From Himachali Thalis To Mutton Momos, Here Are The Best Places To Eat In Dalhousie

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6th Sep 2018
Photo of From Himachali Thalis To Mutton Momos, Here Are The Best Places To Eat In Dalhousie by Adete Dahiya

I recently wrote about my trip to Dalhousie with my mom and my boyfriend. You can read the whole thing here. But in this post, I want to talk about the food in Dalhousie. I spoke to a number of people regarding this before taking the trip but somehow everyone came up short when I asked for suggestions of good places to eat in Dalhousie. As a result, by the time I reached, I wasn't expecting a very fulfilling culinary experience, which for me is a big part of any travel experience.

However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a number of eateries serving really good quality food. But before I share a list of all the places I went to, there are a few things that need to be kept in mind:

---> The eateries here are not very big on non-vegetarian food. The ones that do serve non veg, more often than not, have mutton as the meat of choice rather than chicken.

---> A number of eateries don't run at full capacity during the off-season. You will most definitely find better food during the tourist season.

---> The variety in terms of cuisine is limited and there's a strong Punjabi influence on the food. You will find a number of places serving Punjabi food.

Now that that's cleared up, here's a list of all the places I ate at and liked:

Photo of Himachali Kitchen - Best Food, Local food, Street Food, Vegetarian food, Food Delivery in Dalhousie, Subhash Chowk Road, Moti Tiba, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Adete Dahiya
Photo of Himachali Kitchen - Best Food, Local food, Street Food, Vegetarian food, Food Delivery in Dalhousie, Subhash Chowk Road, Moti Tiba, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Adete Dahiya

This in my opinion was the best place I ate at during the trip. It is a small, traditional restaurant located in Moti Tiba and is best known for serving authentic Himachali food. This is also the only place I found, which serves traditional Himachali food in the area. The menu is limited but the dishes are fragrant, flavourful, and prepared fresh to order. There are some items on the menu which are seasonal and you will not find throughout the year.

Cost: ₹600 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Himachali, North Indian

Standout dishes: Non-veg Himachali thali, mutton rara, rajma meethe chawal, chashni

Timings and location: 8am to 11pm; Subhash Chowk Road

Contact: 94180 10531

Monga's Cafe

Photo of From Himachali Thalis To Mutton Momos, Here Are The Best Places To Eat In Dalhousie by Adete Dahiya

Moving on from traditional Himachali to continental-cafe food, we have Monga's Cafe located on the Mall Road. This beautifully decorated but quaint eatery is Dalhousie's answer to the cafe culture that is so prominent in other hill-stations of the state.

With a rose wallpaper, wooden furniture and a small seating area, the ambience is perfect for sitting with a book over a cup of coffee. But coffee isn't the only thing you get here. You will find a varied menu with pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and even sizzlers.

Cost: ₹500 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Multi cuisine, cafe food

Standout dishes: White sauce chicken pasta, chilli chicken, club sandwich, hot coffee

Timings and location: 10am to 10pm; The Mall, Dalhousie

Contact: 94185 77777

Cafe Dalhousie is perhaps one of the oldest cafes in town. A tiny places located just below Hotel Dalhousie, it is perfect for the budget-friendly traveller. It serves everything from scrambled eggs and coffee to dosas and Chinese items. It is best known for breakfast and lunch.

The interiors give off a vibe similar to the Indian Coffee Houses you will in a number of cities with its wooden furniture that has been painted green and a menu displayed on a blackboard just outside the door. It goes without saying that the service is great during peak season, but during off-season it is definitely a little slow.

Cost: ₹300 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Multi cuisine, cafe food

Standout dishes: Masala dosa, mini pizza, spring rolls, veg sandwich, hot coffee

Timings and location: 9.3oam to 9.30pm; The Mall, Dalhousie

Photo of JK Clarks Exotica, Moti Tiba, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Adete Dahiya

From cafes we now move to fine dining. The JK Clarks Exotica's in-house restaurant is a great place for a family lunch or a romantic dinner date. The five-star property has a great multi-cuisine menu that can cater to everyone's tastes. The price is of course a little on the steeper side, but the taste and preparation of the food more than makes up for it. Keep one meal aside for this place and go here when you feel like splurging and indulging.

Cost: ₹900 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Multi cuisine, cafe food

Standout dishes: Mutton adraki, chicken biryani, shahi tukda

Timings and location: 9.3oam to 11.30pm; Church Ballon Road

This is an oldie but a goldie. When you enter Kwality, it's like you have stepped back in time. It still maintains the charm of a 90s fine-dining place complete with sofas, ambient lighting and old servers in uniforms. It is extremely popular among the locals who usually come here with their families. Dinner time is usually when it sees most of the action.

Cost: ₹500 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: North Indian, Chinese

Standout dishes: Dal makhani, Himachali chicken curry, chicken jal frezi, chholey bhature

Timings and location: 9.3oam to 10.30pm; Gandhi chowk

Kalatop Tourist Rest-house Canteen

Photo of From Himachali Thalis To Mutton Momos, Here Are The Best Places To Eat In Dalhousie by Adete Dahiya

No trip to the hills is complete without the quintessential maggi and chai combo. And what better place to have that than at the top of a hill, in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary. The Kalatop Tourist Rest House is a beautifully built place in the middle of a jungle. And their canteen is just what you'd hope for – a quaint, cozy place overlooking the hills, serving piping hot food fresh out of the kitchen. If you're in the mood for something more indulgent, go for their pakoras.

Cost: ₹150 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Finger food

Standout dishes: Vegetable maggi, ginger tea, pakoras.

Timings and location: 9.3oam to 10.30pm; Gandhi chowk

Roadside tea-stall opposite Balun Dwar

Photo of From Himachali Thalis To Mutton Momos, Here Are The Best Places To Eat In Dalhousie by Adete Dahiya

I want to end this article by mentioning this gem of a place. A small tea-stall located on the Dalhousie-Chamba road, inside Balun Cantt, right opposite the military gate which is called Balun Dwar. It is so small that you can easily drive by and miss it. But you shouldn't. After spending three days without finding a place to satisfy our need for momos and thukpa, we chanced upon this eatery. And they had the best mutton soup and mutton momos. But keep in mind that these delicacies are prepared during the afternoon and are only available in the evening.

Cost: ₹200 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Chinese

Standout dishes: Mutton soup, mutton momos, veg haka noodles

Timings and location: 9am to 8.30pm; Gandhi chowk

Did I miss out on any hidden gems in Dalhousie? Let me know in the comments, I would love to visit those on my next trip. You an also share your experience on Tripoto with millions of readers.

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