Memos from Asia

5 Must-Visit Restaurants in Delhi, India

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There are several cities across Asia known for having a fascinating food culture. Delhi is one of them.
The most intriguing aspect of Delhi is the diversity in cuisines you find in its restaurants.

From classic Indian and Mediterranean to Japanese and fusion food, a culinary excursion in Delhi is a soul-satisfying adventure you do not want to miss.

Indian Accent

Indian Accent is a multi-award-winning Delhi restaurant that plates up delicious modern Indian food under the leadership of Chef Manish Mehrotra.

Taking classic Indian recipes and presenting them in a contemporary version full of unique flavors is why Indian Accent is often listed amongst the top restaurants in Asia.

For a genuinely magnificent experience, opt for the chef’s tasting menu. Featuring an eight-course plus meal of classic Indian dishes, it typically lasts a few hours during which guests get to relish each masterpiece leisurely.

Bukhara

Bukhara is patronized by locals who prefer familiarity in their food.

The restaurant, situated in the ITC Maurya hotel, has kept its menu more or less the same since its inception in 1978.

Half the fun of eating in Bukhara is its casual atmosphere, which consists of low height stools to sit, no cutlery, and a glass-enclosed kitchen to see your food getting cooked.

However, Bukhara also remains one of the most expensive places to eat in the city.

Amongst the must-eat dishes here are Dal Bukhara – lentils slow-cooked for over 18 hours, chicken tikka, and the giant Naan Bukhara – a flatbread cooked in a clay oven called tandoor.

Lavaash by Saby

Lavaash stands apart from other Delhi restaurants for plating up a variety of Bengali and Armenian dishes.

A quirky little space with multi-colored tables and chairs, the “café” has a homely vibe, enhanced further by the mouth-watering food.

The menu curated by Chef Saby and Chef Megha celebrates their heritage, and in doing so, allows ardent gourmands to enjoy exceptional delights such as matnakash clay pot bread, buttered govindbhog rice, chicken hye rollers, and their signature lavash bread.

Olive Bar and Kitchen

Olive Bar and Kitchen has been serving freshly prepared Mediterranean fare to its customer for fifteen years.

While the food is decadent, Olive’s ambiance makes it one of the best restaurants in Delhi.

Olive is housed in a 150-year old whitewashed colonial building that creates a serene environment ideal for a meal with a loved one.

The banyan tree in the courtyard is a natural centerpiece adding drama which compliments the food that arrives on the table.

While winter evenings are perfect at Olive, their Sunday brunch is particularly magnificent.

Plum by Bent Chair

Plum hits this list for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is a real beauty of a place, and definitely one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in the country.

However, Plum’s concept is far more interesting, for everything you see at the restaurant is available to buy. Whether it is the fork and knife you are using, the chair you are sitting on, or the bar stools, customers can take home any of the items.

The menu is Pan-Asian, and under the watchful eyes of Chef Sagar Bajaj, you are guaranteed a culinary feast every time you visit.

Some of the food highlights at Plum include truffle white fungus clear soup, roast duck Asian slider, and spiced hot chocolate.

Food lovers should know that these five must-visit restaurants in Delhi are just the beginning of what is really a city packed with numerous exciting gastronomic delights.

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