The Best Restaurants In South Delhi

National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi is situated inside the Jaipur House near India Gate
National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi is situated inside the Jaipur House near India Gate | © IndiaPicture / Alamy Stock Photo
Ritu C. Poojari

South Delhi is a luxurious and influential part of Delhi; as the administrative district of the capital, it is of major historical importance. The area is a beautiful blend of greenery and urbanization, with numerous culture events that takes place on a regular basis, colorful markets to visit and fun activities. The area is also known for its excellent dining scene, with many chic and quirky establishments offering a unique, local experience. Here we explore the 10 best restaurants in South Delhi.

Ego Thai

Ego Thai is located in the bustling, busy streets of New Delhi, and is a haven both for Thai food lovers and for Thai food first timers. Unlike typical restaurant which have formal table and chair seating, Ego Thai has large comfortable sofas, resulting in a blissfully comfortable dining experience only accentuated by the delicious food. The restaurant’s chefs are all Thai, and use authentic, traditional techniques to create mouthwatering recipes.

Big Yellow Door

It isn’t everyday that a restaurant welcomes visitors with an unusual twist. The entrance is not just a big yellow door, but a crooked big yellow door. The atmosphere immediately created is casual and fun, and the overall décor is incredibly creative, with stacks of books, the exposed stone walls and charming wooden beams in the ceiling. Big Yellow Door is beautiful chaos, with colorful glass bottles, crooked placement of flower vases and every corner a new discovery. The menu is equally inviting, with plenty of classic bar food options such as burgers and pizza to satisfy any diner.

Garage Inc.

Garage Inc. does not follow the stereotypical idea of a garage themed restaurant: there are no flying wheels, huge motors or car parts to be seen. In fact, the set up is kept elegant and minimalist. They have an outside view of jungle from the balcony, quite a change in scene from the otherwise roads and buildings of Delhi. The outdoor area of Garage Inc. is a smoking lounge and on every Sunday, the evenings are crowded with enthusiastic audiences enjoying a Karoake night.


Lodi, the garden restaurant best known as the capital’s favourite alfresco dining spot, gives you limitless choices of seating arrangements: out in the open, under the shade, close to the window, inside the restaurant, name it and you’ll be comfortably seated in the grand garden restaurant. Everywhere you look is green and beautiful. Lodi Restaurant and its community are also dedicated supporter of arts and culture and have an undying passion for creative artists from all around. They hold movie screenings, gigs, art previews, community book readings and many more activities, making it the perfect place to dine in style while soaking up the local culture.

Rajinder Da Dhaba

If paradise existed for chicken devotees, the Rajinder Da Dhaba would be it. People from all walks of life come to visit the famous chicken paradise, from local people to tourists and tracellers. Rajinder Da Dhaba is akin to the desi version of KFC; the large bright red font is hard to miss in the Safdarjung market, and is easily spotted. Starting life as a food cart, the current restaurant is bright, cheerful and cosy, perfect for tucking into a decadent meal. The butter chicken and Dal makhanis in particular are the signature dishes of Rajinder Da Dhaba, and are not to be missed.

The Project at the Park Balluchi

Like a more elegant version of home – this is exactly how The Project at The Park Balluchi intends to be. It is the ideal restaurant for enjoying a relaxed evening with friends and family, and is wholly dedicated to Pan Asian, Continental and Indian cuisine. Relax over delicious dishes such as the Murg Potli, an original recipe consisting of strips of chicken breast marinated in herbs and stuffed with spiced minced mutton and chicken, and grilled over a tandoor. Soft music plays in the background and the décor is kept uncomplicated and laid back with large spaces with lush green everywhere.

Terminus 1

For anyone who loves the idea of travelling, Terminus 1 is the perfect environment to dine in. Everything in Terminus 1, from the décor to the serving style, is travel themed, such as the pile of suitcases, the grand clocks that show timings from different parts of the world and the travel kits the meals are served in. It is well lighted place, and the spacious interior feels like an airport. Terminus 1’s exciting menu, inspired by world cuisine, only adds to the international theme, and is the perfect opportunity to try something new.

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