Varanasi, the city of mysticism and rich culture has some really good restaurants dotting the city.
Here are some well known places that you can try out, while there:
1. Brown Bread Bakery
Brown Bread Bakery has a beautiful menu which comprises of 40 varieties of European quality cheese and many different types of bread, cookies and cakes. One can get splendid views from the rooftop patio and there are live classical-music performances in the evenings, making this place a must-visit.
5/127 Tripura Bhairavi
Telephone: +91 9838888823
More information: www.brownbreadbakery.com
Opening hours: 7am-10pm
2. Keshari Restaurant
Keshari Restaurant is known for their excellent cuisine and service and has a pleasing atmosphere.
Indians pack in here for high-quality vegetarian food. There are dishes on offer from all over India (41 paneer curries alone). Do try the Paneer Kadai, the in-house delicacy.
Do not confuse this place with another restaurant Keshari Ruchiker Byanjan around the corner on Dashashwamedh Road.
Varuna Restaunrant has one of UP’s most innovative and offbeat dishes on its menu. Try the New Zealand lamb chops doused with masala, spiritual veg thalis (Rs.800) and stone-ground mustard-marinated prawns, one of their unique dishes. A venture of Taj group, you will find decent service and live sitar and tabla performances every evening.
Raja Bazaar Rd, Gateway Hotel Ganges
12.30-2.45pm & 7.30-11pm
Canton Royale is in a 200-year old building, and has a colonial past. It is one of Varanasi’s top restaurants and is a value for money. They offer many different types of cuisines, from Mexican and Thai to Chinese and Continental.
However, do try their awesome Indian Thali (Cost Rs.280).
Hotel Surya, 20/51A The Mall
5. Madhur Milan Café
Madhur Milan Café is a popular local eatery and they mostly serve South Indian dishes.
Thalis start from Rs.60. The place is packed during breakfast and their poori sabji set breakfast is quite popular.
15/81 Dashashwamedh Rd
6. Ayyar’s Café
Ayyar’s Café is an excellent place to relish yummy dishes like the South Indian masala dosa (Rs.30) and Mysore dosa (Rs 70).
They also have excellent filtered coffee. Its hidden away at the end of a very short gully (alley) signed ‘New Keshari Readymade’ off Dashashwamedh Road.