There are some foods which remain favourites for most people like chocolates. In India, especially in North and Central India, Paneer is a favourite food item which is tasty, versatile, and vegetarian and it is served in most restaurants. Gujaratis, who are predominantly vegetarians, at least those who frequent restaurants, love their paneer and so most restaurants have a lot of paneer dishes on their menus.
Paneer or cottage cheese is a good source of protein, and, for vegetarians, it provides much-needed protein which is essential for a good physique, muscle mass and good health. It is also relatively low in calories as compared to cheese. But most of all its love for its smooth creamy texture and awesome taste. There is Palak Paneer, Mutter Paneer, Paneer Kurchan, Paneer Pasanda, Shahi Paneer, Kadhai Paneer and many other such dishes. One can also get Paneer Parantha, Paneer Pakora and even Paneer Stuffed Omelette.
In Ahmedabad, several restaurants serve Paneer in many different versions and with hundreds of restaurants serving this tasty food item, it can really get confusing so we have chosen five top places in the city where you can get awesome Paneer dishes.
List of five restaurants serving delicious Paneer dishes in Ahmedabad
The Turban, Thaltej, West Ahmedabad
Located in Thaltej, this is a vegetarian restaurant serving North Indian cuisine along with Mexican and Chinese dishes. It is open for lunch and dinner. They have a whole lot of Paneer dishes on their menu. Try the Paneer-e-Firdaus as an Indian starter or the Paneer Lemon Grass or Barbeque Grill Cottage Cheese as an international starter.
Price for 2: Rs 900
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Absolut Punjab, Satellite, West Ahmedabad
This place is on the first floor of Sarthik Complex, near Gulmohar Mall on Satellite Road. It serves North Indian cuisine, both vegetarian and non-vegetarians. It is open for lunch and dinner. This place is spacious and classy. This restaurant serves many Paneer based dishes. Try the Paneer Bharmah or the Paneer Butter Masala.
Price for 2: Rs 1000
The Masala County, Shree Balaji Agora Mall, Chandkheda
Located in Shree Balaji Agora Mall, this is a vegetarian place serving North Indian cuisine. It is open for lunch and dinner. This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Try the Safaqe Chandi Kaliyan or their different versions of Paneer Tikka as a starter here. For the main course, try the Paneer Khurchan or the Cottage Cheese Rahra.
Price for 2: Rs 1000
Punjabiyat, Thaltej, West Ahmedabad
The is a vegetarian Punjabi restaurant as the name suggests. It is located off Sindhu Bhavan Road, run by a Punjabi restaurateur who started this place a year ago after the tremendous success of his restaurant Jassi de Paranthe which now has several outlets in Ahmedabad. Punjabiyat serves several Paneer dishes which all taste amazing. This place is open for lunch and dinner.
Price for 2: Rs 1100
Olives Restaurant, Bodakdev, West Ahmedabad
This is a vegetarian restaurant located on Sindhu Bhawan Road. It has a main restaurant which is built like a floating restaurant with water all around it. There are small separate cabins on the sides for private family dinner and small parties. This place is open for lunch and dinner. Try the Paneer Sahensha here.
Price for 2: Rs 600
A published author working on her second book, Sonal worked for many years as a journalist in The Indian Express, The Asian Age and DNA Newspaper where she regularly reviewed restaurants and wrote about food. She worked in Nairobi as a general manager of a group of restaurants in another era. She loves experimenting with food but is also known for her Biryanis and Kababs and even her baking skills. She likes travelling to little known places and if she finds quaint eateries it just makes the trip more fun. Currently based in Ahmedabad, she is happy with the growing awareness of gourmet food in the city.