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About Indian Food: Indian Food Chains To Die For

Updated on March 5, 2013

Mouth Watering Indian Cuisine

Indian Foods to Make Your Mouth Drool
Indian Foods to Make Your Mouth Drool

A Preview of What's on Offer

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Celebs Throng Barbeque Nation TablesTop hit Rajbhog Chat at BikanerwalaMouth Watering Chicken Tangdi Kebabs at Punjabi By NatureHazelnut Mocha Coffee at BaristaBarista Cappuccino Cookie n CreamDesserts on display at Barbeque NationBarista Blast Cold CoffeeSouth Indian Idli SambarPlain Dosa and Sambar at Sagar RatnaCafe Coffee Day Solar Eclipse Hot CoffeeAll time favorite snack South Indian Wada SambarZingy Pizza Sandwich at Cafe Coffee DayHot Coffee Solar Eclipse at Cafe Coffee Day
Celebs Throng Barbeque Nation Tables
Celebs Throng Barbeque Nation Tables
Top hit Rajbhog Chat at Bikanerwala
Top hit Rajbhog Chat at Bikanerwala
Mouth Watering Chicken Tangdi Kebabs at Punjabi By Nature
Mouth Watering Chicken Tangdi Kebabs at Punjabi By Nature
Hazelnut Mocha Coffee at Barista
Hazelnut Mocha Coffee at Barista
Barista Cappuccino Cookie n Cream
Barista Cappuccino Cookie n Cream
Desserts on display at Barbeque Nation
Desserts on display at Barbeque Nation
Barista Blast Cold Coffee
Barista Blast Cold Coffee
South Indian Idli Sambar
South Indian Idli Sambar
Plain Dosa and Sambar at Sagar Ratna
Plain Dosa and Sambar at Sagar Ratna
Cafe Coffee Day Solar Eclipse Hot Coffee
Cafe Coffee Day Solar Eclipse Hot Coffee
All time favorite snack South Indian Wada Sambar
All time favorite snack South Indian Wada Sambar
Zingy Pizza Sandwich at Cafe Coffee Day
Zingy Pizza Sandwich at Cafe Coffee Day
Hot Coffee Solar Eclipse at Cafe Coffee Day
Hot Coffee Solar Eclipse at Cafe Coffee Day

Top Indian Food Chains

Indian fast food industry is growing like never before. Other than the fast expanding international chains like McDonalds, Subway, Dominos, Pizza Hut et all, Indian chains are on a growth spree.

If you are in India and want to check out anything Indian without risking your health at a roadside stall, have a look at these Indian food joints that are extremely popular for their authentic Indian food. If you are in a big city you will definitely find an outlet, and if in a smaller place you will likely find at least a couple of them.

Some Indian food chains that are growing at rocket speed and worth a mention here -

1. Bikanerwala. This favorite Indian chain specializes in Indian delicacies like Cholle-Puri, Chat, Kachoris, Samosas, Pani Puri, Namkeen and all varieties of Indian sweets everyone likes to have as an evening snack. A favorite with the ladies for the lip smacking tangy tasting items. If you are looking at anything from a quick snack to a full meal, Bikanerwala is the place to be. Indian sweets from Bikanerwala make for excellent gifts if you are visiting an Indian friend. A meal for two is possible within Rs 200/-, or about $5.

2. Barista, and Cafe Coffee Day. Both are coffee bars that have built a presence across the country over the past few years with excellent variety of both hot and cold coffee and small bakeries to whet your appetite. Starting from scratch, in just a few years they have multiplied in popularity thanks to the international level food quality and service standards. Now in the process of getting an international imprint, a typical outing will cost a couple about Rs 300-400, or $8-10.

3. Sagar Ratna, Kamat Restaurant and Cafes, and Indian Coffee House. Following this sequence in terms of layout and cost, these three are the best known places if you want to have any kind of South Indian food. Food quality in all these chains is top of the line. You are likely to bump into at least one of the three wherever you are in India. India Coffee House is amongst the oldest, and you can still soak in the colonial era Indian culture here. In case of Kamat, ask for the restaurant as opposed to the hotel chain of the same name.

For South Indian food to include a large variety of dosas, wadas, uttapams, upma, and related stuff, these three are the leading players for an authentic experience. A filling meal for two is likely to cost you up to Rs 400, Rs 300 and Rs 200 (that’s about $8, $6 and $4) at Sagar Ratna, Kamath, and India Coffee House respectively.

4. Punjabi By Nature. Starting off in Delhi and now located in all major cities, this upscale restaurant is the place to check out the best Tandoori Chicken, Butter Chicken, Naan and anything Punjabi in food. The food is rich and the variety of spices used deliver authentic tastes to remember. Although a trifle expensive as compared to the others on this list, the quality of authentic Indian food and layout make it worth the trip. A typical meal for two is likely to cost around Rs 1500/-, or about $30.


