Much like Mughlai or Hyderabadi cuisine, Aurangabadi food is known for its fragrant pulao and rich Biryani. Tender meats cooked in fresh spices and herbs are a mouthwatering specialty in this area, as are the delectable sweets you’ll be offered afterward. One word of caution – the food here ranges from spicy to super spicy, so brace your taste buds, then take a look at the 10 best restaurants in Aurangabad.
Bhoj is the top restaurant in Aurangabad for thalis, or set meals / Pixabay
Bhoj is the top restaurant in Aurangabad for thalis, or set meals. You’ll often see this famous establishment packed with families looking forward to a hearty lunch. The thalis are easily their most popular attraction. Unlike set meals or set menus in Europe and North America, which tend to come out in several predetermined courses, a thali is served in a single round platter broken up into various dishes. They serve a variety of thalis here, and even the most basic of these contains phulkas (Indian breads), two to three different vegetable preparations, a curry, lentil soup, rice, and a tasty dessert. Ghee (clarified butter) is liberally employed in the cooking here, resulting in flavors that are nothing short of magical.
Go for the paneer tikka with kulcha, then try the jalebi / Pixabay
Green Leaf is a vegetarian restaurant which has received a lot of local attention since its opening in 2014. Stepping inside you’ll find an elegant interior of marble floors and fine artwork brightening the walls – if you continue on to their outdoor seating area, ample greenery and sunshine will welcome you there. Green Leaf serves North Indian and Chinese cuisine, and we’d especially recommend the North Indian side of the menu. Go for the paneer tikka with kulcha, then try the jalebi (a tasty deep fried dessert) or the rabdi (a saucy, fermented sweet dish made with yogurt).
Kream N Krunch has made a name for itself redefining gourmet dining in Aurangabad. One look at this menu, and you’ll see that the selection here sets Kream N Krunch apart from other local establishments. They serve a big, eclectic mix of international cuisines here for every meal of the day. Go for a hearty stack of pancakes or waffles for breakfast, then later in the day, be sure to try the Vietnamese paper rolls, the chicken burger, or the decadent mac n cheese.
A fine dining experience from Vivanta by Taj, Lattitude is easily one of the most glamorous venues you’ll encounter in Aurangabad. Newcomers will be struck by the undeniably cool ambiance here, while those in the know will head straight to the scenic al fresco dining terrace during the cooler months. From exotic international delicacies to superb preparations of Indian classics, the food here is flawless across the board. This is the best place in town to enjoy South Indian dishes, and if you’re craving pizza, their pies are thin, crispy and delicious. Their breakfast specials are also a high-powered way to start your morning. Lattitude graciously serves its fine dining menu 24 hours a day, so you’re always welcome here.
Though Yalla Yalla is a brand new venue, it’s already bringing in excited crowds and devoted regulars with its richly spiced biryani and succulent, meaty North Indian dishes. Whether you’re after fish, poultry or red meat, they’ve got a standout dish for every appetite. Try the achari chicken, the prawn koliwada, the mutton dim biryani or the shami kebab (containing a mix of spiced meat and fish). Vegetarians will also find sweet solace in their downright sinful caramel custard.
It might take some poking around to find Tandoor’s entrance, but once you’ve find it you’ll be richly rewarded with amazing hot meals straight out of the tandoor (a traditional Indian clay oven). Their patterned table cloth and loud decor make for a striking, delightful environment in which to enjoy their stunning sizzlers and kebabs. You’ll also find a small section of Chinese options on their menu; the noodles are your best bet there. Top your oven-fresh dinner off with a cool, contrasting scoop of melt-in-the-mouth vanilla ice cream.
Located inside the Hotel Green Olive, D’ Curry House is a small Indian restaurant with a cheery atmosphere, but it’s the menu that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Try the dal Bukhara (slow-cooked uran black lentils), roomali papad (a massive crisp crater full of tasty savory toppings), and the aloo pasanda (good old meat and potatoes), then cool down after a spicy meal by treating yourself to some fried ice cream. The service here is nothing short of splendid, and the staff will work hard to ensure that your time at D’ Curry House is one of the highlights of your trip.
Icy Spicy is a well known, perennially crowded staple of Aurangabad’s casual dining scene. It’s especially famous for its street food, like sev puri (a mashed potato chaat topped with sweet tamarind, green coriander chutney, and sev, or fried chickpea vermicelli) and ice gola (a fruity popsicle with a slushy snow cone texture). Their menu is vast and all-encompassing, serving everything from Indian snacks to American-style sandwiches and pizzas. Try the grilled chopper sandwich, the dahi puri (another style of chaat) and pineapple ice gola.
Thaat Bhat is famous for its Rajasthani, Maharashtrian and Gujarati vegetarian cooking, served in sumptuous thalis. The restaurant is styled traditionally with lots of striking decor, and the servers follow suit in traditional attire with brightly colored turbans. Try the delicious Maharashtrian thali – like all their dishes, it’s served with style on a silver platter.
China Town is the better option of the two restaurants you’ll find tucked inside Hotel Amarpreet. In this cozy spot, the sweet, welcoming owner is happy to help his customers navigate the Chinese menu and pick the right combination of dishes. It’s a great homey place to meet for lunch on the weekend, and you can’t go wrong with their Malaysian Flat Noodles.