If you’re caught up in ever decreasing circles in Connaught Place fear not, here’s five fab places to take some time out and tuck into some tasty khana (food)
If New Delhi has a heart it beats out of Connaught Place.
CP, as it is universally known, is the spot where the cool kids hang out on evening and party on into the night.
CP’s inner and outer circles are the kind of places that seem to have a way in, but no way to escape. If you’ve been caught in CP’s vortex you’ll know what I’m talking about, if you’ve not be trapped yet then you have been warned.
Anyhow, here’s five fab places for food in and around CP where you can sit back, relax and plan your next move.
Kwality, Regal Buildings, Parliament Street
The word institution is thrown around far too frequently, but ever since PL Lamba started serving his favourite foods in 1940, Dilliwalahs have been queuing up. Kwality proudly claims to offer the best Chole Bhature in the city (I reckon a street stall in Khan Market pips then to the post) as well as a range of other delightful dishes. It’s Kadhi Paneer is particularly good.
Kwality can be found at No.7, Regal Building, Parliament Street, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001. Here’s the map
Rajdhani, Scindia House, Connaught Place
If a spicy Rajasthani and sweet Gujarati veg thali is what you want, then heading to Rajdhani is a wise idea.
Rajdhani is an entertaining eatery. It’s difficult to keep track of what’s happening as one dish arrives after another, after another, after another. Rumour has it that there’s 72 different rotating menus with a staggering 22,464 delicacies on offer. That’s some menu for the chefs to perfect.
Find Rajdhani at Shop No. 9A, Atmaram Mansion, Scindia House, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001. Phone:011 4350 1200. Landmark: Opposite N Block of Connaught place, between the Janpath and KG Marg Road junctions. Google map it right here
Wegner’s Deli, Bakery and Cake Shop, Middle Circle, Connaught Place
Dilliwalahs from all over the city battle the traffic to come to Wegner’s in CP.
The pioneers of Swiss confectionary have been providing breads, cakes, chocolates, patties, pastry and puddings, to the great and the good, for over 75 years. We reckon that you should add your name to the list.
Where is it? A-16, Middle Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001. Easy to find? Over to the map as it’s slap, bang in the centre of those circles.
Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Janpath
This chain of South Indian restaurants is so well loved that the Indian dispora in Europe demanded an overseas stores so they could get dosa, idly and vada like it tastes back home. Stores in UK, Netherlands, Germany and France have opened up and the taste of South Indian is now available to expats when they go home.
Mr. P. Rajagopal (aka Annachi), the founder, believes that few things bring about a smile of satisfaction like food. The happy, smiling faces at the Janpath outlet when I’ve been here prove this point. If you’re feeling grumpy, the food here will give you good reason to be cheerful
There’s two options in CP. One in Janpath (number 46 on the opposite side of the Tibetan Markets and just past the Cottage Emporium, take a look at this map) and the other Connaught Circus (Janpath P-13/90, New Delhi-110 001. The map is here.
The Imperial Hotel, Janpath
Feeling a little flush? The Imperial Hotel is a kilometre or so away from CP, but it makes it into this guide because it is the Imperial.
A throw back to the days of the Raj, this hotel was chosen as India’s best Luxury Historical Hotel by World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015. Do I need to say any more? The website will wow you.
On the food front there are nine restaurants inside the Imperial to choose from. To help you choose here’s a link giving a run down of what they are.
- Delhi’s luxurious dining rooms – From street food to fine dining, I’m aiming to eat my way across the capital. There’s a lot of eating to be done and I’ve appointed myself as the man to do it.
- Like Rajasthani? Try Kathputli in Defence Colony – Kathpulti in Defence Colony offers up a spicy, pure vegetarian thali that’s rich in flavour and where the food keeps on coming until you beg the waiters to stop