Best restaurants in Kurseong
Unlike Darjeeling town, you won't find many great restaurants in Kurseong. That's mainly because the place does not yet see the kind of tourist flow which Darjeeling has and the local residents don't seem to be interested much in eating out. But there do exist a few nice dining options in Kurseong.
Here are the best ones:
Restaurant at Kurseong Tourist Lodge
(Category: Mid Range)
The West Bengal Tourism Department operated Tourist Lodge has a nice multi cuisine family restaurant and a bar. It is open to both in-house guests and outsiders. The bar area is adjacent to the restaurant. The best part of this place is its lovely views of the mountains and Kanchenjunga snow peaks through the window. So the window side tables are the first to get filled up.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. In breakfast, the usual choices are toast, butter/jam, and eggs, or puri sabji. In lunch and dinner you can order Indian or Chinese. They have both non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes on the menu.
There are also snack items on the menu like pakoras. The restaurant also serves Darjeeling Tea (usually from Makaibari tea garden). One negative about this restaurant is during day time there are lots of flies. I have been seeing this problem since many years.
Kurseong Tourist Lodge Restaurant
The bar is well stocked and has great views like that of the restaurant. You can order for snacks here. The service is a bit slow. The barman is there since ages.
The Bar at Kurseong Tourist Lodge
The Tourist Lodge also has a Momo Corner adjacent to the restaurant. It's a small sitting area with an open kitchen where the delicious momos (steamed dumplings filled with chicken or veg) are made. It's a self serviced eatery.
Making great momos at Kurseong tourist lodge
You also get sandwiches, snacks, cold drinks and bottled water at the momo corner.
(Category: Mid Range)
This is an excellent tea lounge located about 8.5kms ahead of Kurseong Market area and on Hill Cart Road (i.e. NH-110). Other than inside seating, there is a lovely roof-covered open deck that overlooks the vast Margaret's Hope tea gardens on the slopes of the rolling hills. It' a special experience to take a table on the deck and sip a fine cup of Darjeeling tea while watching the views of the misty valley ahead and the tea gardens. The tea lounge and the Margaret's Hope tea garden belongs to Goodricke.
(Photo: Margaret's Deck Management)
Other than a range of tea that are plucked from the various gardens of Goodricke and served on tea pots, you also get excellent snack items as accompaniments such as scones, cakes, smoked chicken sausages, chicken sausage rolls and more. They also serve lunch. Although the portions are not large, the food itself is great and so is the friendly service. A small pot of tea (single) costs around Rs. 300. You can also buy packets of tea at the counter that are sourced from various gardens of Goodricke.
Restaurant at Amarjeet Hotel
(Category: Mid Range)
Another quite popular Punjabi restaurant is the one at Amarjeet Hotel, located at the taxi stand area, close to the station, and right on the road. The restaurant is in the ground floor with an entry from the road. It serves north Indian and Chinese cuisine.
It has a bar as well. Inside ambience is a bit darkish. Food is okay.
Amarjeet Bar, Kurseong
This is a tiny hidden restaurant, more like a wooden shack with a tinned roof. It's located some 100 yards from the station area and on the busy Makaibari road. It serves only local Nepali food (both vegetarian and non Veg) and is very popular with the locals, specially the working class and the shop owners around.
Marmen Restaurant Kurseong
It's a budget restaurant run by a few local ladies. The food is simple and good. I took the chicken thali which came with rice, daal, sabji, salad and chicken curry. The portions are okay. However I thought the chicken pieces could have been better. May be it was my bad luck to get such pieces which were mostly bones and skin. There is a tap outside and on the road to wash your hands. If you are smoker (most locals are), you will get loose or packed cigarettes at the restaurant's counter as well.
Marmen Restaurant Kurseong, Inside
This is a high-end restaurant located at the hotel Cochrane Place. It's about 2kms from the main Kurseong town center and you will need a car to reach. This is undoubtedly the best restaurant around. It has a great vista of the valley and the surroundings. They offer British Raj Anglo Indian recipes, fine European cuisine, Oriental delicacies and traditionally baked muffins. The associated kitchen garden is the source of many ingredients used in the dishes. Candle lit dinner is a great experience here.
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