The Andaman and Nicobar islands are the home to some of the most delicious food in the region. Seafood here is most popular and a gourmet delicacy – whose vast variety leaves you spoilt for choice! If you are traveling to the Andaman for business or leisure, you are most certainly going to want to take advantage of some of the region’s specialties and a diverse range of cuisines for every palette. That is precisely why we have taken it upon ourselves to present to you the ultimate Andaman food guide, to save you the time and hassle of having to find the perfect spot to dine at on the islands.
In Port Blair:
Port Blair is particularly recommended for seafood and meat dishes. The markets are also filled with fresh, locally grown fruits of the area of which include, oranges, mangoes, pineapples, guava, and bananas and these fruits are often widely incorporated into the dishes as well. There is a lot of cultural distinguishing to the dishes that are accumulated in Port Blair, due widely to the abundance of cultural influences from regions nearby. For instance, on Port Blair you will be able to find that the local fare is quite influenced in terms of taking the flavors and cooking techniques of places such as India, Burma, Indonesia and Thailand. With such combinations of distinctive flavors and cooking techniques, Port Blair has crafted some of the most incredible and unique foods to be found anywhere in the world.
Some of the finest area restaurants that you want to consider trying are:
Located on the rooftop the Sea Shell Hotel, Amaya is one of the top rated restaurants on Port Blair. Known for its great prices and friendly staff, here you will be able to enjoy some of the most delicious seafood in all of Port Blair, while also enjoying some of the most incredible views of the island.
New Lighthouse Restaurant
New Lighthouse Restaurant is a moderately priced restaurant that boasts some of the most delicious fare in all of Port Blair. Here, you can pick your own live crab or lobster and have it cooked to perfection for you. There are also limitless vegetarian options for you to choose from. The views aren’t spectacular, but the food most certainly makes up for it.
If you are in the market for some great food, but can’t decide on what exactly to eat, you will definitely want to opt to head to Corbyn’s Delight. Corbyn’s Delight offers breakfast and dinner buffet options as well as traditional a la carte, so whatever you are in the mood for, you can find it here. The price is a bit on the higher side, but with so many buffet options you can certainly see why.
Havelock is by and large the best place to sample local dishes. On Havelock island, there is most certainly no shortage of restaurants that will be fully able to provide you with whatever it is that you are craving. Havelock is by and large dominated by their seafood, however, there are still other fares that you can opt for, such as Chinese and Indian, if you just are not looking to enjoy seafood. And while the island is also famous for its meat delicacies as well, you can still be sure to find some excellent places to enjoy some incredible vegetarian fare.
Here are a few of the top restaurants that you may want to consider trying:
Full Moon Cafe
Full Moon Cafe is a local and tourist favorite, offering gorgeous and comfortable seating outdoors and a wide array of menu items. The atmosphere if very low key and casual, making for the perfect place to relax and enjoy some truly great foods. Some of their top dishes include their egg curry with steamed rice, seafood pizza, and their calamari. Prices here are moderate in range, but the food and the atmosphere alone are quite well worth the price.
Fat Martin Cafe
Fat Martin Cafe is a modest little spot, that boasts a simple quality, that the vast menu ultimately makes up for. It is one of the most popular spots to enjoy breakfast by the area locals, but the food that is served all day is something that you will want to enjoy again and again. With sandwiches, rolls, thalis, shakes and ice creams, you can be sure to find exactly what you are craving at Fat Martin Cafe, and for a great price!
Blackbeard’s Bistro is a quaint little cafe that is located right on the beach and offers impeccable views oceanside views with unbeatable food. The menu literally changes everyday, but you can always find their famous red snapper there with consistency along with a few of their other timeless fares. Their pizzas and pastas are also quite popular and should most certainly be given a try!
Cafe del Mar
Cafe del Mar is a quaint, laid back restaurant that offers a ton of various dishes that are quite popular with locals and tourists alike. The service has been noted to be a bit on the slower side, so if you are in a rush, you may want to choose another option. However, if time isn’t of a huge constraint, be sure to check out their butter garlic prawns, vegetarian Thai curry, or one of their famous wood-fired pizzas!
The Andaman Islands are home to some of the most incredible foods in the region, and you are sure to be able to find exactly what you are craving! When it comes to great food, there is something to be found for everyone on the Andaman Islands, and if you know where to look, you will most certainly not be sorry with regards to both flavors and pricing! And, if you are ever in doubt as to where to go or what to try, be sure to reach out to the locals for some truly great suggestions and ideas!
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