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…
Indian in Varanasi

Canton Royale

Housed in a nearly 200-year-old heritage building, Hotel Surya’s excellent main restaurant has a colonial elegance; on warm evenings you can eat on the large lawn. It's one of Varanasi's best top-end choices, offeri…
South Indian in Agra


Fabulously tasty and religiously clean, Dasaprakash whips up consistently great South Indian vegetarian food, including spectacular thalis (₹230 to ₹330), dosas and a few token Continental dishes. The ice-cream dess…
South Indian in Agra


The Vibhav Nagar branch of this perennial South Indian upscale staple ups the ante with a North Indian tandoor. You get the pure veg love of other Dasaprakash branches, plus North Indian options such as veg tandoori…
Korean in Varanasi

Bona Cafe

This cosy restaurant does everything well, but you really want to come here for the quality Korean food. Tasty full meals, such as jabchaebab (glass-noodle stir-fry), include soup and kimchi. Sit on floor cushions, …
Indian in Mathura

Status Restaurant

At the Hotel Brijwasi Royal, this well-staffed place serves up some tasty Indian veg plates, and is deservedly popular. Go for the tandoori platter.
Indian in Varanasi

Keshari Restaurant

Known as much for excellent cuisine as for surly service, this atmospheric spot (carved-wood panelling dons the walls and ceilings) has been famously at it for nearly a half-century. Indians pack in here for high-qu…
Indian in Lucknow

Moti Mahal Restaurant

If Mughlai meat country has got you down, seek refuge in this popular veg hideaway on MG Rd. It's perfect for breakfast (with great poori sabji – deep-fried bread rounds served with potato curry) or lunch. Come even…
South Indian in Varanasi

Dosa Cafe

This easy-to-miss three-table cafe woos travellers with Chef Ranjana's out-of-the-box South Indian preparations – chocolate idli (fermented rice cake); dosa with ratatouille, spinach or fruit – and won us over with …
Indian in Varanasi

Dolphin Restaurant

The atmosphere trumps the food at Dolphin – the rooftop restaurant at Rashmi Guest House – which is perched high above Man Mandir Ghat, but it's still a fine place for an evening meal. The breezy balcony is the most…