I loved Kasauli. I loved it more than Shimla. It was the place I had been willing to come to escape from the chaos of Delhi, the traffic, pollution, and traffic. Working in a 9 to 6 job, it is very obvious that everyone looks for serenity at the weekend. That’s why the weekend traveler in me always starts to push me the moment it clocks 6 pm on Friday to leave and catch a bus to somewhere peaceful. Shimla was nice but I needed something more as a part of my weekend travel. Thus, I had to move to Kasauli. Without having anything on the name of breakfast, I took a bus from Shimla ISBT and reached Kasauli. So, when I reached I was starving and needed to eat something. Having no idea what to eat and where to eat in Kasauli, I reached a shop which was selling chai, pakora, samosa, etc.
I am not a fan of chai (tea) and haven’t tasted it for over more than a decade. The last time I remember was in 2002 I guess. Whenever you have to visit any place in hills with cold weather, chai and Maggi is the easily available food and for me, it was a problem. Before reaching here, I didn’t check café or restaurants to eat in Kasauli. It was all an unplanned journey without even checking out places to eat in Kasauli, which to some extent, I should have checked.
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Jain Tea Stall – where I reached at first to eat in Kasauli
I took a short walk of some minutes from the bus stop to reach near the church. I saw a place with lots of shops and cafes around and most of them were shut. I had no idea why or I was there at the wrong time. But then there was this small shop, with crowd thronged around it. Probably, because this was the only quick bite eatery to eat in Kasauli that day. It took long for me to get one break pakoda and one samosa. I had to sit and wait though there were three people at the shop but it was crowded like anything. I don’t want to offend any Maggi lover (I do love Maggi) but I was done for the journey. I had Maggi when I reached Shimla at ISBT. I had Maggi when I reached Kufri National Park. So I was looking for something else and something more than just a bowl of Maggi.
You will also find noodles other than Maggi at such places and I had had noodles at Indian Coffee House in Shimla, so no, I wasn’t looking for them either. After waiting for an hour or something, I finally got my bread pakoda at first. While I was enjoying my bite, I saw a dog staring at me and that’s it. I placed that bread pakoda on the ground and watched that stray animal vanishing it in its mouth. I went back to the shop again and ordered for samosa and that went for another good ten minutes or so.
After fueling something in my body, I headed to Christ Church which was visible while I was taking a walk from the bus stop. I must have spent an hour or more there. By that time, I had consumed the energy I had got by eating those snacks. So I looked around to find a place where I could have good authentic North Indian food, no gimmick man!
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North Indian food place to eat in Kasauli – Zaika Restaurant
This restaurant which looked fancy is located near the church. While I was strolling across the unknown paths there, I found this restaurant on the road; all lighted up colorful and appealed a nice place to eat in Kasauli. So, after a little speculation, I went inside. Whenever I visit a restaurant during such trips, I usually go to the washroom, and to my surprise, this place didn’t even have a washroom and I felt I came to the wrong place. But anyway, I thought to stay there only. There were some more people, a cute baby girl who was the center of attraction for everyone. I occupied the last seat and put my phone on charging.
There too, the wait was long enough and I wanted to leave but at the same time, I wanted to charge both phones too. So, I waited for the order to be served at the table which just added fuel to my hunger. I had ordered myself masala papad, I guess 10 butter chapati, 1 aloo naan, and mix veg. Well, whenever I get confused with the veg option to choose, I end up ordering mixed veg and that’s what I did here. Well, it wasn’t something I could appreciate. I am sure it must have been better, way better than this. The mixed veg tasted like brunt and I could see the blackish part on the pieces of veggies and the chapatis were like papad, they were not baked properly, it was like almost nothing.
After eating this all, paid my bill which was beyond what I had to eat in Kasauli, I walked out and marched towards the bus stop again. It was getting dark already and I missed visiting the sunset point and I was interested to go and spent some moments there. But it didn’t work that way. The wait at the restaurant consumed a good time which I could have spent there.