The city of Guwahati is the gateway to the Northeast. A charming city where food is sacred and eating is a ritual. The food is cooked with utmost simplicity keeping in harmony with nature and the humble lifestyle of the inhabitants. We pick some must-visit restaurants in Guwahati.
Restaurant, Indian, Asian, $$$
Paradise is one of the oldest restaurants in Guwahati, an iconic restaurant that has served perhaps generations of the same family and made each one of them come back for more. Paradise is often credited for bringing traditional Assamese cuisine into the mainstream. One will always find it crowded despite its two-floored seating area. Decorated with traditional bamboo items and regional objects, it has an atmosphere of simplicity which represents the lifestyle followed by the Assamese people. The thali (full meal) is the most famous offering they have, order it to understand the rich flavours of Assamese food.
Maniram Dewan Rd Silpukhuri, Silphukuri Guwahati, Assam, India +91 94357 31360
Tucked inside the Dynasty Hotel, dining at Tandoor is a regal experience. Tandoor is well known; it’s long established and hasn’t dropped its level of service and the quality of its food. The food is mainly North Indian with some Assamese dishes available. There is beautiful artwork on the walls along with well-cushioned sofas and tables, and servers are dressed immaculately in Mughal uniforms. If this wasn’t enough, the soft Indian music played in the background takes the whole experience up a notch making it a grand affair.
Kahilipara Rd Jatia, Kahilipara Guwahati, Assam, India +91 87249 73208
Red Hot Chilli Pepper
Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
The restaurant is a fine dining restaurant visited by people of Guwahati when they are on a romantic date or looking for classy interiors, great food and exceptional service. It serves a variety of cuisines from Assamese and Chinese to Asian and North Indian. They also host live performances from time to time and have a well-stocked bar.
Price: Fine Dining
Opening hours: 11am-3.30pm 7am-11.30pm
Watch out for: Thalis (full meals)
ITAG Plaza Guwahati-Shillong Rd ABC Point, Bhangagarh Guwahati, Assam, India +91 361 252 4232
Seafood is an integral part of Assamese cuisine and Maach celebrates this. It is dedicated wholly to fish and prepares the most delicious fish dishes in Guwahati. From dumplings and momos to burgers and baked dishes, Maach uses fish in everything. The restaurant is pretty spacious and the staff extremely polite. You can inspect the kitchens and freezers on request (which are top notch and kept in the cleanest conditions). Maach also keeps the fish alive and cooks them to order, so you can be sure it’s as fresh as it gets.
Orion Place, Christian Basti, Guwahati, Assam, India +91 98540 61725
Restaurant, Fast Food
Grill Republica is a small restaurant in Guwahati famous for its grilled dishes. The interior is pretty small and most of the time you’ll have to wait outside, due to its popularity with customers. The walls are adorned with posters of rock legends, a sign of Guwahati’s long standing love affair with music. The menu boasts delicious burgers and grilled chicken as well as heavenly chicken wings, but it’s advisable to arrive early as they often run out of stock.
Guwahati-Shillong Road Guwahati, Assam, India +91 99546 58571
Restaurant, Vegetarian, Chinese, $$$
One of Guwahati’s favourite vegetarian restaurants, Makhan Bhog is the place to go for some no-fuss delicious vegetarian dishes at affordable prices. They serve North Indian, Chinese and Indian snacks. The restaurant is often filled with college students due to its affordability mixed with quality. It is quite classy with simple decor and cheerful service, and one of the best places to experience Indian snacks with friends and family.
Royal Centre, Opposite Deorah College, Ulubari, Guwahati, Assam, India +91 361 246 7778
Ushabhan is a premier fine dining restaurant in Guwahati, located in the Brahmaputra Ashok. This multi-cuisine restaurant provides the best setting for an intimate dinner or for an outing with the family. The interiors are top notch and the service is excellent. The restaurant serves dishes from North India, China and Europe, all beautifully presented.
M.G. Road, Opp High Court, Guwahati, Assam, India +91 361 260 2284
Bar, Restaurant, Indian, Asian, $$$
Recipes is a fine dining restaurant located in the heart of Dispur area of Guwahati. They serve the best North Indian and Mughlai cuisine in Guwahati. It has a perfectly dimly lit atmosphere and there is often a musician playing. Dishes are perfectly balanced, with just the right amount of spice. A must visit restaurant when in Guwahati.
G.S. Rd Down Town, Near Udesna Cinema Hall, Mathura Nagar, Dispur, Guwahati, Assam, India +91 95082 31399
Restaurant, Chinese, Indian, $$$
Beatrix was once a local hangout for college students; today it’s a classy restaurant. The interiors are quite funky with illustrations on the wall and the red table linens make a striking feature. The restaurant serves North Indian and Chinese fare along with fast food, the food is tasty and prepared by experienced chefs. A fun place to visit and have lunch.
MC Rd, Uzan Bazar, Guwahati, Assam, India +91 361 213 1116