5 Best Homegrown Restaurants in Bhubaneswar that Serve Something ‘Different’
When in Bhubaneswar, you will find plenty of eateries serving conventional East Indian food in every nook and corner of the city. The streets are almost always buzzing with locals having a chat with one another while sipping on hot chai along with some Odia snack. As for meals, most of the local population loves their Biryani and Chicken Roll, and hence, they’re the most popular dishes on the menu at most food outlets.
There are, however, a few homegrown restaurants that have chosen to differ from the norm by bringing something unique to the table. And believe it or not, they serve some of the best Asian, Mughlai, even authentic Neapolitan Pizzas prepared in-house. And these are local, Bhubaneswar-born and bred outlets we’re talking about, not food chains.
Looking to grab a bite at some of the most unique local restaurants in the temple city? Here’s a list of our top picks:
Visiting this restaurant will surely bring back memories of your trip to Bangkok! The interiors are minimalistic yet classy, the menu is vast, filled with Thai food options and has photos of dishes towards the end (similar to local eateries in Thailand). They have a top-notch Thai chef who deserves a shoutout for the mouthwatering dishes she cooks up with great consistency. You can almost pick any dish from the menu and it’ll be cooked to perfection — flavour-packed Asian delicacies at its best!
Recommended Dishes: Pad Thai, Som Tam Salad
Location: Plot No. 536, Saheed Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Would you believe us if we said that you can get the most authentic, thin and soft Naples-style Pizza in Bhubaneswar? Well, it’s true! Kudos to the management and the chefs at Brick & Clay for perfecting the art of making Neapolitan Pizza from scratch. The Pizzas have subtle flavours of fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, dotted with gobs of fresh mozzarella — southern Italy represent! They even make their own dips that you can dig into to help gulp the succulent wheat crusts. All in all, this place is a must-visit for Pizza lovers.
Recommended Dishes: Chilli Di Spinacio, Pollo Bolognese
Location: DLF Cybercity- Mindfire Solutions, UG Floor, Unit no. 26, Technology Corridor, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
In search of some rich, masaledaar Mughlai food? Pakwan is just the place for you. It’s a fairly modest, no non-sense place that serves mouthwatering tikkas and curries. And they have a wide variety of them — so take your pick and they won’t disappoint. The only tricky part is reaching there as it’s located in one of the bylanes of IRC Village amidst a crowded street. You must try to get there as early in the evening as possible as their best dishes get sold out very soon — they’re that good.
Recommended Dishes: Chicken Lababdar, Paneer Kadhai
Location: Plot N 6/7, Mirza Ejaz Baig, IRC Village, Ward 27, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Serving dishes from across South Asia, Wok On is one of the most popular hangouts for millennials in Bhubaneswar. Its trademark graffiti wall is refreshing and unsurprisingly makes for a popular selfie frame among customers. They have an elaborate menu — from their ever-popular Japanese Ramen to the delicious Malaysian Chicken Satay — you can choose dishes from over 5 countries. They also have a cafe under the same roof that brews a mean cup of coffee apart from other interesting beverages.
Recommended Dishes: Khao Suey, Mie Goreng
Location: LG – 19, DLF Cyber City, Chandaka Industrial Estate, Patia, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
A multi-storeyed house partly converted into a restaurant, Zingiber is one of the few places in Bhubaneswar that serves traditional South Indian food. They serve everything from a homely Appam and Chicken Stew to a perfectly prepared Masala Dosa. The seating space is relaxed, with long community dining tables to sit around and eat. The place also houses a bakery that makes a variety of cakes and confections. So, if you’re looking for some comfort South Indian food in the city, Zingiber is the perfect stop.
Recommended Dishes: Chettinad Chicken Curry, Masala Dosa
Location: 14, Aryapalli, Gate No 1, KIIT College Road, Patia, Bhubaneswar, Odisha