If you want to explore contemporary molecular gastronomy, dine out on delicacies served at Royal Courts or fancy trying out the tastes of award winning international restaurants, then Delhi is the perfect dinner table.
Delhi food scene is inventive, fresh and lively, and over the past couple of years new restaurants opening to cater for Delhi’s increasingly affluent population means there are more places than ever to dine out in style. In alphabetical order (it’s not fair to judge) here’s six of the best.
Bukhara could be the most talked about restaurant in the capital. This multi award winning restaurant has been serving politicians, celebrities and Dilliwalahs food the North Western Frontier for around 40 years.
The Murgh Malai Kebab (creamy chicken with green chilli and coriander), Tandoori Phool (cauliflower seasoned with yellow chilli and spices) and Tandoori Shimla Mirch (Capsicum / Peppers stuffed with beans, vegetables, cashews and sultanas) are special.
Mention must also be made of the famed Dal Bukhara. Cooked for 18 hours and said to be the best in the business, since opening in 1978 Bukhara reckon they’ve served 2.5 million dishes of this rich creamy dal. You need to book, this place is popular. Here’s the website so you can find out more.
Hotel Dharampura, Old Delhi
The new kid on the block, Dharampura, is going straight into every guide book. Why? The food is good, but the building that it’s served in what everyone is talking about.
Dating back to 1887, the Dharampura Haveli, in the heart of Old Delhi, has been loving restored by Vijay and Siddhant Goel. They’ve shown what’s possible and given diners a glimpse of what Old Delhi used to look. The story of Dharampura’s inspiring renovation is well worth a read.
Indian Accent, New Friends Colony
Indian Accent is the only India restaurant to be featured in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list by S. Pellegrino. Showcasing inventive Indian Cuisines, Indian Accent has kitchens in Delhi and New York, USA, offers diners lunch and has two sittings for dinner.
Celebrated and critically acclaimed Chef Manish Mehrotra and been awarded the Best Chef in India by American Express and has also been called the most exciting modern Indian chef in the world today. Here’s a link to the menu, that includes a tasting menu, for more information and reservations, head on over to this weblink.
The Imperial Hotel, Connaught Place
Brunch at the Imperial is brilliant. Not only is the Eggs Benedict top notch the restaurant you step into on lazy Sunday morning is steeped in history. A throw back to the days of the Raj, the 1911 Restaurant tells the story of Delhi’s rise to power and its emergence of India’s capital. It’s mini museum that serves food that you will you seriously satisfied. The Imperial’s website will wow you. The food won’t disappoint and there’s more than one Restaurant to choose from. Making decisions like this is difficult
Masala Library, Janpath
Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra came to Delhi from Mumbai in the summer of 2016. Taking traditional techniques and fusing with molecular gastronomy, Masala Library freshens the food scene in the capital (and that’s not just with its amuse-bouche).
Known as the Czar of Indian Cuisine, Kalra has been researching food for over four decades and has authored over 11 titles, including Prashad, which is considered as the bible for chefs today. He is also credited with establishing Dum Pukht, Bukhara and the Great Kebab Factory. Kalra has a CV that has to be taken seriously.
The menu at Masala Library is built around three pillars, the Progressive Indian, the Kebab Trail and Iconic Curries of India. There’s a nine course Degustation menu and an 18 course tasting menu. All set in sumptuous surrounding in the heart of New Delhi. Head on over to the website for more information and reservations.
Varq, Taj Mahal Hotel, Man Singh Road
Overlooking the lush lawns of the Taj Mahal Hotel in restaurant decorated with sculptures and paintings by celebrated artist Anjolie Ela Menon over three decades ago, Varq serves up innovative contemporary cuisine that plays to India’s traditional strengths.
Signature dishes include subz gandheri and khurbani, smoked lamb, tomato and olive khofta, gongura lamb, varqui crab and palak patta chat. There’s also foods from famed from the tables of Nizam’s of Hyderabad and Royal kitchens of Rajasthan to name just two.