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May 15, 2023

Best restaurants and local cuisine you should try in Darjeeling

The gorgeous hill station of Darjeeling is more than just breathtaking Himalayan vistas, lush green forests, and distinct Darjeeling tea. With its root dating back to the history of the colonial era, Darjeeling is a potpourri of different cultures that makes the place significant and unique; attracting visitors from all over the globe. This culturally-rich city has a diverse influence of British, Chinese, Nepalese, Tibetan, and other cultural impacts in their cuisine to offer you a flavor-bursting experience blended in various cultural flavors. If you are a foodie and love experimenting with various flavors of cuisine, then Darjeeling is a must-visit to treat your taste buds with some lip-smacking cuisines exclusive to Darjeeling. 

Whether you are a healthy eater or a fast food junkie, Darjeeling has every food for every mood, and here is a comprehensive list of food you must try when in Darjeeling:

Kwati: A traditional Gorkha cuisine, Kwati is basically a mixed soup made of 9 different sprouted beans. Various spices are also added to enhance the taste and flavor of this dish, which is highly nutritious and delicious vegetarian food. High in proteins, Kwati is a Nepalese dish, consumed particularly during the festival of Gun Punhi. You can try this dish at budget restaurants on Gandhi and Nehru Road. 

Aaloo Achar: This is a must-try cuisine in Darjeeling, as the taste of aaloo seasoned in achar doubles the taste of the dish. The dish is made of boiled potatoes finely diced into pieces to catch up with the enriching flavors. The main ingredients that spice up the aaloo achar are onions, radishes, and cucumbers sautéed in a paste of local chilies, mustard seeds, and sesame and fenugreek seeds. The spicy and tangy aaloo achar is hard to resist.

Sel Roti: This exclusive Darjeeling bread looks very similar to doughnuts and is mildly sweet ring bread. Sel Roti is mainly prepared during local festivities like Dashain and Tihar. Sel roti is primarily made during these festivities in Darjeeling and Sikkim. You can taste the best Sel roti at Fiesta Restaurant in Darjeeling.

Tibetan Thukpa: A traditional Tibetan food, the popularity of thukpa has crossed the border of Darjeeling and reached metro cities like Bangalore, Kolkata, and Delhi for its lip-smacking taste and flavor. Thukpa is basically a soupy noodle served with stewed meat and vegetables and garnished with chopped spring onions and coriander. The best place to try authentic thukpa in Darjeeling is at Batasia restaurant, a unit of Anutri Hill Resort. This multi-cuisine restaurant in Darjeeling offers a variety of delicious and flavorsome cuisines and even Jain food to make your stay at Anutri Hill Resort worth satisfying and stress-free.

Aaloo Tama: An interesting and highly flavorful potato curry and fermented bamboo shoots. The potatoes are sautéed in hot oil followed by adding spices. In the final stage, tomatoes, garlic, and lemon are added to enhance the taste of this dish. Try this flavor-bursting aaloo tama when in Darjeeling. There are many budget restaurants in the city to give this dish a try.

Want to get indulged in the unfiltered flavors of delicious Darjeeling cuisine? Instead of wandering for the best restaurants in the city, book your stay at Anutri Hill Resort and try delectable Darjeeling cuisines at Batasia Restaurant, our in-house multi-cuisine food joint. Book your stay today and get indulged in scrumptious treats blended with our royal treatment.