Written by Khushboo Masih
Delhi is often referred as the hub for the various culinary experiences that is found all across India. Along with being rich in heritage even the small lanes of the city shouts aloud food that can take your taste buds for a journey that you will never forget.
Food of every state and every country differs but if you ever visit New Delhi and want to try something different except for that boring basic food or just want to explore the city by its flavors, then you must try out these places which have tongue-twisting taste and experiences. These restaurants not only offer the most delectable palate of food choices but also have the mark of tradition with a modern touch and are all budget friendly places to explore.
1. Burma Burma
Burma or Burmese cuisine is a mixture of sweet to sour to savory. Its roots are from various regions across Myanmar along with influences from many Asian countries. Burma Burma restaurant located in South Delhi attracts loyal food lovers due to its unique palate of vegetarian, and vegan food choices, its vibrant décor, sumptuous dessert menu and a courteous staff team who are knowledgeable and are always ready to put forward their best service. They also offer a gluten free menu when a customer specially asks for one.
Must Try Dishes– Samosa soup, Samosa Hincho (baby samosa), Khao Suey (a coconut curry with noodles), Lemon Grass Curry, Corn Paratha, Coconut Pudding and Mushroom Bun.
Location– S-25, second floor, select CityWalk, A-3, district centre, Saket, New Delhi- 110017.
Average Cost- INR 1600 for two persons.
Website- Burma Burma
2. Veg Gulati
Want to try the ultimate famous North Indian Punjabi food then you must visit Veg Gulati. Their dishes are rich in spices and herbs and it is a pure vegetarian restaurant. Their theme decored restaurant is perfect for having a wonderful time with your loved ones. Apart from their excellent food they keep the choices very affordable, delectable, comforting with a soothing ambience and remarkable presentation.
Must Try Dishes- The restaurant is famous for Dahi kebab, Diwani Handi, Dilbagh Kofta, Afghani Paneer, Maharani Thali, Aachari Paneer, Soya Chaap, Stuffed Potato, Tandoori Gobhi and Tandoori Mushroom which are very tender and yummy.
Location- 8 Pandara Road Market, New Delhi- 110003.
Average Cost- INR 1200 for two persons.
Website- Veg Gulati
The sattvik comes from the Sanskrit word sattvika which means pure, true, genuine, honest. It serves pure vegetarian food. It is a fine dining place located in South Delhi and is famous for many dishes like its grand Navratri Thali which is full of vegetarian delicacies. The presentation of the food is remarkable and makes food lovers grab the items right away. The style of serving fruit juices like pineapple juice in a pineapple itself also catches the eye. The ambience is a talked about feature among all its customers and the food is known to be healthy, light on the stomach and tasty.
Must try Dishes- Almond and Tulsi soup, Lotus stem salad, Wale Khatte, Bhutte Ke Kebab, Paneer Moksha, Paneer Jaisalmeri, Rose Kulfi, Pineapple Raita, and Lachha Paratha. Also do take a dig on the Paan Ice-cream if you haven’t tried it before.
Location- S-5, second floor, select CityWalk, Saket, New Delhi-1100017.
Average Cost- INR 2100 for two persons.
So, what’s so special about the Suruchi restaurant? Well, they are highly specialized in authentic regional Thali’s. India has so many beautiful states and every state has a different taste and they have their thali but it is not possible to visit every state to try out every special food they have but what if all of these state’s special food comes under one roof and in one large plate. Yes! That’s what Suruchi does. From Gujarat to Rajasthan to Mumbai they all have it. The restaurant also offers unlimited refills and a warm service.
Must try Dishes- Gujarati Thali, Rajasthani Thaali, Puran Poli and Dal Baati Churma.
Location- 15-A/56, Ajmal Khan Road, Near Karol Bagh, New Delhi.
Average Cost- Rs 1200 for two persons.
Website- Suruchi Restuarants
You might have heard about Karim’s and if not then it is the most famous and the oldest restaurant in Delhi. The restaurant which is around 100 years old was set up in the year 1913 near Jama Masjid in Old Delhi by Haji Karimuddin. Their Mughlai cuisine dishes are famous not only in Delhi but all across the country. People from all across the globe come here to dine and to get the feel of the rich history associated. The area itself where the restaurant is located has become synonymous with the name of the restaurant.
Must try Dishes– Mutton Burra kebab, Karim Roll, Mutton Korma, Mutton and Chicken Jahangir.
Location– Karim’s Hotel Pvt Ltd, 16, Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid, New Delhi-110007.
Average Cost– INR 800 for two persons.
Website- Karim Hotels
6. Rajinder Da Dhaba
Rajinder Da Dhaba began its culinary journey as a small roadside street food shop and has now grown to a full fledged restaurant which has its name famous for its food all across Delhi. Also if you are in a hurry or on a way to something but wanted to try something out of the box and not the casual dishes then you must visit Rajinder da Dhaba because you can order while sitting in your car and then take away the food to your own comfort destination. Get ready to gorge on huge platters of grilled meat and tandoor fried chicken that will absolutely blow your mind.
