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
This is a popular restaurant serving great South Indian food. It's always busy and you'll probably have to queue to share a table, but its worth it. It was the place to be and be seen last year, and the owner of the hotel I stayed at who is always on a mission to find the best new place to eat took me there. He thought it was so good he made me promise not to send a review in to the Lonely Panet. It's been nearly a year and the 'it' crowd has probably moved on, so I think it's now safe to spread the word. Go for the masala dosai and if you are missing the fantastic South Indian coffee, decoction, they have it here!
46 Janpath, New Delhi 110 001
Tel: 011 2331 7755
Experience the hustle and bustle of Delhi street life, with seemingly non-stop markets, livestock roaming free and every type of chancer and laughably inept con man trying to engage you..top notch, and puts the sedate connaught place to bed.
Near New Delhi train station
Something of an expat hangout, this is the place to come for electronics, books, magazines and other foreigner’s paraphernalia while avoiding the cons and chaos of the city centre. There’s a couple of decent little eateries too.
Subramaniam Bharti Marg area
Place for cultural programmes, seminars and meetings. Great place to catch a play or an Indian classical music/dance performance for free. There is a notice board in front of the main auditorium for information on events around town. Couple of eateries, but not much to write home about. Weekly information is posted on the IHC webpage.
Near Lodhi Garden, on Lodhi Road. Entrance to car parking from Max Mueller Road side if going in the direction from Lodhi Garden to Nizamuddin.
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
Visit Lalit Kala Akademi. See all the art on the walls. Then head down to Bengali Market to sample some of the best chaat in Delhi. (Chaat is vegetarian street food.) Try either of the Bengali Sweet House or Nathu's Sweets. Both are good and are in healthy competition.
Lalit Kala Akademi
Rabindra Bhawan, Ferozshah Road,
New Delhi 110001
Bengali Market, New Delhi
Though the annual Pragati Maidan Trade Fair is much larger, and you can find far better quality at the Cottage Industries Emporium on Janpath, this little corner of Delhi is open all year round and is still a great place to come for gift shopping at fair prices. What’s more, it’s a good chance to sample a wide range of regional cuisines from Kashmiri to Bengali at the safe, well-run yet cheap food stands.
South Extension area, near ring road interchange
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.
Excellent place to spend time in Delhi. The place offers designer stores for Indian handicrafts, restaurants, cafes in the outer and middle lane, some of Delhi's oldest bookshops and Lodhi Gardens are right next door!
Haldirams is a household name in India. They have a huge restaurant in Delhi near Chandni Chowk. They serve up good, clean, street snacks. Don't expect your average vindaloos and kormas, the food here is proper Indian fare. If you're unfamiliar with the food, a good dish to try is the "pav bhaji" which is a flavoursome snack of mixed vegetables served up on piping hot fried bread.
I don't know the street name, but I'm sure all the taxi drivers will know it. It's near Chandni Chowk, all the locals know it and it's hard to miss.
Described as 'the finest Indian cuisine on planet earth', this restaurant, part of the Sheraton hotel in New Delhi, is truly fantastic. The menu focuses mainly on North Indian cuisine, with an open kitchen so you can see the chefs at work.
Bill Clinton has dined here, (there is a dish named after him - a mixed Indian platter he apparently said was exquisite), and it is often frequented by Indian celebrities. Having said that, the prices are not too steep (compared to an equivalent meal in a similar setting in Europe or the US, it truly is a bargain), and it is certainly worth a visit.
Hotel Sheraton, Diplomatic Enclave, Sadar Patel Marg, New Delhi 110 021
Tel: 91 11 2611 2233
Fax: 91 11 26113333
OK you need to know someone who is a member to get invited to the Habitat Centre Restaurants, but if someone offers to, just grab the opportunity. They are faboulous and reasonable. The Indian, Chinese and the Bar serving snacks, are all equally good.
Habitat World at the Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Tel: 91 11 4122 0000
A great cheap place to eat, a good menu, for euro, pound or dollar holders, and even by rupee standards, the menu will appear cheap. The guy’s friendly, and if you speak German, and are feeling homesick, this is the place for you. Max Muller is the Delhi's Goethe Institut. German films are screened once a week, open and free to all.
Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place
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/
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.
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
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