Guru Ka Langar
Langar is a community feast prepared in a kitchen within the temple premises on a large scale (for at least 40,000 people). Everybody is welcome and is seated in rows while they are served by volunteers. The devotion of service to community is absolutely tear jerking. Jostling with other devotees and visitors for a taste of Kada Prasad is worth it, considering that it has a taste like no other. Maybe it's because discrimination and inequality are things that are not tolerated within the walls of the temple.
Bharawan Da Dhaba
If being in Punjab makes you crave those stereotypical Punjabi delights, you've come to the right place. Makki ki roti with sarson da saag, stuffed kulchas (potatoes or paneer) with chhole are just some things that they do better than any place in Delhi or London. Do keep in mind, Bharawan is "pure veg" due to their close proximity to the Golden Temple. But don't let that hamper your decision just because you're a hardcore meat-eater. The kebabs can wait.
Beera Chicken Corner
Featured on the popular television series Highway On My Plate, Beera's isn't fancy but the food is divine! Seating is limited, so if you plan to enjoy it in your car, your hosts would be most obliged to serve you. The Chicken Tikka is perfectly spiced and goes well with a keeema naan. If things get too dry, a spicy gravy accompaniment is offered for free and you can always get your own booze.
Pal Da Dhaba
A small, easy to miss shop at the Hathi Gate has turned into one of the local favourites for its Kharode ka Shorba. In other words, lamb trotter soup! Not something that you will easily get used to, but for those people who love a good Paya, this place is a must visit. It is run by the proprietor himself, who is also the chef here. The dish is laden with garam masala, chillies and lentil leaves. It is best paired with kheema paratha, so soft that it will break even before you eat it!
Kesar Da Dhaba
For all the vegetarians out there, Kaser Da Dhaba located at Chowk Passian and a 10-minute walk from the Golden Temple, is nothing short of an epicure’s paradise. They serve the best maa ki daal in the city. Also, gorge on the delicious lachha paratha, palak paneer and the smoky baingan bharta. If this wasn’t enough, or simply because you want to eat something sweet, don’t leave without tasting their phirni. This creamy delicacy is served in earthen pots and will definitely leave you asking for more.