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Places to eat in Delhi

Discussion in 'Food & Drinks' started by Nihar, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. Nihar

    Nihar New Member

    My wife and I are from Toronto, and we will be in Delhi soon for our 15 day holiday. As well as sightseeing we both are looking forward to having food in Delhi as we are fond of food.

    Delhi is a very big city, and I am sure there are thousands of places to eat and a lot of famous ones too. We would like some recommendations for the places to eat in Delhi. We are both Indian, so we love Indian food as well as continental food, so don't worry about the type of Indian food you are recommending, as long as it is good and popularly known.

  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hi there, welcome to the forum, @Nihar!

    Delhi is not only blessed with historical landmarks, it also has plenty of restaurants for the foodies. While some destinations cover only a few cuisines, Delhi has varying cuisines, ranging from local, up to international ones. So whether you're craving for Indian food, or maybe you miss your food back home, there's always some place that you can go to and have your cravings satisfied. Sweets, street foods and even beverages are part of the culinary experience that you shouldn't miss when in Delhi.

    Best Places to Eat in Delhi

    For authentic Indian cuisine...

    1. Indian Accent (The Manor) - Topping the list is one of Asia's top 50 restaurants, Indian Accent in The Manor. Featuring minimalistic interiors, with just a few wall paintings and modern hanging lamps, the restaurant is very pleasing to the eyes. There's also an outdoor seating area, taking you to the greener side of Delhi. The restaurant serves Indian dishes with a modern twist. For example, they have this Tandoori Prawn Wrapped with Bacon with a Dash of Wasabi Malai. The prawn is cooked just soft enough, not chewy at all, and the bacon is an added twist that actually compliments the dish. The dash of wasabi malai cream adds that kick into this starter dish. Such dishes make this impact about the restaurant, as they do not only put their heart into meals, they make meals into work of arts in themselves. You can even opt for their vegetarian three-course meal or their non-vegetarian three-course meal, so that you can sample a myriad of dishes from the restaurant. Although on the higher side when it comes to prices, Indian Accent won't disappoint in satiating your love for Indian food.
    • Best Sellers - Tandoor Bacon Prawn with Wasabi Malai, Chicken Tikka Meatballs with Chopped Tomato Makhani and Daulat Ki Chaat with Fresh Tandoori Figs.
    • Address - The Manor Hotel, No. 77, Friends Colony West, New Delhi, Delhi 110065, India.
    • Contact Number - +91 98711 17968.
    2. Masala Library - From its proprietor, Jiggs Kalra, the first Asian ever to be part of the International Food and Beverages Gourmet Hall of Fame, Masala Library is yet another game changer in the Delhi line of fine dining restaurants. Ambience? Check! With overhanging chandeliers, dim lighting and soft music, it won't disappoint even the snottiest food critic. Food here is also Indian with a modern twist, wherein you can choose between their Chef's Special or order just ala carte meals. The Chef's Special is a 19-course meal that you can pair along with different wines. It's value for money because you can taste different meals just for Rs. 2,300 per person. When it comes to their Indian meals with a modern twist, you'd be pleasantly surprised. For instance, their Deconstructed Samosa doesn't look anything like a samosa, yet when you munch on the dish, it tastes like an authentic samosa. Their Sheermal Galouti Kebab is a fusion of flavours that explodes in your mouth into a gastronomical experience.
    • Best Sellers - Deconstructed Samosa, Sheermal Galouti Kebab and Naga Pork with Braised Black Beans & Bamboo Shoots.
    • Address - No. 21A, Near Le Meridian, Janpath, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India.
    • Contact Number - 011 6940 0005.
    Deconstructed Samosa in Masala Library (Image Courtesy of Trip Advisor)

