One of India’s most famous tourist destinations, Amritsar is admired for its Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir, Jallianwala bagh and many magnificent monuments. Its heritage draws a constant stream of visitors, and by the time they leave, these travellers know that Amritsar’s cuisine is as awe-inspiring as its monuments and places of worship. Amritsar’s dhabas serve the best-loved local recipes From kulchas to butter chicken, a selection you’ll struggle to find anywhere else.
Here we will talk of just three dhabas that serve the mind-blowing Punjabi food from their humble kitchens.
- Kesar Da Dhaba
It’s the ultimate go to dhaba known world wide for its dal that simmers for 24 hours. The ‘secret’ recipe has stayed much the same for decades. This vegetarian restaurant that goes back nearly a century. You are ensured to have an enjoyable and memorable dining experience. And don’t leave without trying their famous phirni served in earthen bowls.
Its foundation was laid in 1916 in Sheikhupura, Pakistan, shifted to Amritsar after partition. The restaurant was a favourite of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Indra Gandhi.
Location: Chowk Passian, Near Telephone Exchange, Amritsar Cantonment
Kesar Ka Dhaba_Amritsar
2. Bharawan Da Dhaba (literally Brothers’ Restaurant)
To enjoy the typical taste of Punjab, this is the place to be, even though you shouldn’t waiters to be the most courteous here. It gets visitors from all over India. Each dish is prepared delicately to ensure freshness and authenticity. Their special thalis are among the most delicious preparations offered by any of the oldest dhabas in Amritsar. The place is known for its kheer—creamy yet light.
Location: Hall Bazar, Golden Temple Out Road, Town Hall, Katra Ahluwalia
Bharavan da Dhaba
3. Gurudas Ram Jalebianwale
Technically not a dhaba, but any visit to Amritsar is incomplete without a trip to Jalebianwale. At any time of the day, land up here to taste the fresh jalebis which emerge crisp and golden from a kadai of pure ghee. Most likely, it will beat any previous encounter with this humble sweet. Hot, crisp, made in desi ghee! What’s not to like.
Location: Katra Ahuwalia