“Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.”
This quote by Jonathan Safran Foer rings true for almost everyone but especially food connoisseurs. India’s cultural and geographical diversity reflects in its food, through and through. Every state and city in our country offers something unique in terms of its dishes and if that isn’t enough, we Indians are pretty excellent at creating a myriad of fusion cuisines. From north to south and east to west, you haven’t really travelled India you haven’t eaten your way through its best food destinations.
The Indian cuisine as we know it today has been created under the influence of various rulers that reigned over the country at a specified time in history. Besides this, our food is largely characterized by the range of spices that are used to flavour it. Different regions in the country have specific herbs and spices which might also be local to the region and that also makes it important that one tries local cuisines while travelling through the country.
If you are a culinary enthusiast, here is a list of food destinations in India that you just can’t miss:
7 Best Food Destinations In India
The capital of India has surely established itself as a food lovers’ paradise with its wide variety of street food, fine-dining restaurants and other eateries. When in Delhi you just cannot miss out on the renowned offerings of Chandni Chowk and Bengali Market which include some of the best Dahi Bhalle, Golgappe, Papdi Chaat and the ultra famous Daulat Ki Chaat. If you are a non-veg lover, make sure to take a trip to Karim’s, an iconic eatery at Jama Masjid. If you want to try famous dishes exuding authentic flavours in a luxurious setting, you can also choose to dine at some 5 star restaurants in Delhi.
Lucknow is renowned for its authentic Awadhi cuisine. A meat lover’s paradise, the city of Lucknow and dishes such as ‘Tunde Ke Kebab’ and ‘Idris Ki Biryani’ are synonymous with each other.
Bengal’s love affair with food is well-known across the globe and the best place to experience this is Kolkata. The City of Joy is a culmination of continental and authentic Bengali cuisine. Some of the best-known Bengali dishes include Kosha Mangsho, Macher Jhol, Rasgullas and Mishti Doi. To get a bite of the continental side of the cuisine you can head to the iconic restaurant Flury’s and also explore the many Five Star restaurants In Kolkata for a luxurious fine dining experience.
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The city of dreams has everything a food lover can hope for. From famous street food snacks such as Vada Pav and Sev Puri to a filling plate of Pav Bhaji full of dollops of butter, Mumbai does not let you down when it comes to food. While you’re there, make sure to not miss out on iconic authentic Iranian cafes such as Leopold’s and Cafe Mondegar located in the Colaba Causeway.
Located in the Spice Capital of India, Kochi is renowned for the variety of food it has to offer. From the traditional thali served on a banana leaf to snacks such as Puttu, Idiyappam and stew and beef fry and Porota, Kochi has something for everyone.
The IT hub of the country brings in some of the best South Indian restaurants and dessert places that are revered by all foodies. If you are visiting Bangalore soon, make sure you have a wholesome breakfast that comprises Rava dosa, Idlis, Sambar, and Filter Coffee. Besides South Indian cuisines, Bangalore also offers a range of global fares across its various eateries.
Since Goa is a major tourist destination that welcomes travellers from all over the world, its cuisines both local and global stands out. Some authentic Goan dishes include fish curry and rice, Vindaloo and Sorpotel which can be easily found at beach shacks. While there, make sure to explore some of the most famous restaurants including Britto’s Bar, Burger Factory, Martin’s Corner and The Fisherman’s Wharf where you can find everything ranging from seafood to oriental and continental cuisines.
You can easily take this gastronomical journey through India by visiting one place at a time and be sure to book your stay with The LaLiT to enjoy the best of hospitality, luxury and scrumptious food.