While returning from Mussorie, if you start feeling hungry at lunch time and wish to indulge yourself, head for Hotel Godawari at Roorkee (75 kms from Dehradun), 5th Mile stone, Haridwar – Delhi Highway 9NH 58). Once inside the hotel, walking into the restaurant managed by Haripurna Caterers. It is past the lobby, up a few steps.
The restaurant is neat and clean, the food sumptuous and the ambience great. Presence of a washroom is an added bonus.
Favorite Dish: Mughlai dishes.
If its authentic Tibetan food you are after whilst at Mussoorie, head straight for ‘The Rice Bowl’ in the Mall. Also called the ‘Amitash Restaurant’, it is located on the first floor of a building which shares space with ‘Café Coffee Day’ and ‘Domino’s’. Owned by Ms. Yangchen T. Lhatsang, it serves the most lip-smacking of Tibetan fare. The restaurant has been with the Lhatsang family since 1982. However, from December 1st week to March 1st week, the restaurant remains closed.
The dining space can hold approximately 30 guests at a time, with a few tables tucked away in an adjoining room next to the cash counter. The highly polished large pebbles that make up the wall add colour to the place. The waiters are knowledgeable, polite and unobtrusive. The owner herself is an ideal hostess who can advise you on the various types of Tibetan food.
Take a table near the window overlooking the Mall below. From your vantage point, you can take photographs to your heart’s content with nobody being the wiser. The food, the ambience, the location – all are perfect for that perfect meal and for that perfect holiday.
Favorite Dish: Chinese Food
‘Ivy Cottage’ is a misnomer. It is no cottage in the traditional sense. Almost like a fortress, it stands guard over entire Landour. Its steep approach completes the picture of a lone sentinel. It however, houses ‘Domas Inn’, which again is a misnomer, as it is actually a hotel-cum-restaurant with a dormitory and a few rooms thrown in.
Serving Tibetan fare, this place is an oasis of tranquillity from the hustle and bustle of the town below. The thukpa and the momos are delicious and the green tea invigorating. The balcony allows a clear view of the valley below but there is ample space inside also. A convenient washroom completes the picture. With wi-fi connectivity, you can laze here enjoying the scenery whilst catching up with your loved ones over cyberspace.
Favorite Dish: Thukpa
Whenever you feel your legs are about to give way while at the Mall in Mussoorie, limp into Nirula’s at Kulri. It’s located conveniently in the middle of the Mall near to other eating joints like Dominos and the Rice Bowl.
What makes it more appealing is not just the location but also the ambience, the décor, the spotlessness, the staff. The washroom is a plus point. There’s plenty of room for large crowds as well as cosy tables for just two. The large TV screen is the perfect place for your eyes after you order your favourite eat.
The side entrance is the main one, not the one facing the street. As at other Nirula joints, you order at the cash counter and are given a number you display on your table. After a while a solicitous waiter brings you the steaming meal.
A clean air-conditioned place, washroom facilities, hot meals – what else does a weary tourist want?
Favorite Dish: Everything on the menu!
If you leave Delhi for Mussoorie in a car around 9.30 in the morning after a sumptuous breakfast, you will reach Muzaffanagar three hours later. It would be wiser to rest awhile and eat something here rather than risk a growling stomach further ahead. At Muzaffanagar head straight for the ‘Moolchand Resorts’ (132 kms) for lunch (Phone-9927026407).
Spread over a large area, this Resort also caters to walk in guests. Adequate parking inside the premises is an added bonus. Washrooms are available outside to the left of the dining hall. The dining hall itself is divided into two sections: one is a stand up fast food section, the other a relaxed sit-down area. The available fare would satisfy the most discerning of guests. Tawa stuffed paratha (1 no.), dal makhani paratha (1 no.), a tea and a cup of coffee came for Rs. 221/- (US$ 5/-) only.
In case, you want a quicker lunch with no frills, carry on along the National Highway for another 10 kms. Suddenly, you will be spoilt for choice as quite a number of ‘dhabas’ spring up along the left-hand side of the NH.
Favorite Dish: Tawa stuffed paratha
Dal makhani paratha
Before you start your climb to Mussoorie, stop awhile at Dehra Dun. This is a place waiting to be discovered. Housing important training centres like the Indian Military Academy (established in 1932), which trains all army cadets and the Indian Forest College (established in 1938), which trains all Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers, this city is the gateway to Mussoorie and beyond.
Take a break at the Pizza Hut outlet located on the main road. It’s a large, clean area with washroom facilities. The décor is predominantly in shades of red. Serving all the known delicacies that make Pizza Hut famous the world over, it’s a place to relax in after an arduous road journey.
Favorite Dish: All their pizzas!
I did not eat here as we had all our food at Hotel Vishnu, and our stay was brief in Mussoorie. But I had a glimpse of this place. I liked this place much. This is a nice idea to have a lazy look around of the town from a Revolving Restaurant situated at an altitude of more than 6000ft! Bonus!!! You get breath taking view of the city. They dont charge anything extra for running the motor!
Prices are resonable and worth trying!
The RICE BOWL is situated on the MALL, Above the Rialto Cinema gate.The ambience is simple and nice.The service is good & the food excellent. The locals recommend it. Its also one of the favourite spot of all the boarding school students & the locals. The staff there were very polite.You'll get your money's worth.
Favorite Dish: MOMOS, THUKPAS, KHOUTOM etc etc....everything tastes soooo good.