We thought their service was fast, and food flavorful. We sampled a little of everything on the menu, even the chop sui, but one of their stand-outs is their fresh squeezed orange juice and veg stuffed paratha.
Prices are reasonable, especially for the size of the hotel and the view. The only real gripe I have is that they can’t seem to keep their wifi working (big surprise) which was massively disappointing considering we were staying here and could have really benefitted from having wifi for that week.
Ganpati Guesthouse Restaurant
A popular spot because of guidebook reviews, we felt obligated to check out Ganpati, but unfortunately only made time for a quick visit for a chai and to kill 10 minutes before our music lessons. Despite not eating here, we wanted to give it a mention because of the extensive menu and even more impressive view. I’m pretty sure you have to pay for wifi use though. There are no shaded tables on the roof, so be warned in case it’s hot out. It's adjacent to Hotel Alka, accessibly down a tiny little alley.
Brown Bread Bakery
There are two restaurants by the same name in the same alley. Knock-offs are common in India, so make sure you’re at the correct one. The real one has yummy desserts in the window, a charity-driven clothing shop on the ground floor and first floor, and the stairwell is lined with books, organic skincare products, and jewelry. Keep climbing several more flights to get up to their caged-in rooftop.
We prefer an open view rather than caged, but also appreciated the safety away from the threat of monkeys taking your food (something we surprisingly never encountered during our 9 days in Varanasi).
One of our favorite things to do in India is eat Indian food, so visiting this restaurant, known for its western food and bread was a bit of a stretch for us. When studying their comprehensive menu I felt inclined to order pizza (several to choose from), and Nick got lasagna (something we wouldn’t normally do) and it was a welcome change from the morning/noon/night curry we had been having.