Editor’s Note: Each week, Team TGC will survey Rishikesh to bring you the best of the best that the city has to offer. This week, we bring you the top 5 Multi Cuisine Restaurants in the city.
Every now and then we like a change from our usual ghar ka khaana (don’t get us wrong, we love our daal-chawal). In such times, we can bank on our good old restaurants to provide us with something different, be it desi or videshi. For the times when you don’t feel like cooking, but want to be pampered with some good food and service, Team TGC brings you the Top 5 Multi Cuisine Restaurants in Rishikesh; and what better time than the holidays – they’re just another excuse to go out and have a good time!
Sattvik is the in-house restaurant at Dewa Retreat, in Tapovan. Why is it top on our list is for a number of reasons, but the main reason has got to be their delicious food. They serve a range of different cuisines, from Indian, to Pan-Asian and Italian – they even serve a variety of Indian cuisines! The ambience and interiors are comfortable and welcoming, so it is a great place for a family dinner. The best part about their food is that it is clean, and you can really taste the freshness. So far from everything that we have tried at Sattvik, our favourite has got to be their yellow tadka daal, vegetables in black pepper sauce served with white rice, and their corn palak, which is rich and creamy!
Flora Club, Hotel Vasundhara Palace
Vasundhara is one of the oldest hotels in the city, and one of the most loved. The reason why it’s much loved is because they have, over the years, kept their standards up, making sure not to disappoint the city’s locals. The hotel’s in-house restaurant, called Flora Club, serves a variety of cuisines from Garhwali, North India, South India, Indian-Chinese and Italian. They are well known for most items on their menu, but, we have to give them a big thumbs-up for their Schezwan Rice – a layered dish which is made up of fried rice, noodles, and vegetables, covered in schezwan sauce. It may look confusing at first, but tastes delicious.
Sitting Elephant, Hotel Ell Bee
The Sitting Elephant get some serious points for having one of the most fantastic views in the city. The city’s only rooftop restaurant, it overlooks the river and the hills, and trust us when we say that you need not ask for anything more. The inspiration for the name comes from the hill across the hotel, which is shaped like a sitting elephant.
The restaurant offers Indian and continental cuisine; however, their Indian food takes the upper hand.
The best item on their menu has to be their version of Daal Bukhara; have it with one of the delicious naans on their menu.
Govind Ji’s Prasadam
Kailash Gate, Madhuban Ashram
Govind Ji’s Prasadam is a part of the Madhuban Ashram, and is a pure vegetarian and Satvik restaurant.
They serve North India, South Indian and Indian-Chinese Food, but the variety on their menu is not too varied, sadly, placing them fourth on the list.
In terms of the ambience, it’s a great place for a family meal. The staff is extremely courteous, gentle and welcoming.
Considering that they do not use onions or garlic in their food, you would be pleasantly surprised at how tasty their food actually is.
Top items on their menu are their North Indian Thali – watch out for the delicious firni and their paneer dosa – which can be cooked in olive oil for the health conscious.
Fork & Knife
Laxman Jhula Road, behind Café Corner
Fork & Knife located right behind Café Corner, is a family dining restaurant.
Being located at a comfortable spot, the restaurant has played host to a number of events like children’s birthday parties and kitty parties.
The ambience is bright and welcoming, making it ideal for family nights out.
They are a multi-cuisine restaurant and serve North Indian, Indian-Chinese and some continental items, the range however, is not quite extensive, garnering them the last spot on our list.
Some of the items on their menu are good to taste, but not exceptional; however, their daal makhni and stuffed paranthas are quite nice.
Overall, their food is good for a change, and compared to other places on our list, they’re a little easy on the pocket.
Disclaimer: There are several other multi-cuisine restaurants in and around Rishikesh, however, these have made it to our list based on ease of access, quality of ingredients, taste and ambience.