Ditch your usual mainstream restaurants for these lesser-known, iconic hole-in-the-wall eateries that are bound to please your taste buds. By Kanika Khokhran

1. Shim TurDelhi


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Tucked in the bustling market of Paharganj in Central Delhi, atop a tourist guesthouse, Shim Tur is the perfect place if you are in the mood for some Korean foodDon’t let the cluttered streets change your mind because the delicious meal and terrace-view at this place are worth the effort. With a casual and relaxed ambience, it is a great eatery to kick-back with some chilled soju and spicy ramen. They even have a small collection of books for guests to read and unwind under strung up fairy lights. 

Where: 644/C 645, Mohalla Boali, Navrang Guest House 6 tooti Chowk, Paharganj, New Delhi, Delhi 

Must try: Kimbap, spicy pork, kimchi

Cost for two: INR 600

2. Egg Dee – Sanjay Restaurant, Jaipur 


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If breakfast is your favourite meal of the day, and you just can’t do without a fluffy omelette, you must visit Egg Dee. Established in 1981 by chef Sanjay Sharma, this restaurant is an egg lover’s paradise; it has over 120 egg dishes in its menu such as mango omelette, Obama omelette, egg lasagna and more. Chef Sharma is a record holder for having over 600 egg recipes in his kitty and was also a participant on the first season of MasterChef India. Egg Dee has several outlets all over Jaipur, so if you’re ever in the city do drop by for a flipping good omelette. 

WhereB 18, 19, Janta Store, Bapu Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 

Must try: Jumbo omelette, egg pizza, egg puff

Cost for two: INR 500 

3. K. Rustom & Co.Mumbai


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Rustom & Co. has been an iconic Iranian ice-cream parlour known for its scrumptious ice-cream biscuits since 1953. Started by Khodabux Rustom Irani, earlier as a departmental store, it was later turned into aice-cream stopover, thronged by people generally after a stroll on the Marine Drive. Initially, the store had only classic flavours like vanilla, chocolate, walnut crunch, pineapple, raspberry, etc., but if you visit there nowyou’ll find some of the most mouth-watering experimental flavours, like cocoa mint crunch, toffee crunch and more. Even after all these years, K. Rustom & Co. remains a favourite for both locals and tourists, alike. 

Where 86, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 

Must try: Walnut crunch, kesar pista, seasonal flavours 

Cost for two: INR 200 

4. Nahoum and Sons, Kolkata


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Over a century old Jewish bakery, Nahoum and Sons, is the last of its kind. It was founded in 1902, in British Calcutta by Nahoum Israel Mordecai, a Baghdadi Jew, who initially used to sell baked goods from door-to-door, but later came up with this name in 1916. Till date, the bakery has retained its old-world charm and original interior and is well-loved by residents and tourists alike for its traditional delectable recipes. For anyone with a sweet tooth and a weak spot for sponge cakes and confectionaries, this is the place to visit in Kolkata. The moment you step into this iconic bakery, the sight of cookies, patties, tarts, brownies, rum balls and its special plum cake will make you drool. 

Where: F20, Bertram St, New Market Area, DharmatalaTaltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 

Must try: Plum cake, crème puff, fruit cake

Cost for two: INR 300 

5. CTR Shri SagarBengaluru


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Central Tiffin Room is a heritage eaterywhich was started in the 1920s by YV Subramanyam and his brothers but was later bought by Sanjeeva S Poojari in 1992, and renamed as Shri Sagar. The restaurant takes great pride in maintaining the quality of taste in each dish. Bengaluru foodies can be spotted queueing up for its famous crunchy Benne (butter) masala dose, which is said to be the best in the city. Open throughout the year, the delicious food, filter coffee and rustic ambience of Shri Sagar take its guests to simpler times. 

Where: 7th Cross Rd, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru, Karnataka 

Must try: Benne dose, Poori SaguMangalore Bajji

Cost for two: INR 200 

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