    3. Carnatic Cafe - Why go to South India when you can have authentic idlis, dosas and rotis in Carnatic Cafe? The Carnatic Cafe has garnered much attention because they serve the best South Indian dishes along with a homely atmosphere. The setting of the cafe takes you back to simpler times and the culinary experience becomes more authentic just because of that. Their dosas are incredibly crispy on the outside but fluffy as soon as you bite into it. They also use pure desi ghee instead of refined oil, which many South Indian restaurants use. They have a limited menu but all meals here are quite delicious and worth trying out. It is also noteworthy to mention that their chutneys have lots of variety and served very thick. It's best to reach the cafe earlier though as it has limited seating and crowds flock to the place any time of the day.
    • Best Sellers - Malleshwaram 18th Cross, Benne Khali and Raagi Masala.
    • Address - Ground Floor, Community Center, The India Mall, New Friends Colony East, New Delhi, Delhi 110065, India.
    • Contact Number - +91 88022 22889.
    4. Zaffran - This restaurant has different branches in Delhi but the one in Greater Kailash is the best-rated branch. Ambience is very laid-back here, although there's still that element of elegance. The glass panelled walls and thatched furnitures give that edge to their interiors. Zaffran specialises in North Indian and Mughlai cuisines. Their menu is extensive, it even has separate sections for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. For the food lovers, it's a must to try out their vegetarian or non-vegetarian platter. These are starter meals with lots of variety so you get a taste of different dishes of the restaurant. The main dishes that stand out here are their Laal Maas and Dal Makhani. Both are cooked to perfection, the Laal Maas has soft mutton pieces, almost melting in your mouth, with an array of spicy flavours while the Dal Makhani has this thick and creamy texture that overpowers your taste buds.
    • Best Sellers - Laal Maas, Dal Makhani and Tiramisu.
    • Address - N-2, Greater Kailash - 1, N-Block Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110048, India.
    • Contact Number - 011 33105215.
    Of burgers and beyond...

    5. The California Boulevard - A Hollywood theme, complete with pictures of international actors and singers in the walls, perfectly fits The California Boulevard restaurant. Even their cuisine is that of American, but they do have a few Indian, Asian and other International dishes too. They also offer set meals, for vegetarians and non-vegetarians at an affordable price of Rs. 799 and Rs. 699, respectively. Or you can sample their varying dishes, like their burgers, pizzas, fish & chips and desserts. With The California Boulevard, foreign tourists won't need to miss their home as the culinary experience here takes them back to their country.
    • Best Sellers - Mozzarella Sticks, Peri Peri Chicken and Californian Capricorn Burger.
    • Address - J2/5, 1st & 2nd Floor, BK Dutt Market, Najafgarh Roadd, Block J, Rajouri Garden Extension, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi, Delhi 110027, India.
    • Contact Number - +91 99711 08571.
    6. The Joint Cafe - Juicy, yummy and scrumptious burgers are the trademark of The Joint Cafe. The ambience is very simple though, with homely furnitures and tables along with a few wall decors. Their burgers are cooked well, with soft buns that compliment the toasted patties. The compliments of the burger, the cheese, tomato sauce and other ingredients inside also provide some flavour to the meal. A siding of fries and you're good to go. They do have a few Continental and Italian dishes too, if ever your other half isn't that fond of burgers. Do pair your meal with a shake or juice, their Iced Latte does go well with a heavy burger meal.
    • Best Sellers - Pistol Pete, Hot Mama Deluxe and Iced Latte.
    • Address - No. 100, 1st Floor, DLF Galleria, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon, India.
    • Contact Number - 011 3080 6522.
    Pastas and pizzas...

    7. Spago - Italian cuisine cannot get as authentic as when you're in Spago. Their interiors are very cozy too, with comfortable seatings, chairs with floral motifs along with eloquently designed walls with quotes. It actually takes you to Italy with just one glance at the restaurant. The food here is also reminiscent of Italy. The meal begins with a complimentary basket of bread, with a siding of garlic and olive paste. It prepares your palate for the Italian goodies that awaits you. They have a variety of pasta dishes with the best seller being the Penne Verdure. There is also a variety of other non-pasta dishes, like the Gnocchi Pesto, it's lip-smackingly good, with potato dumplings, home style pesto and pine nuts. Their Pepperoni Pizza is a classic dish yet still remains a good choice.
    • Best Sellers - Penne Verdure, Gnocchi Pesto and Pepperoni Pizza.
    • Address - N-2, Greater Kailash -1, New Delhi, Delhi 110048, India.
    • Contact Number - +91 98102 62468.
    Customised Pizza in Spago (Image Courtesy of Theroma)

