadh. The art and the resplendent architecture of yesteryears, makes it stand out from other similar restaurants in the vicinity. The décor and ambience take a cue from the old-school Nawabi style, which is complemented by the melodious ghazals and famous Mohammad Rafi numbers playing in the background. Graced with refined elegance and traditional eloquence, which is reflected in its food and bell metal cutlery, Narmada will leave you enchanted with its tranquil vibe and finger-licking food. Most weekends, Narmada wears a busier and festive look and is often booked for discussions, music concerts, folk shows, and events, so it is best to call ahead and check before going to avoid disappointment.

Location: The Ummed, International Airport Circle, Hansol, Ahmedabad

Specialty: Galauti Kebab, Phirni, Sweet Lassi, Lahori Chicken, Biryani, Raan, Sarson ke Phool, Mutton Biryani, Paneer Tikka

Timings:  7:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Cuisine: North Indian, Mughlai

Price: INR 2,000 for two people

2. Swati Snacks, Ellis Bridge

For all the food connoisseurs out there in Ahmedabad, this vegetarian restaurant offers an impeccable fusion of sumptuous fast food, South Indian and authentic street food that is sure to satiate your taste buds and leave you grasping for more. The restaurant is very popular among local residents and visitors alike, who head here to experience the innovative and tasty Gujarati culinary cuisine in Ahmedabad and the food is pretty reasonable on the wallet too. With the live kitchen and tempting preps going on around, this place is one of the highly recommended restaurants for the ultimate taste and pure organic flavours they serve that literally melt in your mouth.

Location: Panchavati Road, Near Law Garden, Behind Thakorbhai Hall, Ellis Bridge, Ahmedabad

Specialty: Patra, Daal bati, Sugarcane juice, Khichda, Pav Bhaji, Dhokla, Sev Puri, Teahandvo,

Timings:  12:00 PM to 10:45 PM

Cuisine: Fast Food, Street Food, South Indian

Price: INR 700 for two people

3. Yanki Sizzlers

This Chinese and Italian theme restaurant has a unique charm of its own, and no matter how many times you have been here, you can never get bored of their tantalizing sizzlers. The iconic place remains jam-packed on all days, especially on weekends and it is best to book a table in advance. The lively ambience gives great vibes and the good music playing in the background adds to the great quality of food and mocktails in the house. It is one of those places in Ahmedabad where you can hang out with your friends over a couple of mocktails and then have an amazing lunch or dinner by selecting one of their inviting sizzlers. The serving size is ample to satiate your hungry stomach and the staff is courteous and the atmosphere enjoyable.

Location: 4, Ground Floor, Binori Ambit, Next to Renault Showroom, Thaltej Circle, Thaltej, Ahmedabad

Specialty: Mocktails, Mojito, Pasta, Peach Margarita, Lemon Sandy, Crispy Chicken, Mud Pie, Sea Food, Nachos

Timings:  12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Cuisine: Italian, Chinese, Continental

Price: INR 1,200 for two people

4. Wind & Water – Fortune Landmark

Wind & Water is the perfect place to satiate all your Chinese cravings amidst a delightful outdoor seating and a pleasant and lively ambience. You can also choose this place to relax and unwind with your friends after a long working day. While you choose a favourite corner, the courteous staff will come to your aid. The theme restaurant is a cascade of youthful golden and blue colours and well done Oriental interiors that go beautifully with their choicest menu and there is an elaborate sculpture of the reclining Buddha at the entrance of the restaurant. The verdant green and a glass floor flaunting a swimming pool full of colourful fish accurately articulate a feeling of calmness and satisfaction at this spectacular and newly-opened restaurant. The restaurant is well known for its great value for money food that is clearly notches above the usual fare in taste as well. The service staff is also well-informed and helpful.

Location: Fortune Landmark, Usmanpura, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad

Specialty: Pasta, Bhuna Gosht, Fish Takrai, Crostini Bar, Waffles, Chicken Steak, Spicy Thai Pomfret, Wasabi Paneer, Oriental Veg Sizzler, Sizzling Brownie, Broccoli Almond Soup

Timings: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Cuisine: Continental, Italian, North Indian, Lebanese, Asian

Price: INR 2,300 for two people

5. Unlocked

Unlocked is a modest chill out café ideal for hanging out for a quick bite or evening meal with friends, and remains one of those reliable places where you can pick up a good coffee and grab a burger and be rest assured that you have quality in your hands. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating and the ambience is much like the other great cafes in the city, beautifully lined up with tasteful furniture giving a fresh and youthful vibe. Unlocked does justice to the whole rewarding neighbourhood coffeehouse experience with generous portions and their mocktails and coffee are pure bliss to the taste buds and no doubt one of the best in the city! While the place remains open during the day if you are planning to go in the evenings or on weekends, remember to book a table in advance as this place is usually packed. This family restaurant is also one of the very few in the area to offer a private dining experience.

Location: Dwarkesh Complex, Near, Off C G Road, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad

Specialty: Waffles, Pasta, Barbecue Tandoori Chicken Tikka, Butter Garlic Prawns, Mexican Bhel, Coffee, Burgers, Nachos

Timings: 11:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Cuisine: European, Continental, Italian

Price: INR 1,000 for two people

6. Italian Bistro, Maple 99

It is time to take a break from the conventional cafes and restaurants that you have been visiting. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Italian Bistro makes up for the best place to find a piece of solace. The recently opened veg restaurant has created waves in the food arena of Ahmedabad. Whether it’s their large seating area, delectable food, entertainment, or anything else, you are sure to spoil yourself with plenty of choices here. With separate Indoor and outdoor sitting areas, the restaurant has been designed keeping in mind all the different age groups and offers a range of dishes that are nothing less than a much-needed escape from the mundane Italian food. The brilliant food and friendly and courteous service makes it the perfect place to head to for a relaxed Sunday brunch or a lazy breakfast any day of the week.

