Mcleodganj is more than just momos, food-wise. Given a chance, I would’ve roamed every nook-and-cranny of this suburb. The whole area is little confusing, if you ask me. There is Bhagsu, Dharamkhot, Naddi, Village Heini, Dharamsala and Mcleodganj. So the places I have mentioned covers them all.
Here they are the best places to eat in Mcleodganj, in no particular order
1. Morgan’s Place: earlier known as ‘Out of the Blue’, Morgan’s is owned by Murugun Bala. It is close to the place where the taxi’s drop you at Dharamkot. We walked till here. Thank god because we only then could manage to eat one whole pizza. Speaking of which they are marvelously thin and fresh. The sauce was lush and the toppings tasted of the hills. The variety is huge and one can also custom-make their pizza. This and the stunning hill view with quirky interiors, makes this place a must-visit.
2. The Tibet Quality Bakery: nothing is bad here, really. It is next to the post office on Jogiwara road and is usually crowded. We got so much from here, even for our travel back to Delhi. Try anything and you won’t be disappointed. What stood out was the nutty bars. They were loaded with chocolate, roasted nuts and gummy raisins- really yummy. The yak roll, even though slightly salty, was deliciously-different. The onion bread was layers of soft, most bread spiced with onion, garlic and spices, keeping us full for long.
3. The Tibet Kitchen: You’ll find this next to CCD on the main square, Jogiwara Road. We came here for lunch one day and dinner the other day. That’s because when you are here, you’ll be served delicious, lip-smacking Tibetan food. Just a word of caution- they take their chilly really seriously, so be careful. Despite that, I loved their Pork Chilly. It was fresh, juicy and was full of flavor.
Their Chinese is lovely as well. Chicken momo soup, kung pao chicken and chilly garlic noodles is what all we had for dinner. And no complains- their portions are huge, btw. The mutton and chicken momos, both steamed and fried, were delicious as well.
4. The Chocolate Log – can be found on Jogiwara road. Since we reached after 6pm <their closing time> she invited us for breakfast the next day. For which we ate their special Spanish omelette with sausage, home-made bread and cucumber-mint lassi. The food matches the enthusiasm of Cheryl, the owner. Boisterous, charming and too remember for long. She rents cottages, sells home-made wine, is a dog-lover <owns 6 dogs>- what is not to like here. Definitely recommend it. Oh the lemon pie, chocolate cake are heavenly.
5. The Crepe Pancake Hut– tiny, quaint little corner with books all around, this place is run by lovely ladies. You’ll mostly find expats, intellectuals and ardent bookworms, hardly any Indians. Anyway we had shakshuka, buckwheat waffles and washed it own with green juice. All of it simple, yet flavorful. I would say the food is a little bland for the Indian palate, but if you’re on a healthy spree, a visit here is definite.
1. For Momos: Hunt for two ladies outside Norling restaurant, they serve fresh, steamed potato momos that are too die for.
2. For Italian: Jimmy’s serves delicious waffles, pastas and pizzas. The food reminds me of my first trip to Mcleod which was around 5 years ago, it tastes and feels the same.
3. For desserts: Must, must visit to Woeser Bakery. They have delightful sweet treats that melt your heart. So does SangoMo, the owner. Brownies, chocolate tart and the chocolate-chilly bomb are highly recommended. This place is just below Black Magic, next to a retail shop on Jogiwara road.
4. For Japanese: Lung Ta is a little away from Peace Cafe. The food is vegetarian, but oh-so-good. Great value, delicious set-meal, open terrace, the food will definitely take you by surprise. Tuesdays and Fridays are sushi days, by the way.
5. For coffee: Rongpa Cafe is a tiny gift shop that serves delicious hand-drop coffee. I am not a fan, but the aroma made me get a cup and disappointed, I was not. The earning, whatever they are, go to charity- love the idea.
Which is your favorite place in Mcleodganj? If I have missed out any place, please leave me a comment and I will update my list.
Until then, safe travels.