One of the wonderful things about Kashmir is the cuisine here. It is very different from what you would have come to expect in other parts of India, especially the North. Kashmiris use more meat and delicate flavours such as saffron in their cooking. If you’re thinking about what to eat in Kashmir, then do remember that their famed Wazwan meals are simply unmissable. You simply must try some of the local delicacies such as Gushtaba, Rista and Tabakmaaz. There are vegetarian dishes like the Dum Aloo, Nadir Yakhni and Haak which are a hit with the vegetarian travellers.
The restaurants here are very affordable and you will experience this even at some of the famous restaurants in Kashmir. You will be able to eat a delicious, hearty meal and not bust your wallet. While the local opinion remains divided as to the best restaurant in Kashmir, no matter where you eat, you will emerge feeling satisfied.
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Being the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar has several restaurants that will cater to your tastes. Some of the famous restaurants in Kashmir include the Mughal Darbar in Residency Road to Café de Linz, the options are many where you can enjoy some authentic Kashmiri fare.
If you’re craving pizza, then Lacima café and pizzeria in Gole Market are the places to go. For some tasty Chinese head to Lhasa which serves authentic Chinese and Tibetan food. For vegetarian food, and a version of vegetarian wazwan, do try out Niramish which serves excellent Indian cuisine.
In Gulmarg, you can easily work up an appetite as you wander around the snow-covered vales and hills. Of the famous restaurants in Kashmir, Highland Park Restaurant with its elegant and traditional décor or Cloves with its authentic Kashmiri delicacies come to mind. Other places to enjoy tasty food in a homely atmosphere include Bakshi Restaurant and Nedous Dining Room.
Pahalgam is known for its tasty street food although there are several noteworthy restaurants here as well. Dana Pani is well known for its vegetarian food and its dal tadka is especially popular. Nathu’s Rasoi brings simple homely and tasty fare while The Trout Beat offers fresh seafood in a cosy cottage-like ambience where you can enjoy Trout, which is the local specialty. For some authentic Kashmiri cuisine, try Hotel Paradise where you can dig into the famed Wazwan.
Leh’s stark geography is certainly inspiring for the imagination. If you come here for a trip, you won’t go hungry because there are several restaurants here like The Tibetan Kitchen, a small eatery in Fort Road or Chopsticks Noodle Bar. For vegetarians, Lamayuru Restaurant is a good option.