Food enthusiast and traveller Rupali Dean lists 10 restaurants (and their must-try dishes) that will put the world on your plate in the capital.
Delhi is a melting pot of flavours, a destination where you can get food from all over the world. Here are 10 of Delhi’s favourite cuisines and where to get them.
1. Chinese At Shang Palace, Shagrila Eros
2. Casual Japanese At Guppy, Main Market, Lodhi Colony
3. Italian At Zanotta, The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences
4. Multicuisine At Spice It, Ibis New Delhi Aerocity
5. Parisian At Ladurée
6. Contemporary Indian At Amaranta, The Oberoi Gurgaon
7. Free-Style Asian At Meawww, Sushant Lok Arcade, Gurugram
8. Desi Casual At Cafe Delhi Heights
9. Spanish At Sevilla, The Claridges
10. Burmese At Burma Burma
Chinese At Shang Palace, Shagrila Eros
With a legacy of half a century, this 39th Shang Palace in the world is one of the most celebrated Chinese specialty restaurants in Delhi. You will find an authentic dining experience with Sichuan, Cantonese and the mystical cuisine of Yunnan in the inviting and expansive interiors of Shang Palace (main image). The specialty chefs have put together an innovative line-up of authentic delicacies to further elevate the dining experience.
The Sizzling Water Chestnut and Mushroom XO (above), served on a hot stone plate, for example, is the most ordered dish owing to its flavour and texture. Executive Chef Gagandeep Singh Sawhney brings the art of Chinese cuisine to India’s capital with hand-crafted flavours that have been perfected over time. “Conventional tastes are merged with resident inspirations and contemporary techniques for a distinctive experience,” he shares.
Must-Try Dishes: Stir-Fried Mixed Mushrooms, Bamboo Shoot and Mustard Greens; Mapo Tofu Spring Rolls; Baked Eggplant Puff; Wok Fried French Beans with Vegetarian XO; and Mapo Bean Curd Sichuan Style.
Casual Japanese At Guppy, Main Market, Lodhi Colony
A spirited utopia in a contemporary setting, Guppy is a fascinating courtyard and bar. It has a wide selection for vegetarians, an invitation to you to discover that Japanese cuisine is so much more than just raw seafood. The chefs at Guppy are committed to freshness, hygiene and technique, and use light, fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Most dishes, from the mains to the condiments, are made from scratch in the Guppy kitchen. The chefs mostly work with local farmers, indigenous produce, and Indian fish and meats. Visit for a delicious, well-priced, six-course set lunch menu. Guppy introduced one of the very first poke bars to Delhi and the country. It also introduced the ramen burger to India in 2016. Guppy chefs are ninjas in the kitchen and have many awards to show for it, including Chef of the Year for Chef Vikram Khatri.
Must-Try Dishes: Black Rice California Roll; Hokkaido Miso Ramen; Mushroom Takikomi Rice; Vegetable Harumaki Roll; Mushroom Tobanyaki Hot Pot.
Italian At Zanotta, The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences
Zanotta offers a brand-new menu that has its roots in tradition. This upmarket Italian restaurant is beautifully appointed and offers spectacular city views, echoing the beauty of Renaissance Italy. There is an outstanding wine list on offer, and, if the vast choice throws you, the knowledgeable sommelier is at hand to help. A live kitchen makes it a wonderful visual treat.
The food is based on classic regional recipes from Veneto, Puglia, Lombardy, Parmigiano and more, focusing on precise cooking techniques. The dishes are full of flavour, with daily-changing specials, homemade pasta, and antipasti. Ordering a meal is easy with recommendations from Executive Sous Chef Abhishek Gupta, and everything, from the arancini to the burrata (below) and the fork-tender roast lamb, is superlative! Don’t miss the desserts at Zanotta.
Must-Try Dishes: Arancini; Mushroom Cappuccino with Roasted Pumpkin and Truffle Oil; Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Sage and Butter Sauce; Grilled Truffle Polenta with Wild Mushroom Ragout; Chocolate Gianduja Tart.
Multicuisine At Spice It, Ibis New Delhi Aerocity
All-day dining restaurant Spice It serves the longest-serving breakfast, starting from 4 am until noon. On offer are local and international cuisines, in a range of delectable buffets and a la carte menu options. The restaurant’s Chur Chur Paratha served with dal makhani, raita and chilli-flavoured onion salad (above), has taken the city by storm, owing to its wholesomeness and perfect texture. Made from whole wheat, and with various options of tempting stuffings such as aloo pyaaz, methi matar and gobhi pyaaz, it is a healthier version than the usual. The perfect amalgamation of local and seasonal ingredients in Executive Chef Sandeep Chaudhary’s recipes brings out the unique taste that loyal guests love.
