New and Old Delhi

Restaurants in New and Old Delhi

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.

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.

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 anytime hunger, and the formula is typically foolproof:  beautifully cooked meat wrapped in a hot roti. So, who does it best?

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 in the hilly North East  of India, which can get pretty cold.

It’s so appropriate that the name of this restaurant from Bengal has nostalgia built into it.

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, and is credited with the original buttery recipe for this dish that we swear could resolve wars.

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 sibling nightclubs so much, that the owners decided to bring it to Delhi.

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-wise, features a apparel and accessories boutique for men and women, as well as—in what can only be a pretty dangerous idea after a few drinks—an

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 whole area is lit beautifully with huge torch flames, and the deejay console is up a tree.

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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), it still retains that bit of exclusivity.