Places to eat in Guwahati

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Assamese Thali
 

 

There is no sincere love than the love of food. The words of Bernard Shaw are timeless. One of the most unexplored cuisine in India, if any, is northeastern cuisine. Gastronomic happiness is indeed one of the most humble ways to pamper yourself.

 

And so the next time you find your good food trail, head on to the food capital of Northeast i.e. Guwahati. The city is one of the most important and first destination for all visitors to the Northeast.

 

People from other parts of India especially vegetarians have usually a grossly wrong idea regarding Northeastern cuisine. A large part of Northeastern cuisine is of course non-vegetarian but the vegetarian cuisine remains unexplored. It is common for most eating places to have a standard vegetarian thali.

 

The distinction between a vegetarian and non-vegetarian thali is very strong. Restaurant owners are invariably conscious of and respectful about vegetarians. A first time visitor can inquire and tell people about their dietary needs and requirements.

 

I now present a list of some of the best places to visit in Guwahati. Forget dieting when you come to Guwahati because the city has so much to gorge on. Happy Eating!

 

Authentic Northeast Ethnic Cuisine

 

1. Heritage Khorika: Silpukhuri. Run by an award winning and world renowned Chef.

2. Mising Kitchen: Hengarabari. The best place to experience ethnic Mising tribe food.

3. Nagameez: Goswami Service. The best Naga veg and non-veg thali.

4. Naga Kitchen: Well known for Naga cuisine and Chinese food.

5. John Kitchen: Six Mile and Beltola. Ethnic northeast, serves delicious pork preparations.

6. Parampara: Paradise Hotel, Silpukhuri.

7. Morung Restaurant: Bhangagarh. Well known for Naga, Chinese and North Indian cuisine.

8. Bhut Jholokia: Zoo Tiniali. As the name suggests, the place is named after the hottest chili in the world i.e. Bhut Jholokia. One can experience the ethnic feel of Assam here.

9. 16 Anna Bengali: One of the best outlets to experience East Bengali Cuisine.

10. Maihang: Shanti House, GS Road. It is said to be one of the best restaurants where one can experience an amazing assortment of Assamese and Northeastern ethnic cuisine.

 

Fine Dining Experience (a bit costly)

 

1. Mocha: Anil Plaza, GS Road. Menu is full of mouth-watering European cuisine.

2. Red Hot Chilli Pepper: Ganeshguri.  

3. The Socialite: Christian Basti.

4. Terra Maya: Anil Plaza, GS Road.

5. Kalita Spectrum Dine.

6. XS: Anil Plaza, Christian basti. Awesome Continental, Chinese, Italian, & Thai Food.

7. Topaz Bar and Lounge: Ulubari. High end outlet that serves quality food.

8. Gam’s Delicacy: Vegan and Gluten Free diet available. 

9. Alfresco Grand: Panbazar - Fancybazzar area. Restaurant is inside a boat floating 24x365 on Brahmaputra River, bar and disc available.

 

Indian and Western Cuisine: Cafeteria and Street Food

 

1. 11th Avenue Café Bistro: Dighaliphukuri, Uzan Bazaar. O/s English breakfast options. 

2. Food Villa: One of my favourites. Has a wonderful ambience and a great family outing space.

3. JB’s: Uzan Bazaar.  

4. Café Hendrix: Six Mile. 

5. The Yellow Chilli: The Hub, Bhangagarh.  

6. Three Guys: Zoo Tiniali.

7. Chung Fa: Zoo Tiniali.

8. Back Benchers Café: Commerce College Point, Zoo Road. Well known for its music scene and gigs. Gives space to new and budding musicians.

9. Urban Junction: Chandmari.

10. Makhan Bhog: A pocket friendly outlet serving North Indian, Chinese and fast food.

11. Patisserie Opera: A favourite place for young people, pastries are fantastic

 

Sweet Shops

 

1. Ashok Sweets: Lachit nagar, Bye Lane 7. The best rosogulla of Guwhati.

2. Poornima Sweets: Silpukhuri. One of the best rosogulla makers after Ashok Sweets.

3. Loyans: Beltola. Amongst the best bakery in town.

4. Repose: has outlets all over Guwahati. The bakery was started by an entrepreneur who comes from a very humble background and is of Assamese origin. Today it has the highest number of outlets which serves cake, sweets and fresh baked bread.

5. Misti Mukh: GS Road.

6. Govindam: Rukminigaon. It is one of the best sweet and street food shop. This place is so filled in the evening that you don’t get a place to stand. 

7. Bhartiya Jalpan: Near Railway Gate 3, SRCB Road, Fancy Bazaar.

8. Shubham Sweets: Beltola, Near Old CID Office, Basitha Road. A well known dessert and sweet parlor.

9. Tea Lovers: As a tea fanatic myself I love sipping good tea and to my mind the best shop is Trinayan Sarma Mithai in Rajgarh Road-Big Bazar Junction. One of the best handmade tea made with good amount of milk.

 

Hope you find this useful.

 

Enjoy Guwahati. Look forward to seeing you soon.

Local Market

 

 Assamese snacks

Also see

1. Brahmaputra Cruise 

2. Kamakhya Temple