Ahmedabad became the first city in India to be granted World Heritage City status in July 2017 due to its ancient architecture of mosques and fort walls and gates and other heritage buildings. Food also plays an integral part in building the culture of a city. Many eateries in the old city area, which began operations before independence are still going strong. A few others have opened recently as heritage hotels. These are old havelis and bungalows which housed royalty and even leaders of the freedom struggle of our country before independence.
We list some well-known heritage restaurants of the city for you here:
This terrace restaurant is the best-known heritage eatery situated in the old city area just opposite the archaeological marvel Siddi Saiyed Mosque. It was in the news recently after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dined here along with his wife Akie in September 2017 when they were hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is part of the House of Mangaldas Giridhardas Heritage Hotel group. Agashiye serves authentic Gujarati thali.
Price for two: Rs 2400
This 150+ year-old Diwans Bungalow has been converted to a heritage property six years ago and it serves authentic Rajasthani cuisine and Diwans special dishes which have been cooked by the family for generations. The food here is still cooked under the guidance of their old chefs. Many leaders of the freedom struggle like Mahatma Gandhi have lived in this place. One needs to book in advance to dine here and only one booking is taken at a time to give the diners that exclusive experience. Minimum booking is for four persons at a time.
Cost for two: Rs 2300
This restaurant is named Fresh Roast but it serves vegetarian food only. It is part of Mani Mansion heritage hotel and it has great ambience. It serves Indian, Continental and Italian cuisine. This is a very nice place for that quiet classy dinner you have been waiting to have with your partner.
Cost for two: Rs 1100
This restaurant is probably the oldest eatery which is still going strong in Ahmedabad. It started operations in 1889. Old-timers still remember that this was the only place to go to, back in the day. Situated close to the railway station, it serves authentic Gujarati food and snacks which are tasty. Also, the food here is very affordable.
Cost for two: Rs 400
A published author working on her second book, Sonal worked for many years as a journalist in The Indian Express, The Asian Age and DNA Newspaper where she regularly reviewed restaurants and wrote about food. She worked in Nairobi as a general manager of a group of restaurants in another era. She loves experimenting with food but is also known for her Biryanis and Kababs and even her baking skills. She likes travelling to little known places and if she finds quaint eateries it just makes the trip more fun. Currently based in Ahmedabad, she is happy with the growing awareness of gourmet food in the city.