Tucked inside the Mayfair Lagoon is the tiny and charming Kanika. It is the place to go for traditional Odisha cuisine. Unlike most Indian cuisines, Odisha cuisine is milder to the taste buds. Cooked in brass utensils and with mustard oil, Kanika does a marvellous job of providing regional Odishan dishes. The décor is welcoming and styled in a way to make visitors feel that they are in a traditional Oriya home. Highlights from the menu include dalma and Odisha’s most traditional dessert, chenna poda (burnt cheese cooked with cashew and nuts and sugar).
One of Bhubaneswar’s most acclaimed restaurants, Silver Streak is the name that comes to mind when Chinese cuisine is mentioned. The reason for Silver Streak’s success lies in its attitude. Unlike most restaurants serving Chinese cuisine, Silver Streak keeps the dishes authentic. It keeps updating its menus regularly and also offer its patrons the opportunity to watch their dishes being cooked from scratch from the open kitchen. Silver Streak is also famous for a range of coffees served, which are well worth a try.
One of Bhubaneswar’s most famous restaurants, Nakli Dhaba tries to incorporate the true atmosphere of a highway dhaba (entries on the highway for tired drivers). The décor of the place resembles a real dhaba with huge truck tires, a truck dismantled into two and a village well. The food is mainly Punjabi cuisine and dishes from the local regions. The interiors are classy with their cloth based false ceilings and decorated walls. The price is a bit of the higher side, but it’s worth it.