Restaurants in India

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.