New Delhi: 16 Best Restaurants For The Ultimate Food Experience
Before reading this post, must read the master post on Places to visit in Delhi: Dilli Darshan
If you’re a hardcore foodie, then you know that finding the best restaurant in the city is like picking a needle from a haystack. But luckily for you, we’ve already done the groundwork! Here’s a list of the best restaurants in New Delhi, divided into categories according to individual tastes. You can thank us later.
Best Romantic Restaurants
1. The Rose Café
This cosy Victorian-style cafe offers light meals and freshly prepared desserts. The location and ambience of this place make you feel like you’re having food in some sleepy town in a European country. The view of their beautiful garden makes the experience even more surreal. Head out here on a date for a guaranteed good time.
2. Sevilla – The Claridges
If you’re willing to splash some cash, then Sevilla has the perfect setting for a romantic date. The interiors are beautifully done to capture the essence of Spain. The soothing music sets the mood and is soft enough for you to easily have conversations with your partner. When it comes to food, do try one of their famed wood-fired pizzas. You won’t be disappointed!
Highlights: Romantic, Outdoor Seating
Must-Haves: Chicken Pizza, Patata Bravas, Sangria
Cost For Two: Rs. 4,500
Cuisine: Spanish, Italian
Address: Aurangzeb Road, Delhi (Get Directions)
Best Pocket-Friendly Restaurants
3. The Big Yellow Door
This gem of a place is great for hanging out with your buddies over delicious pastas and burgers. The ambience will transport you to a different world, away from the chaos of Delhi. It’s a miracle that this place is so pocket-friendly!
Highlights: Quirky Ambience, Huge Portions
Must-Haves: Bomb Burger, Butter Chicken Pasta, Butterscotch Shake
Cost For Two: Rs. 600
Cuisine: Italian, Fast Food
Address: Satyaniketan, Delhi (Get Directions)
A small place located in the heart of the SDA market near IIT, this joint is popular amongst students as it supplies them with the only two things they desire in life – Beer and Biryani. Apart from having a unique concept, the drinks are cheap and the biryanis are lip-smackingly delicious. Once you visit Beeryani with your friends, you’re bound to become a regular.
Highlights: Beer + Biryani
Must-Haves: Handi Biryani, Mojito
Cost For Two: Rs. 700
Cuisine: North Indian, Biryani
Address: SDA, Delhi (Get Directions)
Best 5 Star Restaurants
5. BukharaBukhara has been voted amongst the best restaurants in Asia, and for a good reason. The Dhaba-like ambience and the absence of cutlery ensure that you get a truly Indian eating experience. It’s not easy to find a table here so make sure you book in advance.
Highlights: Luxury Dhaba Ambience
Must-Haves: Dal Bukhara, Malai Chicken Kebab, Phirni
Cost For Two: Rs. 6,500
Cuisine: North Indian
Address: Chanakyapuri, Delhi (Get Directions)
6. Masala Library
This classy, swanky restaurant impresses with its grandiose decor, top notch service and heavenly grub. They truly understand what eating out at a restaurant should be – A visual and gastronomic adventure. The food takes the best elements from the Indian cuisine and gives it a pleasant twist. What’s more, the presentation of the food is stunning – You’ll feel like you’re eating art.
Best North Indian Restaurants
7. Chor Bizzare
As the name suggests, Chor Bizzare’s ambience is inspired by a local thieves’ market. Everything in the restaurant is made to look like it’s been stolen from somewhere. This includes a vintage car in the middle of the restaurant! While the ambience certainly gets full marks, the food is out of this world as well. One of the few places in Delhi which does justice to Kashmiri food, Chor Bizarre is bound to steal your heart (pun intended).
Highlights: Vintage Ambience, Kashmiri Food
Must-Haves: Roganjosh, Seekh Kebab, Rajma
Cost For Two: Rs. 2,000
Cuisine: Kashmiri, North Indian, Chinese, Thai, Korean
Address: Daryaganj, Delhi (Get Directions)
8. Punjab Grill
Punjab Grill’s food and ambience rivals to that of a fine dining restaurant, but without the added cost. Their service is prompt, and the super-friendly staff will make you feel like royalty. The food proportions are huge, so make sure you order accordingly. If you’re craving for a traditional, heavy North Indian meal which is rich in flavours, then look no further.
