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Restaurants in Delhi

Delhi has a wealth of fantastic restaurants to suit all budgets and palates. Alcohol is available at most places although budget eateries tend to lack the requisite liquor licence. The price of alcohol is variable, with high-end restaurants charging as much as triple the price of a mid-range eatery. Indian wine does exist, although it is still something of an acquired taste. Indian beer is excellent, but insist on a well-chilled bottle!

The Delhi restaurants below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over Rs2,500)
Moderate (Rs1,000 to Rs2,500)
Cheap (up to Rs1,000)
These Delhi restaurant prices are the cost of a meal for two with wine or beer (where sold), including taxes.

Expensive

Bukhara

Cuisine: North Indian

Bukhara is widely touted as the best place in Delhi for North-West Frontier cuisine. Particularly good are its tandoor and dhal as well as the kastoori kebab. The ambience is suitably rustic, while the clientele are decidedly more fashion conscious (despite the bib-like aprons patrons are provided with). If you're with a large group, get the giant naan.

Address: , ITC Maurya New Delhi, Sardar Patel Marg, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 2611 2233.
Website: http://www.itchotels.in/hotels/itcmaurya.aspx

Latitude 28

Cuisine: Italian

A Euro outpost in the midst of Khan Market, Latitude 28 features bruschettas, pastas, sandwiches and juices. To get there, enter the Good Earth store, then make your way all the way up the stairs. Reservations are recommended, as the place fills up with its stylish clientele even at lunch.

Address: , 9 Khan Market, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 2462 1013.
Website: http://www.diva-italian.com/latitude-28

Veda Restaurant

Cuisine: Indian

Based on a concept developed by Indian immigrants to New York, Veda Restaurant, conveniently situated in Connaught Place, offers an intriguing range of traditional and not so traditional Indian food in very special surroundings, and supported by an excellent wine list. This Delhi restaurant is gaining fame throughout India, and is definitely worth sampling.

Address: , H-27, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 4151 3535.
Website: http://www.vedarestaurants.com

Moderate

Kwality

Cuisine: North Indian

This iconic Delhi restaurant has been going strong for around 60 years, thanks to its consistently good, primarily north Indian food. Attracting a predominantly middle-class crowd, Kwality deserves kudos for its variety of dishes, from chunky meat curries to delicate paneer creations. There is a pleasing variety of veg and non-veg dishes to choose from. One standout is the chana bhatura.

Address: Connaught Place, 7 Regal Building, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 2374 2352.
Website: http://www.kwalitygroup.com

Spice Water Trail

Cuisine: South Indian

The spicy tropical delights of south Indian cuisine are the focus at this new restaurant in Delhi – and it's not just the 'old favourites' that populate the menu. Intriguing seafood concoctions vie for attention with vegetarian and meat dishes, and the chefs aren't afraid to experiment a little with tried and trusted ingredients.

Address: Greater Kailash I, M-24 M Block Market, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 3089 4731.
Website: http://www.spicewatertrail.com

The Big Chill Café

Cuisine: Italian

If you're ready for a break from Indian food, try the Italian fare at one of the several locations of this Delhi-based chain.

Address: Khan Market, 68, Prithviraj Lane, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 4175 7588.

Cheap

Hotel Saravana Bhavan

Cuisine: South Indian

One of the few places in Delhi to get authentic South Indian fare – including idly, uttapam, dosai and gulab jamun – Saravana Bhavan is so wildly popular that you may have to wait for a table. We’re guessing you’ll find it worth the wait.

Address: , 46, Janpath, Delhi,
Telephone:
Website: http://www.saravanabhavan.com

Karim's

Cuisine: Mughal

Established in 1913, Karim's is something of a Delhi institution. It serves robust (mostly non-veg) Mughal food in rudimentary but clean surroundings off a courtyard near Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. The tandoori chicken and tandoori burra (mutton) both come highly recommended, as do the juicy kebabs. The selection of traditional Indian breads, from stuffed naan to paper-thin romali roti provides the perfect accompaniment. During Ramadan, the restaurant is only open after sunset.

Address: , 16 Jama Masjid, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 2326 9880.
Website: http://www.karimhoteldelhi.com

Nizam’s Kathi Kabab

Cuisine: Indian street food

Enjoy perfectly greasy, melt-in-your-mouth kathi rolls (a type of wrap, typically with meat and sauce stuffed inside a paratha) at this basic but clean café in Connaught Place's Middle Circle.

Address: , H 5 & 6, Plaza Building, Middle Circle, Connaught Place, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 2371 3078.

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Ginger Delhi (Rail Yatri Niwas)

The location may not be the most salubrious but this hotel, the Taj Group's 'Smart Basic' hotel, is excellent for those counting their Rupees. Rooms are simple, clean and well equipped with flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and smart ensuite bathrooms. There's a 24-hour restaurant on site, or you can get orders delivered from local eateries. The Delhi hotel also features a meeting room, gym, on-site ATM and has a laundry facility.

Optus Sarovar Premiere

In the heart of the Gurgaon commercial district to the southwest of New Delhi, this is a business hotel with a difference, in that it has a genuinely Indian character to its modern and comfortable facilities. It's not a bad place for relaxation either, with its rooftop swimming pool, lobby lounge bar and up-to-the-minute gym facilities. The hotel has 80 rooms, all equipped with the latest TVs and other technology, and also offers a choice of meeting/conference rooms. Central Delhi is connected to Gurgaon by metro link.

Hotel Marble Arch

A new property conveniently located at Karol Bagh – 10 minutes by metro from Connaught Place, and little further from the New Delhi railway station, this is a comfortable and friendly place to base yourself for a short stay in Delhi. The accommodation floors surround an open-air courtyard restaurant area. Wi-Fi access is available, and the hotel will arrange collection and drop-off at both the airport and main railway stations if arranged in advance.

The Lodhi

Formerly the Aman New Delhi Hotel, The Lodhi is an contemporary, upmarket resort featuring exquisite Indian decor such as hand-made rugs and jaali screens. It offers 40 rooms, with balconies offering city, courtyard or garden views, deep bathtubs, a spa, tennis courts, 50m-long (140ft) pool, restaurants and even a library and a cigar lounge.

The Imperial New Delhi

Built in 1931, this contemporary colonial hotel was a favourite haunt of Nehru, Mountbatten and other luminaries. It continues to welcome many dignitaries and affluent Delhiites who drop by for Sunday brunch (one of the best in Delhi). There are 233 beautifully appointed rooms and 43 suites. Additional amenities include a swimming pool, beauty centre, shopping precinct and a selection of superlative restaurants and bars.

The Oberoi New Delhi

An elegant and modern hotel, The Oberoi occupies a peaceful position overlooking New Delhi's principal golf course and the historic Humayun's Tomb. Ideal for business travellers and well-heeled tourists, it offers a state-of-the-art business centre, spa, swimming pool and gym. Fine dining options are plentiful and include the excellent Italian restaurant Travertino and the popular Threesixty, which is also the setting for The Oberoi's indulgent breakfasts.