Must try Dishes- Afghan chicken, Tawa chicken with tandoori roti and naan, Mutton Galauti Kebabs, Gulati Kabab and Chicken Kalmi.
Location- AB 14, Safdarjung Enclave Market, Safdarjung, New Delhi.
Average Cost- INR 800 for two persons.
7. Al Jawahar
The restaurant has carved out it’s name from the name of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who had once dined here. This famous restaurant near Jama Masjid is run by a family who were once landlords to Karim’s, another well known restaurant in Delhi. While Karim’s is famous for its luscious mouth watering kebabs, Al Jawahar specializes in Mutton Korma. If you want to try out something traditional that sticks to the original Mughlai recipe then must visit Al Jawahar.
Must try Dishes- Mutton Nahari, Mutton Paya, Butter Chicken, Brain Curry and many more but if you want to go for the starters then do try out Seekh Kebab, Shami Kebab, Chicken Tikka and Chicken Fry.
Location- 8, Near Matia Mahal Rd, Bazar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi- 110006.
Average Cost- INR 500 for two persons.
Website– Al Jawahar Restaurant.
8. The Biriyani Project
Finally, the wait is over. The biryani is here and not just ant biryani but with every spice, you can identify in it. If you are a true biryani lover then you must try out this place. From Lucknowi to Hyderabadi chicken dum biryani, they all have it.
Must try Dishes– Bohra Biryani from the Bohra community, Hyderabadi Veg Biryani, Mutton Biryani, and Butter Chicken.
Location– Greater Kailash-2, Block M, New Delhi- 110048.
Average Cost– INR 700 for two persons.
9. Tibetan Food at Manju Ka Tilla
Delhi’s Majnu Ka Tilla is a Tibetan colony set up in the 1960s and is home to a lot of Tibetan refugees. Majnu Ka Tilla abbreviated as MKT houses some of the most popular hangout spots for college going kids and tourists who are on a budget This place has many eateries, salons, costumes and stores specializing in Tibetan and Buddhist items.
From street food like Laphing, buff fry, fermented bamboo shoots and dried fish to tiny, pretty bakeries and cafes to lavish restaurants serving authentic Tibetan, Nepalese, Chinese, Korean and Japanese food, Majnu ka Tilla will surely amaze any food lover. It has an abundance of budget friendly options for a foodie. A meal here for two can amount to as less as INR 300.
Enough with vegetarians and non-vegetarian restaurants let’s get into something beyond that which is Vegan and Seafood.
So, what exactly is vegan, and why do you want to try vegan?
Vegan food is avoiding any food which is associated with any animal or can say avoiding animal products. People choose vegan to eat due to the goodwill of the environment, health, and ethics. It also excludes food from animals like dairy, milk, eggs, etc. but it includes honey, vitamin D, and products from plants.
10. Travel Yoga Café
Travel yoga café has something which other restaurants or café don’t, they are specialized in vegan food. It is a new concept in India which is growing day by day. In this café, you can tell stories of travel and listen to their music and songs. They have a theme of a traveller.
Must try Dishes- Charcoal pancakes and sweet potato pea patty burgers, tulsi and craftsman tea. It might taste different from the other dishes you have had but different is what you seek here.
Location- Shop 33, K Block, Connaught circle NMDC Market, Connaught Place, New Delhi.
Average Cost- INR 1200 for two persons.
Website– Travel Yoga Cafe.
And finally, we landed on Seafood with claws and crabs; fishes everywhere.
11. Oh! Calcutta
Dining at Oh! Calcutta is a not just about ordering and having your meal, it is like experiencing a journey. Oh! Calcutta is specialized in Bengali food but there are also other cusines available. The uncommon ingredients of the Bengali cuisine will take your taste buds on a ride starting from the royal dishes like Mocher Ghonto, Aam Achar Ilish, Golda Chingri, Alu Bhatte, the list has no end.
Must try Dishes- Golda Chingri, Aam kashundi Kakra, Gondhoraj Bhetki, Bhapa Sondesh, Prawn Cutlets, grilled pomfret fish is the signature dish in the seafood.
Location- Ground Floor, E Block, Opposite Satyam Cinema, Nehru Place, New Delhi.
Average Cost- INR 1900 for two persons.
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Khushboo Masih, a contributor at The Strong Traveller, is a student of Business Administration, possesses creativity and passion for writing which finally landed her on The Strong Traveller. Apart from that she is quite optimistic and efficient at work, never stops learning and achieving her dreams. Writing is her hobby and she truly believes that one should never ignore the creativity of oneself.