5 best restaurants in Delhi
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
For the wow factor
The multi-award-winning Indian Accent is also rated number one by the aficionados on Trip Advisor, and is famous for its innovative plays on traditional Indian food. The modern cuisine combines local ingredients with international flair in new, surprising ways – for example, the speciality of galawat lamb kebab stuffed with foie gras and served with strawberry and green chilli chutney. Another favourite is the authentic butter chicken with a twist of roast peanuts and peanut butter. Unmissable.
Manor Hotel, 77 New Friends Colony (West), New Delhi
Tel: 91 11 2692 5151 www.indianaccent.com
Upscale southern Indian
Bringing together the best of southern Indian cuisine, Dakshin serves coastal specialties from Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. But forget idlis and dosas – here you can savour unique seafood creations like pan-fried sole and deep-fried prawns, along with veinchina mamsam - lamb with onions, coriander, chillies and garam masala. The ingredients and spices are sourced in each dish’s home region, while even the artwork adorning the walls remains faithful to its southern heritage.
Sheraton Hotel, District Centre, Saket, New Delhi 110017o
Tel: 91 11 4266 1122 www.itchotels.in/hotels/sheratonnewdelhi/dakshin-restaurant.aspx
Tel: 91 11 2334 1234 www.theimperialindia.com/san_gimignano
Best Italian in the city
Transport yourself to Tuscany for the evening with a visit to the authentically Italian San Gimignano restaurant. Blending the delicate flavours of local ingredients with those imported from Europe, it offers a varied menu featuring Parmesan soup and stuffed calamari along with roast lamb and ravioli. In the summer, sit outside amongst the blossom in the courtyard, perusing one of the world’s best restaurant wine lists of specially selected ranges.
Janpath, New Delhi 110001
Lodi Garden Restaurant
For alfresco ambience
Set amidst a lush green park in the heart of the city, this serene spot has a romantic feel, with lanterns dangling from trees, and tables hidden within curtained outdoor pavilions and carts. If romance is on the menu for you, this is the place to be – while the restaurant serves comfort food from Europe and the Middle East. Specialities include pistou soup and river sole steak creole, and the Sunday brunch is always popular. With cool cocktails to accompany your meal, you won’t be disappointed.
Lodhi Road, Opposite Mausam Bhavan, New Delhi, 110003
Tel: 91 11 2649 4531/32 www.sewara.com/property/experience-lodi-garden
A romantic ride
A recreation of a carriage of the Orient Express, this is a bar and award-winning restaurant set within the glamorous Taj Palace Hotel. Step aboard and back in time while sampling specials based on the regions through which the train passes, with a focus on French fine dining. Signature dishes include escalope of duck foie gras and Black Angus beef, plus decadent desserts like the rosemary soufflé. A unique experience with a price tag to match, this is the ultimate in sophistication.
Taj Palace Hotel, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi 110 021
Tel: 91 11 2611 0202 www.tajhotels.com/Luxury/City-Hotels/Taj-Palace-Hotel-New-Delhi/Fine-Dining/Orient-Express-Restaurant.html