Food connoisseur are always on a search for lip-smacking dishes. Especially, when you are globetrotting, tasting local flavors are as integral as sightseeing. So, in case, you stay in and around Delhi or travelling, here is the list of top fine dining restaurants to try the North Indian Cuisine on your platter.
I have listed few of my favorites below which are recorded in no particular order. They are appreciated for their food and all of them are different from each other in terms of ambiance.
Indian Accent, The Lodhi, New Delhi
The Lodhi - Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110065 India ( View on Google Map)
An award-winning restaurant, Indian Accent, small boutique hotel, is an imagination of Chef Manish Mehrotra. Right from conceptualization of restaurant to its menu, Indian Accent is his brain child. Visit the restaurant to experience the old-world hospitality served with its delicious Indian dishes. It has its branches in New York and London.
Best Try: Prawns, Lamb, Sweet Corn Shorba, Bacon Naan, Masala Martini, Mushroom Kulcha, Doda Barfi, Flaky Paratha
Cost for Two: INR 5000 (approx.) for two people. Without alcohol
The China Kitchen, Hyatt Regency Delhi
Hyatt Regency, Ring Road, Bhikaiji Cama Place Hyatt Regency Delhi, New Delhi 110066 India ( View on Google Map)
Do you often visit to eat Chinese Street food? Now, think of it being served in well anointed luxurious space. The China Kitchen has designed its menu compiling the Chinese street food with Indian platter in mind. The China Kitchen is run by Chef Zhang Hongsheng. The food served, especially the veggies are organically grown by the Hyatt Regency in their farm. This is a five-star hotel.
The restaurant encompasses four distinguishing components: an open kitchen five private dining rooms, the wine wall and tea bar, and the private dining room.
Best Try: Peking duck, Gong Bao Chicken, Cumin Lamb and Mapu Tofu
Cost for Two: ₹4,500 for two people (approx.). Without alcohol
23 Main Market Lodhi Colony, New Delhi 110003 India ( View on Google Map)
European, Desserts, Beverages, Continental
Are you in the mood to savour the European food while being in India? Here is your chance to enrol yourself in great culinary experience. Tres is named after the - Chef Julia Carmen Desa, Jatin Mallick, and Jamsheed Bhote. The Tres offers a personalized touch to their guests apart from serving a delectable European cuisine. You will cherish the old-world charm of the European city while relishing your delicious platter. The menu is an association with The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, with Tres using about 10 ingredients from 31 of the beverages.
Best Try: Slow-Roasted Pork Belly
Cost for Two: ₹3500 for two people (approx.) Without alcohol
ITC Maurya Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110045 India ( View on Google Map)
Amidst the feel of Lutyens, Dum Pukht serves you the delicious cuisine of Lucknow. It is one of the best fine dining restaurants which serves Awadhi delicacies in an exclusive luxurious environment. The restaurant has received many accolades and 'Times Food Award 2015' for Culinary Heritage is worth mentioning.
Best Try: Dum Pukht Biryani, Kakori Kabab, Dudiya Kabab, Shahi Nehar
Cost for Two: RS. 4500 for two people (approx.) Without alcohol
Olive Bar and Kitchen, New Delhi
6 - 8 One Style Mile Haveli No Near Qutub Minar, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi 110030 India
Experience the Mediterranean oasis in the heart of New Delhi with Olive’s Kitchens whitewashed walls and blue-and-white furniture and lanterns. The Chef Dhruv Oberoi, continuously improvise the not only the menu but also the complete culinary experience. Bestowed with innumerable awards, Olive’s Kitchen wins its guest heart with its refreshing menu and acknowledged hospitality.
Best Try: Chocolate Fondant Mezze Platter Pasta Cheesecake Fish
Cost for Two: RS. 3500 for two people (approx.) Without alcohol
Parikrama - The Revolving Restaurant
22, Antriksh Bhawan Building, 24th floor, Connaught Place Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Near American Centre Library, New Delhi 110001 India ( View on Google Map)
North Indian, Chinese, Continental
Parikrama is one of the known revolving restaurants of Delhi / NCR. It is 240 feet above the ground and is located in the heart of the capital city, Connaught Place. The guest from here can cherish 360-degree view of the city. Apart from food, you also relish wines and cocktails. It is best place for events and ceremonies. The venue is spacious and is located on 24th and 25th Floor. The menu is handcrafted to meet different tastes and likings.
Best Try: Paneer Malai Kofta | Vegetable Seekh | Thai Chicken | Hong Kong Chicken
Cost for Two: INR 2400 (approx.) for two people. Without alcohol
Pandara Road, India Gate New Delhi- 110 003 ( View on Google Map)
North Indian – Veg / Non-Veg. Specialize in Kashmir Food
It is India’s first theme restaurant based on ‘chor bazaar’ or ‘thieves’ market’. The restaurant serves authentic regional Indian food with its kaleidoscopic interiors. The restaurant started its operation in 1990 at Hotel Broadway. It was then India’s first ISO 9002 certified restaurant. The restaurant has many first and that also includes opening of its branch in Mayfair, London in 1997.
Best Try: Kashmiri Food
Karim's, Old Delhi
16 Urdu Bazar Road Infront of Jama Masjid Gate No.1, Gali Bhairo Wali, Bazar Matia Mahal, Kalan Mehal, Kababiyan, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India ( View on Google Map)
Probably one of the oldest restaurants in the history of Delhi. It was incepted in the year 1913 and is now managed by the fourth generation. Karim is just not a restaurant; it is a part of Indian history which now serves its legacy in form a scrumptious Mughlai cuisine.
Best Try: Kebabs, Chicken Cury, Mutton
Cost for Two: RS. 1000 (approx.) for two people. Without alcohol
San Gimignano Janpath Road Lobby Level, The Imperial Hotel, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001 India
San Gimignano is a gorgeous Tuscany-inspired restaurant inside the Imperial Hotel with an outstanding selection of fine wine and a line-up of classic Italian dishes which is perfect for a romantic date with your sweetheart. The restaurant menu is designed by Chef Prem Pogakula.
Best Try: Kebabs, Chicken Cury, Mutton
DIVA – The Italian Restaurant, New Delhi
M - 8A, M Block Market Greater Kailash-2, New Delhi 110048 India ( View on Google Map)
The restaurant is run by the famous Chef Ritu Dalmia
Co-founded by India’s Masterchef Ritu Dalmia, Diva – The Italian Restaurant where you can enjoy the most delicious Italian food. The restaurant is separated into two parts; the ground floor has become a sort of café while the first floor houses the fine dining section. The menu changes according to season just as it happens in Italy. The platter beautifully adorned, matching the splendid decor and the elegant ambience.
Best Try: Creamy Cheese with the translucent Ravioli, Slow-cooked Pork Rib Ravioli
Cost for Two: ₹ 2500 (approx.) for two people. Without alcohol