I am an avid traveller, or let’s say, close to being so. Whenever I travel to a new place, I love to experience the local culture as much as possible. Interacting with the local population, understanding their lifestyle and trying out the local food are an integral part of all my travel stories. It not only helps me in giving an interesting twist to my blog posts, it is also a very enlightening and educational experience to know more about the world we live in. So, when in Sikkim we exactly did the same things. Trying out the local Sikkimese food was an unmissable part of our travel plan. In other words, along with the visual experience it was an endeavour to treat ourselves with the culinary experience as well.
So, while booking our hotels in Gangtok, we decided to spent our last night at Hotel The Newcastle, primarily because of its in-house restaurant called The Dolphin Restaurant that serves traditional Sikkimese food!
Hotel The Newcastle is situated in Deorali Bazaar Gangtok, that is right in the middle of the city centre. The hotel and its location would definitely appeal well to those visitors who love staying closer to the busy city atmosphere. It is in close proximity to many tourist locations and the vibrant M.G Marg in Gangtok. As we walked towards our allotted room, we couldn’t help appreciate the traditional decor of the hotel lobby running along the stairs. However, the main highlight of this hotel for us was The Dolphin Restaurant that is quite famous in the region for a delectable menu consisting of multi-cuisine specialities appealing to guests from all corners of the world. But for us the highlight of the night was sightly different than that. As mentioned earlier, The Dolphin Restaurant arranges for traditional Sikkimese cuisine upon request and same was arranged for us for dinner!
Sarmistha is a huge foodie and I too like trying out new cuisines and both of us were new to Sikkimese cuisine. Thus, we were eagerly looking forward to the traditional dinner and made it early to The Dolphin Restaurant at the ground floor of the hotel. We received a very warm welcome and the staff, like everybody else in Sikkim, were extremely polite. Our dinner was served quite fast and the service was very professional. We did have a lot of questions about the ingredients and the names of the dishes and the staff patiently explained each and every item in details. To say that the food was super awesome would be an understatement! The dinner spread was overwhelmingly large, to put it mildly. One of the restaurant staffs informed us that it serves four people and we were just two! Some of the dishes that we could remember were Ningo Sag, Kenima, Gorkha Chutney, Momos, potato and bamboo shoots and many more! The Sikkimese food is healthy and tasty and if you are even remotely interested in trying out new food, you got to be trying this traditional Sikkimese spread at The Dolphin Hotel! It would be worth every penny! If you are looking out for restaurants and hotels in Gangtok serving traditional Sikkimese food, The Dolphin Restaurant is your stop! Just remember to place your request a day in advance.
It was our last night in Gangtok and after such as sumptuous meal we headed straight to our cosy room at The Newcastle and retired early as we had to catch a flight back home the next day. Couldn’t explore the hotel much that ways but we did have a long conversation with the person at the reception from whom we learnt a lot more about the Sikkimese culture and food. I will take this opportunity to thank the staff and management of The New Castle for taking such good care of us and making our stay so special!
After a tiring but at the same time extremely fulfilling day all I could think of was how much knowledge and experience I gained in these 3 days and how much I will cherish them for my entire life! Travel definitely makes you richer in so many ways!