First founded in the 5th century BC as Patiliputra, the capital of India’s eastern state of Bihar is now one of the country’s fastest growing cities. A booming real estate industry, with shopping malls, theaters and food joints springing up around every corner, are all transforming Patna into a lively city. Whether you’re on your way to nearby pilgrimage sites, or staying a while, here’s our guide to eating well in Patna.
Takshila is one of the fine dining restaurants housed within Hotel Chanakya in Birchand Patel Path. It’s the place to go for North Indian food, as well as anything with a touch of North West Frontier Province flavors. The ambiance is somewhat classical with solid furniture and exposed red brick walls. Specialities include meat heavy Mughali, Afghan, and tandoori dishes.
Address: Beer Chand Patel Path, Patna, Bihar 800001, India. +91 612 222 3142
The upholstery may require an upgrade, and it may come across as a questionable venue on account of its location since there’s hardly any sign posting on the street, but few places pack in surprises as well as Crown Castle. Once up the narrow staircase to the first floor, you’re graciously welcomed by well-mannered staff and encouraged to choose from a selection of popular Thai, Chinese and Indian dishes. Best be warned that authentic as it is, most plates tend to be on the spicy side.
Address: Boring Road Crossing, Patna 800001, India. +919771456904
In true Bihar style, do not expect an ordered queuing system when you reach Biryani Mahal. It is crowded most of the time, so make sure you’re efficient at claiming a table. The atmosphere at this venue screams of local culture, and as the name suggests, their speciality is the popular mixed rice dish biryani, the Kolkata variety in particular. It’s a small and modest joint which serves a whole lot more than rice and is sure to leave you with a warm experience of the city and its people.
Address: Kotwali Chowk, Opp Kotwali Thana, Budh Marg, Patna, Bihar 800001, India. +91 612 326 678
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 – 23:00
Located on the top floor of the P&M shopping mall, 17 Degrees boasts classy interiors and a spacious outdoor terrace. Closed off by modular glass windows, a seat indoors will take nothing away from the impressive views of the city to be enjoyed here. Setting and serene ambience isn’t the only reason to come here. On the menu, browse through typical Indian and Chinese fare with a focus on different kinds of chicken, quickly prepared and professionally served.
Address: 6th Floor, P & M Mall, Khurji Road, Patliputra Industrial Area, Patna, Bihar 800010, India. +91 92346 69202
Sri Basant Vihar lays legitimate claim to the city’s best vegetarian restaurant title. It is divided over two floors with North Indian and Chinese dishes tailored to suit the local palate served on the ground floor, and South Indian snacks on the floor above. Décor is nothing out of the ordinary but it’s well compensated for by the experienced staff and the consistent quality of its dosas, paneer cutlets, and vegetarian curries. Since the place accepts no advance bookings, a visit on a weekend may require a short and well worth wait.
Address: Maurya Lok Complex, Fraser Road Area, Patna.