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eastWEST is located in the famous Radisson Hotel. As the name suggests, his restaurant offers some of the most authentic Eastern and Western cuisines. It also provides a friendly service and a convivial atmosphere. They open at 6.30 am for breakfast, at 12 noon for lunch and at 7:00 pm for dinner. The dishes served are either buffet style or á la carte. It has a lot of space and can seat around 116 guests at a time. They have an open kitchen where you can see fire-wood for baking fresh Italian pizzas. This restaurant is indeed a delight and offers a fine dining experience.
Within close proximity of Dasashwamedh Road and the ghats lies the Phulwari Restaurant and Sami Cafe, a little haven which offers diners a cozy respite from the abrasive crowds of the city. Acclaimed for its interesting menu, expect to find a lineup of Mediterranean delicacies such as falafel, as well as the usual Italian suspects- pasta, lasagna and others. Their shady garden is a fine spot to catch up with travelers and exchange notes.
The Brown Bread Bakery has plunged abysmally in terms of hygiene, ambiance and service, ever since the original German owner Michael left after differences with his Indian partner. Drawn in by previous glowing reviews in popular backpacker guides, unsuspecting budget travelers and backpackers still arrive here only to be greeted by a musty odor, mice scurrying hurriedly between cushions and lethargic service. Make sure you ask the waiter if you are likely to get what is included in a set meal; the chefs often replace non-vegetarian items for vegetarian ones, for example mushrooms replace meat. The menu rattles on about various N.G.O's supported by this cafe as well as the freshest meat being flown in from Delhi. For what it's worth, the prices are inflated but then again, to each his own. Go for yourself and check it out - and maybe later head to the newer Brown Bread Bakery on the other side of the road for an unbiased comparison. The old Brown Bread Bakery is a perfect example of how change in management can make or break a business.
i:ba Cafe Restaurant is a slice of Japan in Varanasi in every respect. With a wonderful decor that stands out from the rest of the eateries, one can expect a slew of authentically prepared Japanese dishes served to perfection. Prices are not too high and the service is friendly. The only downside is its distance from the main Dasashwamedh Road however if you happen to be living around Assi Ghat, i:ba is not too far.
Run by the amiable Mohammed Ainbosi from Jordan, Hayat Mediterranean enjoys its location by the peaceful Assi Ghat, attracting backpackers and foreigners who've made the city their home. With a relaxed lounge-style seating accentuated by cushions and lighting, one can indulge in their flavored sheeshas while sipping on authentic Middle Eastern drinks. The prices aren't too bad either so stop by for a taste of Jordan in Varanasi, if you ever need a change of palate. Italian and Indian dishes are also served up by the über talented chef!