A Trip to India’s unparalleled food heaven (part-2)

Moving beyond the breakfast coverage there’s still a plethora of food available here if you aren’t crawling like a couch potato already. If you are in the mood for Italian you can try the very conventional wood-fire oven Pizzeria’s here from Pema-Thang, Jimmy’s and Nick’s(the latter does only vegetarian) but my personal pick would be if you can somehow go around 3 km north of Mcleod to Dharamkot and try the Family pizzeria there, This place is headed by a small family of 3 and were the first ones to do the wood fire over pizza’s in the whole area. Mr. Hansraj Sharma a very grounded man cuts the dough post your order tops it up with fresh vegetables, cheese and sends it inside where his mother personally cooks the pizza the Italian way while his wife takes care of the front end counter. They have been running this show since 1997 now. Whatever you do don’t miss the Bobo pizza which is 3 cheese, mushroom, veggies and a handful assortment.

Bobo Pizza
Bobo Pizza
Mr. Hansraj Sharma (The pizza master)
Mr. Hansraj Sharma (The pizza master)

If you always have a thing for being experimental you can try some Nepali Thakrali (thali) I went for the mutton one from Clay-oven. It wasn’t the best but was sure worth the experiment had a sumptuous serving of 4 vegetables, 1 cup of mutton gravy, rice, roti and sides to accompany them their Thai green curry was good though comes with a healthy serving of chicken and the curry hold great aroma and taste of coconut milk and Galangal (Kulanjan).

Mutton Thakrali
Mutton Thakrali
Thai Green Curry Chicken
Thai Green Curry Chicken

For the classic Italian diggers I suggest going in for Gnocchi or Ravioli from Jimmy’s or Nick’s Italian Kitchen they’ve got the magic to melt in your mouth which is a rare breed with the piles of pasta diner’s across any country, it would take the strength of a 2 years old to pierce thru but a bile of 20 to digest them, my suggestion would be to make your way to the open areas available across most of these restaurants enjoy the view, adore the greenery of mighty Dhauladhar’s and go slow with the food.

Gnocchi Alfredo with mushroom & Spinach
Gnocchi Alfredo with mushroom & Spinach
Ravioli Al-Pomodoro with Pumpkin Cheese
Ravioli Al-Pomodoro with Pumpkin Cheese

These are the main courses mostly but a mighty big number of people here wish to go light and they try sticking only to the tea/coffee and baked goods available from a number of cafe’s here. I found a peculiar mix of tea and coffee in Tibetan Mandala Cafe called the dirty chai. Of-course I couldn’t miss those baked good else I’d be found jaywalking in the middle of the night so I personally pressed them in between Lunch and dinner or maybe post them if I could.

Dirty Chai (coffee and tea mix)
Dirty Chai (coffee and tea mix)

Whatever you do wherever you go you cannot find a place like this on earth which serves you a full meal for a PLF (Pocket loosening Factor) of 100-150 INR with elephant size serving, tasting precisely as it should be and mostly added with a pinch of personal love if you don’t strike the wrong cord.

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