Location: Maple 99, At Tapovan Circle, S.P. Ring Road, Chandkheda, Ahmedabad

Specialty: Waffles, Crispy salad tacos, Pesto bread, Sicilia Cheese burst Pizza, Jamaican foot long sandwich, Tex Mex Quesadilla, Oye Pape Pizza

Timings: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Cuisine: Italian

Price: INR 1,200 for two people

7. Yaara da Dhaba

Yaara da Dhaba is an open-to-sky restaurant and is nothing less than a treasure trove for all the non-vegetarian lovers in the city. The restaurant is tastefully decorated with dinner served on the khatiyas with lanterns hanging around and random graffiti, in a traditional dhaba-style. The family restaurant is the perfect place to devour delicious veg and non-veg delicacies close yet far from the cacophony of the city life. The restaurant serves lip-smacking seafood, mutton, and chicken delicacies too. The place provides ample seating arrangement so you can visit in a large group. The great Punjabi numbers playing in the background adds to the overall dhaba ambience. This place is also a great option if you are up for a break with friends or a romantic dinner. Don’t forget to finish off your meal with their mouth-watering sweets, all freshly prepared. Good service and amazing North Indian food here will likely replenish not just your appetite but also your spirit.

Location: Opposite Sola Civil Hospital, S.G Highway, Ahmedabad

Specialty: Butter Chicken, Prawn Biryani, Chicken Murgh Lababdar, Fish Cilantro Tikka, Mushroom Seasame kebab, Rabri, Lassi, Tandoori Chicken

Timings:  7:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Cuisine: North Indian

Price: INR 800 for two people

8. The Mondo Kitchen

With several options all over Ahmedabad, it is hard to find a place with quality food and ambience, which offers prompt service and is also extremely economical. While in Sola, The Mondo Kitchen is the best veg restaurant to treat yourself to some authentic Indian and Chinese delicacies. Visit this place for a quick meal or an elaborate spread and still end up having a worthwhile meal of flavoursome pizza, authentic kebabas, and refreshing mocktails. The menu is an idyllic combination of ingredients and Indian and European recipes that provide a gastronomical treat to the diners. Despite the innovative twist, the modern cuisine ends up appeasing your palate and the cosy seating makes for a pleasant family restaurant for a weekend brunch or dinner or a cosy dining experience or date.

Location: A-101, S G Business Hub, Near Gota Over Bridge, Sola, Ahmedabad

Specialty: Dal Makhani, Rasmalai, Mocktails, Firni, Tandoori momos, Ravioli Pasta, Wood Fire Pizza, Cheesy balls, Mataka dum biryani, Watermelon Cooler, Hot Pot

Timings:  12:00 PM to 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM

Cuisine: Italian, North Indian, Chinese

Price: INR 1,100 for two people

The city of Ahmedabad has grown into a rising cosmopolitan hub that houses local residents, outstation students, and working professionals from across the country. If you are looking for a variety of delicacies to savour apart from traditional Gujarati cuisine, check out the above set of restaurants and choose from a variety of different cuisines in Ahmedabad. Although a lot of them are vegetarian, but the kind of richness they exhibit in offering delicacies belonging to different global cuisines make the culinary scene in Ahmedabad worth remembering for any traveller. These restaurants together contribute to making Ahmedabad a place, which can compete with most other metropolitan cities in India in being a culinary wonderland that foodies would enjoy exploring.

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The 15 Best Restaurants in Hyderabad Every Foodie Must Explore

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Hyderabad, the city of Nawabs, is renowned the world over for its biryani. In fact, biryani is synonymous with Hyderabad. When visiting this city for work or leisure, or if you are lucky to be residing here, there are plenty of places offering you mouth-watering food. While it is famous for its Mughlai preparations, there are many places providing you with delectable global cuisines.

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Along with the architecture and ancient bazaars, there are many family restaurants offering age-old secret recipes and serving the best international preparations too. So, when in Hyderabad, shop and eat like a nawab and indulge in a splendid living experience.

Top 15 Restaurants To Visit In Hyderabad

  1. The Spicy Venue, Jubilee Hills
  2. Rayalaseema Ruchulu, Jubilee Hills
  3. United Kitchens of India, Jubilee Hills
  4. Haiku, Banjara Hills
  5. Soda Bottle Opener Wala, Jubilee Hills
  6. Jonathon’s Kitchen, Gachibowli
  7. Aish, The Park, Somajiguda
  8. Adaa, Taj Faluknama
  9. Tatva, Jubilee Hills
  10. Shah Ghouse Café & Restaurant, Tolichowki
  11. Simply South, Film Nagar
  12. Chutneys, Banjara Hills
  13. Café Bahar, Basheer Bagh
  14. B-Dubs, Jubilee Hills
  15. Hotel Shahdab, High Court Road

1. The Spicy Venue, Jubilee Hills

If you like hot and spicy preparations, then visit The Spicy Venue in Jubilee Hills, which is a perfect family restaurant. The restaurant is famous for serving the best Andhra and north Indian dishes. Right from the starters to the main course, you will have a delicious three-course meal. Even the desserts are truly delectable. So, if spicy food is on your mind, then come straight to this restaurant and relish some authentic Andhra preparations.

A Must Try: Mushroom biryani, veg thali, pepper chicken and Uluvachurubiryani

2. Rayalaseema Ruchulu, Jubilee Hills

If you genuinely like Andhra food, then don’t think beyond Rayalaseema Ruchulu in Jubilee Hills. It is known for serving the best south Indian food in town. So, if you are craving for that old taste, then go ahead and indulge in a delectable spread. There are many dishes that get served here, and they have opened many more outlets across the city owing to their popularity. Moreover, all these outlets remain crowded for the most part of the week. They have a unique style of preparation and chef’s secret recipes draw such a crowd in every outlet. So, visit the place to relish the secrets.

A Must Try: Lassi, Gongura Chicken and RagiMudha

3. United Kitchens of India, Jubilee Hills

When in Hyderabad you can in indulge in several specialities of India and the United Kitchens of India is a wonderful non veg restaurant that will cater to your whims. You should visit this restaurant in Jubilee Hills to try some of the best north Indian, Mughlai, Andhra and Chettinad preparations. A typical family restaurant, you can plan any special occasion here and enjoy your dinner. Though this restaurant remains crowded for the most part of the week, it is ideal for a laid-back meal with friends and family. It is also a great place if you want to enjoy your dinner in an outdoor space. The rooftop ambience and décor are spectacular.

