Found at the Food Floor of the ritzy Redisson Blu Hotel, The Great Kabab Factory welcomes gourmands to devour delectable grilled fare in a warm, inviting setting. One of the city's most loved restaurants serving up those toothsome kebabs, the eatery offers an extensive menu featuring traditional Indian delicacies. Choose to savor their specialty kebabs or contemporary preparations with a classic twist.
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.
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.
Lemon Grass Fine Dine & Lounge Bar offers a laid-back ambiance to devour authentic Chinese and Indian delicacies. The charming dining area features striking interiors and accents, complete with plush dining booths and dim lights. Menu includes an exhaustive list of Chinese standards and traditional Indian preparations, along with some interesting continental eats. Wash down those appetizing portions with their amazing selection of cocktails, mocktails and other beverages.
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.
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.
Perched at the ground level of the ritzy Hotel Hindustan International, Atrium Cafe invites gourmands to savor a range of cuisines like Indian, Continental and Chinese. The restaurant offers extensive la carte and buffet menus and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Floor-to-ceiling windows pour in a lot of sunlight inside, thus creating an inviting milieu for all its guests. Grab a table and ask for day specials or choose to go with dependable options from its elaborate menu.
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.