Best Places to eat in Gangtok – Sikkim

Shaptag - Solpon, Gangtok, Sikkim

                      All about the best eateries and delicious food that Gangtok has on offer

The year was 2019 when my parents, Gurjas and I visited Gangtok. It was my second trip to this beautiful
hill station. We had just finished working on our videos from Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya and we were ecstatic with the response from our audience. The love and warmth we felt during our trip compelled us to travel and explore more places in the North East India. Having met sweet people, encountering unique landscapes and gorging on exotic food, we wanted to feel it all over again. We packed our bags and like loyalists of Indian Railways, we started our long train journey from Delhi to New Jalpaiguri(NJP).

Once we reached NJP, we took a taxi to Gangtok. It was the month of August, the lush green trees and misty breeze welcomed us with open arms. Witnessing the beautiful sky while travelling on these serpentine roads was soul satisfying. We reached Gangtok, just in time for dinner. We rested at night, only to wake up with excitement and energy to experience the wonderful food I could eat in Gangtok.

Here’s what I loved:

The Local Cafe
Address: New Market, below Bank of Baroda, Gangtok Sikkim
Cost for two: Rs 300-400

Yellow Chicken Laphing - Local Cafe
Yellow Chicken Laphing – Local Cafe

This pretty little cafe on M G Road serves the tastiest Dry Yellow Chicken Laphing. Laphing is a Mung Bean
cold dish. The Mung Bean wrap is coated with red chili paste and rolled before its cut into noodles. This one at The Local Cafe had Chicken filling in it. Traditionally it doesn’t have chicken in it, but The Local Cafe’s version was innovative and delicious. They were also serving Tibetan Tea, Sandwiches, Cakes, Muffins etc. I had tried their Tibetan Sandwich, which was made with Tibetan Bread, Chicken and vegetable filling with cheese that was oozing out. The sandwich was served with Potato Wedges and a Salad on side. My meal here was not only filling but also very delicious.

Humro Bhansa Ghar
Address: MG Marg, Gangtok, Sikkim
Cost for two: Rs. 300

If you are someone who loves eating at places that serves a Thali, Humro Bhansa Ghar is the place for you. They serve Nepali Thali and the one I had ordered had Daal, Khassi Ko Masu (Mutton Curry), Saag, Tama Ko Tarkari (Methi with Bamboo Shoot), Nepali Kinema, Karela Tarkari (Karele Ki Sabzi), Rice, Piseyko Khorsani (Mirchi Chutney), Dhaniya Chutney, Salad and Begun Chop (Baingan Ka Pakora). Each dish on the Thali had a unique flavour and tasted really well when mixed together. My absolute favourites were the spicy lightly battered-deep fried eggplant, the fermented soybean (kinema) cooked wonderfully well with spices and tomato-onion and the meaty Mutton Curry.

I also loved having the Wai Wai Sadeko, a Nepali Street Snack that’s made with dry Wai Wai (Instant Noodles), Onions, Tomatoes, Veggies and Mustard Oil. The funky kick in this yummy dish, reminded me of delightful Jhal Muri of Kolkata. 

Bakers Cafe
Address: MG Marg, Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim
Cost for two: Rs 200 (for drinks) Rs 200-300 (for food)

This cafe is one of the oldest eateries in Gangtok. They have wide range of breads, pastries, chocolates, Pizzas and many such fast food items. It’s hugely popular and is one of the busiest places on M G Road. I went there for breakfast, so I had Macaroni Jaffles and Pancakes with Maple syrup. The Jaffles were served with potato wafers and they reminded me of childhood. This was something that one can easily make at home. Have leftover Macaroni? Put in inside two breads and make Jaffles for a quick breakfast meal.

I loved the soft, fluffy and warm pancakes too. Do visit, if you have kids travelling with you, they’ll have plenty of dishes to try at the Bakers Cafe.

Orthodox Restaurant
Address: MG Marg, Vishal Gaon, Gangtok, Sikkim
Cost for two: Rs 300-400

Fried Beef Momo - Orthodox Cafe
Fried Beef Momo – Orthodox Cafe

If you love Momos then visiting Orthodox restaurant should be an absolute must on your to-do list. As I entered the place, the décor and the set up reminded me of those old style restaurants from the 1990’s. It was packed with people having Noodles with Curries, Chopseuy etc. I was there to have only Momos, so I ordered for one plate of Beef Momos and asked them to serve half of them fried and the other half steamed. I have a bias for steamed Momos but it was recommended by my friend Yangchen (who’s a local) to try the fried Momos too. I had both style of Momos with a funky, smooth and spicy chili chutney and they were yum. The richness and the juiciness of the Beef filling was nothing short of luxury. I loved the fried ones more than the steamed Momos.

Solpon
Address: Singtam- Chungthang Road, Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim
Cost for two: Rs 500 and above

If I could go back to Gangtok and eat at just one restaurant, Solpon would be it. Every dish that I had at this restaurant, was just divine. Pork Ribs, Atsey Salad, Chicken Shaphaley, Beef Shapta with Tingmo, Beef Momo and Ginger Lemon Honey Water, every dish was extra-ordinarily lip-smacking. The Pork ribs were so well cooked that the meat just came off the bones and it melted in my mouth. The bold umami flavour just elevated the whole experience of eating it. Words fall short to describe the joy of eating it. Beef Shapta and Tingmo were also straight out of heaven. The Beef was cooked beautifully with caramalised red onions, spring onions and chili. The Atsey Salad was made with Tomato-Onion, Cheese, Chili Oil and Cilantro on top. The food was love on a plate. Do visit to have the finest Tibetan Food in Town.

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