Nepalese cuisine is one of the most loved cuisines across the world because of its uncomplicated flavours. From tasty munchies to hearty curries to lip-smacking sides and more, the cuisine screams only comfort. If you’re not familiar with this cuisine, then check out these four places in Gangtok for a happy and filling experience.
Thakali, facing the snow-clad mountains, has been winning hearts since its inception. Warm ambience, authentic food, friendly service – Thakali has it all. Their thalis are the best-sellers; you can try Sungur Khutta (pork trotters) Thali (Rs 250), Mutton (Rs 280) or Beef Thali (Rs 240). We also love their Jhol Momos (Rs 180 onwards). However, if you’re in the mood for appetisers only, then go for the Samay Baji Set (Rs 290) – Chicken Choila, Mutton Bhootan, Chicken Kachila, Bara-Newari Moong Dal Pancake, Moola Ko Achaar, Aloo Sandheko, Cheura, Batmas Fry, and Lassun Ka Achaar. Pair it with a chilled beer or a glass of red wine.
Where: New Market, MG Road, Vishal Gaon
Timings: 11.30 AM – 10.00 PM
Meal for two: Rs 1800 ++ (with alcohol)
Cosy and beautiful, Nimtho is a popular spot among both locals and tourists alike. Mushroom Sandheko (Rs 160), Buff Choila (Rs 250), Mutton Karchi Maarchi (Rs 280), Veg Achar Momo (Rs 120), Aloo Tareko (Rs 100), and Sel Roti (Rs 60) are some of the crowd-pleasers. The highlight here is the afternoon snack platter – Nepali Khaja – chicken, pork, buff (Rs 280) – Tarok Aloo, Gundruk, Chewra, Bhatmas Sandheko, Fried Egg, Tama Bodi, and Mula Ko Achaar. They also have a full-fledged bar well-stacked with the finest spirits.
Where: New Market, MG Marg
Timings: 11.30 AM – 12.00 AM
Meal for two: Rs 1700 ++ (with alcohol)
With flowy white curtains and sun rays streaming through the large glass windows, Absolute Demazong is a great place for a lazy weekend lunch. Go there for Aloo Til Ko Achaar (Rs 100), Pork Sekuwa (Rs 230), Veg Nepali Platter (Rs 250), and the showstopper – Nepali Set Meal (Rs 510) – Teen Pani Rice, Kalo Daal, Chicken/Mutton/Pork Curry, Seasonal Veggies, and Gundruk Ko Achaar. Love cocktails? Pair your food with Bulls Eye (Rs 200) or Hot Toddy (Rs 240). Don’t forget to pre-book your table!
Where: Hungry Jack Plaza, Above HDFC Bank, NH 10A
Timings: 10.30 AM – 10.00 PM
Meal for two: Rs 1000 ++ (with alcohol)
Hamro Bhansa Ghar
Bright and vibrant in red, the ambience at Hamro Bhansa Ghar is inviting. There’re planters placed on each table and the space is well-lit with natural light. Try their special Thakali Thali (Rs 200 onwards), available in chicken, fish, mutton, and veg, and served on a bronze plate. Other best-selling items include Mutton Sekuwa (Rs 320), Bhatmash (Rs70), Chicken Gizat (Rs 150), and Aloo Saadheko (Rs 150). They also have a full-fledged bar, in case you’re in a mood to get tipsy.
Where: Tibet Road, Arithang
Timings: 10.30 AM – 8.00 PM
Meal for two: Rs 700 ++ (with alcohol)
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