Guppi by Ai
The whole of Delhi’s foodies rejoiced when Guppi by Ai opened at Lodi Colony; this fancy restaurant is just the place to experience the best seafood in town. Aesthetically pleasing interiors, a calm vibe and menu designed by award-winning Chef Vikram Khatri, Guppi has scored perfectly on all points. The restaurant is spread over 2200 square feet and has a beautiful sushi counter along with a big community table with comfortable seating around it. Try the sushi for starters and then go for the chef’s recommendations for the mains. The food is plated beautifully and tastes delicious, a few flavours may seem alien to you, but they will sit well. Guppi, which means love in Japanese, is exactly what you will feel when you dine at this restaurant.
Lodi Colony, Main Market, New Delhi, Delhi, India, +91 11 2469 0005
In India, you can’t talk about seafood without mentioning Bengali cuisine. Oh! Calcutta celebrates the gastronomic delight of Calcutta, a city whose food and cuisine has been influenced by various other cuisines over time, such as Chinese, Lucknowi and Continental. Oh! Calcutta has a variety of seafood preparations that will the delight and impress the most sophisticated taste buds. If you happen to visit Delhi during the monsoons, do visit the restaurant, they hold a special Illish festival; you can’t miss it.
The word Tres in French means ‘very’ and this restaurant is very good indeed. Located in Lodhi Colony, Tres is an upscale fine dining restaurant which serves brilliant gourmet European food. Led by chefs and co-owners Julia Carmen and Jatin Malik, this restaurant has upped the ante in Delhi’s food scene with its bold and innovative cooking. Tres focusses on the best and freshest ingredients which mean the menu is updated quite regularly, but rest assured the food always tastes divine.
Main Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi, Delhi, India, +91 11 2462 5520
For over a decade, Swagath has served the people of Delhi delicious dishes from the sea along with North Indian and Chinese cuisines. Today it is an iconic restaurant with a huge fan following. It’s a no frills restaurant and its USP is its tasty food; it specializes in coastal food, especially the foods from the states of Goa and Kerala. Visit early during weekends because it gets packed and you might have to wait in a line for a long time. Try the Prawns Koliwada along with the Malabar Parantha for a scrumptious meal.
Defence Colony Market, New Delhi, Delhi, India, +91 11 2433 0930
Cosy and inviting, Moet’s Shack is one of Delhi’s most popular seafood restaurants. It’s one of those places where you can sit and lounge for hours without worry, or come in for a quick bite before heading back to work. Its contemporary wooden interiors, rugged feel, comfortable cushions and sofas remind you of a beach shack. In the mornings, one can sit back and take in the views of Defence Colony through those big glass windows, with plenty of sunlight peeping in. The menu is diverse, but the seafood here is the true winner. Start with their golden fried prawns and then head for the fish or the lobster. They have a great bar menu too and an impressive collection of wines which can be a great accompaniment to your food.
Defence Colony, Defence Colony Market, New Delhi, Delhi, India, +91 99717 83501
The Spice Route
Considered by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 10 best restaurants in the world. The Spice Route is one restaurant you must visit once in your lifetime. Designed by legendary designer, Rajeev Sethi, the restaurant reflects the journey of spices from the Malabar Coast in Kerala through Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia to Thailand and Vietnam. The restaurant has a fantastic décor with an overwhelming visual depiction of the art and culture that traveled with the spices through these regions. The menu is designed by chef Veena Arora and the food here is excellent with brilliant dishes like the Chemeen Thoren (Kerala style prawns, stir-fried with coconut, curry leaves and black tamarind; flavoured with mustard seeds).
The Imperial, Janpath Lane, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi, India, +91 11 2334 1234