Restaurants in India
Indian cuisine varies dramatically from state to state, so travelers here are guaranteed to enjoy a flavorful culinary experience. In northern regions, you'll find more dishes highlighting meats (mainly lamb and chicken), as well as rich dhal, a wide variety of breads, and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian kebabs.
The cuisine of Punjab and Gujarat is what most foreigners know as "Indian food," with its gravy-based curries, while Hyderabad is home of the spice-packed biriyani rich dish, and the south—including states like Tamil Nadu and Chennai—is where you'll find spicy coconut-infused curries, lentil-based dosa and idili, and the use of fresh fish.
Many of the best restaurants in India are located in five-star hotels, and these eateries often help highlight dishes from different regions—and well as other countries. At 360 at the Oberoi New Delhi, an open kitchen lets you watch your pan-Indian and continental dishes be prepared, while, also in New Delhi, Bukhara features a dish named for a former U.S. President (because he enjoyed it so much). At Karavali at the Taj in Bangalore, rated one of the best of all India restaurants, you'll savor tastes like Coorg fried chicken and Alleppy fish curry.
Since 1968, Banda Hasan has been dishing up his famous char-grilled kathi rolls—thin roti roomali bread filled with minced mutton, paneer (cheese), or spiced chicken tikka—first from a cart in Greater Kailash, then from this tiny takeout stand in the heart of busy Khan
"Nirula's is an old-fashioned Indian restaurant, the equivalent of a family-style diner in the United States. The original location is in Connaught Circus in old Delhi. After hours it's reliably jammed with young locals looking for relatively inexpensive, good food and a fun time.
Set in the yuppified (for Delhi) Defence Colony shopping plaza, this delectable seafood place—it’s part of a chain, but a good one—presents a welcome dilemma: its encyclopedic menu is crammed with about 1,473 dishes and nearly as many varieties of fresh fish.
The open-air, waterside setting at chef Urbano de Rego’s traditional Goan restaurant is not to be missed. Chef Rego was the first to bring Goan food to the world’s attention, having cooked for the elder President Bush and at the World Economic Forum.
Opened in May 2007, China House’s chic, ultramodern décor and multiple levels draw Bollywood’s A-list.
While a hokey upstairs cocktail lounge and nightly DJ sets draw crowds to this suburban stalwart, it’s the cuisine that really sings—specifically the raan-e-Punjab, a seasoned whole leg of lamb slow-roasted in the tandoor.
This beach-shack restaurant is perfect for sunset drinks.
Henry Tham operates under a Zen philosophy: simple décor, authentic food, and great music. The restaurant specializes in modern Chinese cuisine and Asian-inspired cocktails (the national award-winning bartending includes a vodka drink using sugar, basil, and orange juice).