You may remember Ooty for the beautiful views it offers. You may remember Ooty for the tea plantations. You may remember Ooty for the pleasant weather. I remember Ooty for the scrumptious food it has on offer!
No trip to this popular hill station is complete without a round of over-eating, and no holiday is complete without big parcels of food being ferried back home.
Who can resist the famous buns and cakes from Ooty? Who can turn away from home-made chocolate and fudge? Ooty is a chocoholic’s paradise. Walk into any half decent store or bakery, and walk away with some white chocolate, a slab of strawberry chocolate, a dollop of bitter chocolate or a crunchy nut and fruit chocolate. Your best bet is the Ooty bakery – it has some delicious treats on offer, and you won’t return empty handed.
If you’ve had your fill of chocolate, it’s time for some tea. Ooty is famous of its tea plantation and every nook has a proud chaiwala ready with a hot cuppa. But if you’re looking for a more exotic experience, make your way to one of the many tea plantations for a session of tea tasting. And if tea is not your drink, then why not try the wine at the local vineyards?
Ooty has a variety of cuisines on offer. If you’re in the mood for Chinese, then make your way either to Wang’s kitchen or Shinkow’s Chinese Restaurant. For a more Indian affair try out the Tandoori Mahal, and dig into the Chettinad Chicken Pepper, a city specialty.
Other good places to dine at include Nilgiri Woodlands Hotel and the luxurious Fernhill Palace. For a strictly vegetarian platter, make your way to Hotel Dasaprakash, known for its exquisite South Indian delicacies and unlimited Thalis. And for those with a taste for North Indian cuisine, try the ever-popular Patel Bhojanalaya. For an afternoon snack or a quick munch, head out to the Hot Breads chain, which serves a great range of pizzas and sandwiches.
So fill up that plate, for what good is a holiday without a great meal?
What’s your best memory of a meal in Ooty? Have you tried a wine tasting evening at one of the vineyards there? Do you think a hot drink and warm food are all you need to make an evening special in Ooty?