My Favourite Agra Veggie Joints

Having been born and brought up in Agra and having spent most of one’s life in Northern parts of India spoils your taste buds for good. However the best part about Agra is the variety of cuisines I grew up with – Mughlai, Awadhi, Punjabi, North Indian, Continental/English/Italian (so many 5 star Hotels) and even South Indian due to the influx of so many tourists courtesy The Taj Mahal. So once you have lived here you’re ready to go anywhere in India and do well in terms of food as you’re exposed to so many different cuisines. It does offer it’s own challenges though as the rich taste we get here is difficult to be replicated exactly anywhere else.

Through this blog I am gonna relive all those lovely memories of the rich and varied food which made me a foodie during my growing years πŸ™‚ 

This post specifically is about my favourite veggie places in Agra.

Vegetarian Places for Lunch / Dinner

  • Dasaprakash, Meher Talkies, Baluganj – This is the place to be if you like your Dosas, Idlis and all of the South Indian Cuisine. The prices are fairly expensive but the dining experience, taste and service makes up for it. Goldrush Ice-cream is something I never miss when I am here.
  • Manoj Restaurant, Johri bazaar Road, Old City Area – Offers some delicious Dosa and mouth watering Pav Bhaji without the use of onion and garlic ! The pricing is extremely moderate, always packed but you get a seat in 5-10 minutes usually. Ambience and hygiene are not the greatest.
  • Udupi Brindavan, Civil Lines – More or less in the same category as Dasaprakash, does the job for people living in that side of the Town, if you can’t make it Dasaprakash at-least pay this one a visit. One dimension where it scores is apart from South Indian it offers decent Chinese and some Italian options as well.
  • Om Bhojanalay, Sadar Bazaar – One of my favorite places, extremely crowded after 8 pm offers some yummilicious Paranthas, Butter Paneer Masaala, Kadhai Paneer and the limited Veg thali are some of the delicious items.
  • Thaaliwaala, near ITC Mughal – The food definitely is a bit spicy which is a good thing and one can share their Thalis, taste is typically Punjabi and North Indian and overall a good enough place for vegetarian food.
  • Filmy Zaika, Jamuna Kinara – On a slight expensive side of things but the taste and relaxed ambience more than makes up for it. They serve one of the best Paneer Tikkas in Town, if you’re here just don’t miss it !

These were some of the Vegetarian delights I visit every now and then, hope you already have been here, if not I would advise you to start right now πŸ™‚

 

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Om Bhojanalaya Agra Cantt, Agra

Blast from the Past!

Rating – 4/5

Well this belongs to the category of places that believe in simplicity but don’t compromise on the quality of their food.

People looking for sophisticated servers, good ambience etc please don’t go there. It’s a simple and at times a chaotic place and doesn’t always check marks on the overall cleanliness front but its food has its heart in the right place.

I have had numerous meals at this place ranging from the 75 rs. limited veg thali (now 100) to the wonderful kadhai paneer, mutter paneer gravies with butter naans and kulchas. I almost loved everything from their menu and its an extremely pocket friendly place. In under 300 bucks two people can enjoy a hearty meal at this pure vegetarian restaurant.

They also have a related restaurant pretty nearby which almost offers the same taste in a better ambience and is of course slightly expensive.

The crowd here usually comprises of families and is nearly packed in the evening, especially on weekends so go early and enjoy the taste and observe the interesting surroundings.

Absolute value for Money and a big thumbs up for the taste.

Dasaprakash Restaurant Rakabganj, Agra

Pure South Indian Dosa experience !

Rating – 4/5

This is Dosa Paradise, if you love your Dosa’s the South Indian way then this is the place to be.
It serves a lot other dishes as well but is best known for its authentic Dosa or the Dosae as they like to spellΒ it.
My all time favourite is Butter Masaala Dosa and it’s prepared in authentic south Indian style with no North Indian adulteration πŸ˜‰

This is one of the few places that still serve you Dosa and it’s masaala aloo separately much like the same way as done down south.
One of my other favourites is the Veg Cutlets and in desserts I order Gold Rush(simply awesome) every time I visit the place.
Ambience hasn’t changed a lot over the years and service is a bit laid back to put it modestly.
The prices are a bit on the higher side but you won’t get this kind of stuff anywhere else in Agra so go for it if you have a craving for South Indian Cuisine πŸ™‚

Aahar Civil Lines, Agra

Has deteriorated over the years !

Rating – 2.5/5

Aahar has been operational in Agra since forever I guess πŸ™‚
I have fond memories of this place as this was our venue for celebrating friend’s birthdays. This I am talking from my school days when dining out with friends was a big deal and celebrating one’s birthday in Aahar was something we looked forward to. They had some amazing dishes like Kadhai Paneer, machurian & fried rice, cutlets were my all time favourite along with some amazing pastries. This I am talking about 10 years back in time and all friends in my group loved this place.
Coming to the present times, the food quality and the quantity has gone down a bit. Prices have increased expectedly however the taste and passion in serving value for money food has gone out of the window.

All the above items which I mentioned with fond memories don’t live up to their expectations anymore and to top it all there are all kinds of taxes that gets added up in your bill. One can easily expect their final bill to shoot up by atleast 150-200 bucks as a result of these taxes.
Not too many restaurants in Agra charge this much and I wonder if the Tax department has any special tie up with this place πŸ˜‰
The rating of 2.5 is only because of the vivid memories from the past as it’s a place which gave us a lot of joy during our school and college days πŸ™‚