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.
Address: 53, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi, India, +91 11 2633 1181
Fio Country Kitchen and Bar
Fio Country Kitchen and Bar is a fairytale in itself. Surrounded by exotic plants and stone graveled ground, Fio is a hidden gem inside the Garden of Five Senses, one of New Delhi’s most beautiful parks. Serving delicious dishes from traditional and contemporary Indian cuisine, Fio is the place to come for a relaxed, authentic New Delhi experience. The ambience is very relaxed with light music playing in the background, creating a serene atmosphere. Fio’s beautiful décor, made up of wood and stone, only adds to this soothing environment.
Address: Gate 1, The Garden of Five Senses, Saiyad Ul Ajaib, Saket, New Delhi, India, +91 9971004531
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.
Address: H-8B, Vijay Nagar, Opp NDPL Office, New Delhi, India, +91 97173 92123
Lights, Camera, Action
Hauz Khas Village is an exciting, happening area, and is artistically always evolving. Lights, Camera, Action is situated in the heart of Hauz Khas Village and very much enjoys the privilege of being located in the centre of such a creative area. This restaurant has been designed for cinephiles, with numerous witty posters, accessories and memorabilia decorating the walls, and creating a quirky, charming atmosphere. The menu is utterly enticing, with fun twists on traditional Indian cuisine – try the tandoori hot dog for something really different.
Address: J2/6B, 3rd & 4th Floor, BK Dutta Market, Rajouri Garden, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, India, +91 88000 02598
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.
Address: 30, 2nd Floor, Power House Building, Near Hauz Khas Tank, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, India, +91 88009 58705
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.
Address: Opp. Mausam Bhavan, Near Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi, India, +91 98187 43232
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.
Address: AB 14, Safdarjung Enclave Market, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110029, India, +91 11 2610 0355
The Toddy Shop
On approaching the doorway to The Toddy Shop, the smell of coconuts, chutneys, spices and curries fill the air with a delicious scent. The restaurant specializes in South Indian dishes, in particular Kerala cuisine, in the centre of northern India. One of the highlights of eating at The Toddy Shop is their artistic way of serving food, with incredible attention to detail and creative presentation. Highlights from the menu include the pachakari korma; vegetables cooked with green chillies and ground spices in coconut milk.
Address: 1A, Second Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, Delhi 110016, India, +91 80108 17777
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.
Address: Inside Deer Park, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, India, +91 11 2685 9369
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.
Address: Ambience Mall, 2, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj II, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Delhi 110070, India, +91 96436 54033