Amritsar, Punjab is a traveler’s delight. There’s plenty to see, lots to do and loads to eat! My husband’s family has their ancestral haveli in Amritsar, giving us an excuse to visit this historic city often. Over the years we’ve identified our favourite spots, and return to them tirelessly. This is a three-part series on Amritsar. The first post was on must-see places- click here to read. The second one was on Places to Shop- click here to read. This post is dedicated to my favourite Places to Eat.
All set to binge on some yummy food!!
Amritsar is a haven for foodies. With a wide variety of dishes sold at reasonable prices, one really can’t go wrong! Here’s a round-up of my favourites as well as some other popular joints.
Makhan Fish and Chicken Corner (Non-Veg NV):
Ambarsariyas may not have access to any large water body, but they sure know their fried fish! Amritsari fish is so popular, it often finds mention in Delhi restaurant and catering menus. The best fish I’ve had in Amritsar is from Makhan Fish Corner. The place also serves delicious tandoori (roasted) chicken and other non-vegetarian delicacies, but the fish hits a home run. Have it with tandoori roti or butter naan.
Address: 21A near Madaan Hospital Makhan Chowk, Majitha Road
Timings: 10:30 a.m.- 11:50 p.m.
Amritsari fish from Makhan Fish & Chicken Corner
Beera Chicken (NV):
Looking for the best tandoori chicken in Punjab? It’s served here! Cooked to perfection, each bite is delectable.
Address: Majitha Road, Sehaj Avenue
Timings: 12:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Tandoori chicken from Beera da Chicken. Picture courtesy- http://www.tripadvisor.in
Surjit Food Plaza (NV):
Surjit Dhaba (as it’s locally referred to) is the one-stop shop for all things non-vegetarian. They have a decent sit-down space and an extensive menu with plenty of options for vegetarians as well. I’d highly recommend their mutton tikka, which literally melts in the mouth!
Address: No. 3-4, Ground Floor Shopping Complex, Lawrence Road, Joshi Colony
Timings: 11:00 a.m.- 11:30 p.m.
Dinner from Surjit Dhaba- from L-R: Tandoori roti, aloo ghobi ki sabzi, dal makhani, Afghani chicken and mutton tikka
Kulchas from Maqbool Road (Vegetarian V):
A tiny stall on Maqbool road sells world-famous Amritsari kulchas. Due to their popularity, they often run out by 2 p.m. Buy them early and enjoy them as a filling brunch with the chanas (chickpeas), chutney (spicy sauce) and yoghurt that accompanies them. There isn’t much seating available here, so be prepared.
Address: Just ask for the kulcha shop on Maqbool road
Timings: First half of the day or till the kulchas run out!
Amritsari kulchas from Maqbool Road served with chanas and chutney
Kanha Sweets (V):
My personal favourite, this diminutive space in a back lane is famous for its aloo-puri (liquid-y potatoes served with fluffy soft bread). Unlimited amounts of slightly sweet aloo (potatoes) and savoury chanas (chickpeas) are the perfect accompaniment to the fluffy, delicious puris (bread). It’s a quick yet satisfying meal. The sweet lassi full of malai is the icing on top.
Address: Dayanand Nagar
Timings: 9:30 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Aloo-Puri and chanas served at Kanha Sweets
Durga Ice Cream (V):
Located near Surjit Food Plaza, the fruit cream served here is the best dessert to complete your meal. A bowl of fruit topped with dollops of cream and sugar- one can’t go wrong with their order here!
Address: 598, Lawrence Road
Timings: 10:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Durga fruit cream. Picture courtesy- http://www.talkingstreet.in
Giani Di Lassi (V):
Any visit to Amritsar is incomplete without enjoying a big glass of lassi. Slightly watered down yoghurt is served with a huge serving of full-fat cream and lots of sugar. Giani is known to serve the best lassi in town. Ahuja lassi is another popular option.
Address: Giani- opposite Regent cinema, Katra Sher Singh (Gargar Mal Road)
Address: Ahuja- B. K. Dutt gate, Dhab Khatikan,
Timings: Giani- 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Timings: Ahuja- 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Giani di lassi
Kesar Da Dhaba (V):
I must confess I haven’t visited this Amritsari vegetarian joint in years, but people swear by its delicious dal makhani.
Address: Chowk Passian, near Telephone Exchange
Timings: 12:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.
Thali at Kesar da Dhaba. Picture courtesy- http://www.amritsar.biz
This popular eatery was divided in two when the owner brothers fought with each other. Over the years, they’ve both managed to make a name for themselves in the vegetarian food sector. Conveniently located near the Golden Temple, you should head here for a quick and tasty lunch.
Address: Near Town Hall
Timings: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Food at Brothers Dhaba. Picture courtesy: http://www.zomato.in
Crystal restaurant is an iconic landmark in Amritsar. I’ve never tried the food, but their softy ice-creams were a real treat when we visited as children.
Address: Crystal Chowk, Queen’s Road, near Maharaja Ranjit Singh Nagar, Company Bagh
Timings: 11:00 a.m.- 11:30 p.m.
Softy ice-cream at Crystal Restaurant. Picture courtesy- http://www.tripadvisor.in
Our most recent trip to Amritsar was to celebrate my son’s second birthday. After plenty of research, we ordered a cake from this bakery, and were pleased with the result. Soft and delicious, it matched up to the best chocolate cakes I’ve had. If you place your order in advance, they gladly customize the cakes for you in any shape and size.
Address: 30, Circular Road, near Gurdwara
Timings: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Birthday cake from Blues Bakers
This completes my round-up of Amritsar. Follow my blog for more travel updates!
City food rating: 5/5