Best South Indian Restaurants
9. Carnatic Cafe
This Dosa paradise is a must for lovers of South Indian food. You just can’t get enough of their crispy dosas. But if you CAN get enough, order a glass of chilled masala buttermilk to make the experience truly divine!
Highlights: Vegetarian, Cosy Ambience
Must-Haves: Malleshwaram 18th Cross, Masoor Dosa, Buttermilk
Cost For Two: Rs. 550
Cuisine: South Indian
Address: New Friends Colony, Delhi (Get Directions)
If you’re bored of the regular veg South Indian dishes that most of us usually come across, then Thailavar is going to be a pleasant surprise. Known for their meat-based grub and authentic Kerala dishes, Thailavar’s take on South Indian cuisine will win you over and ensure you come back for more.
Highlights: Serves South Indian Non-Veg Specialities
Must-Haves: Roast Mutton, Filter Coffee, Appam
Cost For Two: Rs. 800
Cuisine: South Indian, Kerala
Address: Hauz Khas, Delhi (Get Directions)
Live Music Restaurants
11. Olive Bar & Kitchen
For many, Olive Bar & Kitchen has been love at first sight. They’re a unique concoction of live events, delicious food, and beautiful decor. As soon as you enter the place, you’re bound to be captivated by their aura. The experience is akin to stumbling upon a beautiful island in the middle of nowhere – You forget all your troubles and just enjoy the moment.
Highlights: Romantic Ambience, Outdoor Seating
Must-Haves: Lamb Burger, Mushroom Pizza, Mezze Platter
Cost For Two: Rs. 4,000
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Italian, European
Address: Mehrauli, Delhi (Get Directions)
12. AntiSOCIALThis addition to the ever popular Social in HKV holds its own when it comes to live music. Many bands, like Trapistan, have launched their albums here and have achieved critical success. Apart from music, antiSOCIAL frequently holds book readings and film screenings as well. If you want to interact with bands that are eventually going to be famous, antiSOCIAL should be on your list.
Highlights: Outdoor seating, Book/Film Screenings
Must-Haves: Chicken Shawarma Platter, Veg Sizzler
Cost For Two: Rs. 1,600
Cuisine: Continental, American, Asian, North Indian
Address: Hauz Khas Village, Delhi (Get Directions)
Best Ice Cream Places
This legendary outlet has been around since times immemorial and is still insanely popular. You’re not a true Delhiite unless you’ve tried their mind-blowing, heavenly desserts. The best part is, Wenger’s doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket! So kiss that diet goodbye and hog like there’s no tomorrow.
Highlights: Legendary Desserts, Pocket-Friendly
Must-Haves: Cream Cake, Blueberry Waffles, Rum pastry
Cost For Two: Rs. 400
Cuisine: Bakery, Desserts, Fast Food
Address: Connaught Place, Delhi (Get Directions)
14. Natural Ice Cream
Natural is for ice creams what nirvana is for humans: It’s the ULTIMATE destination. We’ve been all over the city, but have still not found a match for the fruit ice creams that Natural is so famous for. The only con of visiting this place is that there are so many options available, you’ll wish you had a black hole for a stomach.
15. Lord of the Drinks
A cool and laid-back lounge with a fully stocked bar filled with a fine alcohol collection. The ambience makes you feel like you’re bang in the middle of Game of Thrones, which makes things all the more interesting. The best time to head to LOTD is during IPL season. Things get crazy!
Highlights: Medieval Ambience, Variety in Drinks
Must-Haves: Chicken Curry, Mezze Platter, LIIT
Cost For Two: Rs. 1,950
Cuisine: Italian, Chinese, European, North Indian and American
Address: Connaught Place, Delhi (Get Directions)
16. Summer House Cafe
If you’re a party animal, this place is exactly what you’ve been looking for. With its unique blend of cocktails, wild parties, and good music, Summer House Cafe has something for everyone. Have memorable conversations on their terrace, or dance the night away with your partner during their Salsa night.
Highlights: Musical Events, Rooftop Seating, Karaoke
Must-Haves: Keema Pav, Penne Arrabiata, Waffles
Cost For Two: Rs. 1,850
Cuisine: Italian, Continental
Address: Hauz Khas, Delhi (Get Directions)
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