A Must Try: Spring roll, murgkhurchan and chicken tenders

4. Haiku, Banjara Hills

Is Indo-Chinese and Asian food on your mind? Well, visit Haiku, the most popular place for Chinese and Asian cuisine in Hyderabad. They have the most exquisite menu and good preparations. The starters and soups are absolutely sinful. However, don’t overfill your plate with tasty starters as the main course is equally yummy. Head here for a quiet dinner with your friends and family or for that laid-back brunch. Of course, the fantastic ambience planned around the Chinese heritage deserves mention.

A Must Try: Salmon Sashimi, noodles, iced tea and salad

5. Soda Bottle Opener Wala, Jubilee Hills

How about trying out some authentic Parsi dishes? Visit Soda Bottle Opener Wala in Jubilee Hills, an Irani-style restaurant, with an impressive ambience and service. This is a good option even if you are looking for a veg restaurant. You should try Parsi food preparations both street style and main course. Even the desserts here are authentic, and one must try the Irani chai. Yes, you can get some Irani dishes too at this theme restaurant. So, do give it a try. It is the place to hang out with friends and even ideal for lunch dates.

A Must Try: Vada pav, berry pulao and seekh paratha

6. Jonathon’s Kitchen, Gachibowli

Indulge in a fine dining experience at Jonathon’s Kitchen in Gachibowli. Serving the best Japanese and Italian dishes, they offer you the tastiest and the most unique salad options. You should plan a Sunday brunch here to pamper your taste buds with their preparations. Along with the food, even the ambience and staff courtesy will impress you. Visit it for luxury dining and weekend brunch experience.

A Must Try: Jumbo prawns, pizza, sangria and cheesecake

7. Aish, The Park, Somajiguda

A famous non veg restaurant, it offers the most delicious Hyderabadi and Andhra cuisine. However, before we tell you about the food, you should know about the regal ambience and décor of this theme restaurant. So, take your smartphone charged as you will not be able to stop yourself from creating Instagram stories in this Insta worthy restaurant. You should visit it for yummy Mughlai dishes and the royal treatment.

A Must Try: Chicken fry, Gulab ki kheer and fry lamb

8. Adaa, Taj Falaknuma

Experience the majestic treatment when in the city of nawabs. The royal grandeur and exotic preparations at Adaa will bowl you over. The food is simply mouth-watering, and the spread is a big one. The starters, the main course and desserts will melt in your mouth, and the taste will linger in your memory for long. Even the staff service is such that you will feel like royalty when at this restaurant. One of the best non veg restaurants in town, you should visit it for a luxury dining experience with your family.

A Must Try: Patthar ka gosht, chicken tikka and butter naan

9. Tatva, Jubilee Hills

A haven for veggie lovers, this is the ideal place to plan those romantic dinners with your bae. An epitome of luxury and fine dining, you should visit this elegant veg restaurant for a quaint dining experience. You can of course get some delectable Mughlai food here, but you must also try the continental dishes. A perfect place for private and fine dining, you should visit it for the privacy, food and royal ambience.

A Must Try: Pasta, paneer tikka and biryani

10. Shah Ghouse Café & Restaurant, Tolichowki

Indulge in a feast without burning a hole in your pocket at the Shah Ghouse café & restaurant. You should visit it for a budget Mughlai treat. It is among the prime destinations in the city for its finger-licking good biryani. They also grill the most delectable kebabs in the city. However, the portion size is quite generous at this restaurant, so consider this when ordering the food. This non veg restaurant is a must-visit for meat lovers. It is best known for its tasty biryani. So, visit it for lunch and have a big biryani portion.

A Must Try: Irani chai, mutton biryani and khichda

11. Simply South, Film Nagar

Welcome to this veg restaurant where you can indulge in some authentic south Indian food. One of the most popular restaurants in Hyderabad, they serve Mangalorean, Kerala, Hyderabadi and Andhra cuisine. A budget restaurant, its décor and instrumental playlist offer the perfect ambience to indulge in a south Indian preparation. Of course, the prompt service deserves mention, and it will keep bringing you back to this gourmet haven. It is located in the heart of the city and is a perfect family restaurant. 

A Must Try: Kodi pulao, tomato rice and rasamvada

12. Chutneys, Banjara Hills

If you are living in Hyderabad, you should know about Chutneys. They have several outlets across the city and deserve a visit by the locals and tourists. They offer authentic south Indian cuisines and serve you six different types of chutneys for which they are famous across the length and breadth of the city. This veg restaurant is perfect for a quick bite and breakfast.

A Must Try: Filter coffee, corn dosa, Guntur idli and uttapam

13. Café Bahar, Basheer Bagh

For those who like to indulge in yummy Hyderabadi and Mughlai preparations, they should plan a visit to Café Bahar. Before we tell you more about this restaurant, here is a word of caution – the portion size is quite a lot, so place your order with care. Along with the portion size, the quick service and delectable preparation will impress you. The ambience is also simple, relaxing and inviting. It is one of the best non veg restaurants in town.

A Must Try: Haleem, chicken curry and mutton biryani

14. B-Dubs, Jubilee Hills

It is the perfect place for those who wish to try some Mexican food. The place is also known as the Buffalo Wild Wings. You should be visiting it to try some of the best drinks and accompaniments. The burgers, beers and chicken wings are delicious. You sure cannot have enough of them. You can head here for some relaxed time with friends. Even trying the weekend brunch and a laid-back lunch will be ideal at this casual restaurant.

A Must Try: Chicken wings, quesadilla and onion rings

15. Hotel Shahdab, High Court Road

This place is known for serving unique dishes. You should try the wide variety of Mughlai preparations here. The biryani, the nihari and Pakistani chicken are some of the dishes for which this restaurant has gained fame. Along with the main course, even their sweet platter should not be missed. Visit this budget-friendly place and indulge in some yummy biryani.

A Must Try: Chicken Haleem and Hyderabadi Dum biryani

Hyderabad is a wonderful destination for foodies, and you can get the best Mughlai dishes in this capital city of Telangana. You can taste the yummiest biryanis and kebabs that will melt in your mouth. You can try some other cuisines here as well, whether you have a soft corner for Asian delicacies, or you love the tang of the chutneys from South India. From Japanese to Italian, Parsi to Chinese, it is possible to enjoy every type of preparation in the land of Nawabs. So, keep this list handy and get ready to be pampered like a royal in the finest restaurants of the city.

