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Ria Dutta Sep 30 2015

Which are some of the oldest restaurants in India?

Etti Bali Sep 30 2015
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Ready to discover the gastronomic heritage of our country? Come with us as we take you on a tour of the oldest restaurants in India! From creating legendary dishes to being icons of national unity, these restaurants have done it all!

Flurys, Kolkata

Set up as a tea-house in 1927 on the fashionable Park Street, Flurys has a European ambience and a homely vibe. The coffee shop offers a glimpse of the bygone British Raj; when homesick, sahibs and old Kolkata Schoolboys’ Club used to enjoy many a golden evening here. Dig into their velvety cakes, puddings and get some Swiss chocolates packed for home!

An assortment of Flavours! (from the official website)

Karim’s, Delhi

Tucked in a bustling corner just round the bend from Jama Masjid, Karim’s is not just a restaurant, it is a legacy. The family-owned restaurant’s lineage goes back to the Mughal Dynasty, who took their royal cooks wherever they went. Secret spices, traditional cooking methodology and the generous servings make people flock to this place.

Finger Licking Food! (by Etti Bali)

Leopold Cafe, Mumbai

Mumbai’s oldest Irani restaurant, Leopold Cafe was established in 1871. Almost revered as an institution, Leo’s (as it is fondly called) has a charm which is otherwise hard to find in a buzzing metropolis. Carrying on a legacy so rich and endearing, Leopold’s not just serves delectable food, but a hearty dose of love and memories!

Friendly Times! (by shankar s.)

Britannia & Co., Mumbai

Another gem from Mumbai’s culinary heritage, Britannia & Co. is as old as time itself! Set up in 1923 by Irani immigrants, the restaurant is reminiscent of the city that was once known as Bombay. The restaurant has retained most of its original aura, with vintage Polish furniture and a charming host in the form of Mr. Boman Kohinoor!

Alive and Kickin'! (by iranichaimumbai)

Buhari, Chennai

What started out as a small eatery in Anna Nagar, is now a restaurant chain spread all across Chennai. Established in 1951, Buhari is the birthplace of the famous Chicken 65! The restaurant has gained an iconic status in the city as being one of the earliest, post-independence era eateries in the city. A trip to Chennai would be incomplete without a visit to Buhari as it is among the oldest restaurants in India.

Legendary (from the official Facebook page)

Moti Mahal, Delhi

When K.L Gujral put a tandoor in his small eatery in Peshawar, little did he know that he had started a culinary movement that would give birth to North-West Frontier cuisine. After the partition, the restaurant--Moti Mahal--was set up in Daryaganj, where it is still serving authentic dishes. In the serpentine bylanes of Daryaganj, the qawwalis still resonate and the aroma of the tandoor fills the air!

Qawwali Session (by edmund gall)

Samco, Chennai

If you want to experience the true joys of authentic Hyderabadi cuisine in Chennai, then head over to Hotel Samco! A popular haunt with the film fraternity, the five-decade old restaurant continues to attract foodies with their quality and consistency. They are famous for parotas and their Chettinad Chicken recipe!

Biryani (from the official website)

MTR, Bengaluru

For over 9 decades, Mavalli Tiffin Room has been dishing out wholesome, South Indian comfort food to its patrons. MTR is now an international food chain, with outlets in Dubai and Singapore. The iconic restaurant is said to be associated with the invention of Rava Idli, a delicacy popular all over the country.

Tasty Delicacies (from the official website)

United Coffee House, Delhi

Set up in 1942, United Coffee House started off as an interactive cafe whose patronage included bureaucrats, politicos and artists. The restaurant has a beautiful Victorian ambience, with a chic colonial decor. The menu is an eclectic mix of Continental and Oriental delicacies, along with a tempting range of teas and coffees.

Royal Feast! (from the official Facebook page)

Glenary’s, Darjeeling

Established during the golden days of the British Raj, Glenary’s still has a quiet, disarming charm to it. The rolling hills and the sprawling tea estates coupled with Glenary's scrumptious treats is sure to make you a fan for life. Romancing the mountains over an apple pie and a steaming cup of Darjeeling tea--how’s this for a perfect break?!

Merry Time! (from the official Facebook page)

These oldest restaurants in India are icons and have set a benchmark in the Indian culinary circuit. With desi names creating waves internationally, you can proudly devour your favourite dishes without the tinge of guilt!

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