Reckoned to be the place to eat Mughal and north-west frontier cuisine in Delhi. Plates of dhal and kebabs served on low tables where famously Bill Clinton once gorged himself silly. With drinks, there is not much change from Rs 2,500.
Maurya Sheraton Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave; Tel: 011 2611 2233
Outsized Indo-fusion cuisine. For those with a fang for flesh, the Punjabi Meat Masala is the meal of choice. A meal for two will bring the bill to Rs 1,000.
11 Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar; Tel: 26153333; www.punjabibynaturerestaurant.com/
Authentic south Indian vegetarian food served in a stylish cafeteria. A culinary adventure into steamed rice cakes, chutneys, spicy pulses and peppery vegetable dishes. Prices start from Rs 23.
Connaught Place; Tel: 2334 7755
If you are wary of street vendors, for a taste of authentic and safe snacks and sweets, try one of Haldiram's stores. I especially recommend their Rajkachori, which is a savoury snack with chick peas, yogurt, tamarind chutney, namkeen and lentil crisps.
Originally called Connaught Place, this is the centre of New Delhi. You find everything here - big shops, restaurants, art galleries, hotels and craft emporiums. More importantly, if you go to the lanes behind the main circle, you will find very good eating places. Now, with the Metro Station in the centre, you can go to the far flung parts of Delhi as well.
Underground Station of Connaught Place / Rajiv Chowk
Small but stainless steel spotless vendor on the second floor of Ansla Plaza. A healthy but extremely tasty (and hygienic!) version of India's staple street food of chickpeas (both black or white or a mixture of the two) with bread. Here it is no-fat, comes with a grilled "kulcha", with the channas in a disposable paper bowl.
If you are not into channas, they also have some absolutely delicious steamed momos, both veg and non vegetarian.
A fantastic restaurant if you are looking to treat yourself. It was refurbished last year and has a modern but elegant feel to it. The food while not cheap is really wonderful, particularly the masala fish.
18 Regal Building
Tel: 11 2336 0717 (info)
Hot Joint is a street food vendor set up in Mayur Vihar PH 1. It’s sort of off the beaten path for tourists, but well worth the trip. They have the best chicken sandwiches, chow mein, soups, momos etc of any other street vendor. Run by Nepalese, they are very friendly, and get to know their customers on a name basis after a few visits. Food is clean, and very cheap. My husband and I can get a full meal for about 80 rupees... and that is for both of us!
Not sure of the street name, but its right off the main street in Mayur Vihar PH 1, ask anyone, they will know it!
Founded in 1913, Karim's is the most famous Mughlai restaurant in Delhi, serving the food, which once caressed the palates of the Mughal Emperors. The kebabs are succulent, the biryanis fragrant and the kormas and other curries rich and satisfying. Make sure you try the mutton bara, grilled, marinated chops. Prices from start at 80 rupees for a half dish to 150 rupees for a whole one
Karim's has two branches, of which the original is a set of restaurants surrounding a little courtyard just off the road that leads from the south entrance to the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. The other is in the Muslim enclave of Nizamuddin, in south Delhi
It is a craft and food market (bazaar). Full of lovely clothes, interesting accessories and beautiful handmade crafts. Best of all, there are food stalls from almost each state of India. One could eat south Indian Dosa, east Indian Momos (dumplings) or North Indian chaat.
A microcosm of Indian crafts and tastes.
Dilli Haat, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Opp. INA Market, New Delhi, India 110023.
Phone : +91-11-4629365, 6119055
Retro urban village setting, with a variety of antique shops, designer boutiques, home furnishings, jewellery stores, painting galleries and restaurants. Take time off to walk among the old ruins of the nearby Deer Park, and through the Rose Garden. A perfect lazy winter afternoon programme.
Off Aurobindo Marg, near IIT, entrance from Aurobindo Place market. Ample car parking, conveniently located on the way to Qutb Minar from the city centre.
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