2022 marks the year we, as a nation, celebrate the diamond jubilee of independence. Remembering the struggles and sacrifices of our martyrs to be able to witness the growth of one of the fastest developing nations in the world. While we reminisce our struggle for independence as told to us in books and by our elders, one must also note that there are structures, shops, eateries and many other businesses that have stood the test of time to witness everything as it happened. Oh the stories they could tell and the experiences they've had to live!
In this story though, we'll be listing out our top five favourite eateries that will be turning 75 along with independent India or even older.
Britannia and Co, Mumbai
Guarded by the interiors of a colonial bungalow in Ballard Estate in Fort sits the paradise of traditional Parsi fare---Britannia and Co. Welcoming customers since 1923, upon will be shocked and mesmerised to know that not a thing has changed here, right from the furniture to the walls. A go-to spot for anyone craving authentic Parsi cuisine, Britannia and Co still manages to attract people from all across the country.
With the influence of Mughlai food deep seated in Delhi cuisine, Karim's is a spot one simply cannot forget. Established in 1913 and plating absolutely delectable and mouth-watering dishes, Karim's has managed to build itself a magnificent reputation since its genesis more than a 100 years ago. Popular especially during Ramadan, Karim's specialty lies in aromatic and flavoursome non-veg delicacies. Do try their mutton korma when you visit them next time!
Glenary's, Darjeeling Around since the British colonial days and a prominent landmark in Darjeeling, Glenary is more than just an eatery. Encompassing hundreds of nostalgic moments and memories since its inception over a 100 years ago, Glenary's is famed for their English breakfast, cakes, muffins and more. They also serve Indian, Continental and Chinese fares. The next time you are enjoying the beautiful landscapes of Darjeeling, do remember this humble spot in your itinerary.
Tunday Kababi, Lucknow Lucknow is a haven for food lovers. Their irresistible and toothsome Awadhi-style dishes have loyal fanbases of their own, who can't be blamed. While it may have opened in 1905, which is quite a feat in itself, the story of its origin further goes back to the 17th century, just around the time the way we consumed kebabs changed. The next time you find yourself in the bustling lanes of Lucknow, and crave for a taste of authentic Lucknowi kebabs that simply melt in your mouth, remember Tunday Kebabi.
MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Rooms), Bengaluru You won't find one local in Bengaluru who wouldn't have heard of the famous MTR of Mavalli Tiffin Rooms. The renowned restaurant, opened in 1924, is famed for their rava idlis, a recipe that they birthed during the course of World War II, when people were facing a shortage of rice. A house of south-Indian comfort food, be sure to add MTR to your list of eateries to explore, when in Bengaluru.
Natasha Kittur is an aspiring writer. Her love for anything with cheese and spice is profound, but a white sauce pasta always tops her list. In her free time you will catch her reading or watching crime books and shows or go on and on about psychological experiments and theories. She aims to write a book in the fictional genre someday.