Best restaurants in Northeast States

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Guwahati

    Paradise

    The lunch thalis (₹280 to ₹525) at Paradise are archetypal Assamese spreads, bringing together a wide range of local culinary flavours on one platter. Try the subtly flavoured fish tenga (sour curry) and you’re bound to become a fan for life. There are veg and nonveg thali varieties, with the menu helpfully listing all the items they include. It's a neat, spacious dining room, with framed prints and smart, red-jacketed waiters.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Assam

    Chouka

    In a well-spaced dining room off MG Rd, Chouka's menu is full of bamboo shoots, banana flowers, elephant apple, mustard greens, poultry in sesame-seed sauce, fish in tenga (sour) curry and items steamed in banana leaves. You'll be hard-pressed to find better Assamese cooking anywhere. The thalis, available for lunch and dinner, are superb samplers of owner-chef Dhruva Saikia's talent.

  • Restaurants in Arunachal Pradesh

    Tawang Food Court

    Happily this is not a food court, but a relaxed gathering place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy wine (from ₹80 a glass), whisky or rum alongside tasty preparations like momos (Tibetan dumplings), egg bhujia (scrambled with onion, chilli and tomato), Bhutanese dazhi preparations or a 'Monpa thali', which is actually a good cheese-and-vegie dish served with rice.

  • Restaurants in Assam

    Moti Mahal Delux

    Hotel Rajawas boasts the polished Moti Mahal restaurant, popular with the town's gastronomes and serving superb North Indian food, including staples such as chicken tikka masala and palak paneer (unfermented cheese chunks in a pureed spinach gravy), as well as several makhani specialities (made with butter) including dhal makhani, paneer makhani and butter chicken.

  • Restaurants in Guwahati

    Tandoor

    Inside the stately Dynasty hotel, this stylish upscale restaurant has delicious North Indian dishes, including excellent tandoori items, biryanis and plenty of vegetarian choices. Meals are served by waiters in Mughal uniforms as Indian musicians play softly in the background. There's a good long drinks menu, including cocktails, mocktails and international beers, wines and spirits.

  • Restaurants in Central Arunachal Pradesh

    Sela Restaurant

    Nepali-run Sela is the valley's best standalone restaurant, with satisfying fried rice, momos (Tibetan dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), chow mein, omelettes and egg bhujia (eggs scrambled with chilli, onion and tomato) in a good clean environment. Head to the upstairs section, which is brighter and more spacious than downstairs. It's opposite the parking garage on MG Rd.

  • Restaurants in Assam

    Spring Valley

    This incredibly busy and popular cafeteria serves hot, tasty snacks and mini meals throughout the day – the puris (puffed-up deep-fried flatbreads) are simply scrumptious. The bakery section has a decent range of muffins, sweets, bread and pastries (including 'corn flake cake'). The 4th-floor vegetarian restaurant serves a more substantial lunch and dinner thali for ₹90.

  • Restaurants in Nagaland

    Cafe Samsara

    This hotel restaurant is one of Kohima’s most popular, with clientele relaxing on sofas and tucking into Indian, Continental or Chinese fare. Part of the attraction is that they also serve beer, wine, whisky and vodka. There's a good music soundtrack throughout the day, and a fireplace for cold winter nights. It's up on a hillside 4km south of the centre (₹150 by taxi).

  • Restaurants in Shillong

    Dylan's Cafe

    An ample 1st-floor space with couches, bean bags and terrace tables looking out on the leafy surrounds, Dylan's serves good coffee and juices, breakfasts from waffles to full English, and light eats like quesadillas and potato wedges. It has an eclectic clientele and pays tribute to Bob Dylan in both decor and soundtrack. The cafe also hosts acoustic and open-mic nights.

  • Restaurants in Arunachal Pradesh

    Fire & Ice

    Sporting tasteful woodwork and smart purple-and-turquoise upholstery, this hotel restaurant serves well-prepared Indian and Chinese fare and vies for the title of Itanagar's prime fine-dining spot. On our last visit, the staff understood almost no English; however, the hotel reception can always help you order. It doubles as a lounge bar in the evenings (beer from ₹150).

  • Restaurants in Assam

    Maihang

    Fried duck, fish in semi-sour tenga sauce, pork with bamboo shoots, stir-fried banana hearts and mustard greens – there's a full range of Assamese delights at this 12-table roadside restaurant. The traditional Assamese platter (a thali) brings you a sampler of six or eight tasty items for less than ₹200. It's 450m east of Kohora's central crossroads.

  • Restaurants in Shillong

    Trattoria

    There's no better way to sample local Khasi flavours than by dropping in for lunch at this busy place. Jadoh (sticky rice stewed in pig blood) and curried pig innards are favourites here, but for the best variety try the immensely popular lunch platter (₹170). An adjacent stall sells packs of exotic pickles, squashes and condiments.

  • Restaurants in Guwahati

    Nagameez

    There are various cuisines here, including Tibetan, Chinese and biryanis, but what really stands out is the Naga tribal food. It's available as good-value thalis, which include chicken, pork or fish with bamboo shoots, and special chutneys including one made with fish. There's often rice beer too. It's opposite Goswami Petrol Pump.

  • Restaurants in Arunachal Pradesh

    Taste of Tawang

    A spacious, clean upstairs dining room with chequered tablecloths and big windows overlooking the main street, Taste of Tawang is a good place to enjoy Tibetan favourites like momos (dumplings), thukpa and thenthuk (types of noodle soup). They do plenty of Indian and Chinese fare too.

  • Restaurants in Shillong

    City Hut Dhaba

    City Hut's smart, efficient waiters serve generous portions of varied Indian, Chinese and barbecue dishes in four clean and agreeable rooms, including a family-only room and an attractive, flower-decked straw pavilion. The quality of food is commendable and the place sees plenty of locals.

  • Restaurants in Assam

    Majuli Cycle Cafe

    A spacious, relaxed hangout on the main road in Garamur that rents out good B'Twin mountain bikes for ₹200 per day (₹150 for groups of four or more). It also prepares biryanis, pakoras, grilled sandwiches, chips, curries, fried rice, noodles, simple breakfasts and good coffee.

  • Restaurants in Nagaland

    Ozone Cafe

    This central cafe has a sprawling gymnasium-style dining area, where all types of Kohima citizens come to catch up over a variety of dishes including momos (Tibetan dumplings), fried rice, burgers, chocolate brownies and drinks such as blueberry green tea or milkshakes.

  • Restaurants in Nagaland

    Symphony Café

    A symphony in black and white with sofas and glass-topped tables, this fashionable central hangout whips up tasty Chinese food and grilled sandwiches, milkshakes and coffee. The latter is not particularly strong, but the ambience is lovely.

  • Restaurants in Mizoram

    Zamzo

    Hotel Floria's cheerful restaurant does good Continental fare (steaks, spaghetti carbonara, chocolate brownies) and Thai curries as well as Mizo and North Indian dishes, all in a bright, spacious environment with tribal-weave table cloths.

  • Restaurants in Guwahati

    Majulir Asanj

    This reliable restaurant, about 200m off MRD Rd, specialises in the food of Majuli Island. Go for fish steamed in banana leaf or an Assamese thali (available with duck, chicken, or vegetarian). You'll find it opposite All India Radio.