Republic Day 2023: 11 Restaurants That Existed Before The Constitution

By Shireen Jamooji

India has a long and colourful history to cherish and it lives on in a select number of restaurants around the country. Here are some places that have been around since before 1949.

Kyani and Co., Mumbai

This classic Irani eatery known to be a stopping point for college students and superstars alike serves up the best bun maska chai with a side of history.


Tunday Kababi, Lucknow

The iconic kebabs are thought to date back to the 17th century and rumoured to contain over 150 secret spices.


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Karim's, Delhi

Synonymous with the Jama Masjid area, Karim's has been serving up affordable Mughlai delicacies from the royal courts themselves.


Indian Coffee House, Kolkata

Also known as College street Coffee House, this eatery served as the meeting point for people who shaped Kolkata's cultural landscape.


Glenarys, Darjeeling

A throwback to colonial times this continental restaurant has a vintage charm, and a stunning view of Kanchenjunga.


Pancham Puriwala, Mumbai

No frills, no fuss, only good food is the motto at Pancham Puriwala. They dole out fresh hot puris and North Indian staples for a hearty breakfast.


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Nizam's, Kolkata

Thought to be the birthplace of the iconic Kolkata Kathi roll as a solution for hungry workers to eat on-the-go. 


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Wenger's, Delhi

One of the city's most storied bakeries Wenger's was one of the first confectionary hubs around serving international baked goods.


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Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, Bangalore

There's no shortage of dosas in Bangalore, but for the best, head to MTR. This coveted spot serves up one of the most renowned ghee dosas in the nation.


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Hari Ram and Sons, Allahabad

Known for their signature potato-free samosas which stay fresh for days, this legendary spot has even catered star-studded Bollywood events.


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Dorabjee and Sons, Pune

Tucked away in a back lane of Camp, this Parsi restaurant started as a tea stall but grew into a full-fledged restaurant serving traditional bawa fare.