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Eating out in Delhi

In all the hustle and bustle of Delhi it can be hard to know where to go for a meal. Who does the best curry? And what if you feel like Chinese? Or something European? How about a night out on the town? Read on for top tips on Eating out in Delhi, complete with estimated driving times from The Imperial and The Oberoi.

The Red Fort – Delhi

Bukhara - The Maurya Sheraton Hotel

Ranked by Conde Naste as one of the top 20 restaurants in the world, Bukhara serves excellent food. The menu is limited, but the dal makhani, raan and tandoori prawns are highly recommended! The service is fast and efficient. The design of the restaurant also contributes to make this a fun evening.

Address: Maurya Sheraton Hotel, Sardar Patel Marg
Driving Time: The Oberoi 40 minutes, The Imperial 30 minutes

Spice Route - The Imperial

If you like your southern Indian cuisine, this is your next stop: try the prawns with coconut, curry leaf, black tamarind and mustard seeds – and don’t forget the appams (rice-flour pancakes). The incredibly detailed décor took over 4 years to complete. During the warmer months, the courtyard is a very romantic setting.

Address: The Imperial, Janpath
Driving Time: The Oberoi 20 minutes

Veda

This is a firm favourite with fashionable Delhites, designed by fashion designer Rohit Bal. The stylish bar and restaurant menus focus on North Indian cuisine with tasting menu options. The atmosphere is lively and fun and gives a glimpse into modern city life. 

Address: Veda, H27, Connaught Place
Driving Time: The Oberoi 25 minutes, The Imperial 10 minutes

Taipan - The Oberoi Hotel

In the mood for Chinese? Taipan has won many awards for its authentic Cantonese food. The views of the city are particularly good too.

Address: The Oberoi, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg
Driving Time: The Imperial 15 minutes

Teahouse of the August Moon - Taj Palace Hotel

This has been a hot favourite with Delhites for a long time, with excellent service and great Chinese food, particularly Sichuan options.

Address: Taj Palace Hotel, Sardar Marg Patel, Diplomatic Enclave
Driving Time: The Oberoi 25 minutes, The Imperial 25 minutes 

The Smoke House Grill

This is one of the hottest new additions to the Delhi scene, as renowned for its cocktails and wine list as it is for its grilled meat and fish. Drop in on Wednesdays for live music that draws in a fashionable local crowd.

Address: P No 2, Vipps Centre, North Wing, Masjod Moth, Greater Kailash 2
Driving Time: The Oberoi 35 minutes, The Imperial 45 minutes 

Set’z - DLF Emporio

Designed by Super Potato, intricate yet contemporary SET’Z is a lifestyle destination for great ambience and food. It houses an amazing seven distinct interactive kitchens – Northern Indian, Thai, Chinese, Coastal Indian, Arabic, European and Japanese with a large landscaped area at its centre.

With a distinct design features based on the multiple food & beverage offering – bar lounge, a walk-in wine cellar with over 1600 bottles, central dining area including private and semi private rooms and a fascinating terrace. The open Terrace is the place to be on a weather friendly evening.

Stop in for a Sunday brunch – an innovative buffet concept wherein each section is based on the method of cooking. Go for grills ‘n roasts, steamed ‘n baked, curries ‘n stews, fry’s ‘n stir fry’s, cold, desserts, chocolates, health corner and noodle bar. Drinks are unlimited during Sunday brunches. They also offer buffet on weekdays but with limited alcohol/drinks. SET’Z offers an elaborate á la carte menu at dinner, showcasing all its seven kitchens.

Driving Time: The Oberoi 45 minutes, The Imperial 45 minutes

Lodhi Restaurant – Lodhi Gardens

Humayan’s Tomb – Delhi

If you’re in the vicinity of Humayan’s Tomb, head to the Lodhi Restaurant. With the feel of a conservatory, this new restaurant has become very popular with those in the know in Delhi.

Address:  Opposite Mausam Bhawan, Near gate No. 1, Lodhi Gardens
Driving Times: The Oberoi 10 minutes, The Imperial 15 minutes

Chor Bizarre

On the edge of Old Delhi – and also found in London’s Mayfair – Chor Bizarre translates as “thieves market” – to indicate that the chef has plundered recipe books from all over the India. Chaat – Bombay street snacks – are served from a 1920s Fiat parked in the middle of the restaurant and a speciality here is the Kashmiri thali, which comes in little bowls on a tray and is always fresh and delicious.

Address: 4/15 A Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi
Driving Time: The Oberoi 20 minutes, The Imperial 20 minutes

Basil & Thyme

A popular choice for lunches where locals and visitors can take a break from shopping. Salads, pasta and quiche all feature on the European style menu. Be aware though, there is no bar license and they are not open in the evening.

Address: Basil & Thyme, Shantushti Shopping Complex, Chanakyapuri
Driving Time: The Oberoi 20 minutes, The Imperial 20 minutes

Karim’s – Old Delhi

Jama Masjid by Flickr user Peter Rivera

Former BBC correspondent and long-time Delhi resident Mark Tully recommends Karim’s, near the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi for authentic Hyderabadi cuisine. This is a local institution, which has been serving food since 1913 – the lamb kebabs and chicken tikka are favourites but you won’t be served alcohol here.

Address: Karim’s, Jama Masjid, Gali Kababiyan. Franchise outlets at Connaught Place and Moments Mall.
Driving Time: The Oberoi 25 minutes, The Imperial 25 minutes

BARS

 Rick’s

Most of the nicer bars in Delhi are again in the bigger hotels. Worth visiting, however, is Rick’s at The Taj Mahal Hotel. Get there early on a Friday or Saturday night to beat the crowds, definitely worth it for the fine martinis.

Address: Taj Mahal Hotel, 1 Mansingh Road
Driving Time: The Oberoi 10 minutes, The Imperial 15 minutes

Agni

Another option is Agni. Open from 5pm to 3am, the best evenings are Friday and Saturday – aim to arrive after 11 if you plan on partying. Currently the most hip and happening bar & club in Delhi, Agni attracts a young and fashionable crowd aged 18 – 40. The bar mixologists, in uniforms styled by Rohit Bal, create old favourites and new concoctions like rose martinis, ‘Love Junk’ and seasonal fruit margaritas. Low leather divans with glimmering golden pillows invite you to sink in. At the far end of the 35 foot bar is the dance floor, where resident DJs’ hot picks from world music keep the rhythm going.

Address: Park Hotel, 15 Parliament Street
Driving Time: The Oberoi 20 minutes, The Imperial 5 minutes

Have you been to a memorable restaurant or bar in Delhi during your tour of India? Share your experiences in the comments below!

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