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An erstwhile 19th-century residence of a royal Nepalese family, Hotel Surya is home to Canton Royale, a charming fusion cuisine eatery serving up an array of world flavors. The restaurant features an imperial setting, complete with ivory walls and upholstered dining chairs. Menu features myriad delicacies across cuisines like continental, Chinese, Thai and Mexican. Guests can dine inside the royal palace or choose to enjoy their meal in its sprawling gardens.
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.
Varanasi Cafe and Bakery Restaurant has been a city landmark for quite some time. The bakery-restaurant is serves up authentic Indian and European preparations in a no-frills, homey setting. Be it those appetizing salads, hot soups, decadent baked eats or savory noodles, everything is cooked fresh and with the choicest of ingredients available. Nosh on their specials like salami, pastas and noodles and indulge in mellow pies and croissants for dessert.
Shri Restaurant is the rooftop dining venue of the eponymous guesthouse in the heart of the holy city. The open-air space features a rustic vibe, of wooden planks, dining booths, small lamps and a thatched roof lending it a very countryside feel. Menu features an array of Indian and European breakfast specialties, apart from light bites, pizzas, sizzlers and Chinese picks.
El Camarom De La India is a laid-back Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine restaurant located at the terrace of Assi Ghat's Ganga Paying Guest House. Menu offers an array of Spanish standards like delectable pastas, croquetas, paellas and tortillas. A must-try here is the toothsome churros served with savory chocolate sauce. El Camarom also has an interesting list of Indian beverages and decadent Spanish desserts.