Must-Try Dishes: Chur Chur Paratha; Dal Makhani and Raita; Peri Peri Soya Phulka Soft Tacos; Thin Crust Pizzas with a choice of toppings; Rasmalai Panna Cotta.
Parisian At Ladurée
Ladurée, a 159-year-old French bakery with locations in 21 countries across the world, has its first India outlet in Delhi’s Khan Market. Led by Chef Godfroy Leinenkugel, the salon has a menu that includes the classic desserts from Maison Ladurée, including its famous 13 great flavours of classic macaron, besides candies, teas and other sweet spreads. Do not miss the Ladurée vol-au-vent – puff pastry stuffed with pearl onions, and white and morel mushrooms – served in specially-curated silverware; it will transport you to gay Paree!
Must-Try Dishes: The Ladurée macarons – in pistachio, rose petal, salted caramel, lemon and many more flavours; Ispahan (above), the Ladurée vol-au-vent; Croque-Monsieur; Classic French Toast.
Contemporary Indian At Amaranta, The Oberoi Gurgaon
Modern Indian cuisine is made even more extraordinary with The Oberoi’s bespoke service in this friendly fine-dining space. Amaranta presents evergreen Indian classics and authentic flavours reimagined with a modern perspective. During the day, guests can try the luxury lunch menu. Highlight an evening meal with the wine-paired degustation menu. Opt for Executive Chef Manish Sharma’s specially-curated a la carte menu or try the seasonal specials. Amaranta offers a culinary experience from diverse regions of India, which is creatively paired and innovatively presented while keeping authentic Indian flavours intact.
Must-Try Dishes: Barkat Ki Chaat; Kolkata Street Box; Raw Mango Pal Curry; Galavant (inspired by the famous Tunday Kebab, Amaranta’s vegetarian version is made with smoked baby jackfruit and raw bananas served with spiced fruits – above); the classic Nadru Matar Makhana from the Punjab region in a modern take.
Free-Style Asian At Meawww, Sushant Lok Arcade, Gurugram
Meawww is based on freestyle Asian flavours; Chef Ravi Tokas plays with Burmese, Indonesian, Thai and Chinese, setting no boundaries when it comes to playing with flavours. People love Meawww’s build-your-own-bowl concept where the diner is the chef. The menu is crafted to showcase healthy comfort food. If you order home delivery, the multi-layered insulated food packaging ensures the food reaches you fresh and hygienic.
Must-Try Dishes: Khao-suey; Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup); Spicy Mushroom Dumpling (above); Soba Noodles; Nutella Dimsum with Banana Toffee.
Desi Casual At Cafe Delhi Heights
An all-day neighborhood restaurant, Café Delhi Heights celebrates Delhi’s truly cosmopolitan spirit, offering an array of fabulously innovative and classic preparations that leave each of the five senses tingling with joy! Corporate Chef Aashish Sing celebrates true café culture, with a menu that pleases. Visit for a hearty breakfast, a mouth-watering lunch or a lavish dinner, or just indulge in the innovative appetizers and toothsome desserts.
Must-Try Dishes: Delhi Burger; Pan-Fried Noodles with Chilli Bean Sauce; Delicious Quesadillas; Veg Khichda; ISBT Makhni Maggi.
Spanish At Sevilla, The Claridges
With an ambiance that transports you to Mediterranean cities, Sevilla might well be the most romantic restaurant in town. One can choose from the winery stocked with 150 global wines while enjoying signature dishes such as the Beetroot Risotto and Cordero on the Grill. On offer is a Southern European and Moroccan menu within a remarkable interior and alfresco seating space at the stylish Spanish-themed restaurant. Choose to dine here when you want to treat your partner to a beautiful candlelight dinner in one of the best restaurants in town.
Must-Try Dishes: Patatas Bravas; Paella; Pizza Bianco; Goat Cheese Stuffed Green Chili Peppers; Churros for dessert.
Burmese At Burma Burma
Burma Burma takes great pride in bringing Burma’s culture, cooking and authentic taste to the table with its treasured family recipes. The coastal, forest, tropical, and mountainous cultures within Burma (Myanmar) all contribute to the rich tastes and aromas you experience in each bite. Burma Burma is known for its salads, bubble teas, desserts and definitely its khowsuey. The Crunchy Lotus Stem Chips tossed with the in-house Burmese spice mix are highly addictive.
Must-Try Dishes: Burma Burma Oh No Khowsuey; Avocado and Tea Leaf Salad; Grilled Mock Meat Skewers; Water Chestnut, Enoki, Lotus Stem Stir Fry Rice Bowl; Gooey Malt Cake.
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