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The Ultimate Restaurants in Chennai Offering an Epicurean Delight

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Chennai, the buzzing Indian metropolis, is a haven for foodies. No, we are not talking just about idli and dosa. Of course, if you savour these traditional south Indian delicacies you will find them aplenty here. However, over the years, the city has become metropolitan even in terms of its cuisine. It is home to global cuisines, and you will have a tough time settling on any one type of cuisine and restaurant. This is because the city is home to many food havens and family restaurants. You can get not only the best north Indian food here but even the best Italian food.

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There are several places offering the perfect fine dining and casual dining experience. You can try an array of cuisines and party until the wee hours.

Top 12 Restaurants In Chennai

  1. Sigree
  2. Copper Chimney
  3. ITC Grand Chola
  4. Dakshin, Crowne Plaza, Alwarpet
  5. Murugun Idli Shop, T Nagar
  6. Junior Kuppanna, T Nagar
  7. Kaaraikudi, Ashok Nagar
  8. Annalakshmi, Egmore
  9. Royal Vega, ITC Grand Chola, Guindy
  10. Velu Military Hotel, Nungambakkam
  11. Bay View, Vivanta By Taj Fisherman’s Cove, Muttukadu
  12. Wild Garden Café, Amethyst Royapettah

1. Sigree, Adyar

Craving for appetising grilled delicacies? Well, head straight to Sigree, which is one of the best family restaurants in Chennai when it comes to grilled food. The preparation is done here on a low charcoal fire in an iron vessel. It is this iron vessel which is called Sigree and the restaurant is named after it. You should visit it on an empty stomach as there are many delectable starters waiting for you.

This restaurant has an amazing buffet spread with many yummy starter preparations. So, head here for some kebabs and tikkas, which will hardly leave room for the gravies. The buffet has some nice curries, rice dishes and desserts too. However, the USP remains their starters, which will make your tummy quite full.

A Must Try For: Murg tikka lababdar, kebabs, kastoori Shabnam, paneer Rawalpindi, kadhai paneer, Bhoot Jhalokia Chicken Tangadi

The Best For: Buffet

2. Copper Chimney, Phoenix Market City, Velachery

North Indian and Mughlai delicacies anyone? Then, the Copper Chimney restaurant at Phoenix market city in Velachery is the place for you. You should try their black dal and kadakroomali bread. These two are their signature dishes and will add you to their loyal customers’ group.

Along with these signature dishes, you should give their char-grilled cheese mushroom preparation a try. In no time, these three will become your all-time favourite and will keep bringing you back to this place.

A Must Try For: Char grilled cheese mushroom, black dal and Kadakroomali

The Best For: Outdoor Seating Arrangement

3. Avartana, ITC Grand Chola, Guindy

Are you up for South Indian fine dining experience? If this is something that you have not tried, then you should visit Avartana at ITC Grand. It has the perfect amalgamation of ambience, music and food. You should visit this family restaurant to try authentic south Indian preparations that are made using authentic spices. But when it comes to the food presentation, there will be a slight twist, so be ready for an innovation at that end.

You may read some new names on the menu. However, they are ancient recipes with a contemporary makeover. The essence of the dishes is the same old. So, you can get the same old taste that often keeps bringing people back to this old gem of a restaurant in Chennai. Moreover, even though they offer you a fine dining experience, they procure most of their ingredients locally.

A Must Try For: Coconut stew, asparagus, pan-fried cod and infused tomato rasam

The Best For: Fine Dining, Luxury Restaurant

4. Dakshin, Crowne Plaza, Alwarpet

South Indian delicacies and Carnatic music can make for a great gastronomic experience. This is the USP of this fine dining restaurant. It is fancy, amazingly done up and offers the best south Indian food with the most fantastic Carnatic music. You should give their Iyer’s Trolly a try. It is one of their signature dishes and is a tribute to the Rtd. Parameswaran Iyer. There is a collection of high teas in it. You get to try banana dosa, adasi and paniyaram.

This luxury dining restaurant is also perfect for some coastal delicacies. It is one non-veg restaurant that is famous for yerra, which is masala fried prawns. For the veggie lovers, trying the raw banana dumplings is a must. You can find it on the menu in the name of vazhalshunti.

A Must Try For: Vazalshunti, banana dosa, yerra and Iyer’s Trolly

The Best For: Fine Dining

5. Murugun Idli Shop, T Nagar

Are you looking for traditional south Indian delicacies? Well, head straight to Murugum idli shop, which has been serving Chennai residents for the last two decades. One of the best veg restaurants in town, it is known for serving the best idlis you have ever tasted. The idlis at Murugun idli shop are the fluffiest and softest. They serve the idlis with four chutneys like coriander, coconut, mint and tomato.

Along with idli, you should give paniyarams a try too. These are made using black lentils and rice. This preparation is also similar to that of idlis and dosas. With these dishes, you should savour the unique chilled drink, Jigarthanda. It is made using a mixture of ice cream, sabudana and milk.

A Must Try For: Jigarthanda, idli, paniyaram and onion uthappam

The Best For: Breakfast

6. Junior Kuppanna, T Nagar

Longing for yummy and authentic non-veg food? Then, give this Junior Kuppanna restaurant a try. Serving fresh and authentic dishes, this restaurant specialises in Kongu Nadu cuisine. The staple at this restaurant is rice and exotic spices. It had started as a family restaurant by Mr Kuppanna and his wife in 1960 in Erode. Even today, the spices used at the restaurant are made by his wife. It is one of the best non veg restaurants, and you should visit it to indulge in their delectable spread. 

A Must Try For: Mutton biryani, nalli gravy, chicken pallipalayam and mutton pallipalayam

The Best For: Lunch

7. Kaaraikudi, Ashok Nagar

Is Chettinad cuisine something that you have been meaning to try for quite some time? Then the sheer aroma of spices at this restaurant will give you hunger pangs. In Chettinad cuisine, several spices are liberally used, and it is these spices that lend a unique flavour to the preparation. You will see lots of peppercorns, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon and green and red chillies in the dishes.

