Restaurants in New Delhi
New Delhi restaurants often serve Mughlai or Punjabi cuisine. Stuffed flatbread (paranthas), kababs, varied versions of fried dough (chaat), and spicy pockets with stuffing (kachauri) are all very popular. Restaurants in New Delhi vary from the expensive to the pocket-friendly local chains and street food. Use your discretion for street cart offerings; go for established chains if possible. Staple foods of Indian cuisine in general include rice, millet, beans and lentils, due to the region’s predominantly vegetarian culture. Chicken and mutton are the most common meat dishes; fish and beef are not widely consumed. Indian cuisine is most well known for its spices and flavorings like chilli pepper powder, black mustard seed, cardamom, cumin, ginger, coriander and garlic. Each culinary region has a distinctive blend of spices.
Some of the best restaurants in New Delhi include Dakshin, a hotel restaurant inside the Sheraton, which serves great South Indian cuisine. Oh! Calcutta is a national chain that focuses on seafood and seasonings. Khan Chacha has famous char-grilled kathi rolls—roti bread filled with minced mutton, cheese or spiced chicken tikka. They are cheap and perfect for a snack while shopping. See below for more New Delhi restaurant ideas.
While a hokey upstairs cocktail lounge and nightly DJ sets draw crowds to this suburban stalwart, it’s the cuisine that really sings—specifically the raan-e-Punjab, a seasoned whole leg of lamb slow-roasted in the tandoor.
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 some of India's top designers.
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.
Part of a new generation of Delhi's restaurants, Tabula Rasa serves dishes from every continent: African chicken stew, Australian lamb, Brazilian pork chops, Spanish ham, Chinese pot stickers.
Since 1968, Banda Hasan has been dishing up his famous char-grilled kathi rolls—thin roti roomali bread filled with minced mutton, paneer (cheese), or spiced chicken tikka—first from a cart in Greater Kailash, then from this tiny takeout stand in the heart of busy Khan
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.
Set in the yuppified (for Delhi) Defence Colony shopping plaza, this delectable seafood place—it’s part of a chain, but a good one—presents a welcome dilemma: its encyclopedic menu is crammed with about 1,473 dishes and nearly as many varieties of fresh fish.
Purportedly India’s highest-grossing restaurant and certainly one of the smartest, this upstart at the Oberoi has beguiling interiors (striking fuchsia walls, intricate sandalwood sculptures on the ceiling) and warm lighting that together make the vast, bustling space seem almost intimate.
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?