Restaurants in India

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The new Indian restaurant at the Park hotel outfitted by fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani. Read More

Shawarma lovers, rejoice. At some point, between working restaurants in Saudi Arabia and India, the owner of this little joint realized that the... Read More

This is a lesser-known gem that exists in The Oberoi Hotel, in Gurgaon. With its focus on coastal cuisine and plenty of modern menu interpretations to... Read More

Arguably the most romantic spot in South Delhi's uber-cool Hauz Khas Village, Amour has a lovely terrace with potted palms and great views of the... Read More

Who knew that a humble canteen at a state house would become the gastronomical superstar of Delhi city? You’ll most likely end up sharing a table with... Read More

If you’re hip, young, and happening (or want to be for a day), this Buddha-Bar modeled joint is where you should head at cocktail hour. Despite the huge... Read More

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... Read More

Even though chaat is now widely available, you can only get the true New Delhi experience by eating it on a busy street, blocking out the sound and fury... Read More

Though it's hard not to snicker at a name like Big Wong, stifle your laughter long enough to try the dim sum at this exceptional eatery, which puts most... Read More

Okay, this place is far from authentic when it comes to Italian cuisine, but sometimes you just want some Western-style comfort food—pizzas, burgers,... Read More

Of all the dhabas in this city serving chhole bhature—a chickpea curry served with fried bread—this one seems to have the most people coming back for... Read More

Celebrated for its delicate Burmese-fusion fare, like pickled-tea-leaf salad or tuna larb. Read More

Dine on an aromatic mound of saffron-splashed rice laced with chunks of mutton kebab, elaborately decorated with fried onions and cashews, and accented... Read More

Yes, it’s touristy—Bill Clinton ate here, for crying out loud—but even local foodies agree this boisterous hotel restaurant serves Delhi’s finest, most... Read More

The rann (leg of lamb) here is cooked with tender loving care, only to be matched by their superior Kali Dal. Many years ago, when I was leaving Delhi... Read More

Located in the National Crafts Museum, this café is the perfect setting for some thinking or talking over a cup of coffee. The artisanal blends come... Read More

This is probably where most of us city-dwellers first heard the word “cappucino.” Supporting the notion that a good book is ideally accompanied by a... Read More

If dosas were given a day to speak, I’m quite sure they’d agree that Carnatic Café truly represents. It’s got a compact menu, but everything on it is... Read More

Why did you have to come to Casablanca? There are other places. Or are there? It isn’t just because I associate the name of the city with romance that... Read More

Even though Barsoom and Rumbar are the new Hauz Khas Village favorites, there’s one reason you should still visit Chamanlal & Sons. Legend has it... Read More

My Cheri (One) Amour is a pretty little restaurant that I adore. It manages to give you space while somehow keeping things cozy. To get you in an even... Read More

For a fancier cup, head to this elegant Parisian-style café that nevertheless keeps things proudly local. The coffee served here is made from Blue Tokai... Read More

Opened in May 2007, China House’s chic, ultramodern décor and multiple levels draw Bollywood’s A-list. Look out for Bipasha Basu or... Read More

This beloved Old Delhi restaurant's decor alone is reason enough to eat here—the walls are bedecked with memorabilia and old photos, and there's a huge... Read More

Here is a vivid example of popular demand. Delhiites who travelled around the world have loved uber-luxurious, bottle-service-style Club Pangaea and its... Read More

Entirely worth the 30- to 40-minute drive down from Connaught Place and central Delhi, this hotel restaurant has improbably become a haunt of in-the... Read More

If you’re a fan of Southern-style comfort but don’t feel up to the usual clatter and clang that South Indian restaurants bring, Dakshin is here to show... Read More

In the same location since the 1960s, this café serves a classic specialty that’s also stayed unchanged. Cold coffee is perhaps a uniquely Indian thing;... Read More

One of a number of Delhi restaurants run by celebrity chef and Italian cookery expert Ritu Dalmia, this sleek South Delhi restaurant features a seasonal... Read More

If you know whisky from whiskey, this is the bar for you. Done up in the style of a Scotland cottage, it’s warm and cozy on the inside—just like how you... Read More

You know you’ll be treated like royalty, not just because this is one of the hotel chain’s crown jewels but also because Dum Pukht specializes in... Read More

Well, they say so themselves. And it’s hard to disagree with the name of this modern Japanese restaurant. Everything from the private dining terraces,... Read More

This fine addition to the Mehrauli restaurant stretch, with its simple yet super seating areas, would have been equally fit for the King and I. Although... Read More

They’re brave. Coming to this part of the world and serving Indian food spun on its head? They couldn’t have gotten it more right. With no compromise on... Read More

Located in the Garden of Five Senses, this country kitchen makes no apologies about bringing together Italian and North Indian cuisine under one (open... Read More

I didn’t know that I loved Korean food (besides the occasional encounter with kimchi) until I entered the palace gates of Gung. We Delhi folks were only... Read More

An old Portuguese villa sets the scene for homey seafood and pork dishes from across the South Indian peninsula. Read More

With branches across the country, this popular vegetarian chain serves Indian sweets and street food in a hygenic, visitor-friendly environment. It's a... Read More

Is it a café bar? Is it a bar café? It’s Social! Not to mix my superhero figures of speech, but this friendly neighborhood bar has turned culinary... Read More

Henry Tham operates under a Zen philosophy: simple décor, authentic food, and great music. The restaurant specializes in modern Chinese cuisine... Read More

A legendary Chinese dining destination, House of Ming delves into the distinct nuances of Cantonese and Szechuan cooking. Like any true rock star, this... Read More

The bar/club at the Pullman Hotel is situated around the large pool—with a dance floor to one side, and lazy white lounging areas on the other. The... Read More

Strong on flavors and, if it’s possible, even stronger in technique, Indian Accent does modern Indian dishes that are surprising, but always pleasant.... Read More

Mumbai mainstay Indigo’s lengthy wine list is famed. But the drinks are just the tip of this exclusive iceberg. The Euro-Asian cuisine includes... Read More

Since 1968, Banda Hasan has been dishing up his famous char-grilled kathi rolls—thin roti roomali bread filled with minced mutton, paneer (cheese)... Read More

If you’re the type of person who is disproportionately encouraged by a bit of liquid courage, watch your poison: This new kid on the block, nightclub... Read More

In August of 2010, Thailand-born chef Pongtawat Ian Chalermkittichai (of New York's Kittichai) opened Koh by Ian Kittichai in Mumbai's InterContinental... Read More

The French owners' Gallic influence is evident in terrines, pâtés, and soufflés. Read More

This beach-shack restaurant is perfect for sunset drinks. Read More

Or, you could head to the third nightclub in Hotel Samrat. This one started as a members-only club, and although they’ve opened up entry (for a price),... Read More

Our relationship with French-style bistros went official when this incarnation opened at Meherchand Market. You can enjoy gorgeously simple yet... Read More

The place for brunch or coffee. Read More

Perched on the edge of Lodhi Gardens, this mostly al fresco restaurant has a diverse menu of European and Indian dishes, including salads, soups—and... Read More

Perfect for cool Delhi evenings, Majnu ka Tilla is a colloquial name for a North Delhi locality close to the Yamuna—a Tibetan settlement where you’ll... Read More

If you feel like a break from Indian food and the continental cooking that's so popular here, then Mamagoto makes an excellent change of pace. From... Read More

Remotely situated, with a farm-to-table, no-menu philosophy shaped entirely by its celebrated Israeli chef. Read More

Any proud Delhi-ite knows their Shack from their Stone. Both are really cool bars on the top floor of the Moets Sizzlers building, with comfy sofas to... Read More

This bar gets playful with its cocktail list. They monkey around with classic Indian flavors that are poster children for refreshments, and introduce... Read More

This restaurant chain, with dozens of franchised locations throughout Delhi and other cities, claims to have invented the world-renowned Indian dish,... Read More

We’ll get this one out of the way first: Moti Mahal is the original home of Butter Chicken. This restaurant does the North Indian classics to perfection... Read More

As much an archive of home recipes as a popular lunch spot serving up crab fritters and prawns caldin (a green-chile-and-coconut stew), Mums is another... Read More

You know it’s authentic because the chili ain’t forgiving in the least. Raja Mircha translates as King of Chilies; its super hotness quotient is welcome... Read More

Although this quiet restaurant in South Delhi's fashionable Hauz Khas Village serves superb South Indian food, it's the ambiance that really sets... Read More

"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... Read More

The second choice, after Kewpie’s, for Bengali food. Read More

It’s so appropriate that the name of this restaurant from Bengal has nostalgia built into it. Even before true blue Calcutta boys and girls could bemoan... Read More

Part of a national chain (but don’t let that dissuade you), this upmarket newcomer specializes in Bengali cooking—arguably the greatest... Read More

You might think that this restaurant is a gateway to Oriental cuisine, but in fact it’s named after the passenger train that opened up Europe to the... Read More

The busy restaurant is a shrine to Hyderabad's prized cuisine, biryani. Read More

For me, paranthas always remind me of Sunday family lunches (and also occasional after-party roadside stops, when a carb overload is fully justified).... Read More

Originally started as a Prohibition era speakeasy, it’s now a known secret that this bungalow-style bar serves up some of the best cocktails in town. We... Read More

The proper way to end a festive Indian meal is with paan (folded betel leaves stuffed with various fillings), which work as a digestive as well as a... Read More

While a hokey upstairs cocktail lounge and nightly DJ sets draw crowds to this suburban stalwart, it’s the cuisine that really sings&mdash... Read More

I can’t actually commit to choosing one spot as the best place for rolls in the city, hence my generic heading here. Rolls in Delhi are all good for... Read More

Diners queue up outside this Defence Colony restaurant for the vegetarian cuisine and savory, crêpe-like dosas. In the air-conditioned dining room... Read More

Likewise, it’s really hard to pick a favorite South Indian restaurant in Delhi, of the dosa and cakey idli kind. Indeed, nothing says authentic Indian... Read More

It’s so difficult to choose a champion among all the brilliant South Indian specialists, but I’ll give this round to Sagar Ratna for its number of... Read More

If anyone knows you have no time to waste in the mornings, it’s the efficient service team at this Central Delhi legend. Also streamlining the ordering... Read More

Even if you consider Indian vegetarian cuisine to be pretty traditional, that doesn’t mean that the menu must be conventional. Sattvik does its fair... Read More

They share a wall in Hotel Samrat, but these two nightclubs are otherwise as different as night and  … later that night. Shiro is an old-time... Read More

Moving up from the South and stopping somewhere before Delhi—that’s where one would pinpoint the geographic heart of this elegant eatery, which... Read More

Like every respectable big city, we’ve got to have a Sky Bar too! Ours comes with pretty white tents on a breezy terrace and a brilliant Asian specialty... Read More

A gimmick that works: almost every dish on this bar-restaurant’s Indo-Euro fusion menu is cold-smoked, using a variety of woods from cider to... Read More

Graze on baba ghanoush, pomfret chermoula, and rose-petal ice cream. Read More

Convince the chef of Taj Coromandel's restaurant, Southern Spice, to serve a thali surveying the range of Tamil cuisine. This he does over the course of... Read More

I had to kick off this list with Cocktails & Dreams. If you’re looking for credentials, the man behind the bar runs a Mixology Academy and is a... Read More

Chris Bee's take on modern European fare is exceptional. Read More

If you’re the kind who always likes to get just a taste of what’s on your companion’s plate, you’ll love thalis. These are the plates we would’ve had at... Read More

Set in the yuppified (for Delhi) Defence Colony shopping plaza, this delectable seafood place—it’s part of a chain, but a good one&mdash... Read More

Part of a new generation of Delhi's restaurants, Tabula Rasa serves dishes from every continent: African chicken stew, Australian lamb, Brazilian pork... Read More

No matter what the weather, a view of the moonlit Qutub Minar always seems to put us in a better mood, along with the clever Thai menu. It’s tough to... Read More

Ordering lettuce is not always advisable in India, but it’s safe to try Greek salads and juicy souvlaki here. Read More

This place is as advertised—down to its checkerboard flooring, jukebox and healthy-sized milkshakes. As a friend once said, you’d almost expect to see... Read More

If this Americana-eclectic café has been open and roaring for close to 15 years now, they must be doing something right. Even though Big Chill has four... Read More

This Khan Market café that opens its blue doors at 7.30 a.m. offers eight full pages of morning menu delights. Of the usual breakfast suspects, the... Read More

This extensive menu is a lot more eclectic than the Modern European tag sported by The Hungry Monkey. Sprawled over three floors, it manages to be cozy... Read More

This bar at the Leela Palace Hotel will make ladies and gentlemen of us, if it’s the last thing it does. If you want a spot for a refined drink, this... Read More

The popular spot has a modern, global menu, and it's a great place to have lunch after shopping in the nearby Garden Village, which has boutiques from... Read More

If you learn toward ‘50s jazz music and frothy cappuccinos, you’ll want to check out this spot in the Vasant Vihar area. It has a contemporary menu of... Read More

It takes a remarkable degree of confidence for a restaurant of this stature to allow anything but the food to dominate conversation at the dinner table.... Read More

Specializing in the much-feted cuisine of the south Indian state of Kerala, this little restaurant serves up regional specialties ranging from aromatic... Read More

Purportedly India’s highest-grossing restaurant and certainly one of the smartest, this upstart at the Oberoi has beguiling interiors (striking... Read More

Inspired by villas in Tuscany, Tonino is spread out into two distinct sections. The outdoor part is fashioned like a courtyard with fruit trees... Read More

When it made its debut in 2009, the 25,000-square-foot restaurant complex was an immediate hit because of its location—beside the Mahalaxmi Race... Read More

Ignore the name: the United Coffee House is actually more of a restaurant than a cafe, and serves Indian, Chinese, and continental cuisine. While the... Read More

Even though it now operates as a full-service restaurant, United Coffee House stays dedicated to the coffee cause with in-house master blenders who... Read More

If you didn’t get beyond the first page of the drinks list, you’d be just fine. Uzuri shows quiet confidence with its delicate infusion of Tanqueray... Read More

The menu of Varq feels like it came from a chef who’s got his Indian cooking principles down pat, but couldn’t resist having a bit of fun along the way.... Read More

Once-stodgy Connaught Place got a helpful shot in the arm with the opening of this chic eatery—the joint project of chef Suvir Saran (from New... Read More

You may find Bollywood king Shah Rukh Khan lounging underneath Vie’s white canopy on the beach. Located in ritzy Juhu, Mumbai’s Malibu, Vie... Read More

As I look at the lovely mountain image blown up against a wall, the prayer flags and the weathered white tent in Ladakhi Kitchen’s outdoor space, I feel... Read More

We can’t be sure about Chef Morimoto’s reasons for leaving Nobu in New York and heading to New Delhi, but we’re certainly not complaining. This... Read More

To be fair, waffles or parathas could work just as well for after-party munchies. Since YBR (as we call it here) is a 24-hour restaurant always capable... Read More

Yeti serves up superb Himalayan cuisine that most of us would climb a mountain for. The highlights: The crispy tossed spinach, which comes with ever-so... Read More

If I could get out of the airport and head straight here every time I landed into Delhi, I would. Besides plenty of acclaim, Yum Yum Tree has won over... Read More

In the Bandra district, this restaurant draws Bollywood stars like Upen Patel and John Abraham for dishes like the wasabi prawns. The resto/bar caters... Read More

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