The Steel City, they say, runs a multi-cultural fare with shacks, shops and restaurants serving generations. Lip smacking savories, mouth-watering delicacies, tempting palates and culinary secrets, all come together in this cultural cauldron. People of all castes and clans from all over India come together to forge their tastes into a common identity with its unique food, making it worth visiting recurrently! The owners of the following 10 places can be best characterized by “They came, they cooked and they continue to conquer Jamshedpur.” If you’re someone with a big taste in this small town, you should never miss them.
1. Manohar Chat:
The maverick, down-to-earth, happy go lucky Pappu Sardar is a social activist, a Madhuri fan and a restaurateur all at once. Working for 30-40 rupees a day in Jhargram and Ghatshila, he opened a small shop in 1995 after demise of his father, Manohar Singh. His extra-ordinarily human nature arises from the fact that that he serves at the Cheshire home, Provides free aftaari during ramzan , disguises himself as Santa Clause for poor kids on Christmas, get destitute girls married on Madhuri Dixit’s birthday and gives donations for calamity relief in her name. He is a proud Madhuri fan. His deification is mentioned in the book “Public Hinduism”. He celebrates her birthday extravagantly every year since 1996 and even has a calendar begin with the actress’s birthdate. This multi-talented inspiring man also displays his poetic side by having written a poem in Madhuri Dixit’s film “Gulaab Gang”. He serves to his customers with a huge smile, a variety of pakoras, samosas and chat.
2. Hotel Karnail:
The belly rules the mind and the right breakfast is the route to happiness. Karnail Singh, son of Singara Singh entered the food business in 1960s. The Hotel Karnail, now run by Mr. Singara’s grandson Inderjit Singh. Hotel Karnail has two large and successful outlets in town. The owner owes the turning point in his life to guru deeksha from Jain saints. The Karnails would serve liquor and mutton, due to which the place was turning out to be rendezvous of unruly young men. The restaurant was soon converted to a pure vegetarian restaurant and all of this stopped. The business then touched peaks of success in 1985. The incomparable taste and authentic Punjabi cuisine surpasses all competitors.
3. Swamy Dosa:
Working in TISCO’s Office Canteen in 1960s, Swamy opened a small shack selling idlis and dosas for paisas and annas. Later, sons Ganesh, Tambi and Murthy worked hard and became Popular as Ganesh dosa. The business now runs briskly outside Beldih Church School. Ambrosial dosas with variations of butter, cheese and onions makes it a favourite of all. School and college students crave for ganesh dosas. Back in the day, all bunked classes, mine and those of my schoolmates found their way to his ‘thela’.
4. Novelty Restaurant:
Get the best butter chicken in Jamshedpur here! 42 years old, Novelty Restaurant is run by Rajinder Kumar Soni. It is a multi –cuisine restaurant having a south indian counter, ice cream parlor and a bakery. It had faced umpteen challenges like selling chicken curry for 50paise and handling unruly customers at its old bar. Serving both the Indian and Western palates, your visit to Jamshedpur is incomplete without eating here!
5. Sakchi Mishtaan Bhandar
Sakchi Mishtaan Bhandar is the most popular food joint in Jamshedpur, located in the centre of the marketplace. You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food, which SMB proves it aptly. Tiny samosas, kachori and sev sabji serve as the breakfast for most nearby shopkeepers! All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. 70 varieties of savories and sweets made of pure cow milk ghee make it a local fovourite.
6. Girish Chanachur:
Started in 1976 by Girishbhai Nanubhai Patel from Gujarat, the chanachur sales begun on what we call a ‘thela’ in the fish market area. Marketed as Shresth, now it is a brand name with 3 huge outlets in town. Selling around 411 varieties of items, his Amavat chocolate , kaju sonpapdi and gulabpak serve your taste buds right. The mammoth variety available here leaves you to wonder.
Frank’s is perhaps the only food joint in town that serves pork. It is run by the Laio family. Frank’s introduced authentic Chinese cuisine to Jamshedpur for the first time. It continues to serve the best Chinese food till date. Long before the world discovered Maggi and years back when Jamshedpur was but a forest area, with as few as restaurants to be counted on fingertips, Frank ran its monopoly!
8. Softy Corner:
Eat the dessert first, life is uncertain, . Jamshedpur’s favorite fix after a late night drive, Softy Corner opened by Ved Prakash Soni and now run by son Sunder Soni, is an ice cream parlour by a petrol station. Mr. Soni concocted his own recipe of softy and is now an iconic joint among youngsters in town. The drive-in has recently been converted to a parlor again by a gas station, with numerous varieties of ice creams, softies, shakes, waffles, cones and sundaes. The ambience is very appealing, with walls adorned with one-liners like “Too much ice-cream is good for health”.
9. Brown Bunch:
A balance diet is a cookie in each hand! Started recently on the 6th of November, 2015 by Davinder Bhatia, Gini Bhatia and Randeep Singh, Brown Bunch seems to have made it large within no time at all. With over 200 exquisite items and more than 50 variations in cookies, BB brings to Jamshedpur the luxury and finesse never witnessed before here. The one of it’s kind bakery provides sugar free and oil free breads, baked samosas, fancy gift hampers and brands like Starbucks. Baklawa is imported exclusively from Dubai. BB serves 100% vegetarian food and the prices are well within the affordable bracket!
10. Bhatia Milkshake
Last but not the least, Bhatia Milkshake was established in 1965 by Late Surjeet Singh Bhatia. He began by making unique syrup blends. Son, Rajinder Singh Bhatia now looks after the business which is widespread and is available for other people in India too on askmebazaar.com Local buffalo milk, langda mangoes from Bihar, rose petals from Howrah, litchis from Muzaffarpur and pineapples from SIliguri offer the best milkshakes of all times. Healthy and pure with all natural ingredients turns out to be the brand you can trust and milkshakes to kill for!
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