    8. Big Chill - One of the oldest Italian restaurants in Delhi is Big Chill. It has a lovely ambience, with bricked interiors along with posters of Hollywood movies. While a bit of a contrast, the menu has many Italian dishes along with some Continental ones. Big Chill actually has five branches in Delhi but the one in Khan Market has received the most praises. Their wood-fired pizzas are crunchy on the outside but still soft when chewed. The assortment of ingredients, whichever pizza you choose, compliments one another. Their pastas are equally delicious, especially the classic Spaghetti Puttanesca. Their chicken dishes are also worth trying out, softly cooked and lightly flavoured, the features of any authentic Italian dish. They also have some desserts comprising of cheesecakes and pies.
    • Best Sellers - Peri Peri Pizza, Spaghetti Puttanesca and Baked Parmesan Chicken.
    • Address - No. 68-A, Khan Market, New Delhi, India.
    • Contact Number - 011 4175 7588.
    Noodles and sushis...

    9. Djinggs - Fine dining meets Chinese cuisine with Djinggs, one of the best Chinese restaurants in Gurgaon in Delhi NCR. Right from the elegant interiors, with upside down umbrellas, up to the impeccable presentation of dishes, everything here is well-thought off. But it's not just all about design, because the dishes served here are as delicious and authentic as can be. An extensive menu with soups, dumplings, clay pots, poultry and many more is there as well. Their dumplings are good on their own, without any dipping, soft, aromatic and delicious. Their Chilli Ginger Prawns have that spicy kick along with the juicy prawns, an explosion of goodness in your mouth. A must try as well is their Stir Fried Noodles with Mixed Veggies, a good option for vegetarians.
    • Best Sellers - Mixed Vegetable Dumplings, Chilli Ginger Prawns and Stir Fried Noodles with Mixed Veggies.
    • Address - SCO 53, 3rd Floor, Sector 29, Gurgaon, India.
    • Contact Number - 0124 4261920.
    10. Tian Asian Cuisine Studio - A new line of cuisine, a combination of Japanese, Chinese and other Asian ingredients lead to the creation of Tian Asian Cuisine Studio. You won't find the usual noodles, dumplings or sushis here as the restaurant takes on new dishes right from the usual ingredients used in these cuisines. It is a totally new experience and as such, a cannot be missed one when in Delhi. There is no set menu too as the restaurant frequently changes it to satisfy the guests' ever changing needs. There's an ala carte menu plus a tasting menu, known here as trailers. Their Crab and Pomelo Salad is a mixture of different tastes, sweet, salty, bitter and sour. It might seem contradictory but they actually compliment each other. The Prawns in Beetroot is spicy yet indulging while their Crunchy Prawns with Garlic Crumble is fresh, spicy and crunchy all at the same time. See a pattern yet? The restaurant serves ultimate indulgence in every meal and you experience a fusion of flavours that even you won't believe is possible.
    • Best Sellers - Crab & Pomelo Salad, Prawns in Beetroot and Crunchy Prawns with Garlic Crumble.
    • Address - ITC Maurya, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India.
    • Contact Number - 011 33105517.
    11. Burma Burma - Where can you taste Burmese cuisine without going out of Delhi? Well, in Burma Burma of course, the city's premier Burmese restaurant. The overhanging bells, wooden tables and nipa chairs, they are all part of the Myanmar ambience of the restaurant. A variety of bubble teas, vegetarian dishes and desserts, all of which are authentically from Myanmar, makes this restaurant stand out of the few Burmese cuisine ones in Delhi. Their Raw Mango Salad is a sure winner, sour, fresh and a good palate starter. Their Oh No Khowsuey is also delectable, with a combination of coconut and other spices. Lastly, their Corn Curry Parantha, almost similar to the Malabar Parantha of India, but with a twist of spices from Myanmar.
    • Best Sellers - Raw Mango Salad, Oh No Khowsuey and Corn Curry Parantha.
    • Address - Ground Floor, Shop 6, Building 8, Tower C, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon.
    • Contact Number - 011 3080 6368.
    12. Pan Asian (Sheraton) - Sheraton doesn't disappoint when it comes to luxury services, even when it comes to their restaurants. Pan Asian is an evidence of that, with its classy interiors and Asian cuisine. The restaurant is also well-known for their extensive buffet section, comprising of Thai, Japanese and Chinese dishes. They have an open kitchen and live counters too where you can get freshly prepared and steamed dumplings. If you want authentic Asian cuisine, no added spices, no fusion of other ingredients, Pan Asian is the best place to be in. Their Mango Sushi is a good option for Japanese cuisine lovers. The combination of mango, sweet, and sushi, bland, works perfectly. Their Prawn Hargao Dumpling is delectable too, with the steamed wrapping along with the minced prawns, it's perfect on its own. Their Chicken Pad Thai is almost as good as the authentic Pad Thais in Thailand.
    • Best Sellers - Mango Sushi, Prawn Hargao Dumpling and Chicken Pad Thai.
    • Address - Sheraton New Delhi Hotel, District Centre, Saket, New Delhi, India.
    • Contact Number - 011 3310 5292.
    Pure vegetarians...

