A Vegetarian’s Guide to Chandigarh
It is true that the natives of this region are by and large non vegetarian. In spite of that, the city has quite a few pure vegetarian restaurants. In addition, all big hotels and restaurants in this city serve sumptuous vegetarian dishes along with different non vegetarian fares. For example, Kababs Villa at Hotel City Heart Residency offers excellent vegetarian menu along with non vegetarian items. Let us start with a peek into it.
Kababs Villa in Sector 22 BKababs Villa mainly follows North Indian and Chinese cuisine. An open air grill is its main attraction. Depending upon the menu chosen, it can be quite expensive. However, the restaurant also offer discounts on certain occasions and under such discounts a meal for two may cost as little as Rs. 299 on weekdays and 349 on weekends. To learn about such deals, it is best to follow them on Face Book and Twitter.
Now what do they offer for Rs. 299 or for Rs. 349? The meal starts with two fresh lime soda or cold drinks and vegetarian starters. The main course is accompanied by rice and or chapatti. The meal ends with gulab jamun or ice cream. For the main course, they offer various items such as Kadhai Paneer, Paneer Labadar, Mushroom Methi Malai, Palak Makai etc. Not really bad for Rs. 299; is it?
Punjab Express in Sector 44 and Sector 8
Punjabi Express on the other hand is a pure vegetarian restaurant that provides delicious vegetarian meals at bargain price. They offer special vegetarian thali meals for 2 to 4 persons at a throw away price. The thali includes items like Dal Makhmali, Chaap Roganjosh, Paneer Makhani, Veg Biryani, Butter Naan/Paratha, Salad and finallydesers such as Rabri Malai Kheer. Moreover, like true Punjabi cuisine, they also offer a glass of lassi to wash them down.
The USP of this restaurant is that, everything from spices to yoghurt is made in-house. Moreover, they use fresh vegetable to prepare innovative Punjabi dishes. Clever use of Soya is also another of ther specialty. Afghani malai chaap, chaap roganjosh, makhani chaap, dum ki biryani, variety of paranthas, naan, kulchas are their specialty. Incidentally, their dum biriyani is cooked without oil. One should also try their Pizza paranthas; they are simply superb.
Sanklap in Sector 26
Sanklap is a South Indian restaurant serving vegetarian food and therefore, if you are in mood for a dosa or a plate full of idli, you may head for it. Their Military Dosa and Chilly Mushroom Dosa are truly delicious. Moreover, they also make 4 ft long Dosa, which is something to look for. However, it will be wrong to assume that the restaurant have confined it only to that. They actually specialize in Malayali cuisine and also offer thali meal at a reasonable rate.
The restaurant is also good in innovation. Their Paneer Dosa, Dahi Vada, Cheese Pulao, Malabari Paneer, Chettinad Kurma, Keerai Paneer, Nilgiri Kurma have been recommended by many experts. Moreover, the interior décor of the restaurant is pleasant, the staffs are amicable and the service is prompt.
Sagar Ratna Restaurant Chain
Sagar Ratna is a chain of restaurant located in Sector 17, Sector 9 and sector 35. They also offer authentic South Indian food. The ambience is good and right for a family get together. Their Idli Vada and Rawa Idli are indeed very delicious. Moreover, few restaurants in North India offer such an authentic sambar. Their rasam too is also very good. Therefore, if you are looking for authentic South Indian dishes in a North Indian city Sagar Ratna is the place to go.
Sindhi Sweets in Sector 37D and Sector 17C
Sindhi Sweets provides authentic Sindhi meals slightly modified to suit modern taste. Although they first came into limelight because of their Sindhi sweets today they have become a full fledged restaurant. Many people go there to gorge on their dosas, aloo puris, chana batoras, pau bhajis, Chinese sizzlers, Raj Kachauri Chats etc. Moreover they also provide thali meals on request. You can choose from Sindhi Thali, Punjabi Kadi and special Jain Thali. Among their popular sweets are Anjeer Barfi, Kaju Dry Fruit Barfi, Khajoor Barfi, Kalakand, Ras Malai, Gajar Ka Hlawa etc.
Rajdhani Thali Restaurant in Ellante Mall
If you are looking for Gujarati or Rajasthani food in amicable atmosphere head for Phase I Industrial Area. However, unlike most other thali restaurants, it does not repeat the same menu every day. It has 72 different menus made up of astounding numbers of Gujarati and Rajasthani delicacies and they keep rotating that round the year. Consequently even if you go there every day, you will find different dishes on the menu card. However, Dal Baati, Gatte ka Sabzi, Chokha ni Kheer, Mohal Thal are some of its popular items.
Mehhfil Family Restaurant and Bar in Sector 17
It is a great place to be in after a hard day’s work or even during holidays. With gazals playing in the background, it offers great scope for unwinding. As the name suggests, it is a family restaurant that also has a bar and therefore, the environment is friendly to kids.
To be quite honest, it is impossible to provide a through list of Vegetarian restaurant in Chandigarh. There are so many of them. There are Chokhi Dhani in Panchkula, Bhoj Vegerian Restaurant in sector 22, Khalsha Vaishno Dhaba in Sector 59, Katani Vaishno Dhaba in Phase 3B, Shree Rathnam Sector 35, Soya Express in Phase 5, Anaaj, Simply Veg in Industrial Area Phase 1, Hariyali Dhaba in sector 34 etc. Therefore, if you are a vegetarian in Chandigarh, do not worry. There are lots of places to eat out.
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