While many eateries nowadays are adding a little punch to their taste according to global cuisine, some of them are still relishing their tastes with old techniques and whipping of nostalgia to its loyal diners. You can change the world with modern facilities and new age, but you definitely can’t change the unique taste of food with modernization. Here are some of our favorite pre-Independence eateries across India.
13) Tunday Kababi, Lucknow
Located in the gullies of the old Lucknow’s Aminabad, this place is known for its exquisite tunday kebabs and perfectly cooked meat dishes. Famous for its chicken boti kebab, mutton tunday kebabs, and biryani, this is the best food joint for the non-vegetarians for the tasty and drooling menu.
Where: Khayali Ganj Naaz Cinema Road Aminabad, Lucknow.
How Much: INR 300 for two persons.
12) Indian Coffee House, Kolkata
The place is widely known for its iconic snacks, coffee, chicken sandwiches and this is the best place for college-goers and bunkers. Situated in the bylanes of College Street, Indian Coffee Joint has been an eminent place for famous people like Satyajit Ray, Rabindranath Tagore, Ravi Shankar, and many others.
Where: Bankim Chatterjee Street, College Street, Kolkata.
How Much: INR 300 for two persons.
11) Britannia and Co, Mumbai
One of the best places to visit in Mumbai to witness the Parsi cuisine. The place is well known for its Parsi fares like caramel custard sali boti, Berry pulao. The place still retains its heritage culture and the ambiance gives you the experience of the pre-independence era. This is a cult restaurant for Mumbaikars to visit frequently and the staff here serves up with a homely atmosphere.
Where: Wakefield house, 11 sports Road, 16 Ballard Estate, Fort Mumbai.
How Much: INR 1000 for two persons.
10) MTR, Bangalore
Mavalli Tiffin Room also known as MTR in Bengaluru was founded by param Palliative Yajnanarayana Maiya and his brothers in 1924, by serving coffee and idlis, MTR grew to become the best of Udupi experience for the variety of foods from its coastline. MTR stands for its high-class hygiene and cleanliness. It’s famously known for its filtered coffee masala idli and badam halwa.
Where: 16, Lalbagh Road, Mavalli Basavanagudi, Bangalore.
How Much: INR 250 for two persons.
9) Leopold’s cafe, Mumbai
Leopold is one of the iconic cafes situated in the Colaba Causeway, Mumbai known for its bustling crowd and the old charm of Bombay. The cafe is one of the oldest restaurants started by Iranians and known for its yummy burgers and the ideal desserts.
Where: Olympia Coffee House, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway, Mumbai.
How Much: INR 2000 for two persons.
8) Delhi Misthan Bhandar, Shillong
Located in the bustling streets of downtown police Bazar in Shillong. Delhi Misthan Bhandar is famous for its sweets and savories and especially the hot yum Jalebis which satisfies the foodie’s soul.
Where: Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya.
How much: INR 300 for two persons.
7) Glenary’s, Darjeeling
The hills and mountains of Darjeeling is a must-visit destination spot for the tourists. One cannot miss the famous cinnamon buns, apple pies, and the meat pies in the quaint restaurant cum bakery of Glennary’s. The bakery has a vintage rooftop setting with the city’s amazing views. The bakery is known for its high breakfast parties and the live music performance at nights which one shouldn’t miss.
Where: Nehru Road, Chowk Bazar Darjeeling.
How Much: INR 1200 for two persons.
6) Karim’s, Delhi
Located in the bustling streets of Chandni chowk with a panoramic view of beautiful Jama Masjid, Karim’s is one of the oldest restaurants, situated in the heart of old Delhi, known for its lip-smacking juicy mutton kebabs and tempting spicy mutton nihari. The eatery is famous among the locals and visitors of Delhi. One can experience a rich cultural heritage and food from the times of Mughal food like mutton korma, biryani, and many others.
Where: Vikas Marg, Sagar Complex, New Rajdhani Enclave, Preet Vihar, New Delhi.
How Much: INR 800 for two persons.
5) Rayar’s Mess, Chennai
Located in the cramped nook of Arundale Street of Chennai’s Mylapore, it’s one of the oldest South Indian Eateries. Rayar’s mess is known for its filtered coffee at INR 30 which is super refreshing and the masala idli to varieties of Dosas at just INR 50. The mess offers scrumptious thali of South Indian Cuisine which is best known for its taste and hygiene. One shouldn’t miss eating in Rayars Mess while exploring Namma Chennai.
Where: 31, Arundale St, Madhava Perumal Puram, Mylapore, Chennai.
How much: INR 200 for two persons.
4) United Coffee House, Delhi
Located in the Connaught place, United Coffee House is one of the oldest restaurants in Delhi. The coffee households an important place in the heart of Delhiites. The place offers a variety of extensive menus and is loved by all the food lovers. The place offers a colonial ambiance and pre-independence era vibes. And the butter chicken and dal makhani of the house is one of the most popular dishes in Delhi.
Where: E-15, Rajiv Chowk, Block E, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi.
How Much: INR 2500 for two persons.
3) Sri Sagar, Bengaluru
Sri Sagar or CTR is famously known for its Malleshwaram Iconic Filter Kaapi and Scrumptious Masala dosa. The place is the heart for the food fanatics, because of its light fluffy idli and the wide ranges of chutneys, for masala dosa, Rava idli, and the kara Pongal with oil-free vada, shouldn’t be missed at any cost.
Where: 7th Cross Margosa Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.
How Much: INR 150 for two persons.
2) Bademiya, Mumbai
Bademiya was started by Mohamed Yusuf in the pre-independence era as a small stall, which in the past years turned into the oldest restaurants. One can find Bademiya’ s at the heart of Colaba, Mumbai. It is famously known for its Succulent Spicy Kebabs to Delicious Mutton Biryani. One can enjoy their food with a pleasant atmosphere in the food joint.
Where: Tulloch Road, Apollo Bunder Colaba, Mumbai.
How Much: INR 900 for two persons.
1) Kesar Da Dhaba, Amritsar
Kesar da Dhaba was established in 1916 and it completed 100 years of serving scrumptious meals of authentic Punjabi food with loads of ghee and the buttery dal makhani to the creamy palak paneer and sinfully phirni to the creamy lassi is definitely to indulge for while you visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The ambiance around the Dhaba might not be luxurious, but one cannot miss the tasty drooling meals, the Dhaba offers.
Where: Chowk Passian, near Telephone Exchange, Amritsar.
How Much: INR 500 for two persons.
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