Besides the reign of different emperors and colonialism, India’s rich history is also marked with the establishment of certain restaurants that have stood the test of time.
The best way to get to know India is through its food, which forms an important part of the cultural memory of the country. Besides the reign of different emperors and colonialism, India’s rich history is also marked with the establishment of certain restaurants that have stood the test of time. We bring you a list of five Indian restaurants that have been around for more than 100 years:
Tunday Kababi in Lucknow
Founded by Haji Murad Ali in 1905, Tunday Kababi has gone on to become a household name synonymous with Lucknow. Currently, the place is run by Murad Al’s son Mohammad Usman, whose grandfather used to cook for the nawabs. ‘Tunde ke kabab’ means buffalo meat galouti kebab, which incorporates 160 spices. The spices Tunday Kababi uses have remained the same for generations.
Karim’s in New Delhi
A culinary institution from 1913, Karim’s is located near Jama Masjid in Delhi. The place specialises in dishes like mutton qorma, keema kaleji, mutton stew and mutton Mughlai. Karim’s also serves biryani but the Mughlal food is the highlight. Customers pour in from all over India and even abroad to sample the restaurant’s reputed fare. The place opens as early as 9am and serves nihari for breakfast.
Dorabjee and Sons in Pune
Pune’s oldest Parsi restaurant, Dorabjee and Sons was established by Sorabjee Dorabjee in 1878. Originally, the place was a small tea stall that served Irani chai and bun maska. Over time, it developed into a full-fledged restaurant. The place is known for its Parsi specialties like mutton dhansak, salli chicken and patra fish. Breakfast includes mutton paya soup, masala omelette, akuri and fried or scrambled eggs.
Leopold Cafe and Bar in Mumbai
A cafe and bar with an old-world charm, Leopold opened its doors in the 1870s. It serves a multitude of cuisines, which include Mughlai, Italian and Chinese. There is even a veg stroganoff, grilled chicken, grilled fish and roasted duck. The cold coffee and Coke float are popular summer drinks, and a chikoo milkshake also makes an appearance on the menu. Leopold opens as early as 7.30am.
Glenary’s in Darjeeling
One of Darjeeling’s oldest confectioners, Glenary’s has been around for more than 130 years. The terrace of the colonial building boasts beautiful views and is the perfect spot for a leisurely breakfast or dinner under the stars. Chinese, Indian or Continental cuisine dominate the menu. For greasy snacks, choose from cheeseballs or pakoras. The beef cutlets and gobi manchurian show that the place caters to all palates.