It is rightly said, there are two kinds of people – one who eat to live, then there are those delightful humans, ‘the foodies’, who live to eat. Vadodara is identified as cultural city, but the little known fact this city home to culinary richness and experiments. Barodians are big foodies who truly believe ‘there is no love earnest than the love of food’. No kidding, people of this cosmopolitan city are culturally rooted, yet are open to all scrumptious cuisines from far north, down south or saat samundar par.
With the ever so blossoming and blooming restaurants as well as cafe culture in Vadodara, the number of weekends around the year won’t be enough to try out every restaurant, eateries and cafes. Every month or two a new restaurant is opening in Vadodara. Not complaining! Definitely no other Barodian is. Food-lovers are in for a treat as the city has numerous choices when it comes to relish their taste buds with diverse cuisines on the menu, few of the newest restaurants and cafes are soon topping this list in a short span of time.
One may say the city already has enough restaurants serving Italian and Mexican food. This newbie stands out of the lot for taking your taste buds on a mouth-watering journey of Italy and Mexico with its dishes. The little comfy restaurant on the first floor will win you over just by simply setting and the ambiance is definitely a plus. It is safe to say, every other person who has been here would vouch for the pizzas and the other dishes here. Listing the ‘must try dishes’ may seem like giving away the menu, best is to leave it to you to explore the menu at your risk. There aren’t any risks because several foodies have been labelling their overall experience here as “fabulous”. Well, if you intend to confirm it, you must for the amazing food, ambiance, service, and best of all it is justifiably priced.
Address: 1st Floor, Shantanam, Opposite Yes Bank, Inox Road, Race course, Vadodara.
The moment you step in, the wall with money plants in wine bottles will definitely catch your eye. The pretty detailed interior leaves you admiring just everything about it. It is hard not to fall in love with the ambiance. The menu offers Mediterranean dishes from Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Greek, to Egyptian making it one of the finest International Cuisine restaurants in Vadodara. This place only serves vegetarian food. The presentation of the platters is such that will make people take pictures and post them on Instagram. Yes, even people who detest taking pictures of food will take pictures. It is obviously that good. Just not the presentation, the food tastes really great. In a city like ours, the complete food experience in this restaurant is apparently different, but refreshing. A must visit place for the food lovers who are on the lookout to try variety of cuisines.
Address: 1, Trivia, Natubhai Circle, Race Course. Vadodara
The expectations are sky high when India’s star chef, Sanjeev Kappor, restaurant opens in your city. Even before you step in, Sanjeev Kapoor’s cookbooks are shelved that will surely catch your attention or may be just your mother’s. While you eat you are surrounded with the chef himself cooking away like he always does on television around the restaurant. Basically, the chef’s presence is felt in the ambiance of the restaurant. The menu has the incredible dishes from North Indian to Mughlai, all at par and quite a few recognizable signature dishes. Needless to say, the food is excellent in taste, quality and quantity. Try Yellow Chillies for its delicious authentic North Indian and Mughlai gastronomy. You are far from being disappointed!
Address: 2nd Floor, 1-7, Sharnam Fortune, Opposite Inox Multiplex, Race Course Circle, Vadodara
The newest cafe in Vadodara is soon becoming the favourite place for the locals. As the name suggests, Tea is the main item on the menu that offers thirty-five varieties of teas including the regular kinds. The added simple side dishes and light bites on the menu with a scrummy twist that will take your taste buds on a great tour of the tastes explored and unexplored. The menu even has a small section of mini meals. The food isn’t extraordinary, but finger licking good. As for the ambiance, it seems like the bricked walls are in trend these days; it does works well for Tealicious. Definitely must try for the simple, yet twisty tastes.
Address: Shop No. 15/16, Atlantis K-10, Tower-A, Behind Vodafone Shop, Opp. Vadodara Central, Genda Circle, Vadodara
El Amigo’s Kitchen
Recently, there have been a number of restaurants that have been successfully winning over customers the minute they step in, El Amigo’s Kitchen is one of them. Located in the busy Alkapuri area it is the decor and the ambiance teleports you to a land you away from the hustled life from where you do not wish return. This adorable little place is ideally for a lazy evening to chill with your friends or for a cosy and casual dinner date, that’s totally your pick. As the name suggest you must have already guessed what the kitchen serves. Bang on, lip smacking continental food that leaves your hunger and yearning for more. Reliable foodies of the city absolutely recommend this restaurant. Well, Amigos, jot El Amigo’s Kitchen on your must try list, you are not going to regret it.
Address: Prestige Building, Near Alkapuri circle besides Axis Bank, Alkapuri, Vadodara.
A newbie added in line with Cafe Bistro. Known as the “coolest hangout place” by the young budding foodie for the unique seating arrangements, the favourite stairs is one of its kinds. Yet, another place with the bricked wall that is about perfect those quirky wall hangings. Yes, it is kind of cool. Qwiches – Quick Bite totally lives up to its name. Although, the menu has limited choices, there is no compromise whatsoever with the taste or quality of the food. Even if you try one item off each section you will be in for a treat. If you head to Qwiches do not forget to try the novelty item, Focaccia. Can always thank me later. Is it expensive? No, it is easy on your pocket and affordable with your pocket money. Totally worth it!
Address: Ground Floor Neal Appts, Opp. D- Mart Galleria Mall , Akota, Old Padra Rd, Vadodara
The Morsel Bite of Happiness & Bali’s Cafe – is the new addition to the list of restaurants and cafe of Vadodara. This place has won over quite a few people even before they taste the food courtesy to the colourful glasses and interior detailing which has proven to be a mood booster. Being a multi-cuisine joint, Morsel’s menu offers ample options to try from various signature Indian dishes and cuisines to Continental. Restaurant and Cafe, both, have different menus, but food is available and commonly served from both the menus. Often people call it ‘the feel good’ place for the wonderfully cosy ambiance and yum food.
Address: Atlantis Heritage, Sarabhai Main Road. Vadodara
Kabir’s Kitchen and Kabir’s Cafe, has been recently added to list of restaurants. Located right in the center of the busy bustling R.C. Road, it is one of the much-loved places by Barodians. Kabir’s offers an extensive menu, but it is the buffet that is been stirring the buzz around. About the food, good starters and main course, the dessert is the cherry! This place has certainly got the good vibes, delightful ambiance, big space and interiors are also well picked. It is hard not to come back to this charming place even if it is just to have a cup of coffee in the cafe. Will it make a tiny hole in your wallet, not really; it is neither too cheap nor too expensive. If confectioneries make you weak in the knees then you should visit this beautiful place.
Address: R.C. Dutt Road,Opposite Concord Building, Alkapuri, Vadodara
The thing about food, it demands to be eaten even if eat becomes ate which then is weight. As all happiness depends on a leisurely meal, there are number of diverse choices in the cuisine at every restaurant around the city. However, these new restaurants are highly recommended by the food lovers of Vadodara for serving rich, flavorsome culinary delicacies.