This family restaurant only offers authentic and spicy Chettinad preparations. However, there are many options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

A Must Try For: Fish kariveppillai fry, mutton nalli kuzhambu, crab pepper masala and idiyappam

The Best For: Chettinad Cuisine and regional food

8. Annalakshmi, Egmore

Get ready to be in a state of food coma when at Annalakshmi. This veg restaurant had started as a non-profit organisation in 1984 in Malaysia. A part of their income went as donation to the Temple of Arts, a centre of performing arts.

You should visit this philanthropic restaurant for some delectable south Indian preparations. They specialise in vegetarian food. Moreover, the people who serve food here come from diverse backgrounds, which make for an interesting experience. So, visit this restaurant for some yummy south Indian vegetarian dishes and don’t forget to try the range of payasam preparations they have in store for you.

A Must Try For: Ennai Kathirikkai, Payasam, Dosai and Vegetarian Thali

The Best For: Buffet

9. Royal Vega, ITC Grand Chola, Guindy

Another veg restaurant, it promises a captivating experience right from the time you step inside. Along with the ambience, even the menu is completely unique. The menu features dishes from the six seasons and has selective dishes from across the country. Besides, adding to the exclusivity is the fact that everyone preparing and serving the food is also a vegetarian. So, they take the vegetarian discipline very seriously.

Furthermore, most of their ingredients are crafted in-house. So, now you know the secret of their tasteful and aromatic recipes. If you are looking for the best veg and family restaurant in Chennai, then experience fine dining in this epitome of luxury.

A Must Try For: Thalis, kesarialoo, gucchibasmati, pithipoori and paneer khaasa

The Best For: Brunch and fine dining experience

10. Velu Military Hotel, Nungambakkam

A non veg restaurant, it is a haven for fish lovers. This military hotel is famous for its Meen Kuzhambu (fish curry). It is so renowned that even the political population of Chennai craves for it. According to tales that go around this place, even M Karunanidhi and M G Ramachandran relish this home-style preparation.

This restaurant has not only stood the test of time but even managed to carve a niche for itself in a generation when military hotels are becoming history. The credit for this definitely goes to the founder Velu Ambalam, who is known to get the fish curry made again if he doesn’t smell the aroma while entering the hotel.

The restaurant is known for using their homemade spices. Hence, the taste and the aroma are unique and typical.

A Must Try For: Prawn masala, liver fry, brain fry, vanjaram (seer fish), mutton gravy, kozhambu (gravy) and chicken curry

The Best For: Budget eating option

11. Bay View, Vivanta By Taj Fisherman’s Cove, Muttukadu

A beach theme restaurant by the beach is perfect for that romantic date night with your bae. The restaurant features rooftop seating overlooking the lovely sea, which makes it perfect for every special occasion. Moreover, making it ideal for everyone is the multi-cuisine menu of this restaurant. There are plenty of options for both meat and veggie lovers.

Besides, the seafood fare at this restaurant definitely makes it extra special. The staffs get the fresh stock from the Coromandel Coast and then prepare it with the best local spices. So, you can get yummy preparations with a hint of coriander, pepper and tamarind. The best part is that it is all infused with the local flavour.

A Must Try For: Lobster, tiger prawns, beer batter calamari and fried nathli

The Best For: Date Night, outdoor seating and brunch

12. Wild Garden Café, Amethyst, Royapettah

A European style theme restaurant, it offers the perfect eating experience in a garden. Breathe in fresh air and satiate your taste buds with some delectable European offerings. They have some amazing all-day breakfast options that will make this place your favourite soon after your first visit.

It is a café style restaurant spread out in a lush garden. You should visit it to try some delicious kinds of pasta and sandwiches and of course pair them up with a cup of hot tea.

A Must Try For: Arabiata sourdough pizza, waffles benedict and pizza marinara

The Best For: Outdoor café and all-day breakfast

Chennai is for sure a haven for foodies. Whether you are looking for budget or luxury dishes, local or international cuisines, you will find it all in this capital city of Tamil Nadu. The city is gradually embracing global cuisines, and so are its people. While retaining the local flavours, the best restaurants here have amalgamated flavours and aromas from every part of the country and globe to bring you something exotic. The ambience and service in such restaurants are also unique. There are several family restaurants that are coming up in every part of the city today. So, when you are going out to eat with loved ones, you will be more than spoilt for choices.

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An Eternal Affair with these 9 Ultimate Restaurants in Jaipur!

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Jaipur presents a rich melange of history and vibrant culture and there is no dearth of exciting restaurants in Jaipur that will transport you instantly to its imperial past. Whether you are looking for authentic Rajasthani cuisine, sumptuous Chinese treats or the choicest street stalls, these 9 family restaurants in Jaipur offer a gastronomic delight unparalleled to most others in the city.

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These places are a perfect blend of the local culinary traditions and those of neighbouring areas, making sure that dining experience in Jaipur is a dynamic and delicious one. So, here’s a list of the best restaurants in the Pink City to get your dinner plans sorted for the next vacation.

Top 9 Restaurants To Visit In Jaipur

  1. Suvarna Mahal, Taj Rambagh Palace
  2. Spice Court, Civil Lines
  3. Dragon House
  4. Zolocrust
  5. Peacock Rooftop Restaurant, Hotel Pearl Palace
  6. Chao Chinese Bistro, Holiday Inn
  7. Okra
  8. The Clove
  9. Tapri Central

1. Suvarna Mahal, Taj Rambagh Palace

Diving into the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan with its cuisine, Suvarna Mahal is the most exquisite fine dining restaurants in Jaipur. The wholesome thali here has been prepared by their amazing team of chefs who have gained their expertise from different regions of the country like Rajashthan, Awadh, Punjab and Hyderabad, and portrays an essence of the erstwhile royal rulers. They have a menu that is almost totally Indian, leaving out a couple of those omnipresent continental dishes. Spice up your taste buds with an exotic variety of dishes at this high-end restaurant that is made all the more lavish with the vibrant décor. With its barbecued specialities and baked Indian breads, Suvarna Mahal with its spectacular ambience will enthral you more than any other non veg restaurant in Jaipur.

