10 Places to Eat at in Amritsar, Punjab

There are many reasons to visit Amritsar. One of our favorites is Food!

Amritsar

Amritsar, the city of temples, is what defines an ideal Punjabi city. Punjab can be summed in its chaos, colors, vibrant markets, and the big-hearted people! The hospitality and warmth of people here speak volumes about the Punjabi and the Indian culture. Amritsar is home to the beautiful Golden Temple also known as the Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, designed by Guru Arjan to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to come and worship God equally. Over 100,000 people visit the holy shrine daily for worship, and also partake in the free community kitchen and meal (Langar) that is a hallmark of all Sikh Gurudwaras.

Before I go and mention my favorite places, let me explain what the word Dhaba in Punjabi means. Dhaba is a roadside place to eat and common among travelers as the food is authentic and fresh. The place cannot be called clean or hygienic, because of being on a highway but ensures a memorable dining experience.

So if you get a chance to visit Amritsar, this shall be really helpful. I swear!

Langar at Golden Temple 

Langar is a pure vegetarian Punjabi feast prepared for the community and served for free at Gurudwara (Sikh Temples). The institution of the langar, or free kitchen, was designed to create equality between all people regardless of religion, race, caste, gender or social status. In addition, this also promotes the ethics of sharing, sameness, community and oneness in all. On an average, over 75,000 people eat every day at Golden Temple. Kada Prasad is another holy offering that cannot be missed.

Bhrawan Da Dhaba

The name translates to “Restaurant of the brothers” but do not confuse it with the modern version of the same name, “(Bade Bhai ka) Brothers Dhaba”.  Bhrawan da Dhaba to us is the more authentic choice, that serves the Punjabi food that you absolutely cannot miss. Our suggestion is to begin here with Makki di Roti and Sarson da Saag along with a glass of the famous Amritsari Lassi. Also, remember this place is a vegetarian only as well.

Brother’s Dhaba

As mentioned, Brother’s Dhaba or Bade Bhai ka Brother’s Dhaba is a great place to get your continental, Indo-Chinese as well as South Indian delicacies along with Punjabi food. This place focusses more on cleanliness and ambiance while maintaining the food quality. They specialize in serving Dal Makhani that is never enough and we personally recommend their Special Punjabi Thali as well.

As mentioned, Brother’s Dhaba or Bade Bhai ka Brother’s Dhaba is a great place to get your continental, Indo-Chinese as well as South Indian delicacies along with Punjabi food. This place focusses more on cleanliness and ambiance while maintaining the food quality. They specialize in serving Dal Makhani that is never enough and we personally recommend their Special Punjabi Thali as well.

Kesar Da Dhaba

Residing in the narrow streets of Shastri Market, Kesar Dhaba is another food paradise. My big suggestion is to have a Thali here. I am a fan of their Dal Fry, Palak Paneer, and the Paranthas as well. I’d suggest ending your meal with the phirni, a rice dessert. Unfortunately, this is another vegetarian joint.

Beera Chicken

Another Dhaba that is non-fancy yet serves the most delicious food and guess what? They serve MEAT! They do serve in parking lots as well. I am a huge fan of their Tandoori Chicken, Butter Chicken, Mutton Tikka and Keema. The Chicken Tikka is perfectly spiced and goes well with Keema Naan. And trust me, it is all worth the hassle.

Makhan Fish and Chicken Corner

This is the place to satisfy your craving for Amritsari Macchi (Fish). It’s a better version of Dhabas if you are looking for that. And as I said, their Fish dishes are hands down my favorite.

Kanha Sweets

My standard order is Puri Cholle, Lassi and Halwa. Another order is Pinni to go. This is what makes me a content person. You can go for Cholle Bhature as well, I equally recommend that.

Lassi

It is safe by now to assume that every place in Amritsar serves Lassi. So we picked our favorite two. Both of them are next to each other so if you miss the first batch at one, you can try your luck at the second one. The first batch starts at 7 am and usually gets sold out by noon. The second round starts at 5 pm. Two of our favorite places are Ahuja Lassi and Gian Chand Lassi Waala.

Amritsari Kulcha

The tanginess of chutney with the crispiness of Kulcha is what Amritsar looks for in their Kulchas and that’s why we could not single out just one place. A stuffed kulcha with

The tanginess of chutney with the crispiness of Kulcha is what Amritsar looks for in their Kulchas and that’s why we could not single out just one place. A stuffed kulcha with a side of chana (chick peas) and tangy salad – chutney is a MUST have! Since Kulchas are breakfast/lunch options, most of the Kulcha places shut by early evening.

All India Famous Kulche Wala: This is a Dhaba on Maqbool Road and yes it is really named so. The word ‘cleanliness’ or ‘ambiance’ don’t hold true here but flavor and richness in food are what they understand well. It is crowded most of the time.

Bhai Kulwant Kulche Wala: This place is closer to Golden Temple and is a small joint so you can expect a wait list.

Kulcha Land: This is a ‘fancier’ place when it comes to Kulchas. Also, if you’ve already had Amritsari ‘standard’ Kulcha with potatoes, you can try their Paneer Kulcha.

Sweets

Amritsar does not fall short when it comes to eating sweets. I personally recommend Novelty Sweets and Bansal Sweets for their accessibility and the packaging. Yes, these are the places you can take food souvenirs from.

Novelty Sweets: I am a huge fan of their gajar ka halwa.

Bansal Sweets: Absolutely the world’s best ladoos – something to drool over!

If you want you can wander around and try the fruit cream as well. Amritsar is also home to Kulfa, an enriched version of kulfi.

If this doesn’t excite your gastric juices, I don’t know what will!

Bon Appétit!

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