India

Restaurants in India

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

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 succulent kebabs, straight from the open kitchen’s tandoors.

Part of a national chain (but don’t let that dissuade you), this upmarket newcomer specializes in Bengali cooking—arguably the greatest regional Indian cuisine that’s relatively unknown outside of India.

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).

This beach-shack restaurant is perfect for sunset drinks.

Dine on an aromatic mound of saffron-splashed rice laced with chunks of mutton kebab, elaborately decorated with fried onions and cashews, and accented with the lemony twang of dried Persian barberries at this 90-year-old Parsi (Indo-Persian) landmark that is nostalgia incarnate.

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.

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.