A restaurant is a business enterprise or an organization. It is run to serve beverages and cooked food for consumption. The decoration, ambience and standard of service of a restaurant is very important to its success. This is primarily because food is served in its premises. The owner and manager of the restaurant is called a restaurateur.
There are many Indian restaurants in India and abroad. The term restaurant is derived from the French verb restaurateur. The word depicts variations and diversity in terms of venue and cuisine.
Indians have established restaurants all over the world. Indian cuisine is very popular in Britain and America. Restaurants run by Indians do very well in these countries.
In India, there are numerous restaurants in all big and small cities. Chains of restaurants serving South Indian Udipi, Indian Chinese, Moghlai, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Gujrati and Continental food are found in all states of the country.
Restaurants are sometimes a part of a larger establishment like a five star hotel or a shopping complex. These restaurants are mostly patronized by non-resident Indians who live in the hotel premises.
In modern India fast food restaurants are becoming very popular. Dishes like burgers, pav bhaji, Indian chat items; South Indian idlis and dosas, recipes are served in these places. Some fast food restaurants in India are franchises of International companies.
The Dhaba is another popular manifestation of the Indian restaurant. These are local restaurants dotting the highway. Dhabas are known for catering to truckers. They serve local cuisine and are mostly found near petrol pumps. They are run for 24 hours.
The word Dhaba is synonymous with Punjabi food and music for the common man. A tea stall is a type of mobile restaurant in India. It caters to common Indian crowd. Tea stalls are made by small time vendors who sell tea; coffee and milk on make shift stalls on the roadside.
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