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Restaurants in Darjeeling

Darjeeling, the Queen of Hills, the beautiful hamlet nestled in the lap of mighty Himalayas and set against the ravishing view of the peak, Kanchenjunga, is a must-visit place in India. Darjeeling has a very interesting cuisine to offer. Food is never a problem in Darjeeling as it is populated by local eateries offering the typical Darjeeling delicacies and has very multi cuisine good restaurants. Being inhabited by numerous Tibetans and Nepalese, the local eateries as well as the restaurants in Darjeeling offer many dishes common to Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine like thupka, momo, churpee and wai wai. Churpees are delicious chewing gums made out of cow's milk or yak's milk. It is a local delicacy. Momos are soft melt-in-the-mouth dumplings stuffed with vegetables or meat. Normally they are served with steaming hot watery soups. Wai wai and thupkas is a sort of thick noodles served dry or in soup, but invariably piping hot. Eating in a local eatery, taking in the serenity of the surroundings, smelling the cool fragrant air is an absolutely wonderful experience that beckons one back to the place, over and over again. These local eateries are there in every nook and corner of this serene town.

Tea is generally the preferred drink in India. More so in Darjeeling with its expansive tea gardens and the finest quality of tea produced. Tongba is a local beer that is 100% alcohol free and is very popular among the tourists. Chhang is yet another local beer available, and is made out of millets. Dining out in one of the restaurants in Darjeeling is a pleasant experience, indeed. The restaurants in Darjeeling offer a wide array of food like hot, spicy and unbelievably flavoured Indian cuisine, Chinese food, Italian delicacies and Continental dishes. Their menu ranges from regional dishes to international cuisine. Many of them also serve the local delicacies, which constitutes mainly of the Nepalese and Tibetan delicacies. Some restaurants organise live music to entertain the guests.

Some of the popular joints in Darjeeling are Glenary Restaurant, Keventers Restaurant, Dekevas Restaurant and Mayfair Hotel. Glenary Restaurant is a multi-cuisine restaurant near Chowrasta. It also has a bakery adjoined to it. Keventers Restaurant is famous for its burgers, hotdogs and sauces, provided at reasonable prices. Dekevas is on the ground floor of Dekeling hotel and is famous for its mouth-watering Tibetan Cuisine. It is famous for its wonton soup, momos, Shabalay and tsampa roasted barley served with butter, cheese and milk. The restaurant of Mayfair Hotel is most popular for its sumptuous buffet of Indian food. It also offers the continental cuisine.

Another thing to enjoy in Darjeeling is an afternoon tea with tiffin. The tiffin along with the afternoon tea in Darjeeling consists of a variety of cakes. Darjeeling tea is a mild brew, compared to strongly flavoured tea preferred in India.

Altogether, eating out in Darjeeling can be an experience varied by the eateries or restaurants the traveller prefers. The popular restaurants in Darjeeling provide good ambience as well as delectable food. The atmosphere in bustling local eateries, serving the Nepalese and Tibetan delicacies, is also a different experience. Actually, in Darjeeling, the tourist may be spoilt for choices. The Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine is a must-try in Darjeeling.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/12

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