Delhi is rich in north Indian cuisine and its restaurants have come up with some creative ways of presenting it. There are outstanding places to eat in Delhi to suit all budgets, from fine dining to cheap local eateries. Here are five of the best restaurants in Delhi that won’t disappoint.
If you’ve got cash to splash, Bukhara has a string of awards to its name, including being voted “Best Indian Restaurant in the World” and “Best Restaurant in Asia” by the Restaurant Magazine in the UK. It’s known for its rustic atmosphere, unforgettable kababs, and huge family size naan bread. Be sure to make a reservation.
- Address: ITC Maurya Sheraton Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave, Sadar Patel Marg, New Delhi. Ph: 26112233.
- Opening Hours: 12.30 p.m. to 2.45 p.m. for lunch on weekends. 7.30 p.m. to 11.45 p.m. for dinner daily.
- Cost: Around 4,500 rupees ($100) for two people.
- What’s Good: The Dal Bukhara (black lentils simmered overnight with tomatoes, ginger, and garlic) has achieved legendary status. Kabab lovers will also appreciate the Burrah Kabab and Murgh Malai Kabab.
2. Karim Hotel
The popular Karim Hotel is now in its fourth generation of management, having been established in its current location in 1913. The decor of this restaurant is nothing much to look at, but the food more than makes up for it. Karim Hotel offers inexpensive Mughal style cooking at its best. Its location in Old Delhi also provides a fascinating insight into a side of Delhi that many visitors don’t get to see.
- Address: 16, Gali Kebabian, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi. Ph: 23269880.
- Opening Hours: 7 a.m. to midnight.
- Cost: Around 500 rupees ($12) for two people.
- What’s Good: The Dil Bahaar Dopiaza Stew (mutton cooked without water in onions with curd and unground spices) and Dil Pasand (Heart’s Liking) Seekh Kabab.
Veda is one restaurant that will really grab your attention. Everything flickers and shimmers. Candles, mirrors, chandeliers, and embellished glasswork dome. All set against rich deep red velvet curtains and bricks. The menu marries traditional and contemporary Indian cuisine. What’s also attractive is the restaurant’s wine list and central New Delhi location.
- Address: H27, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi. Ph: 41513535.
- Opening Hours: Noon to 11.30 p.m.
- Cost: Around 1200 ($30) for two people.
- What’s Good: The lamb leg is the house specialty. There’s also a special tasting menu for foreigners that gives small portions of a selection of items.
4. Punjabi By Nature
The multi-level Punjabi By Nature is a hip and elegant place, with waiters clad in traditional Punjabi attire. It’s known for its unique creation of vodka gol gappas — fried crispy shells filled with flavored vodka and other spices. The food is excellent, servings are generous, and the atmosphere warm and inviting. There’s also a bar on the upper floor. You can combine dining with shopping, as the restaurant is located in an enticing and stylish shopping complex.
- Address: 11 PVR Priya Cinema Complex, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi. Ph: 41516666.
- Opening Hours: 12.30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Cost: Around 2000 rupees ($50) for two people, including drinks.
- What’s Good: The Raan-e-Punjab (roast leg of lamb), Naan bread, and vodka Gol Gappas.
5. Chor Bizaare
Chor Bizarre aims to capture the spirit of a ‘thieves market’, found in every large Indian city. The restaurant contains an eclectic collection of items that exude an old-world ambiance. It’s a place that awakens curiosity and provides for an interesting dining experience. The menu features the best cuisine from India’s northern Kashmir region and is good value for money. Lunch combined with a guided Delhi walking tour is also offered.
- Address: Hotel Broadway, 4/15A Asif Ali Road, New Delhi. Ph: 23273821.
- Opening Hours: Midday to 3.30 p.m. for lunch. 7.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. for dinner.
- Cost: Around 1000 rupees ($25) for two people. $11 for lunch and walk.
- What’s Good: Try the ‘Wazwan’ ceremonial feast, with over 36 courses.