Famous Punjabi Bhangra Dance on Display at Rangla Punjab, Haveli

Village Scenes Depicted At Haveli

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Ladies Make Traditional Phulkari EmbroideryChildren at Play in Village SceneLady in Village Home SceneHusband and Wife in VillageScene at Village Well
Ladies Make Traditional Phulkari Embroidery
Ladies Make Traditional Phulkari Embroidery
Children at Play in Village Scene
Children at Play in Village Scene
Lady in Village Home Scene
Lady in Village Home Scene
Husband and Wife in Village
Husband and Wife in Village
Scene at Village Well
Scene at Village Well

5. Haveli. Typically meaning ‘palatial residence’, this pure vegetarian Indian food chain has suddenly made a massive appearance all along the highways of North India over the past few years, and all are full at any given point of time! Having originated the concept in Jalandhar, Punjab, this unique restaurant gives you a feel of the Indian culture along with the food. The adjoining Rangla Punjab has a multitude of traditional dancers, musicians, magicians, monkey shows along with Camel rides and free cultural shows showcasing the vibrant culture of Punjab, to keep you enthralled and enhance the overall food experience.

Even the food is served in typical low Indian sitting posture, with an enthusiasm that is typical of the boisterous North Indian hospitality. A must visit for the overall experience, and a meal for two is also fairly cheap at about Rs 400-500, or $8-10.

6. Barbeque Nation. If you are in India and have not had a meal made on coals, you’ve not had anything. Non-veggies and veggy foodies rejoice, for this excellent barbeque chain lets you have unlimited quantities of Indian Chicken and Paneer Tikka, Mutton Kebabs, Tandoori Fish, Golden Prawn, Mushrooms and lots of other vegen Indian food delicacies all for a princely Rs 500/- per plate, or a shade under $12. Double it for a meal for two.

While waiters serve you from the central kitchen, each table has a small personal barbeque to keep the ‘seekhs’ (food rods) warm, and you can spend the entire evening hogging. Now this one is making my mouth water even thinking of all the yummy stuff!

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      Flavored Coffee 

      4 years ago

      Basrista is the home of authentic Italian coffee. Like normal coffee, flavored coffee too is rich in both taste and flavor.

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      Coffee Shop 

      4 years ago

      Barista is one of the few cafe coffee shop that offers a unique experience to all its customers. The front runners of cafe culture, Barista integrates the best of coffee with an ambience that helps people unwind in the company of their loved ones.

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      dakshinfood 

      6 years ago

      I have not ventured too far into the Indo-Chinese but there were couple of items like chicken 65. I was curious enough to try it. It does not sound like much, but it was delicious! Update... Looks like they've chef change problems (I think). Update... I see some negative comments.... In any case Solid south Indian food.

      visit: http://www.dakshincolumbus.com

    • Jasnav profile imageAUTHOR

      Jasnav 

      7 years ago

      @anglnwu,

      Thanks for the lovely comment. Indian dishes are truly mouth watering, and contrary to popular belief, there are lots of non-spicy ones as well!

      Happy eating - hope you get to enjoy some of the Indian hospitality in any one of my recommendations some time.

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      anglnwu 

      7 years ago

      Reading this hub makes me crave Indian food. I love Indian food and can make some common ones but nothing, I know nothing beats eating authentic Indian dishes. I was just in Singapore and had the pleasure to visit Little India and eat some delicious Indian food, served on banana leaves. I simply love the spices used. Rated awesome.

    • Jasnav profile imageAUTHOR

      Jasnav 

      7 years ago

      @Lamincome

      You just started on a journey that can take you ages to complete(there's so much variety), and one that you will love every inch of the way.

      Have a great time, and thanks for the comment.

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      lamincome 

      7 years ago

      The other day i tried Indian food for the first time. At first i felt a bit apprehensive but once you take the first bite - you can't stop! Indian food just blows me away!

    • Jasnav profile imageAUTHOR

      Jasnav 

      8 years ago

      @Charanjeet

      Thanks for the comment. For a foodie like me, listing out the best food joints was a natural process. Had my mouth drooling all along while writing this one!

      Do let us know your experience at Barbeque nation - it'll add to the fun here!

    • charanjeet kaur profile image

      charanjeet kaur 

      8 years ago from Delhi

      Jasnav, this is one well justified hub. You have taken care of including the best we have. Longing to go to barbeque nation for an upcoming event. Will keep you posted on that.

    • Jasnav profile imageAUTHOR

      Jasnav 

      8 years ago

      @Lisabeaman

      Thanks for the comment.

      Foodies like me love to try out new food given the chance. Indian food is wholesome n nutritious, and there is so much variety you could eat a new dish every day for decades.

      Contrary to common belief, there are lots of non-spicy dishes too. Try out any of the chains mentioned here to get great food without the health worries!

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      lisabeaman 

      8 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I have to admit that trying new foods like this makes me a little nervous... but recently I went to an Indian restaurant with a man from India and I was amazed at how good the food was! He was very helpful in recommending which foods to eat and explaining the different items. It was a great experience! Thanks for sharing this!

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