This place truly captures the warm nature and rich foods that Punjabis are known for. The lighting is mellow, as is the background music. Begin your meal with a helping of Gol Gappa (chickpea fritters), Delhi’s favourite street food, served here with a generous splash of vodka.
Insider Tip: Head there before 8 pm to enjoy a one-for-one offer during the Happy Hour at the bar.
Much written about and spoken about, Indian Accent is one of Delhi’s trendiest restaurants, a place to be seen. Chef Manish Mehrotra, with his Taj pedigree, prides himself on his inventive Indian menu. It may take a hardy palate to appreciate some of the more adventurous dishes such as the chicken tikka quesadillas with Swiss gruyere and served with pink peppercorn raita, or the warm doda burfi (Indian fudge) treacle tart, but the restaurant has its share of loyalists.
Insider Tip: Liked what you ate? Sign up for a cooking demo with the chef.
Chef and owner Ritu Dalmia is a familiar, friendly face on Indian television and anything but a diva. This restaurant is a byword in Italian cuisine in the city, with vegetarian options on the menu. Dalmia is known for her unusual play with mixed flavours, such as in the risotto cooked with green apple, sherry and crumbled sausages. Who would imagine this would work?
Insider Tip: If you arrive between lunch and dinner service, head to the all-day cafe, and request for dishes from the main restaurant menu.
A name like this is hard to resist, and Delhi agrees. Head there for your fix of Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisine in the capital city. Find a spot by the conveyor belt from where you can grab fresh sushi, even as unlimited dim sum is served on your plate. The Thai food here, served in the formal dining space, too has its share of devoted fans too.
Insider Tip: Set aside an entire Sunday afternoon for brunch here. It’s well worth the time.
Head for the open-air terraces at QBA, one of Delhi’s most relaxed watering holes. Its location in the Central Business District of Connaught Place makes it a popular rendezvous for both business and leisure visitors. QBA’s multi-cuisine menu spans a wide range from Indian and Chinese to Thai, Lebanese and Italian.
Insider Tip: The weekday lunch buffet offers a wide choice and is pocket friendly.