    13. Devang House - Healthy doesn't have to be bland or repetitive. Devang House is the epitome of healthy living without compromising on taste and flavour. Even the restaurant's ambience is pleasing to the eyes, with their wooden flooring and plants on display as decor. Every meal served here is comprised of only the freshest and organic ingredients. They even have a variety of fresh juices made from different ingredients like wheatgrass, apple cider, pineapple and many more. They also bake their own breads and a favourite here is the Herb Infused Focaccia Bread. Main course meals are also vegetarian-friendly, with their daily Thali and Ragi Dosa. Devang House is a game changer especially in this times that fast food has become the norm for many people. It's rare to find a restaurant that serves home-cooked and wholesome meals.
    • Best Sellers - Herb Infused Focaccia Bread, Thali and Ragi Dosa.
    • Address - The Ashok, 50-B, Kautilya Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India.
    • Contact Number - +91 95996 81082.
    14. Greenr Store and Cafe - Greenr Store and Cafe is located in Shahpur Jat, a sleepy suburb of Delhi NCR. Its location is perfect, set amidst greenery and even the interiors of the cafe are very traditional, with wooden furniture and ample natural lighting. Ever wanted to have pizza or pasta but can't find vegetarian restaurants serving them? Well, Greenr Cafe does serve them, meatballs and pepperonis made of plant sources, who knew they can be as tasty as the real ones? Or maybe you have that craving for French fries yet cannot try them as they are too unhealthy for you. You can opt for the Cassava Root Fries with Mango Sauce which is healthier and even more delicious than the classic fries. An added bonus is the mango sauce, you won't ever think of catsup again after it. Their Rocket Pesto Mix Leaf Pizza is absolutely divine yet you won't feel guilty at all due to the fresh and leafy ingredients. Dessert, you say? Well they have a variety too, a best seller is the Kaffir Lime Mini Pie.
    • Best Sellers - Cassava Root Fries with Mango Sauce, Rocket Pesto Mix Leaf Pizza and Kaffir Lime Mini Pie.
    • Address - No. 416, Behind Dada Jungi House, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi.
    • Contact Number - +91 70425 75339.

