Restaurants

Top Choice Indian in Varanasi

Darbangha

Seriously some of the best Indian food we've ever had. The palak chaman (paneer in spinach and spices) is heaven in your mouth and the aloo chaat is a gourmet-street-food revelation. There's also a good list of cont…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Varanasi

Brown Bread Bakery

This restaurant's fabulous menu includes more than 40 varieties of European-quality cheese and more than 30 types of bread, cookies and cakes – along with excellent pastas, sandwiches, pizzas and more. Sit downstair…
Top Choice North Indian in Agra

Esphahan

There are only two sittings each evening at Agra's finest restaurant (6.30pm and 9.30pm), so booking a table is essential. The exquisite menu is chock-full of unique delicacies and rarely seen regional heritage dish…
Top Choice Mughlai in Lucknow

Oudhyana

If you want to savor the flavours of the Nawabs performing at their culinary best, look no further than Oudhyana, where Chef Nagendra Singh gives Lucknow's famous Awadh cuisine its royal due at this signature restau…
Top Choice Dhaba in Agra

Mama Chicken

This superstar dhaba is a must: duelling veg and nonveg glorified street stalls employing 24 cooks during the rush, each of whom is handling outdoor tandoors or other traditional cookware. They whip up outrageously …
Top Choice Modern Indian in Agra

Pinch of Spice

This modern North Indian superstar is the best spot outside five-star hotels to indulge yourself in rich curries and succulent tandoori kebabs. The murg boti masala (chicken tikka swimming in a rich and spicy countr…
Top Choice North Indian in Lucknow

Tunday Kababi

This is the cleaner, more hospitable outlet of Lucknow's renowned, 100-year-old, impossible-to-find kebab shop in Chowk, where buffalo-beef kebabs go for ₹5! Here the prices are higher, but the boys put on a quite a…
Top Choice Cafe in Varanasi

Open Hand

This shoes-off cafe-cum–gift shop serves real espresso and French-press coffee alongside breakfast platters featuring pancakes, omelettes and muesli. There's also a range of salads, sandwiches, pastas and baked good…
Top Choice Mughlai in Allahabad

Eat On

This standing-room-only food shack does four things, and does them astonishingly cheap and well: mouth-watering shami kebabs (minced mutton with black lentils and spices), perfectly spiced chicken biryani, roasted c…
Bakery in Varanasi

Bhumi French Bakers

This casual cafe creates some of the best pastries in Varanasi, and what might be the best chocolate croissants in all of India.