Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling

Food is all about authentic culture & heritage. And a destination’s food tells you a great deal about its culture. Darjeeling has its all flavours. Also, food is the most primitive form of comfort; and the culture of Darjeeling is t bound through it.

Due to varied mixed culture, the food has a lot of diversity. The majority are Gorkha, Nepali immigrants, but there are significant Tibetans, Sherpa, and Bengali immigrants. And all of them has added their unique reflection in the food & beverages of Darjeeling. Nevertheless, to forget, the Britishers already left imprints on the culture and added the European taste to the cuisine. 

Walking down the gourmet lane of Darjeeling, I was able to dig some traditional. & authentic places to taste these flavours. These restaurants were not only budget-friendly but served delicious food too.

Keventers

Located on Nehru road, a British colonial day restaurant has completed 100 yrs, serving English breakfast, tea & snacks in the hill town. 

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Keventers

Highlights: It’s famous for its traditional English breakfast, along with pork dishes, salami, sausages, meatloaf, and eggs are a speciality. The restaurant has a variety of sandwiches, burgers, hotdog, baked beans. The portion served here is quite large. Another traditional delicacy that you can try is Churpee, a milk-based snack made out of cow or yak milk. They are like cheese & comes in solid or liquid form. It’s a delicious healthy snack but too hard to chew.

Cost: Rs 500 (approx) for two pax.

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Brunch spread

Kunga Restaurant 

It is a tiny budget restaurant located on Gandhi road and run by a family for over two decades. The restaurant serves Tibetian & Chinese dishes and has a seating capacity of 20 people. Generally, the restaurant is packed & you need to wait in a queue to get a seat. 

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Kunga Restaurant

Highlights: Mosty is known for its Tibetian dishes but serves Chinese too. Thupka and Momos are the specialities of the restaurant. Do try Chicken Thenthuk soup, a delicious Tibetian noodle soup. A few other items on the top list will be Beef Bhakthuk, Chicken Phing and fried beef wai-wai. The portion served here is quite large. However, in the end, you can try Tibetan tea.

Cost: Rs 400( approx) for two pax.

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Thupka

 

Penang Restaurant

Many restaurants serve Nepali Thali, but the name that pops up prominently if you ask local to a guide is Penang Restaurant, located on Laden Le road. And it’s a budget restaurant that been operational since 1972 and strictly vegetarian.

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Penang Restaurant

Highlights: The food is served on a bronze plate & bowl. The Gorkha Thali or Gorkhey food serves a full meal, like rice, lentils, assorted vegetable curry, pickles, cured, sweet & Papad. . Though the plater is the same as any other cuisine platter, the preparation, use of spices and herbs are different.

Cost: Rs 350( approx) for two pax.

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Nepalese Platter

Glenary’s

An Austrian named Pilva founded it. It is a famous bakery, & a tea room, and has a multi-cuisine restaurant on the top floor. Lately, Glenary’s has expanded with a basement bar & disco named -‘ The Buzz’.

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Glenary’s

Highlights: The bakery is something you can die for, right from jam/lemon/chocolate tarts to muffins to fruit cakes, croissants; long with loaf’s, burgers, rolls, pies and sandwiches. You can also have breakfast here, with a marvellous view of the valley & mountains. The upper section of the bakery serves continental, Chinese well as Indian cuisine. You can try snacks as well as main course main along with alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages.

Cost: ₹1,200 (approx.) for two pax with alcohol.

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Continental Food

5.Revolver restaurant 

It is a budget restaurant themed on Beatles, a unique one and not much-touted or publicized. It is located along the Gandhi road, a 10min walk from the Clock tower next to Union church. You will see a signboard showing Lavazza, & that the door to the restaurant. The menu here is not too elaborate since unique dishes are served here—all dishes prepared with cared & served piping hot. Though the city’s Naga population is considerably lower, their population’s influence on food in Darjeeling is quite notable in the town.

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Revolver Restaurant

Highlights: I tried the Naga platter for which the restaurant is famous. The platter consists of rice, dal, boiled vegetables, and pickles on the platter. However, I complimented the platter with dried bamboo shoot with chicken since fermented ones have flavours. You can also try Yahako -a local cuisine, or Khutta ka achar(pork trotters) and Pachauney(a beef preparation) if you meat lovers.

Cost: Rs 300(approx) for 2 Pax.

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Naga Platter

Margaret Deck 

It is a tea luxuriate, an initiative taken by the Goodricke Tea Pot. A beautiful colossal deck overlooking the massive field of the Margaret Trust Tea Gardens. Margert name came from Mr Cruickshank’s daughter’s name, who entirely adored these lavish tea gardens. And now Margaret’s Deck stands tall as a mute witness to the girl’s eternal love.

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Magaret Deck

Highlights: If you are a tea lover, this is the place you should visit, since muscatel tea is a speciality of this garden. It is a must-try. Also, try the continental cuisine along with the cookies, cakes, croissants, quiches, grilled fish, scones, brownies and cheesecakes.

Cost: Rs1500 (approx) for two pax.

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Breakfast

Hot Smitulating Cafe

Honestly, it did not look like a restaurant to me—instead, a tin shack located on Jawahar road that leads to HMI. But the home-like atmosphere hits you as you walk in, along with the lovely view on one side of the Cafe. It’s run by a couple, & is a vegetarian cafe.

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Hot Stimulating Cafe

Highlights: Veg Momos, Thupkas, and tea are always in high demand. Apart from this, you also get egg items like egg burger, omelette etc. Another attraction is that the Cafe serves light homemade beer too called Chaang. Millet by fermenting with yeast to prepare this drink. They do this on a small open terrace backyard.

Cost: Rs 450(approx) for 2 pax. 

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Veg Momo

Sonam’s kitchen

The tiniest eatery I have seen so far, run by a Nepali couple it’s located on Zakir Hussain road. There are only three tables, & the kitchen is famous for breakfast & dinner. The dishes are primarily vegetarian & a few egg preparation.

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Sonam’s Kitchen

Highlights: I loved the cheese toast & veggie omelette that is tried for breakfast. There is an option in pancakes & porridge that you can try, along with hash brown & sandwiches. For dinner, you can choose from soups, salads, pasta or few Nepali dishes. They also serve Tibetian tea; try it out too.

Cost: Rs 400(approx) for 2 pax.

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Breakfast at the Kitchen

Gatty’s Cafe

This is comparatively a new café on Zakir Hussain Road. A magnificent view of the mountains you can from the cafe. One section of the café is stocked with books, while another area has a music room and bar. This café remains open until late at night. It would be best if you visited the cafe once for the ambience.

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Gatty’s Cafe

Highlights: They are specialized in pork & beef dishes. Even the Italian plates & Arabic platter are good. Similarly, you can also try fried dumplings, fish or chicken cutlet, crispy chicken. However, I loved the Lasagna and Pasta.

Cost: Rs 800 (Aprrox) for two pax

Food is all about authentic taste In Darjeeling
Pasta

In other words, an alluring view with delicious delicacies by your side is your fantasy, then Darjeeling is the right fit for you!

 

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