    15. Tony's - What does a college student mostly eat when on a budget? Toasts and sandwiches, right? Tony's have got that covered, they offer pocket-friendly toasts and sandwiches, the ones which you can make at home, but you can get it here when you don't have to the time to do so. They put a little of their own twist to these toasts and sandwiches too. Like their Hawaiian Nutella Toast, bet you haven't tried adding in pineapples to your Nutella toast. Or their Mellow Nutella, very indulging with a mixture of sweet and rich Nutella along with soft and chewy marshmallows. Their Californian Sandwich is a hit too, with its crunchy chicken patty, onions and cheddar cheese. You won't have to spend more than Rs. 129 for such meals.
    • Best Sellers - Hawaiian Nutella Toast, Mellow Nutella Toast and Californian Sandwich.
    • Address - C-23, Single Storey, Vijay Nagar, New Delhi, India.
    • Contact Number - 011 4758 0758.
    16. Vero Gusto - Want to eat healthy but just doesn't have the budget for higher end organic restaurants? You can try out Vero Gusto, with their assortment of sandwiches, smoothies and juices. All of which are up to the mark when it comes to the ingredients used yet won't cost you more than Rs. 250 for 2 persons already. Their Macaroni Chicken Salad has fresh leafy vegetables along with soft chicken bits. Their Vegetable Kebab is delightfully yummy, soft bits of kebab along with spices to add to that flavourful experience. Their Green & Clean Juice, comprised of apple, cucumber, spinach and lime, can refresh you while detoxifying as well.
    • Best Sellers - Macaroni Chicken Salad, Vegetable Kebab and Green & Clean Juice.
    • Address - C-4, Main Market, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, India.
    • Contact Number - +91 83768 13865.
    Yummy street food...

    17. Baba Nagpal Corner - Who goes to Delhi without sampling the various street foods in the city? Baba Nagpal Corner might not have a classy ambience or elegant interiors, but it's no doubt one of the most popular street food stalls in Delhi. It serves a variety of snacks like paneer, samosa and kachori. But the best-seller here is their Special Chole Bhature, priced at Rs. 65 only per serving. The spicy chole compliments the big and crispy bhature. Be prepared to stand or wait for a long time as the place is always packed. Or you can have your meal to go, your choice.
    • Best Sellers - Chole Bhature, Rajma Rice and Palak Paneer.
    • Address - No. 7/25, Old Double Storey, Gupta Market, Lajpat Nagar 4, New Delhi, India.
    • Contact Number - +91 98717 86680.
    Chole Bhature in Baba Nagpal Corner (Image Courtesy of Yummraj)

    18. Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala - Kachori is a staple snack in Delhi and there's no better place to have it other than Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala. This spicy snack receives a twist in this street food stall, as it is served with Aloo Sabzi & Kachalu. Kachori with Aloo Sabzi & Kachalu, it's heaven in your mouth, with the spiciness, tanginess and overall, an experience that you won't forget. You can opt for a full plate, Rs. 35, or a half plate, Rs. 20, but trust me, you won't have enough with just a half plate.
    • Best Seller - Kachori with Aloo Sabzi & Kachalu.
    • Address - No. 1104, Maliwara, Jogiwari, Gali Paranthe Wali, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India.
    • Contact Number - +91 98916 98995.
    19. Kanwarji's - This is probably one of the oldest sweets outlet in Delhi. It is located in the bustling Chandni Chowk so you cannot miss it when visiting this attraction. Their best seller is the Gulab Jamun, a milk solid made into a ball, fried in pure ghee and topped with nuts. With their version, the sweetness is just perfect and soft enough for chewing. The street food stall also has a variety of Namkeens, Samosas and Kachoris. All their rates are very affordable too.
    • Best Seller - Gulab Jamun, Sem Beej and Aloo Samosa.
    • Address - No. 1972-1973, Corner Gali Paranthe, Opposite Central Bank, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India.
    • Contact Number - +91 88022 19883.
    20. Bille Di Hatti - Chole Puri and Lassi are synonymous with Bille Di Hatti in Kamla Nagar. Preferably, this meal combination is perfect for breakfast but can also be a mid-afternoon snack. The Chole Puri here paired with the onion siding is perfect in itself. But paired with the butter milk, Lassi, it becomes divine. The Lassi here is of a traditional style, with a mixture of both salty and sweet. While the restaurant is fairly small and ambience is very simple, the culinary experience cannot be explained. This is the reason why Bille Di Hatti has been a hot spot for foodies in Delhi for over many years now.
    • Best Sellers - Chole Puri and Lassi.
    • Address - No. 72-D, Kamla Nagar, New Delhi, India.
    • Contact Number - 011 4553 7004.
    Enjoy your food trip in Delhi.:)