This Kalsang branch in Dehradun is more spacious and grand in every way. The service is amazing and so is the ambiance, but the food is the highlight. Kalsang is an authentic Chinese and Tibetan joint, and pretty much everything it has to offer is worth trying, from thenthuk to thukpa, and fluffy Tibetan buns to sugary fruit beer. But the chilli momos are the best. Served in a thick, spicy gravy with bell pepper and shallots, the delicate momos are heavenly. Do not leave Dehradun without trying them.
Dehradun has a strong bakery culture, and many of its bakeries have been functional since the British period. Ellora is one of these renowned bakeries, and it offers the best butter toffees in the world. They are called Stick Jaws and are as sinful as they are delectable. You can take your pick from the regular butter flavor or the chocolate flavor, which are equally good. First timers, should get them from Melting Moments on Rajpur Road, which is the latest branch of Ellora’s Bakery.
Just a little ahead of the Clock Tower, toward Rajpur Road, The Buffet Snacks Shop serves a variety of snacks, such as bhajjiya, vada pav, vegetable burgers, and the vegetable sandwich, which is the fastest moving item. This is a good sign for street food joints, because it ensures fresh food every day. These sandwiches taste great, and are perfect for a midday snack. If you’re crossing Rajpur Road to reach Mussoorie, stop for five minutes and grab a sandwich.
Kumar Sweets is one of the most famous vegetarian establishments in Dehradun, with quite a few outlets. Everything on the menu is delicious, from all sorts of sweets to Indian snacks and beverages. But the ras malai, which is served in earthen khullars, is out of this world. Flavoured generously with saffron and soft to the touch, ras malai is definitely something you should try at least once. While you’re at it, also try the savoury snacks.
This is the true street food experience in Dehradun. Believe it or not, Chetan Poori Wala has the best poories (Indian bread made of wheat flour and deep fried), which are served with choley, aloo subzi, and one more seasonal Indian dish. This local joint is flooded with people for breakfast, during lunch hours, and even during the evenings, so be ready to wait for a while, but rest assured, it’s worth it.