5 restaurants that Shillong still misses

#ABBA RESTAURANT: The 80s and 90s saw everyone in Shillong head to Abba restaurant, near Malki Point, for its delicious Fried Rice, Chicken Chilli and half-plate Chow. Run by a Chinese family who put their heart and soul into the place, no other Chinese restaurant since has been able to fill the gap left by the closing down of Abba restaurant.

#JALPAN: Jalpan in Laitumkhrah was an all-time favourite among students. Well, no one else offered 5 plates of Aloo Puri for less than Rs.10! Not to forget the taste! Mouth watering Aloo Chops and Puri-Sabji were the fastest moving dishes. Service was quick, personal and the ambience itself, alive. The little ‘glass’ of tea at the end always satiating.

#GUIDETTI: Christmas and Easter in Shillong is not the same since Guidetti shut its doors. The once-best bakery in town will always be remembered for its Rum Balls and Cakes. Every time we pass by the high-rise that has now replaced Guidetti in Laitumkhrah, one cannot but sigh for the loss of the varieties of cakes that Guidetti offered.

#NORLING RESTAURANT: Don Bosco square has multiple, multi cuisine restaurants today but none of them can mar the memories of Norling Restaurant. Best known for its Fried Pork Strips, Big Mo-mos and of course, Rs 7 OC Peg, Norling was the best place to go to on a date, given the food, the price and the privacy.

#CHIRAG HOTEL: Visiting Police Bazar feels incomplete now that Chirag has downed its shutters. At one time Chirag was giving Regal and Delhi Mistaan Bhandar a run for their money with its crispy Finger Chips, Dosas and Papri Chats. Shoppers who would rest their tired feet and put down their heavy shopping bags at Chirag for a quick, masala Chat will forever feel nostalgic when they walk past Broadway Hotel close to which Chirag Hotel was.

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