(last date visited - Jan. 27-28, 2004)
Look for Guru Ramdas Langar (Free Kitchen) inside the Golden Temple and you can have your free breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Being serve to all visitors 24 hours irrespective of religion & nationality and you can even eat many times as you want!!! Just dal and chappati...nothing else!!!
I think the fact that my friend and I were so attached to Pizza Hut in Agra, we wish there were one in Amritsar too. I didn't think one would exist otherwise I would hear someone here mentioned it but then I thought there were not many tips about this place anyway so I might as well ask around. I asked this guy at the tourist information center and he said there was one. He told me how to get there. We rushed off to find it but to find that it was called Pizza Point. We were disappointed but thought maybe there's a good dish. We ordered ice cream and they were melt! They tasted a bit weird too.
Surjit Chicken House is situated in Nehru Shopping Complex , Lawrence Road. This is about 5 KMs from Golden Temple and a Rickshaw (trishaw) ride will take about 20 mins to reach (for Rs. 20 - one way). Its a basic eatery with no fancy decoration or frills. Just the tables, chairs, a TV and ACs plus the tempting smell of Chicked being roasted in an Oven (tandoor).
Favorite Dish: Tandoori Chicken - Chicken (not boneless) roasted in an Indian Oven (tandoor) and sprinkled with Indian Spices and served with spicy chilly-mint sauce, a slice of lemon and onion.... Try it if you can handle the heat out of your ears.....yummy!
Do not miss the Langar when you are at the Golden Temple.
I wasn't sure if I should put this under Restaurants, Things to Do, or Local Customs. I decided to put it under Local Customs because it is more then a place to eat or a thing to do, it is a custom of the Sikhs to feed anyone who wants to eat.
I later also decided to put it under this Restaurant so VTers will not miss it. A Sikh friend also told me that I could also stay at a free hostel
They have several big halls where they feed anyone who wants to come. It is well orginised and when one hall is filled up, a different one that just been clean from the last Langar opens up. The line is always moving and you get plenty to eat.
You are under no obligation to help or donate but there was a donation box off to the side when you exit. No one is standing there asking you to give but I gave some US dollars for my appreciation. I used US dollars so that they would know my money was donated by a tourist. Some people were sitting in the distance and they smiled and waved at me and gave me the thumbs up after they saw that I gave something.
See my Amritsar local customs tips about helping with the food preparation or helping with cleanup.
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Whether you are in the mood for Indian Food, Chinese or something All-American, Brothers has it for you. This is pretty much the Indian equivalent to a diner.
Favorite Dish: My dad had the saag and makhi roti, which was very good. I opted for pizza. I thought I would give Indian pizza a shot. Up until now, I had been eating only Indian food. I was very pleasantly surprised. It was very good.
Like the accomodation in the temple the food there is also for free. I recommend to try it! It is an interesting experience and a glimpse into local live to sit in a row with local people, wealthy or poor. You get some dal (lentils), rice and chapattis and a glas of water.
Favorite Dish: The food is not really something very special. But the experience itself is wonderful!
There are lots of small restaurants throughout India with wonderful breads. This restaurants is next to our Amritsar hotel and we ate there as we arrived late. The hotel was past the train station so I don't think they get too many tourist.
They usually allow you to look in the kitchen and even take photos. As our trip went on, we made it a point to check the kitchens. We had no problems in Amritsar but some places the kitchens were horrible and we refused to eat there.
Also see my "Local Customs" tips for information about Langar (Free Meal) at the Golden Temple Complex. (Link below)
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This free restaurant really is something different. Up to 50.000 people are fed here daily, and all for free. There is no real way to describe it, just go and see for yourself. It's open 24/7, so if you're craving for a mid-night snack, this is the place to go!
Favorite Dish: They only have one dish: the dish of the day, usually consisting of rice (sometimes curried) with dal (curried lentils), and chappatis. But you may get lucky and eat there on a rice pudding (with sugar and coconut) -day. That's the great thing, you just never know. As always, donations are very welcome. As is volunteer work in either the cooking- or the dishwashing-department.
All meals are veg.
The food was great and the service was speedy as I was the only in there -- but by the time I had finished eating the place was packed.
Favorite Dish: Tandoori Chicken was just scrumptious. Unfortunately the beer was overpriced and not too cold.
Invisible foods of Amritsar is my first choice if you need my advise to gratify your stomach. I snap this photo for our viewers around the world to make sure they try this kind of foods, only available in Amritsar. The location is Golden Temple.
The surrounding area around the Golden Temple is deemed to be a religious area and so meat is regarded as a complete no-no. There's actually not many restaurants within the area. In the New Punjabi Rasoi I had a mushroom masala, rice and naan which was good. Neelam's does do breakfast but only after 9am. I came to Neelam's for dinner on my last night in Amritsar and they had meat on the menu, or should that be on the walls and seats near me, as a couple of small cockroaches were around. Not nice whilst eating!
Located round the corner on the road past the Jallianwala Bagh, this pizza place was OK but certainly nothing special. I had a mushroom pizza which was a bit dull as I prefer spicy meat pizza's but they only do vegetarian one's as it's close to the Golden Temple.
Part of the Sikh religion is the fact that everyone is welcome to take a meal which consists of dahl (rather bland bean curry), rice and a chipati. The dining hall, which has signs over the entrance such as "The lord himself is the farm, himself is the farmer, himself he grows & grinds the corn", was packed with people when I visited, (even though it was only 10.45am), sitting on the floor in neat rows with silver trays in front of them waiting to be served.
I happened to visit Amritsar and had food at Temptation Restaurant. The ambience was good and restaurant was clean although construction was going on for a basement and an extension. Staff was cordial and the knew the menu thoroughly as they could answer the questions regarding the dishes/cuisines. Even on a hot summer afternoon in week days, the place had a decent crowd. Anyways, the food was really good. We tried sizzlers, continental and normal punjabi cuisine. Almost everything was good.
Favorite Dish: Sizzlers!!!! They were just awesome. I can definitely say that those were one of the best sizzlers I ever had.
Apart from that, the soups were also really good.
The canteen of Golden Temple is the place you should try if you are looking for restaurants of Amritsar.