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Nirmala Restaurant is the rooftop restaurant of the Ganga Fuji Home guest house in Varanasi's ghats area. Offering 360 degree views of the holy river, the boats, the ghats below, beautiful outlines of minarets, bruised buildings and erstwhile palaces, one can simultaneously indulge in an array of Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Italian and Continental delicacies here. Walk down any of the streets of the Old City and you are sure to be confronted by the following signage painted brightly upon the walls 'Free Concert every evening Indian Classical Music & Dance at 7:30pm'. Call for details.
Serving Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Continental cuisines, the highlight of the place is the free Indian classical concert every night. Also known as Nirmala Restaurant, this restaurant inside Ganga Fuji Home is a popular destination of foreign tourists. With classy interiors and a warm friendly service, the restaurant has a good fan following. The food at Ganga Fuji Restaurant is reasonably priced and tasty. Major pilgrim spots like Kashi Viswanath Temple, Manikarnika Ghat and Dasashwamedh Ghat are at walking distance.
Dolphin Restaurant might look like one of the many roof top restaurants around the ghats of the Ganga, but once stepped in you will realize it is the only one as their tag line says. Amazing views of the river make this place surreal and the cuisine match up to the expectations. The menu is an assortment of different flavors and varied tastes. Friendly and prompt service add to the overall experience at this one-of-a-kind restaurant. Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, dining here with the cool breeze will stay in memory for long. Closely located is the Dasashwamedh Road, which is a good bet for some ethnic shopping, or the very famous Kashi Golden Temple, to experience the Indian religious fervor.
Apex Restaurant is the in-house restaurant of Varanasi's charming waterfront, budget hotel - Hotel Alka. Like most others, it serves only vegetarian dishes but no one's complaining. The chefs dish out an assortment of typically North Indian fare as well as Chinese and some Continental dishes. Recommended is the dal khichdi with curd and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Apex has shaded areas as well as alfresco areas but the seating space by the edge offers diners superb birds eye views of the ghats and people going about their daily routine. A good idea would be to catch a meal here on a full moon night - nothing quite compares to surreal sight of silver moonshine gleaming upon the dark waters of the Ganges.
Perched on the rooftop of Sita Guest House, Ganga View Roof Top Restaurant offers a breezy ambiance to relish Indian and Chinese specialties. With those soothing waters of the Ganges gushing down in the background, diners soak in some picturesque views of the city horizons. The no-frills dining booths and friendly service create a convivial mood to enjoy hearty meals and arresting vistas.
The Pizzeria Vatika Cafe deserves all of the acclaim it receives - this place truly dishes out the best Italian cuisine offered in all of Varanasi, and the standards haven't dropped since its inception in 1993. Wood-fired pizzas, focacia, cheesy lasgnas and even Chinese and Indian dishes await you at this cafe ensconced in leafy foliage where obliging waiters attend to you with rapt attention. For dessert, try their much-loved apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream and cinnamon! Pretty views of the river and a chance to catch up with other backpackers is yet another reason why Vatika emerges a winner.