Restaurants in Delhi
For centuries Delhi has been a thoroughfare for traders, and the city's status as an intersection between different cultures has strongly influenced the cuisine. North Indian cuisine is the most popular and has a strong Persian/Turkish influence, especially in Mughlai and Punjabi dishes. Traditional North Indian delicacies include various korma dishes, tandoori chicken, seekh kebabs, kofta (meatballs) and biryani. However, there are also a number of good international restaurants based in New Delhi. Some of the most common international cuisines on offer in Delhi are Chinese, Thai, Italian and American.
For those travelling to Delhi on a budget, or anyone who needs a comfortingly familiar meal on their exotic travels, international chain restaurants such as McDonalds, Dominos, Pizza Hut and Pizza Express can be found all over Delhi. Those on a budget who want to sample authentic local food can brave the road side dhabas, which sell things like kababs, rotis and biryani to be eaten on the hoof; although some of the street vendors' food should be avoided for health reasons, there are also some wonderful dhabas and some of the best can be found around Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin. Trawling the food markets is also a good way to sample local delicacies and work out what you like. Vegetarian food is available in abundance.
Appearing more like an odds-and-ends treasure trove than the relaxed eatery that it is, Chor Bazaar (the 'thieves' market') is adorned with unusual décor pieces such as matchboxes, antique combs and ivory sandals, as well as an old jukebox. Menu favourites include the Kashmiri specialty of goshtaba (lamb meatballs) with cardamom, and the Kashmiri taramis (thali) platter. Open daily for lunch and dinner; reservations recommended.
Address: Hotel Broadway, 4/15 A Asaf Ali Rd, Central New Delhi
Telephone: (011) 4366 3600
Karim Hotel Restaurant
Located in the heart of Old Delhi, the true home of Mughlai cuisine, the Karim Hotel restaurant has an informal atmosphere and dates back to the early 1900s. Authentic Mughlai dishes on the menu include mutton burra kebabs, tandoori bakra (lamb stuffed with chicken, rice, egg and fruit), and makhani murgh (chicken cooked in butter). Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner; reservations recommended.
Address: 16 Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid
Telephone: 011 23264981
Experience Mughlai cuisine in style at the Park Balluchi restaurant in Delhi's beautiful Deer Park. The restaurant's turbaned waiters serve a feast of kebabs and spicy tandoor dishes, including lazeez dohra (kebabs with chicken and prawns or mince) and raan sikandari (tandoor grilled lamb). The restaurant has a second branch located near Leisure Valley Park in the city centre. Both are open daily for lunch and dinner; reservations recommended.
Address: Deer Park, Hauz Khas Village
Telephone: 011 2685 9369
The trendy S Bar, recently renamed from its previous name; Shalom, serves delicious Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine in an upmarket, romantic setting. The restaurant's tapas selection includes lemon, paprika and garlic fish skewers or a Spanish asparagus and orange salad, while the main menu features dishes such as Dubai duck (served in a lemon and honey sauce, with apricot and cinnamon flavours). Be sure to leave room for the decadent molten chocolate cake dessert! Open daily for lunch and dinner; reservations recommended.
Address: N-18, N Block Market, Greater Kailash
Telephone: (0)11 4103 2280
For travellers who really want to splash out, Bukhara is the only place to go. With a host of awards to its name, Bukhara has been voted 'Best Indian Restaurant in the World' by the UK's Restaurant Magazine. With dishes like dhal bukhara (tomato, ginger and garlic simmered black lentils) and mouthwateringly delicious tandoori prawns, it is easy to see why it comes so highly recommended. The restaurant designed a selection of platters named the Hillary Platter, the Presidential Platter and the Chelsea Platter following a visit by the Clinton family in 2009. Open daily for lunch and dinner, reservations are a must.
Address: Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, Chanakyapuri
Telephone: 011 2611 2233