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Think eating out in Kashmir, and you think of cosy restaurants with carpeted flooring, wood panelling and a sumptuous wazwan spread. A fantasy-themed cafe – one dedicated to the iconic Game of Thrones, no less – is a clear break-away from this norm. This is what makes the Winterfell Cafe on Boulevard Road by the Dal Lake an exciting new attraction on Srinagar’s map. Set up by two friends, Kamran Nisar and Ummar, Winterfell Cafe Srinagar is not just a tribute to the most legendary TV series of our times but also a glimpse into the refreshing new outlook of Kashmir’s youth or at least a section of it. I had first learnt about this GoT-inspired cafe while researching an article on fantasy-themed restaurants in India, and it had been on my radar since. So when a trip to Kashmir materialised, a meal at Winterfell Cafe Srinagar went right at…

Warm hospitality lies at the heart of Kashmiriyat. However, the palpable sense of an uneasy calm inhibits most travellers from experiencing this fabled hospitality from close quarters. So, on a recent trip to Kashmir, I set out to experience the richness of this land through its food because the cuisine of a place holds the mirror its soul. My quest led me to Ahdoos, one of the finest and most popular restaurants in Srinagar to sample the best of Kashmiri dishes. Set in an old, restored building, Ahdoos on Residency Road near Regal Chowk is situated just off the main road, cloaked by an array of road-side shops. Despite the slightly obscured location, the giant sign postings, along with a little help from Google, make finding this landmark on Srinagar’s cityscape a cinch. During my lunch visit to Ahdoos, the place was undergoing renovation in parts, so there wasn’t much…