Types of Food in Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh has a very vibrant food culture. Typical of sleepy towns of India, food culture plays an integral part in day-to-day life of an individual. Almost every festival in Uttar Pradesh is marked by some or other delicacies. Apart from the local cuisines, people of Uttar Pradesh also welcome foods from other part from India and world. In fact, cities like Varanasi, Lucknow and Agra have star-graded hotels and restaurants that offer quite a range of platters.
Starting with the local cuisines, there are lots of eateries that offer authentic Awadhi cuisines. Among the star grade hotels your best bet is Hotel Clark Awadh in Lucknow, Hotel Landmark in Kanpur, Jaypee Hotel in Agra and Hotel Clarks in Varanasi. All these hotels offer delicious Awadhi cuisine whose recipes have been unchanged since the days of Nawabs. If you want to go for authentic South Indian foods then your choice is limited to Clark Awadh in Lucknow, Hotel Landmark in Kanpur, Hotel Mughal Sheraton and Shiraz in Agra and Radisson in Varanasi. All these hotels also offer other Indian cuisines such as Mughlai, Rajasthani and North Indian delights.
If you want to go for Oriental dishes then you have quiet a few options in every big city in Uttar Pradesh. Due to its proximity to the Indo-China region, oriental foods are quite popular in India. Almost every star grade hotel in India will offer you some or other oriental dishes. The best option that you have in Uttar Pradesh is Hotel Taj Ganges in Varanasi. Apart from that you have Clark in Lucknow and Varanasi, Hotel Taj View in Agra and Landmark in Kanpur. All of them offer a range of Korean, Japanese, Thai and Chinese cuisines.
If nostalgia is getting too heavy on you then don’t worry, Uttar Pradesh has some very good restaurants that offer authentic Continental as well as American cuisines. Keeping in view the heavy tourist inflow from European Union and America, hotels in Uttar Pradesh have hired some of the best chefs that have quite a hand on Continental dishes. Counting on options, apart from Clark Awadh in Lucknow and Landmark in Kanpur, there are other small continental joints too in the city. They offer some of the best-brewed French and Italian coffees and good continental breakfasts that include among others, bacons, hams, steaks (no beef) and eggs.
Varanasi has lots of joints too. Among the star grade hotels, Hotel Grand, Hotel Radisson, Hotel Taj Ganges and Hotel Clark; all offer authentic continental cuisines. Varanasi has numerous rooftop restaurants and cafés too that are comparatively cheaper but are nonetheless good. Several cheap Israeli restaurants have also popped up these days that offer Kosher meat but these restaurants are slowly becoming hub for drug-peddlers and pimps. Avoid these joints until unless you are hell bent for Kosher Meat. As far as Agra is concerned, nearly all the star grade hotels namely Jaypee Palace, Mughal Sheraton, Clark Shiraz, Taj View, Trident, Amar Vilas and Agra Ashoka; all of them offer quality continental stuffs. Most of them have separate French and Italian pavilions too.
Among the fast food giants, Mc Donald’s, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Pizza Corner, KFC, Barista and Costa Café are some of the names that are available in Utter Pradesh.