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If you're down with a case of culinary homesickness, you may find some comfort in the fact that Khajuraho is awash with eateries offering "multicuisine" menus; in fact, the term seems to be a favorite among staff in most of the top hotels. Unfortunately, the hotels are where you'll find the best dining options. These are headed up by the Temple Café at the Radisson, and Panna, the multicuisine eatery at The Lalit Temple View (an altogether easier, and cheaper, option for lunch). If you don't mind something a little more down home, sample the Italian fare offered at Mediterraneo (Jain Temple Rd., opposite Surya Hotel; tel. 07686/27-2246; no credit cards; daily 7:30am-10:30pm), an alfresco rooftop restaurant with friendly staff and little pretense beyond the gigantic letters along the side of the building exclaiming MEDITERRANEO CHEF TRAINED IN ROME. While this bit of ambitious advertising is something of an exaggeration, Rama, the owner, is from Rome, and he has personally trained all his staff. The menu offers a range of Italian favorites, including wood-fired pizza (when available; Rs 150-Rs 275), pasta, and tasty Roman-style chicken. Don't expect to be blown away, but you can be sure your meal will be made with fresh ingredients, and there's real espresso. Another local hangout -- conveniently situated across the road from the Western Group entrance -- is Raja Café Swiss Restaurant (tel. 07686/27-2307; no credit cards), which has a rooftop terrace and a ground level courtyard under a shady peepul tree. The only real advantage here is that you get to enjoy excellent views of the Western Group (it's an ideal place for a beer after you've visited the site); we're afraid that since the longstanding Swiss proprietor passed away several years ago, the food has gone from unremarkable to just passable.

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