As much as it is well known for its culture, music and
bhangra, Punjabi cuisine too is popular world over. The holy land of Amritsar
is undoubtedly the best place to dip into the delicious Punjabi flavours. A
walk through its colourful and vibrant streets would take you to some of the
best restaurants, dhabas and lassi shops which are nestled amidst the bazaars.
From kulcha to lassi to jalebi to amritsari fish, the city is a gastronomical
delight, making it tough for the food lovers to choose from a wide range of
dishes offered at the numerous eateries in the city. It is not without a reason
that Amritsar is often referred as the food capital of Punjab. Here is a list
of must visit places in Amritsar to satiate the taste buds of the ever hungry
Kulwant Singh Kulchian Wale:
Located on a narrow street near the Golden temple, the place
offers one of the best Kulchas (flat bread) in the city. With a huge dollop of
butter and chole (white chickpeas) to go with it, the Kulchas are absolutely
mouth watering. An ideal place for breakfast and lunch, they offer a range of Kulchas
such as Alu Kulcha, Gobi Kulcha, Paneer Kulcha and a few more.
Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, a visit to the
Gurdasram Jalebiwala would be a sheer delight. While jalebis are crispy, the
gulab jamuns are yum and are sure to leave you with a sweet tooth if you don’t
have one as yet. Made from pure ghee, these are the only two dishes that are
prepared at this popular sweet shop. This
is located near Jallianwala bagh and Golden temple.
Kesar Da Dhaba:
When you are extremely hungry after strolling through the
lanes and attractions of Amritsar, do head to Kesar Da Dhaba. Located in the
old part of the city, the dhaba is quite a popular place and has been running
for more than 100 years. Do not underestimate the place due to its location in
a narrow alley. Kesar Da Dhaba serves awesome vegetarian fare
and is known for its rich delicious thalis and desserts.
Gian Di Lassi:
This iconic place located near Hathi gate offers one of the
best Lassis (sweet yogurt) in Amritsar. A sweet drink, Lassi can be had anytime
during the day and most people in Amritsar begin their day with a glass
of Lassi. Gian Di Lassi offers large glasses of Lassi topped with sufficient
amount of malai (cream). One has to literally scoop and have the lassi rather
than drink it.
Quite a popular place on GT Road and not far from Golden
temple, Brothers Dhaba serves a variety of North Indian dishes apart from South
Indian cuisine. Though the restaurant is
popular for Sarson ka Saag and Makke di Roti, their Kulchas,
Bhaturas and Paranthas are also well recommended.
Beera Chicken House:
For meat lovers, Beera Chicken house on Majitha road is
the place to relish some chicken dishes. The place is a favourite with chicken
lovers and their specialties such as Tandoori chicken, and Roasted chicken are lip
smacking delicious. These can be had with Nans or as an entrée. The fish fry
too is well recommended.
While we have all heard and had Kulfi, Kulfa is a dessert
which you might not have got your hands on if you haven’t been to Amritsar. A blend
of Rabri, Falooda, Kulfi, Phirni, cream and lot more, Kulfa is a delightful mix
of many desserts. A-One Kulfa, a small store on Queens’s road call themselves
an expert in Kulfa and they are undoubtedly right. The dessert is delicious and
quite filling that one could easily have a plate or two as a meal.
Giani Tea Stall:
Fairly big for a tea stall, the place is popular for its tea,
masala tea and pakoras. They definitely serve one of the best masala chai in
Amritsar. Located on Cooper road, the stall has been functional for more than
Guru Ka Langar:
When in Amritsar it is recommended to have langar at least
once at the Golden temple. Free food is provided to everyone throughout the day
which are prepared and served by volunteers. Though it is a simple one with roti, dal
and a sweet, the meal is unlimited and is followed by a glass of tea. The
experience of having a meal from the world’s largest free kitchen is definitely a memorable one.
Amritsar does have quite a lot of eateries and few more of
the popular ones are Kanha sweets, Makhan da Dhaba and Ahuja’s milk bhandar.