Established in 1913, in the center of Chandni Chowk and close to Jama Masjid, this place is history at its best and surrounded with history. Blessed with knowledge of secret recipes for delicious Mughlai food passed down from generations, Hazi Kareemudin established a modest eatery which has a reputation and aura not many can match now. It started off with nothing but a 2-course menu: aloo ghost (mutton and potatoes) and dal but now boasts of a variety of mouth-watering dishes which an increasingly varied crowd enjoys.
Kolkata in itself is a city full of culture, tradition and history. Allen's Kitchen symbolizes all these and more and is thus a representative of the city and its history. It is a proud establishment in the culinary landscape of Kolkata. The restaurant is over 132 years old and was founded by Mr. Jibonkrishna Saha. It has stayed in the same family too, being run by 4-th generation Sahas. The aesthetics of the place are not that great but one bite of the prawn or fish cutlet will make you forget that. Affordable yet delicious food is their mantra. They only operate between 4 and 9 pm though and a sitting place is not easy to find! The eatery is best known for its Fried Snacks.
Established in 1871, Leopold Cafe (better known as Leo's) is one of Mumbai's oldest. The versatile crowd and the expansive menu both take your breath away. It has had modest beginnings but now has just about every cuisine under the sun, from Chinese to Italian to Indian, you name it and you can have it. The Leopold special vegetarian pasta, red pepper chicken, prawn chilli and soya wine chicken are the most frequently ordered dishes according to patrons but there are plenty of other great things to order. It is best known for being a shrine as well as a literary destination.