The Best Indian Restaurants In Delhi

Shreyas Kulkarni

India is an incredibly complex country, filled with people and diversity. Delhi, which is the capital of India, shares the same story. It is noisy, chaotic and a foodie paradise. One can find almost every cuisine represented in the city’s myriad of restaurants. However, take a taste of local culture with our guide to best Indian restaurants in Delhi.

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1. Dum Pukht

Dum Pukht

Dum Pukht is one of India’s best restaurants and often attracts the most powerful people in the country like big industrialists, politicians, and Bollywood stars. Dum Pukht means ‘to breathe and cook,’ a cooking technique inspired by the kitchens of 18th century Awadh. The food is cooked in the traditional method in a clay pot, this process helps the meat to cook in its own juices which intensifies the flavors. The regal décor coupled with the excellent presentation evoke a sense of royalty and old world charm.
Inside ITC Maurya, Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi, Delhi, India +91 11 2611 2233

Chicken Tikka | © Umair Mohsin/WikiCommonsChicken Tikka | © Umair Mohsin/WikiCommons

2. Indian Accent

Restaurant, Indian

Indian Accent is a brilliant fine dining restaurant tucked away in Friend’s Colony inside a luxurious boutique hotel, The Manor. It has won several awards including the San Pellegrino Best Restaurant in India by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Chef Manish Mehrotra has designed a groundbreaking contemporary Indian menu ,where old recipes are revived with contemporary style cooking using seasonal and organic ingredients from across the world.

3. Dakshin

Restaurant, Indian

Bengali Fish Curry
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Dakshin is the best restaurant to enjoy the most authentic and luxurious South Indian cuisines. They serve foods from all the South Indian states: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. The ambience of the restaurant is reminiscent of the temple influence, prevalent in southern India. You can find traditional brass lamp (Velaku) and the Urli (vessel) with flower petals floating in water (the presence of a water body in temples is a must in south India). Each item on the menu is cooked in its own distinct spices and style and the restaurant also champions a few lesser known dishes alongside the famous Idli and Dosa. Do try the home-style Kerala stew.

4. Oh! Calcutta

Oh! Calcutta

In India, you can’t talk about seafood without mentioning Bengali cuisine. Oh! Calcutta celebrates the gastronomic delights of Calcutta, a city whose food and cuisine has been influenced by various other cuisines over time like Chinese, Lucknowi and Continental. Oh! Calcutta has a variety of seafood, and is a must visit during the monsoons, when they hold a special Illish festival.
International Trade Tower, E-Block Lala Lajpat Rai Rd Nehru Place New Delhi, Delhi, India +91 11 3040 2415

5. Varq

Diner, Restaurant, Indian, Asian, Vegetarian

Varq refers to the beaten gold/silver edible leaf which adorns many a dessert and sometimes savoury dishes in the Indian subcontinent. This restaurant is indeed golden, it is said to be symbolic of preciousness, luxury and elegance. The ambiance is stunning. Art work by celebrated Indian artist Anjolie Ela Menon adorn the walls, and the private dining room is adorned with stunning artwork. Varq retains the Indian traditional way of cooking while using exotic ingredients like sea bass, sand crab, black cod, morels and Iranian berries. It is one of India’s finest restaurants and the face of India’s changing and revolutionary food scene.

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