Delhi, Restaurants

Delhi Diaries: 7 Iconic Restaurants and Their Best Dishes

18 Jan , 2016  

The age-old Mumbai v/s Delhi debate rages on – while we Mumbaikars have Bollywood to boast of, Delhiwallas always have an edge over us when it comes to fashion. But if there’s one thing both cities are passionate about, it’s food. Sure, tastes vary, but Delhi’s fresh produce and quality of meats are unmatched. A mix of old favourites, street food and fine dining, we’ve narrowed down iconic eateries in Delhi and what you should be eating at them.

1. Corn Pudding at The Claridges Hotel

Corn pudding at The Claridges

Corn pudding at The Claridges

A moist cake, topped with custard to resemble corn kernels and marzipan to resemble husk- the corn pudding at The Claridges is unlike anything you will ever have!

2. Sandwiches and Milkshakes at Connaught Place Classics

The iconic Wenger's

The iconic Wenger’s

Historic Connaught Place is home to two of Delhi’s old favourites – Wenger’s and Shake Square (formerly known as Keventers). Drop by at Wenger’s for its colonial charm food, old-school chocolate desserts, fresh sandwiches and puffs. Wash it down with the Butterscotch Milkshake from Shake Square.

3. Prawn Claypot at Lavaash by Saby

Matnakash at Lavaash by Saby

Matnakash at Lavaash by Saby

Because Chef Saby reminded us through food of the forgotten Armenian community in India and their cuisine that adapted itself to locally available ingredients. Located in picture-perfect Mehrauli, don’t miss their Prawn Claypot Casserole with a side of Matnakash bread!

4. Cheese loaded Italian Favourites at The Big Chill 

Try out the scrumptious pizzas at The Big Chill. Image used for representational purpose only

Try out the scrumptious pizzas at The Big Chill. Image used for representational purpose only

Quaint little Khan Market is lined with hip boutiques and bakeries frequented by locals and expats. But it’s also the best place to find comfort food that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Don’t count calories when you drop by for a meal at The Big Chill Cafe – their pizzas and pastas are big on flavours (and cheese) and keep the desi palate in mind. While you wait for a table here (yep, it’s super popular and crowded), sample the Chocolate & Peanut Butter Milkshake from Amici Café (right across) that comes highly recommended to yours truly by none other than actor Ranveer Singh!

5. Fried Fish at Ganesh Restaurant

Meaty chicken tikkas. Images used for representational purpose only

Succulent chicken tikkas. Images used for representational purpose only

Tucked away in Karol Bagh, think of it more as a ‘dhaba’ than a restaurant that opens only in the evening and is completely sold out by night! While their Tikkas and Rolls are to die for, the fried and tandoori fish would be our pick.

6. Tandoori Momos across Delhi

Spicy and flavourful tandoori momos.

Spicy and flavourful tandoori momos.

Delhi loves momos. Period. From Dolma Aunty’s stall at the crowded Lajpat Nagar Market to the guy selling them at GK 1 Market – you’ll find people eating or packing platefuls of momos for takeaway at almost every street corner. Regular steamed momos seem to have been outdone by tandoori and fried momos, the latter served with mayo! But if old world charm with a dash of culture is your thing, then make your way to Dilli Haat’s Nagaland Food Stall for their momos and pair them with chowmein and fruit beer.

7. Gourmet delights at Indian Accent

Patrani Basa at The Indian Accent

Patrani Basa at The Indian Accent

While speaking to me about gourmet food in India, Saransh Goila proclaimed that Chef Manish Mehrotra’s Indian Accent has been a game changer in the culinary landscape in the country. Modern twists to old classics, unabashed love for Indian produce and the chef’s attention to detail are what set Indian Accent apart. Pro Tip: Book well in advance and opt for the chef’s tasting menu to be able to do justice to the creations here.

Have we missed any? Share it with us in the comments below.

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Tarika Singh is a Mumbai-based food blogger, YouTuber and recipe developer. Every week, she comes up with recipes that are lapped up by an audience not just from India, but around the world. Her growing popularity and following has led to successful collaborations with brands such as Dove and KitchenAid India amongst others, and Tarika also features on the cover of Femina magazine dated July 14th 2015.



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