Following the take on where to eat in Mumbai, here is my take on restaurants in Delhi (in no particular order) for some one coming to the city for the first time. Note that some of these are easy on the pocket while others are definitely high end.
1. Café Lota
Located next to craft museum near Pragati Maidan, this café offers regional Indian cuisine. Reasonably priced with a bang for your buck. Try the palak patta chaat.
2. Diggin – located right opposite Gargi and Kamla Nehru college’s gates, Diggin offers American Italian style food: Pizza, Pasta etc which is not as heavy on the cream and cheese as their competition, Big Chill. This place is popular with the college kids, but it no doubt serves excellent food.
3. Sakley’s The Mountain Café- Located in M Block Market, GK-1, this is the same Sakley’s as in Nainital but with Delhi prices. Try the BBQ Mushroom Mini Burgers (4 mini burgers) as part of the small plates. Or go for the chicken burger with bacon.Overall Great to share with friends, especially on a really hot summer’s day when you miss the hills.
4. Big Chill- All over Delhi.
This is the one that started it all. The original American style Italian food place in Delhi. What to try? Every thing. Especially their desserts. Avoid if on a diet.
5. Swagath- Defence Colony Market, and GK -2 M block Market.
Although they serve North Indian Kebabs, Chinese food and a little bit of continental food as well now, what they’re really known for is their Mangalorian Sea food. Try the Prawn Biryani and the Prawns Koliwada for sure, and expect bold flavors. This is an experience not to miss!
6. Sarvana Bhavan, Connaught Place
If you’re a vegetarian, then Sarvana Bhawan is the place for you to go for South Indian Vegetarian food. Pocket friendly, quick, efficient and delicious to add to that. Try the Butter plain dosa and the idli’s. If you want something super spicy, have the Rasam. This is comfort food at it’s best on a rainy day.
7. Have More, Pandara Road
This restaurant is an institution in itself. Try the Butter chicken and naan at Have More and you will be craving more for a long time to come!
8. Indian Accent, Manor Hotel.
Old world Hospitality and Chef Manish Mehrotra’s Indian Accent is a playful take on Modern Indian Cuisine. A cuisine that is sensibly handed on the spices and innovative in it’s expression, this is food that is soft on the palate, and high on taste. Try this high end, sophisticated restaurant if you’re in Delhi on a flying visit.
9. Bukhara, at ITC Maurya
For something like 20 years now, Bukhara has been the flag bearer for frontier style cuisine. For the vegetarians, try their legendary Dal Makhani which is slow cooked overnight over a coal fire with Naan. For the non vegetarians, try the variety of Kebabs available.
Fair warning though, this is definitely not a budget eat, but it’s definitely another place that I would recommend if you’re in Delhi on a short visit and want to grasp the flavor of Delhi in a single meal.
10. Town Hall, Khan market.
Covering Japanese, Thai, Italian and Asian cuisines, the thing to have here is actually Chef Augusto’s Sushi. That’s what’s famous here. Other than this, I would strongly recommend the Grilled Asparagus with Tahini- excellent.
And that brings to and end the restaurants in Delhi that I would recommend to a first time visitor. If you think there is a restaurant that should be on this list, and isn't, do let me know!