Dum Pukht

7 Must Visit Restaurants in Delhi

Delhi is world-renowned for its delicacies and cuisines. Amalgamation of a multi-culture Diaspora, you can expect to find several small worlds inside the world of Delhi. Be it the famous Paranthewali Gali of Chandni Chowk or the popular chaat hawkers of India Gate, you get to ‘taste’ a different flavour of Delhi as you move around.

Compiled below is a list of ‘7 Must Visit Restaurants in Delhi’, irrespective of whether you are a local or you come as a tourist from another corner of the country or the world. The list has been made keeping in mind the divergent preferences of cuisines, ambience, service and system, accessibility, brand and age of the restaurants. Delhi is the crux of northern Indian culture and is one of the most vibrant countries of India

1. Indian Accent

Located in Friends Colony West at ‘The Manor’, Indian Accent boasts of repeat visits from a loyal customer base and a team of dextrous chefs and service staff to its credentials. Specializing in Indian, International and Fusion cuisines, the restaurant has a bar attached as well. The name comes from the Indian food accents, or the Indian tastes and flavours.

The restaurant’s USP comprises of an amazingly holistic dining experience and a calming ambience with a peaceful outdoor area along with a garden canopy as an extension to the dining area.

2. Desi Roots

Located at Select City Walk, Saket Complex (Near KFC), Desi Roots makes the diners subtly revisit the India of the historic times. Specializing in Indian cuisine, the food served is delicious and has ample variety.

Laccha Paratha

Laccha Paratha

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The name symbolizes the ancient spiritual connect India has as her heritage and the same is reflected in the soothing and calming experience in the restaurant. There is no bar inside the restaurant which makes it a pure food place. The restaurant’s USP is the style of food presentation and creativity in preparing dishes.

3. Tian Asian Cuisine Studio

The best feature of this studio restaurant is the outdoor ridge view it provides through its seating arrangements. Located at ITC Maurya at Chanakyapuri, the restaurant specializes in almost all major Asian cuisines like Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean. The food is meticulously made and rich in a variety of tastes and aromas.

The Chinese word ‘Tian’ stands for heaven and indeed, the restaurant provides a heavenly dining experience and ambience, proving true to its name. The restaurant stands out for its creativity and variety.

4. Dakshin

‘Dakshin’ may remind of the Idlis and the Dosas. However, truth could not be farther after knowing what varieties of food Dakshin has to offer. The restaurant is known more for authentic non-vegetarian south Indian cuisines than the vegetarian ones, which are also more than very good.

Plain Dosa

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Located at Sheraton, District Centre, Saket, Dakshin reflects the southern Diaspora in its ambience. The USP is good value for money and an amazing quality of food served.

5. Tamra

Tamra is arguably the best for buffets and breakfasts. Customers make repeat visits again and again at Tamra. Cuisines offered are Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Central European. Reach the restaurant at Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, Connaught Place.

Indian Cuisine

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‘Tamra’ is the Sanskrit word for Copper and the ancient Indian food vessels used to be made of copper to enrich the flow of the mineral in to the body. The restaurant gets accolades for repeat loyal customer visits and quality of food.

6. Dum Pukht

Dum Pukht

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Located at ITC Maurya, Lobby Level, Sardar Patel Marg, Dum Pukht is specialized in Indian cuisines, and very well so. Unlike others in the list, this restaurant matches its vegetarian delicacies with non-vegetarian ones in terms of consumption, preference and quality.

The term ‘Dum Pukht’ refers to slow oven leading to slow cooking, popular in the Awadh region of India. The ambience reminds you of several great Indian historical anecdotes. The restaurant is admirable for its cooking style and variety.

7. Artusi Ristoranti e Bar

This restaurant-cum-bar specializes in Italian and Dessert cuisines and can be reached at M-block market, Greater Kailash – 2. The bar is exquisite with premium collection of wines and drinks and complements main restaurant really well.

Artusi was an Italian theorist, composer and writer of the 1600 era, known for his classical music style. The hallmark of the restaurant is the Italian authenticity of cuisine and quality of food.

To sum up, there is no first among these equals. What you have rather got is a glimpse of the variety that the best Delhi restaurants have to offer. Choose what entices your taste buds the most!