From rich aromas to distinct flavors, Mughlai food is considered to be a luxury all around the world. Passing the test of time, this rich cuisine has made a special place for itself on menus and people’s palettes all over. Here’s our list of the best Mughlai restaurants in Delhi with signature dishes.
Moti Mahal Restaurant
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Known for amazing butter chicken along with other Mughlai delicacies, the Daryaganj branch of Moti Mahal opened up nearly five decades ago. The restaurant still holds the recognition of serving the best butter chicken in Delhi. The lip-smacking Mughlai curries served here are a must try for anyone. Other well-known dishes served here are chicken tikka masala, dal makhni, brain masala, and burrah kabab.
Serving visitors since 1913, this Mughlai restaurant is a delight for non-vegetarians. Even though the capital has a lot of outlets today, the original Karim’s near the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi remains a favorite. The most popular Mughlai dishes at Karim’s are mutton qorma, shahjahani murgh, mutton nihari, and reshmi seekh kabab.
Serving a huge variety of Mughlai delicacies from tandoori snacks to Mughlai curries, Gulati restaurant has been serving visitors for about four decades now. Some of the most popular dishes in the restaurant are tangri kabab, murgh malai tikka, butter chicken, and burra akbari. Gulati restaurant on Pandara Road is a must visit for a taste of the royal cuisine; the place is a perfect combination of ambiance and delicious food.
Famous for its chicken curry, saag chicken, and dahi wala meat (meat cooked in curd), Kake Da Hotel in Connaught Place is another old gem in Delhi known for Mughlai food. A small and simple place, the restaurant offers delicious Mughlai food at affordable prices.
From dishes cooked in a clay oven to slow simmered signature dal bukhara, Bukhara restaurant in ITC Maurya Hotel is a must try for Mughlai cuisine. The famous dal is the perfect blend of lentils and spices cooked for over 18 hours. Other popular dishes on the menu include the non-veg platter, tandoori kebab, mutton barrah, and sikandari raan.
An award winning restaurant, Dum Phukt in ITC Maurya turns dining into an experience. The restaurant is famous for its “dum phukt” technique—a slow cooking technique where food is sealed in a handi (clay pot) and is left to simmer in spices and its own juices. The elegant setting of the restaurant adds on to the regal Mughlai cuisine served here. The signature Mughlai dishes of the restaurant are dum pukht biryani, kakori kabab, dudiya kabab, and shahi nehari.
Established in 1948, the Embassy restaurant serves delicious tandoori snacks and Mughlai curries. The place has elegant décor and serves great food. Dal makhani, chicken malai tikka, and rogan josh are some of the most popular dishes here.