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India Gate, New Delhi |© jeffhutchison/Flickr
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The 10 Best Restaurants Near India Gate, New Delhi

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Updated: 9 February 2017
When in New Delhi, it is impossible not to notice India Gate, an impressive WWI memorial towering over one of the most overwhelmingly chaotic, bubbly and colorful cities in South Asia. But it is easy to overlook the little restaurants dwelling in its shadows, snugly pressed between the food stalls, saree sellers and crumbling buildings. Here we explore the 10 restaurants diners absolutely must visit while near India Gate.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi, India |© PIVISO/Flickr
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi, India | © PIVISO/Flickr
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Monkey Bar

The Monkey Bar calls itself a “gastro-pub”, already establishing it as a hip place. The interior design lives up to the name; the factory-like loft with brick walls and wooden tables have a New York feel to them, and the pool tables are a popular pastime in between courses. It is a great place to hang out with friends, share a plate of starters and drink exotic cocktails. The main menu varies between Indian dishes, Thai curries and the well-known burgers.

Opening Hours: 12pm – 12:30am

Address: 3 Connaught Place, Connaught Circus, P block, Barakham , New Delhi, India, + 91 11 41500170

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Gulati Restaurant

The legendary Gulati Restaurant is found just around the corner from the India Gate. For over four decades, this restaurant has been famous for its authentic North Indian dishes and great hospitality. Gulati is the real deal when it comes to traditional, authentic recipes, and no other place can even remotely compete with their delicious butter chicken. Or their garlic naan. And don’t forget to try the palak paneer. Better yet – just have it all at the buffet during lunch hours.

Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am

Address: 6 Pandara Road Market, New Delhi, India, +91 11 2338 8830

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Khan Chacha

It’s a 20 minute walk from the India Gate to Khan Chacha, but it’s totally worth it. Located in the bustling Khan Market, this little restaurant serves the best rolls, rotis and kebabs in Delhi, with delicious chutneys on the side. It is the kind of food you can’t eat without getting messy – quintessential street food. Better avoid it at rush hour though, as the restaurant tends to get cramped with people craving for a taste of Khan Chacha.

Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm

Address: First Floor, Shop 50, Middle Lane, Khan Market, New Delhi, +91 11 2463 3242

Khan Market, New Dehli |© Geoff Stearns/Flickr
Khan Market, New Dehli | © Geoff Stearns/Flickr
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Varq Restaurant

Varq Restaurant has stunning decor; wooden ornaments adorn the walls and everything is bathed in a soft red light -but it is the exquisite dishes that are the real masterpieces. Expect traditional Indian cuisine with a modern twist, beautiful presentation and rich flavors. The Taj Mahal Hotel is the perfect venue for a star quality restaurant like Varq; extravagant, distinguished and above all, luxurious. This is Fine Dining with capital letters.

Opening Hours: 12.30pm – 2.30pm, 7pm – 11.30pm

Address: The Taj Mahal Hotel, 1 Mansingh Road, South Block, New Delhi, India, +91 11 6656 6162

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Pindi Restaurant

Just south of India Gate you’ll find the lively Pandara Road, full of coffee bars and small restaurants. One of them, Pindi Restaurant, serves the best Indian naan. You haven’t tasted India if you haven’t tried the different types of naan made by Pindi’s. Hot plain naan, butter naan, garlic naan, aloo naan – every single one is delicious. The menu has a number of curries and kebabs to accompany the naan bread, resulting in a delicious meal.

Opening Hours: 12 pm – 12am

Address: 16 Pandara Road Market, Pandara Road, India Gate, New Delhi, India, +91 11 2338 7932

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The Spice Route

The Imperial Hotel is located a short distance from India Gate, and it houses the most beautifully designed restaurant in Delhi. The Spice Route is completely hand painted with floral patterns in soft yellows and greens, and depicts the journey of spices in the Orient. Entering this restaurant is like entering an ancient temple; eating here is a unique experience. Awarded one of the top 10 restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, The Spice Route can’t be missed when visiting New Delhi.

Opening Hours: 12.30 pm – 2.45 pm, 7pm – 11.45pm

Address: The Imperial, Janpath Road, New Delhi, India, +27 21 863 5222

The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi |© Connie Ma/Flickr
The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi | © Connie Ma/Flickr
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Mamagoto

If you want the whole of Asia on one plate, you should definitely visit Mamagoto. Being the best Pan-Asian fusion restaurant in Delhi, it combines the different region’s cuisines into one single eating experience. Pop-art blends with Asian manga, Thai fried rice is served alongside Chinese dumplings, and everyone is happy.

Opening Hours: 12.30pm – 11.30pm

Address: 53 Khan Market, Middle Lane, Rabindra Nagar, New Delhi, India, +91 11 4516 6060

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Yellow Brick Road Restaurant

If after a few weeks in India you crave something other than tandoori chicken or biryani, but don’t want to go for fast food options, then the Yellow Brick Road Restaurant is a great alternative. With tasty Italian pastas and pizza to die for, as well as American burgers and French fries enjoyed in a colorful environment, it might just be the variation you needed. No worries if your companion can’t get enough of the local food; there are plenty of Indian curries and paneers to choose from too.

Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am

Address: Taj Vivanta Hotel, Cornwallis Road, Sujan Singh Park, Khan Market, New Delhi, India, +91 11 6626 1000

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SodaBottleOpenerWala

This restaurant’s unique premise matches its unique name. SodaBottleOpenerWala‘s Persian inspired food is delicious and entering this little place is like entering a story from the 1001 Nights. The rooftop terrace is a relaxing hide-out from the city’s continuous hustle and bustle. Not too far from India Gate, this is the perfect place in which to have a quiet evening overlooking the city lights.

Opening Hours: 11am – 11.15pm

Address: 73 Khan Market, Humayun Road, India Gate, New Delhi, India, +91 124 651 8801

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Andhra Bhavan Canteen

With many describing it as divine and delicious, Andhra Bhavan is only a humble canteen, but it serves amazing food at drop dead cheap prices, which makes it a hot spot for backpackers and budget travelers. Don’t be shy, share your table with the Indian family next to you or the old man enjoying his rice biryani. After all, it is the folksy atmosphere which makes Andhra Bhavan the most enjoyable budget restaurant in Delhi.

Opening Hours: 7.30am – 3am, 7.30pm – 10pm

Address: 1 Ashoka Road, New Delhi, India, +91 11 2338 2031