What to eat in Kasauli? 5 Food Joints that you CANNOT Miss

I was writing a comment on Facebook to make suggestions to my friend Ashwani Kohli for his upcoming trip to Kasauli.  Given the kind of experience I had on my ride and overnight stay in the small hill-town I was not able to resist and keep my words limited for a Facebook comment. I thought making a blog post out of it and sharing some pictures would put this information to better use in long term for me and my friends.

The hotels would start from 2k, the cheapest I managed to find was for Rs.900 and that too was a dump (Hotel Aanchal I guess) . That said Google for HPTDC property there, they never disappoint.

Outside seating area at Roscommons and HPTDC Hotel

In the HPTDC hotel itself they have a restaurant called The Roscommon, which is very nice, ask them to put tables out in the sun and they would serve you there as well, even as walk in customers. A lunch is recommended for sure (Chicken Anardana I had, loved it. Local HP Specialty).

Chicken Anardana, listed as local speciality at Roscommon

 

Chicken Anardana with Roti

 

Roscommon’s Menu from outside

And there is this bakery/grocery (Daily Needs it is called I guess) store near the hotel itself, which is quite legendary for its ham and salami sandwiches. Do check that out, personally when I was there, the owner seemed a bit arrogant and that did not help my appetite along with the fact that I had an amazing breakfast sometime back at the Tannu ki Dukaan.

Narinder Sweet House or Tannu Ki Dukaan in Lower Bazaar – Dig into those hot Gulab Jamuns for dessert, Khushwant Singh says they are the best in the world, and I am still struggling to find a fault to his statement.. 😛 – And that is not all, they are L-E-G-E-N-D-A-R-Y for their Bun Samosa, part of the Kasauli folklore.

Tannu ki Dukaan
Tikki Chhole at Tannu ki Dukaan

 

Tikkis being made

 

The Legendary Bun Samosa

 

Khushwant Singh’s favorite Gulab Jamun

 

Gulab Jamun

 

Inside of a Samosa

Sher-e-Punjab Dhaba in Lower bazaar – Rustic, Super Simple, Ek Dum Desi... a place where you just want to order Chicken Curry and Tandoori Roti on a cold winter night after few drinks. Trust me, there are not much left like them.

Shere Punjab Dhaba
Chicken Curry

 

Inside Shere-e-Punjab Dhaba

And then further down on the lower bazaar street there is this small Chai Ki Dukaan on the left hand side, its a stand alone shop. Uske Pakode bahut hi shaandaar hai. Father and son duo, takes 15 minutes to make a round and make only 1kg per round. So its usual to wait for 15 or 30 minutes to get your share. But that goes very well with the laid-back pace of Kasauli and gives you an opportunity to sip couple of cups of chai while sitting on the street-side looking at the valley and letting the life drift by like a cloud.

Aloo Pyaaz ke pakode on the roadside. Done to perfection.
Christ Church Kasauli

 

An evening in Kasauli

PS : While you are there, do search for Solan No.1, a blended malt whiskey which I last managed to find at the local booze shop in Kasauli itself. Connoisseurs say its amongst the best they have ever tasted, and me..? I don’t have much taste in booze but really enjoyed the quart I bought for myself. The reason you should look for it there : because it is made there.

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