Must-see restaurants in India

  • 360° – Top of the World

    To eat in what must be one of the world's smallest revolving restaurants (five small tables), you'll need to pre-book a day or two ahead. There's a ₹400…

  • Outback Bar

    Among the many little clifftop restaurants, Outback is consistently good for seafood and is always a great place for a sundowner, preferably right after…

  • King Thai

    This place serves generous portions of mainly Chinese food with some Indian accents, overlooked by Bob Marley and Marilyn Monroe murals, and there’s a bar…

  • Freedom Cafe

    The tables are scrappy and the murals a little mix-and-match but the views are some of the best of all the Vashisht traveller cafes.

  • Moonrakers

    A long-time Mamallapuram fixture with a menu leaning towards Indian and seafood. The food won't win any prizes but the three floors of tables keep busy…

  • Peace Cafe

    Simple but cosy and clean, this little vegetarian cafe is popular with Tibetans, including monks and nuns, dining on momos and various noodle soups.

  • Four Seasons Cafe

    Part-mirrored walls make this friendly orange box-restaurant look bigger than it is and you might need to squeeze in for the good pasta and Tibetan dishes.

  • Himalayan Tea Shop

    More useful as a landmark than as a place to dine, this handy spot faces Dharamkot's autorickshaw stand and is OK as a place for a cuppa or cheap snack.

  • Glory Restaurant

    This long-running family eatery features popular South and North Indian veg and nonveg dishes, including biryanis and lemon chicken.

  • Anapurna

    Cosy in all its rough simplicity, Anapurna is a basic, inexpensive place for filling local food such as rajma (bean curry).

  • Bholla Sweets & Bakery

    Down a land beside the bus stand, Bholla does tasty sweets and snacks, and has a gloomy basement restaurant serving okay food.

  • Madras Restaurant

    Offers one of the least inspiring buffets we've seen, in the Breeze Residency Hotel.

  • DTPC Food Court

    Next to a small playground, the DTPC's outdoor food court includes a New York Chicken outlet, a dosa stand and a juice bar.

  • Vasantha Bhavan

    An inexpensive vegetarian joint serving all-veg thali lunches (₹90), plus evening dosas and uttapams.

  • Jagruti Restaurant

    Opposite the bus stand, Jagruti is a wildly busy thali house. It's also not great on hygiene.

  • Snack Stall

    A small kiosk selling snacks and cold drinks inside the Western Group of temples.