Hello food-loving buddies ! My apologies for having delayed writing this post by almost 2 months (better late than never though). This was meant to be a continuation of my Mussoorie Diaries series, about which you can read here and here for part II.
So my trip to the beautiful hill station perched at 6000 feet was planned in the midst of chilly winters and songs of the thrushes, making food experiences all the more memorable and satiating. Here is the list of places I loved and would strongly recommend all you future travelers to stop by ! PS: I could not try traditional Garhwali cuisine at Jabharkhet due to paucity of time, let me know if any of you have been there before 🙂
1) Doma’s Inn, Landour
Claim to Fame: Shares its boundary wall with my beloved author – Ruskin Bond’s home ! Yes, I did have my little “Room on the Roof , Rusty” moment, even though Mr. Bond was out of town that time..
Location: Ivy Cottage, Rajmandi,Landour (please prefer to walk up from Picture Palace end to build a good appetite for a delish brunch! ). The inn also provides accommodation facilities facing the beautiful Himalayan views. For more, visit Doma’s Inn official site.
It is vibrant, colorful and yet the most peaceful of all eateries . Have an eyeful of beautiful Thangka paintings before you plunge into savoring some authentic Tibetan cuisine. We loved and slurped the Thukpa, enjoyed the fluffy Tingmo bread with spicy Chicken Shaptak. A special mention for their chilli red sauce, it redefines the word “hot”!
2) Chaar Dukaan, Landour
Unwinding at this iconic hot-spot after a soulful climb amidst the deodars, pines and spruces is a must for all nature aficionados ! Catch a glimpse of St. Paul’s Church , the place where tiger-man Jim Corbett’s parents got married. More info available here.
The four shops are famous for their pancakes, flavorful teas and quick bites, and of course breathtaking views. It was about to rain when we reached here, so good-old veggie Maggi with lemon-orange ginger tea at Tip Top shop provided us much delight to brave the chilly winds.
3) Mussoorie Sweet Shop
Location: Heart of Mall Road
Have been a visitor to this landmark sweet shop since 1997 ! And I assure you guys that their “garam doodh” in kulhad is sheer divinity. Do ask for an extra dollop of malai “cream”, the guy will smilingly oblige. Gajar halwa and dry fruit samosas are other must-tries here.
4) Lovely Omlette Center
Ask mountain loving Dilliwalahs , they too will swear by this place – it is THAT famous. The gentleman ( and owner) who makes those delicious cheesy omlettes wrapped with bread ensures a warm “namaste” each time one passes by, and we let that happen 6 times in the short 3 day visit of ours ! It was our go-to early morning grub spot. And totally worth it. Time check : 7.30 am – 7 pm
5) Cafe De Tavern, Picture Palace end
For all those people looking for some good English brunches, bars and dinners, this is their destination in Mussoorie. Very elegant and old-world charm decor, smiling staff add to the glamor. Most importantly, all the dishes here are named after iconic personalities, schools and tourist spots – Picture this : Ruskin Bond’s Fish and Chips, Cloud’s End Lamb burger ! I was ecstatic to find my school also making it to the coveted list “Oak Grove Fried Chicken Burger” ! No prizes for guessing what all we ordered 😀
Really enjoyed all their preparations. Visit their page here.
6) My Shop
Well, the democratic name actually is “My Shop”, no pun intended ! Provides the quintessential North Indian dhaba dose – kebabs, kormas and rolls. Never mind the excess dash of butter, for it does allow us to fight bravely the 2 degrees cold winter night 🙂
Personal favorites: Kali Mirch Tikka and Shahi Chicken Korma. Also, there is crazy rush and waiting queues for this place after 8, so try to grab a seat for an early dinner.
7) The Rice Bowl – Amitash
Another old-is-gold gem and one of the oldest existing restaurants of Mussoorie, running since a time much before its glamorous competitors like Kalsang came up. This is the reason why we skipped Kalsang, but you guys can try it too . Heard it is immensely popular among the young crowds.
We arrived at an odd 4 pm for lunch, but the owner happily let us in and opened the kitchens after I told him how I used to come here 20 years ago 🙂 And yes, the noodles, fried rice, Thukpas and Chilli Garlic Pork were still top-notch as they used to be back then. Tibetan prayer flags and wind chimes provided a soothing, musical ambience while we relished our meal. Check out their page here.
The list doesn’t really end here. There is Cafe Ivy League & Rokeby Manor for continental cuisines, Green Restaurant for the pure vegans and many other hidden treasures. Chik Chocolate deserves a special mention for its wonderful shakes. Stopping by the mallside road for boiled eggs and pepper or fresh apple juices is yet another experience. To cut the long story short, my list of places should just be the beginning contours for you to make your own list of awesome places to eat in Mussoorie 🙂 Bon Appetit in the lap of nature and hills !
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