Location: Rambagh Palace, Bhawani Singh Rd, Rambagh, Jaipur

Timings: 7 PM to 11:45 PM

Dishes to try: Lamb Chops Barra, Dhundhar Murg, Jodhpuri Gatte, Murgh Tikka, Dahi ka Maas, Subz Hara Kebab, Papad ki sabji, Lamb Chops Barra, Ras Malai, Awadhi Fish Korma, Dal Swarna Mahal

Average price for two: 9,000 INR / 140 USD  

2. Spice Court, Civil Lines

When you are searching for a family restaurant to spend an evening together on your vacation in Jaipur, look no further than Spice Court. With its classic interiors and splendid ambience, this non veg restaurant is set in a lovely courtyard, and brings to the table a wide array of delicacies. It is mostly known for its scrumptious North Indian and mouth-watering regional specialties, and has raised the standards of an impeccable service and quality dining which will remain ingrained in your memory even after your dining experience. To add to your experience, live performances of Rajasthani traditional forms take place here every evening. The restaurant is quite large and can accommodate quite a few people but be prepared for long queues. Wash down your decadent meal with the lip smacking ‘Lassi’ or blissful Kulfi and you can burp happily all the way home.

Location: Achrol House, Jacob Road, Civil Lines, Jaipur

Timings: 11 AM to 11 PM

Dishes to try: Lal Maas, Keema Bati, Junglee Maas, Gatta Curry, Bhuna Chicken, Butter Chicken, Malai Kofta

Average price for two: 1,000 INR / 20 USD

3. Dragon House

For connoisseurs of Thai and Chinese cuisine, this theme restaurant in Jaipur is the best place to take a break from Indian fare and pamper your taste buds with some mouth-watering food. The elaborate menu and prompt service will offer you one of the best experiences of oriental dining in the Pink City. The delectable cuisine, beautiful and snug ambience, the Chinese colours of red and gold, will take your heart away and make you experience luxurious. The best hangout spot in Jaipur has a delectable Sunday brunch that simply promises to make your holiday the most eagerly awaited day in the whole week. There’s a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian brunch, and both have alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions. The vegetable starters come in really generous helpings, and the taste is just perfect, not booming with extra sauces and spices, and the flavours go well together, totally living up to Dragon’s reputation of perfect recipes.

Location: Radisson City Center, Khasa Kothi Circle, MI Road, Jaipur

Timings: 12:30 PM to 3 PM and 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM

Dishes to try: Chilli Garlic Noodles, Manchurian, Thai Red Curry, Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce, Manchow Soup, Fortune Cookie, Dim Sums, Master Blaster Chicken, Thai Salad, Hot Jasmine Tea 

Average price for two: 1,800 INR / 36 USD

4. Zolocrust

Indulge in a fine dining experience by relaxing in a tranquil ambience at the Zolocrust at Hotel Clarks Amer in Jaipur. Appreciate the amazing décor or savour the serenity of the place with a light meal or a cool beverage against the panoramic views of the garden. It is the perfect place to gorge on your favourite dishes and enjoy late night meals and sweet cravings. The all veg restaurant stands apart from the rest in the vicinity with its disposable cutlery, Mediterranean fare as well as vegetarian specialties which are popular, given the use of organically grown vegetables that add a unique fresh flavour to their dishes. There’s ample space for you to hang out with your pals or spend time with your family or simply be by yourself and soak in the good vibe! So, eat, chill, drink and repeat!

Location: Hotel Clarks Amer, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Near Malviya Nagar, Jaipur

Timings: Open 24 hours

Dishes to try: Pizza Al Caprino, Pasta, Irish coffee, Mezze Platter, Apple Pie, Tiramisu, Spaghetti, Salad, Hazelnut Shake, Noir Pizza

Average price for two: 2,500 INR / 50 USD

5. Peacock Rooftop Restaurant, Hotel Pearl Palace

Relish the delectable Indian dishes at this rooftop restaurant in Jaipur, while enjoying a spectacular panoramic view of the city skyline. The restaurant is one of the few in the neighbourhood that also serves breakfast. Offering a delightful ambience with quirky décor, dim lights, soft live music and great value for money, the multi-cuisine family restaurant is a great bet if you are planning a dinner out with some guests in Jaipur. Their service is equally excellent and prompt. The best part about the restaurant is the fact that one can simply have any particular cuisine and be assured that the taste and quality will be perfect!

Location: Hotel Pearl Palace, 51, Hari Kishan Somani Marg, near Vidayakpuri Police Station, Gopalbari, Jaipur

Timings: 7:30 AM to 11 PM

Dishes to try: Pasta, Butter Chicken, Paneer Sufianan, Biryani, Sandwich, Malai Lassi, Mirchi Paneer Masala, Tandoori Aloo, Goan Fish curry, Shahi Tukda

Average price for two: 900 INR / 15 USD

6. Chao Chinese Bistro, Holiday Inn

One of the best Chinese restaurants in Jaipur, Chao Chinese Bistro in Holiday Inn impresses every guest with its emphasis on authenticity and distinct flavour. Their exhaustive range of Chinese and Thai dishes and the heavenly taste of food here is sure to have you asking for more. Highly popular among fashionable young foodies, the theme restaurant showcases modern Thai and Chinese cuisines and is hard to miss in the evening hours as the décor and lights transport you instantly to a Chinese marketplace with twinkling lights and red and golden parasols. The oriental dishes here are made with the perfect blend of Chinese spices.  

Location: Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre, Commercial Plot 1, Sardar Patel Road, Bais Godam, Jaipur

Timings: 12:30 PM to 3 PM and 7 PM to 11 PM

Dishes to try: Hakka Noodles, Fish, Momos, Chicken Ggyoza dim sums, Jumbo Prawns, Lamb, Salad, Kimchi, Five spiced cream Brule

Average price for two: 1,500 INR / 25 USD

7. Okra

Whether you’re looking for a scrumptious Sunday brunch or a satiating buffet, Okra with its North Indian, Continental, Asian and Italian cuisine, hits the spot in many ways for foodies in Jaipur. The non veg restaurant is popular for pleasing its guests with a wide array of dishes, and their award winning service, and polite and well trained staff is an added bonus. The beautiful ambiance with the poolside view and comfortable arrangement reassures you that you have come to the right place to satisfy your hunger pangs. The place is also perfect for a Sunday buffet with your family or friends in the most awe-inspiring set up in the heart of the city. With an aim to soothe all your senses, Okra has been designed to keep you amazed right from the beginning to the end.

