Popular Eateries in ChandigarhWe had spent our graduation years in the charming colonial army influenced town of Chandigarh. The food in our mess was so bad that we used to spend a large chunk of time (and almost all our money) in looking for great places to fill our bellies. Thus began our food affair with Chandigarh and let me tell you; Chandigarh is indeed a foodies delight. I am going to share some of my favorite eateries in Chandigarh and the reason they are still ranging in my memories.
Italian Bites at FornosFornos in Sector 35C will transport you straight to the Mezzanine Square in Italy. The décor, lighting, ambience and food and even the get up of the waiters is so Italian that you will feel that are actually visiting Italy. Begin your meal with a plate of Turkish Kebabs which will be charred till the perfect degree. Then order Bolognese Lasagna along with Fattore Pasta and Pita Wraps; all of which are made up of fresh cheese, locally made Pasta and Italian herbs. If you still have some space in your belly then munch on their thin crust olive and cheese Pizzas.
Peri-Peri at NandosThe Nandos restaurant chain is actually very famous with its branches in Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai etc. For those of you who have not tasted the fiery Pari Pari sauce of Nandos you have actually missed a lot in life. The fierce yet rib ticking yummy sauce is presented in 4 large bottles at each table for every diner to indulge. Try out their rolls, wraps, jumbo burgers, and steak as almost everything is good. However the full chicken dish is the best dish in Nandos and you must try it out.
Grilled chick peas, cilantro, spicy rice and the distinctive Portuguese flavor makes Nandos so special…
Mediterranean Food in Barbeque NationIf you are a hardcore non-vegetarian then a visit to Barbeque Nation is a must. Enjoy the experience of having a live grill installed at your table and enjoy the option of having your food grilled there and then. The menu is changed daily so there are fresh gastronomic surprises all the time.
This is a restaurant where everything on the menu is delicious (you have to believe me as I have indeed sampled everything); Barbeque Nation is conveniently located in Sector 26 of Chandigarh.
A Dip into Sagar RatnaIf you are a vegetarian your top choice in Chandigarh should be the .super affordable yet super delicious Sagar Ratna. Crispy/Buttery/ Cheesy Dosa and hot fluffy idli accompanied by creamy coconut chutney and spicy sambar. The very thought is enough to make the mouth water. The Dahi Vada, Upma and Medu Vada here is simply delicious. The best thing about this place is that you can eat all you want and still run up a very modest bill.
We spent most of food starved limited budget college days in Sagar Ratna; sampling Southie cuisine in the typical North Indian environment. Sagar Ratna lies in the heart of sector 17 market of Chandigarh.
Sizzling Food in Copper ChimneyCopper Chimney is the place to go to if you are in a mixed group comprising of both vegetarians and non vegetarians. It’s a guarantee that all of you will come back burping with delight. For non vegetarians butter chicken, mutton biryani, egg masala are perfect while veggies can try out malai kofta, kadhai paneer and pudina parantha.
This is hearty Punjabi food and quite spicy with the typical masaledar twist…Just head off to sector 26 in Chandigarh to reach the famous Copper Chimney Restaurant.
History Beckons at Indian Coffee HouseA typical 70’s ambience, liveried waiters and pictures of famous intellectuals, writers and political luminaries of India make Indian Coffee House more than just a Coffee joint. If all this seems amazing to you then experience history with your own eyes as you step into Indian Coffee House. Be warned as the menu is quite limited but the regulars here swear to the consistent quality and distinct British colonial twist to the food. Idli/ fish fry and filter coffee will stun you by their richness and aroma. The napkins here are quite quirky with their colonial design and I remember I used to zap them by the dozen.
Rich Food at Hot MillionsHot Millions is a simple none descript eatery in the heart of sector 17 markets. It’s also the most frequented eatery by college students and teenagers and locals jam pack this place every evening. The Cheese Nan with Gravy and the crispy Veggie Burger is good enough to die for….The best thing about this place is that you can get your order delivered right inside the air conditioned comfort of your car by tipping the waiter 10 bucks.
