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When it comes to picking out India’s top varied cultural hub, ‘Saadi Dilli’ wins hands down. This cultural diversity has jazzed up the city’s restaurant scene, too. While some of the eateries are serving contemporary food with a modern twist, the others are playing with Indian palates by blending desi cuisines. So here’s a list of Delhi’s top restaurants that love experimenting with our taste buds.
Savour a blend of desi and angrezi food at Hinglish – The Colonial Café
The name says it all. Hinglish Café serves a flavourful fusion of Indian and English cuisine. This culinary fusion is artistically escorted by colonial-themed interiors that exude a typical ‘Hinglish’ aura.
What to order: Starters: Hara Bhara Kebab and Chicken Tikka Croissant Mains: Mushroom Kali Mirch and Hinglish Pan Pizza Desserts: The Hinglish Shahi Tukda Beverages: Hinglish Fruit Punch
Meal for two: Rs. 1800 (approx.) with alcohol
Where to dig in: Shop No. 39, Pacific Mall, Punjabi Market Road, Block 6, Subhash Nagar, New Delhi.
Dig into Bhapa Doi Cheesecake at Café Lota
Housed within the National Crafts Museum, this offbeat café brings you an eccentric blend of Indian and international cuisines. In sync with the rustic village-themed museum, Café Lota is the perfect place to get swooned over by some fusion delights.
What to order: Starters: Pallak Patte ki Chaat and Dal Ka Chilla (stuffed with cottage cheese) Mains: Konkan Fish Curry Desserts: Bhapa Doi Cheesecake Beverages: Masala Chaas
Meal for two: Rs. 1200 (approx.)
Where to dig in: National Crafts Museum, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
Treat your taste buds to Chicken Tikka Quesadillas at Indian Accent – The Manor
The only Indian restaurant to be featured in the World’s Best 50 Restaurants List. Here, chef Manish Mehrotra gives an innovative desi spin on international cuisines. So are you ready to go on a unique culinary voyage?
What to order: Starters: Paneer Tikka Quesadillas and Butter Chicken Kulcha Mains: Tandoori Chilean Pork ribs and Blue Cheese-stuffed Naans Desserts: Daulat ki Chaat and Dhoda Barfi Treacle Tart Beverages: c2s
Meal for two: Rs. 4000 (approx.) with alcohol
Where to dig in: 77, Friends Colony West, New Delhi.
Get high on Parle G Cheesecake at Farzi Café
Known for its modern Indian bistro cuisine, Farzi Café gives a contemporary and creative take on Indian classic dishes that will leave you nostalgic and dazzled, all at once.
What to order: Starters: Chilli Duck Samosa and Raj Kachori with Crisp Okra Salad Mains: Dal Chawal Arancinis and Galouti Burgers Desserts: Phirni Oxide, Parle G Cheesecake and Rasmalai Tres Leches Beverages: Panna Litchi and Roohafza Crème Brulee
Meal for two: Rs. 1500 (approx.) with alcohol
Where to dig in: Gurgaon – 7-8, Ground Floor, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City. Delhi – E- 38/39, First Floor, Rajiv Chowk, Connaught Place
Savour a blend of Indian and Continental at Fusion Lounge
Nestled in one of South Delhi’s most buzzing hotspots, GK 2 Market, Fusion Lounge whips up the most innovative Indo-continental culinary delicacies. Gorge on!
What to order: Starters: Dahi Kebabs and Grilled Chicken Fajita Wraps Mains: 3 Cs and Spiced Buttered Prawns Desserts: Flaming Gulab Jamun Beverages: Basil Guava & Rock Salt Shake
Meal for two: Rs. 2200 (approx.) with alcohol
Where to dig in: M-52, M-Block Market, Greater Kailash-2, New Delhi.
Surprise your palate at Café Immigrant
Located in the heart of the city, Café Immigrant offers you a potpourri of immigrant stories, served in the form of delectable culinary delights. The café sports an incomplete rustic look with dimly-lit setting, huge chandeliers and soft music. Fancy a date here?
What to order: Starters: Panch Phoran Fries and Young Aam Papad Salad Mains: Khichdi served with bacon and Chicken A la Kiev Desserts: Kalakand Cheese Cake and Cassatta Choco Lati Beverages: Chawanprash Smoothie
Meal for two: Rs. 1500 (approx.) with alcohol
Where to dig in: B-45, 1st Floor, Inner Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi.
Mandaa: Where Bengal meets Orrisa
If you’re up for a rare blend of Odia and Bengali delicacies, then put Mandaa on your must-visit list. Known for its coastal cuisine, it leaves customers yearning for more with its unique preparations. Try, and savour them all!
What to order: Starters: Khurshani Paneer Matar Chop and Chinguri Cutlet Mains: Mourali Machha Charchari and Mourmalli Machha Bhaja Desserts: Nolen Gur Ice Cream
Meal for two: Rs. 1100 (approx.) without alcohol
Where to dig in: 30, 1st Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
Chicken Gandheri Kebabs await you at Varq
Visually remarkable in every way, this elegant restaurant doesn’t disappoint with its cuisine either. Chef Oberoi serves up the most unique and exquisite culinary inventions for all the adventurous palates out there. Let the feasting begin!
What to order: Starters: Varqui Crab and Chicken Gandheri Kebabs (served in shot glasses with mango chutney) Mains: Martabaan Ka Meat and Anjeer Ke Kofte Desserts: Green Apple Kheer and Chocolate-coated Indian ice cream with Baileys Rabdi Beverages: Pink Ginger Lassi
Meal for two: Rs. 4500 (approx.) without alcohol
Where to dig in: The Taj Mahal Hotel, 1, Mansingh Road, New Delhi
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