Location: Jaipur Marriott, Ashram Marg, near Jawahar Circle, Tonk Road, Jaipur

Timings: Open 24 hours

Dishes to try: Okra, Cappuccino, Lal Maas, Nasi Goreng, Dim Sums, Clear Soup, Panipuri, Nawabi Paneer Tikka, Pizza Indiana, Sushi, Kesari Rasmalai

Average price for two: 2,500 INR / 50 USD

8. The Clove

Nestled in the quaint corner of Vaishali Nagar, The Clove is a multi-cuisine restaurant housed in an eco-friendly property, and serves delicious Indian, Chinese and continental food. The veg restaurant is designed in a very elegant and tasteful manner which really adds to its appeal. What makes this place unique is the heartfelt welcome by their executive chef and the superior service. You can also choose this place for meetings and corporate discussions or to celebrate your promotion, a colleague’s birthday or any other event with your friends. With a price friendly menu, you are promised a great treat at this family restaurant which you are bound to love and keep on revisiting.

Location: Royale Lalit Hotel, 101 Amrapali Marg, Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur

Timings: 7 AM to 11 PM

Dishes to try: Dal Makhani, Aloo Nazakhat, Veg Jhalfrezi, Kadhai Mushroom, Hari Mirch ki Roti, Paneer Lababdar, Falafel Roll, Pizza, Couscous Biryani

Average price for two: 1,500 INR / 22 USD

9. Tapri Central

Tapri offers a perfectly cooked Indian home-style breakfast and buffet with a twist. They offer typical desi yet healthy food with a fusion twist at affordable prices for all those who miss homemade food or are bored of eating the same old unexciting meal in the office. The striking and cosy interiors are also well thought of and feature a kaleidoscope of rich and vibrant colours with chiffon curtains and salvaged wood on the ceiling. The property overlooks the Central Park, thereby uplifting one’s mood. Adding to that, the novel mocktails and delicious meals take the happiness quotient through the roof. It’s among the finest family restaurants in Jaipur with a cool and laidback ambiance to suit everyone’s fancy. The hip tea cafe is very pocket-friendly and has heaps to offer, from proper breakfast to snacks and of course, refreshing hand-crafted tea.

Location: B4 E, 3rd Floor, Surana Jewellers, Opposite Central Park, C Scheme, Jaipur

Timings: 7:30 AM to 10:30 PM

Dishes to try: Cheese Vada Pav, Hand beaten coffee, Pesto Khakra Pizza, Tadka Maggi, Sauteed Mushrooms, Masala Chai, Cheese puchkas, Pasta, Mojito

Average price for two: 800 INR / 13 USD

So if you are done with your sightseeing spree in Jaipur, then you must check out these restaurants to indulge in lip-smacking good cuisines. Whether you want a traditional meal, oriental fare or a light snack, these restaurants can cater to all your whims. 

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9 Best Restaurants in Delhi to Try Out for a Yummy Bite

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Food is something that has the magical capability of touching one’s soul. And luckily, the country’s capital New Delhi has taken up this challenge to bring you family restaurants that cater to all kinds of foodies. They promise to delight you with both modern and traditional cuisines as well as fusion dishes. Besides the usual eating joints for vegetarians and non-vegetarians, you will find unique theme restaurants here. From the exciting chutney in Pani Puri to elegant continental dishes to rich North Indian delicacies, you will be spoilt for choice.

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The best restaurants bring you dishes that combine interesting textures, flavours and aromas to delight all senses. Some have a back story as to how they evolved. Many of these iconic Indian restaurants in Delhi have fascinating recipes that have survived over time and will leave you craving for more. However, deciding which restaurants to explore for a memorable gastronomic journey can be difficult.

Top 9 Restaurants To Visit In Delhi

  1. Artusi, GK II
  2. Karim’s
  3. Bukhara, ITC Maurya Hotel
  4. Dum Pukht
  5. Kake Da hotel
  6. Le Cirque
  7. Moti Mahal
  8. Dakshin
  9. Gulati

1. Artusi, GK II

Craving for some real Italian food in Delhi? Fret no more. Artusi is here for you, which pays attention to tiny details that most Italian restaurants tend to ignore. One can find Italian touches like the starched immaculate white tablecloths to the eclectic Italian drinks list in the bar. The theme restaurant believes in serving customers with superior quality, warm service and authentic Italian food.

All of the ingredients that you will see here are prepared from scratch. Even the basic sauces, dips, and bread are made in-house. It is ensured that the food that reaches you is free of any artificial preservatives. Special care is taken to ensure that every dish reaches the diner’s table, cooked to perfection, with the best-imbued flavours and at the right temperature. Their Chef’s special dish includes Lasagnetta Al Pesto which is something to die for as it will melt in your mouth, attaining the tag of best lamb meal combo with creamy pesto available. So, treat your loved ones at this family restaurant and make every occasion extra special.

Must Try Dishes: Lasagnetta al Pesto, Tono Carpaccio, Noci E Caprino, Capellaccio Romagnolo, Truffle Pasta

2. Karim’s

Serving countless food connoisseurs since 1913, Karim’s is a very popular family restaurant in New Delhi. It is best known for coming up with dishes inspired by the imperial kitchens of the Mughal Dynasty. It is said that the aroma, freshness and taste of each recipe is always consistent and amazing. The eatery started its journey from a small courtyard in one of the lanes of Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. Its legendary tandoori chicken and mutton keema kebabs are the dishes that are regularly cooked and manage to meet the ever increasing demands. A true favourite of the locals, this primarily non veg restaurant strives to produce simple and authentic Mughlai delicacies for its hungry diners.