With just 200 bucks in your pocket, you can enjoy a super delicious meal at Hot Millions in Chandigarh.
Breakfast at Backpackers CaféBackpackers Café is the most sophisticated (and expensive) breakfast joint in Chandigarh. However they serve the most amazing hash browns and pancakes along with 20 different types of omlettes. There are pictures of Marylin Monroe, Beatle and Rolling Stones on the walls with the entire place having been done up in the quirky chic style. The Backpacker’s Café is rumored to serve the best Coffee in Chandigarh.
Address: SCF 16, Sector 9 D, Chandigarh
Phone: 0172 6541459
Hours: Open 8:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Desserts at Sindhi Sweets and Gopal SweetsChandigarh as you know is primarily a North Indian town. If you want to sample local chaat, dahi bhalla, spicy samosa then head off to famous Sindhi Sweets in Sector 17 market. Delicious ice cream, yummy milk shakes and hot gulab jamuns make this place a heaven for foodies who love simple homely Indian food. Non Vegetarians beware …this is a Sindhi joint so don’t expect Non Veg snacks.
Gopals serves excellent mid budget vegetarian lunches and dinner in typical Indian cuisine. The paratha and Kashmiri pulao there are super yummy. Take your family there to enjoy a peaceful delightful meal.
Now its time to know about the best hangout places that me and my friends used to visit with the full gang.
Address: Sco 459-460, Sector 35-C, Chandigarh, 160022
Phone: 098557 00093
Hours: Open 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Ruby’s Bar and GrillThis is located in Dillon Complex, Chandigarh. This restaurant offers a wide range of American food which you can enjoy for dinner. This restaurant is famous for American, Indian and European cuisine. Customers visiting this restaurant are highly satisfied. This restaurant is open throughout the day although this is famous for its dinner menus.
Address: Shop No. 8, 1st Floor, Fun Republic Dhillon Complex, Mani Majra, Chandigarh
Peddler’s PubThis is located is sector 35, Chandigarh. This is one of the most famous bars of Chandigarh. This is probably the only bar of Chandigarh that will offer you with English flavors and probably this is the only reason for this pub being so famous. This is a favorite spot for the young crowd. This pub has special arrangement for live music each night. The food that is served in this pub is cheap but of great taste.
They offer both vegetarian and non vegetarian food. They also have a home delivery system. The pub is open daily from 11 am to 1 pm.
Address: Hotel Heritage, SCO 467 & 468, Sector 35 C, Chandigarh
Phone: 0172 3962191
Hours Open 11 AM to 1 AM
30:60 BarThis is another famous bar in the industrial area of Chandigarh. This bar offers north Indian menus. They offer an exotic range of drinks and the food delivered is of great taste. This bar is open from 11 am to 1 pm. Although this bar is open during day people generally prefer visiting this during night.
Address: The Fern Residency, 28/8, Phase 2, Chandigarh Industrial Area, Chandigarh
Phone: 0172 5043333
Hours: Open 1 AM to 11 PM
Ghazal Restaurant and BarThis restaurant is famous for its ambiance and hence it is considered to be a high class restaurant. The ambiance inside the restaurant is very good compared to other places. They offer amazing tasty dishes. This bar offers a wide variety of both beer and wine.
Draught beer is an attraction of this place. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. This restaurant has a separate section for kids and adults. There is a kids zone for kids and a bar section for adults.
Address: S.C.O. 89-90-91, Sector 17C, Chandigarh, 160017
Phone:0172 270 4448
Hours: Open 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Ten TownsThis Mediterranean restaurant is situated in Sector 26, Chandigarh. This restaurant serves food from ten Mediterranean areas and hence the name satisfies. They offer awesome dishes. The soft music that plays in the background of this restaurant provides a pleasant atmosphere to this place. This ambience is makes it a suitable place for you to enjoy your meal and drinks.
Address: SCo-18, Madhya Marg, Sector 26, Chandigarh, 160019
Phone:0172 501 4600
Hours: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm