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.
Graze on baba ghanoush, pomfret chermoula, and rose-petal ice cream.
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 Course—and its avant-garde design by London-based Serie Architects, which lined the ceiling with a forest of white metal branches.
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 hickory, and to often brilliant effect. Don’t miss the smoked tomato-and-lemongrass soup.
Ordering lettuce is not always advisable in India, but it’s safe to try Greek salads and juicy souvlaki here.
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-know locals, who make up 90 percent of the lunch and dinner crowd.
Our relationship with French-style bistros went official when this incarnation opened at Meherchand Market. You can enjoy gorgeously simple yet beautifully flavored French dishes at your table overlooking a park, featuring starry lights and occasionally a live Jazz band.
I didn’t know that I loved Korean food (besides the occasional encounter with kimchi) until I entered the palace gates of Gung.
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 tummies and every shred of loyalty with their superb sushi and dim sum.
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-slightly caramelized onions, and the Ema Datshi (green peppers in cheese sauce) that is the best kind of sinful.
If this Americana-eclectic café has been open and roaring for close to 15 years now, they must be doing something right.
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 like the 4-foot long, crepe-like dosa to be shared family-style.