Every day, thousands of people hailing from different parts of the city flock here to indulge in their soft kebabs and delightful mutton korma. The softness and flavours of those bites will compel you to visit this food destination again and again. Hence, it is referred to as one of the oldest Mughlai and family restaurants in New Delhi.

Must Try Dishes: Mutton Biryani, Chicken Biryani, Chicken Chilly, Tandoori Naan

3. Bukhara, ITC Maurya Hotel

Tagged as S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna’s Top 50 Best Asian restaurants – the phenomenal Bukhara restaurant is situated in ITC Maurya. It has also been voted a couple of times as the “Best Indian Restaurant in the World” and the “Best Restaurant in Asia” in the recent past. Being a non veg restaurant, it serves its much acclaimed mutton keema kebabs to its customers, which is cooked in a set-up of clay tiles, with an ignited furnace of bare wood. Interestingly, the dishes are served in wooden crockery, as they believe in keeping the experience authentic and earthy.

The restaurant came into existence in the year 1977 and has not changed much since then. The menu still consists of marinated meats cooked in a tandoor, giving you the same richness and feel of authentic tandoor that was there in 1977. You might just fall in love with its sumptuous Dal Bukhara – its warm, rustic charm and the aroma is something to die for. Coupled with a few masala Kulcha, it is a favourite combination that most patrons adhere to. The family restaurant pays extra heed to preparing Indian dishes using traditional ways.

Must Try Dishes: Sikandari Raan, Peshawari Kebab, Dal Bukhara, Murgh Malai Kebab

4. Dum Pukht

Referred as one of the premier non veg restaurants in Delhi, Dum Pukht came into existence by the end of the 19th century and has been offering the same delightful taste and flavours that have left an indelible print in the hearts of the regular customers. Originally from Kashmir, this family restaurant  has been known for reviving India’s pristine culinary customs.

‘Dum’ translates to breath and ‘Pukht’ translates to cook. They prepare dishes by using the ancient method of dum-style of cooking. It is a method of slow cooking that lends an intense flavour to the meat and ensures fine tender texture. Dum Pukht is renowned for its cutlery as well, as it serves rare medium mutton kebabs and non veg biryanis in its shimmering crystal in a blue dining hall, festooned with tall and well-lit chandeliers.

Must Try Dishes: Dum Pukht Kakori, Dum cooked Mutton Biryani, Habibia Chop

5. Kake Da hotel

Kake Da Hotel translates to Uncles’s Hotel in the colloquial tongue. It is well-known in the city for a good number of reasons. But its service tops the list – you will always find a quick and prompt servicing team at your tables, waiting to cater to all your needs. This effective team makes sure that you are attended soon and leave with a satisfied tummy.

Busy and bustling with a constant stream of customers checking in and checking out, this major non veg restaurant is known for its delectable Desi food. It promises to serve staple North Indian dishes filled with taste, freshness, made in a hygienic manner and offered at affordable prices.

Must try Dishes: Shahi Paneer, Butter Chicken and Chicken Curry

6. Le Cirque

Le Cirque enjoys an endearing location especially when you have a special event around the corner.  It has to be at the top of your list if you want to have an enchanting dining experience. The seating here is grand and there is ample space between tables for privacy, which is tempting for a date night with your partner. There is a special provision wherein you can book a table as well as a personal chef to attend to your needs. Le Cirque ensures that the quality of the food is well maintained along with giving special heed to the lighting and ambience of the restaurant.

Must Try Dishes: Tuscan Liver Pate with Black Truffle and Cognac Scent, the Hand Cut Black Truffle Fettuccine with Black Truffle Sauce, and Homemade Cannoncini.

7. Moti Mahal

The story goes that Moti Mahal came to life right after the partition in 1947, and was established by three men from Peshwar, who fled to Delhi. The family restaurant is as old as India’s independence, and you will definitely feel like you are re-living a piece of history! Infused with nostalgic nuances, this is one of those places to invoke the patriotism quotient in you. One can see an array of awards that this place has won in the recent past.

Moti Mahal has been duly credited for coming up with the invention of delicious Butter Chicken Masala, an Indian curry familiar to most of the houses here. Starters such as Chicken Tikkas and Haryali Kebabs are quite high in demand and run out of stock every now and then.

Must Try Dishes: Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken, Malai Tikka, Dal Makhani

8. Dakshin

The original Dakshin opened in ITC Grand Chola at the turn of the 19-century. The restaurant serves exceptional South Indian cuisines including Kerala-style seafood and other non-vegetarian cuisines. The existing menu of this restaurant hails from Tamil Nadu and specializes in bringing out the best of Chettinad flavours. If you would like to try a little bit of everything, their South Indian Thali should be your go-to as it is filled with authentic flavours.

The ingredients and portions measured for each dish are exactly as per the original recipe and they are sourced from southern India. The authentic South Indian vibe can also be sensed from the murals on the walls that speak volumes about their culture, customs and traditions. If you are looking for a classy veg restaurant, this one is for you as well. Their vegetable stew, appam, and tomato pappu are especially popular. You will find vegan options as well.

Must Try Dishes: Chettinad Chops, Appam & Stew, Malabar Parantha and Curry, Dakshin year

9. Gulati

Gulati has been in business since the 1950s when it started out as a modest dhaba and is now believed to be one of the legendary family restaurants on Pandara Road. Emerging victorious over time, it has still managed to preserve the authenticity and glamour in its recipes that attract both old and new patrons.

Gulati slowly picked up its pace when it started and flourished in the following years. It started providing lunch to office workers, and today, the restaurant has a daily buffet lunch with an enticing variety of dishes that tempt diners even when they are full. You can enjoy several food festivals organized by this restaurant too – Kebab and Biriyani fests are among the must-mention. The kebabs are very much in demand and you can order a kebab platter to get a mix of different kinds. Vegetarians can explore the veg restaurant next door offering you some of the best vegetarian cuisines to tantalise your taste buds.

Must Try Dishes: Gallouti Kabab, Dal Tadka

So, are you feeling hungry already? Then visit these iconic eateries in the city offering you delicacies ranging from traditional to the unique, from Indian to Burmese, and vegetarian to non-vegetarian cuisines. There is something for everyone. Go on a yummy journey by experiencing the rich diversity in dishes and satiate your soul.

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