We bring to you a list of 7 unusual restaurants in India. Besides food, we are looking for an impactful experience that will be etched in our hearts forever. I am sure this list will ensure that some of these are up there on your bucket list.
Tihar Food Court, New Delhi
Tihar Jail is Asia’s largest prison complex. The Food Court is half a kilometres away from prisoners’ dormitories. It was built with the concept of the rehabilitation effort. The Canteen is run by the prisoners of the semi-jail of Tihar. They are the ones who cook and serve the food. They are given proper training. The walls are adorned with paintings done by the prisoners. Tihar Food Court is pretty popular among the unusual restaurants in India not only because of the food. People often visit out of their social responsibilities. When we visit Tihar Food Court we are a step closer to preparing these prisoners in getting back to mainstream society. This will help them after their punishment tenure is over. Pocket pinch is approximately INR300 for two.
New Lucky Restaurant, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Gujarat’s Ahmedabad in India tops the chart of unusual restaurants in India with the 60 years old New Lucky Restaurant. It was built atop an Indian burial ground. The tables are spaciously set up around exposed gravestones and sarcophagi. Well, the graves are fenced by iron rods. They serve delicious Indian, for approximately INR300 for two. This space is somehow considered lucky. Well, this place was frequented by the famous artist M.F.Hussain.
Seva Café, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Seva Café in Ahmedabad makes it to the list of unusual restaurants in India through a cool mechanism of self-less service in today’s selfish world. It works on the concept of pay it forward. When you eat a meal, the bill charges nothing from you. Instead, it mentions in a footnote the name of the person who has paid for your meal. To keep the chain of gifts alive, you pay for the one who will eat after you. It is located at the heart of the city and is tax-free. The chefs are not trained ones but are all volunteers willing to offer their service. This peer to peer generosity and the concept of gift economy make us feel good besides the hearty meal.
ROBO CHEF, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
‘Champa’ and ‘Chameli’, the two humanoid servers are extremely popular among customers. They are the first indigenously developed robots wishing, taking orders and serving food to customers. There are other robot-run restaurants (in Chennai and Bangalore) but what makes ROBO CHEF, Bhubaneswar, unique is that they are made in India. Pocket pinch is about INR700 for 2 with a wide range of food to choose from. ‘Champa’ and ‘Chameli’ definitely make this place one of the most unusual restaurants in India.
Covai Trans Kitchen, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Most of the unusual restaurants in India seem to have some aspects of society as their driving force. Covai Trans Kitchen, Coimbatore, is one such place, where right from the preparation and cooking to packaging and delivery of food is done by transgenders. They have been trained for free by a college. Today they can successfully cater to huge orders of Biriyani daily.
Flotilla, Floating Restaurant at Veli, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
What makes Flotilla one of the unusual restaurants in India is that we can have a feel of floating on the Veli lake while munching on. The view from the top is beautiful. Veli Village is a popular tourist destination. Reaching this restaurant is pretty adventurous. There are a few bridges and floating pathways that one has to cross to finally reach this restaurant.
Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur, Rajasthan
You may wonder why is Chokhi Dhani on the list of unusual restaurants in India. Well, its scale and concept make it unique. Chokhi Dhani is 20 kilometres from the city of Jaipur, spread across 10 acres. It is this one spot that gives you a wide idea of the entire Rajasthan. This is far beyond just a place to eat. You will be made accustomed to the Rajasthani culture, art, music, history and last but not the least, food. There multiple restaurants (Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian) inside the complex for you to choose from. Not only does one get to see rural Rajasthan but one also does not miss feeling regal. A ticket for INR1200 for one and a few hours spent at Chokhi Dhani give a clear picture of the rich heritage and culture of Rajasthan.
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