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Discovering Delhi’s Food Delights

by Richa G 17. October 2012 03:04
The capital of India is famous for its stately monuments, its ever rushing crowd and its fascinating history. But, there is another face to New Delhi that’s shadowed by these factors; the city is a wonderful foodie destination. With a confluence of cultures from different parts of India combined with its own Mughal history, Delhi has lots to offer to food lovers; in fact, you can visit this city just for its food.
  Karim's : Old Delhi
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Whether you are looking for local Indian cuisine or international food, Delhi has some of the best restaurants in the country. Check out the best eating joints in New Delhi before you set out for your vacation here.
Locally Delhi
New Delhi is famous for its street food called Chaat. Try Paani Puri or Paapdi chaat to get a taste of Delhi’s street food; make sure you carry mineral water bottles when you embark on this mission because these snacks can be quite spicy. Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi is a favorite haunt of local chaat lovers. If you don’t want to experiment with street food from the streets, try it out in luxurious restaurant settings at the Legends of India restaurant at Connaught Circus.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, try the Kuremal Kulfi at Sitaram bazaar, the Karachi halwa at Chaina Ram or Bade Mian kheer shop in Chawri Bazaar Metro. Combine your shopping with a visit to these shops since all these outlets are located near the main shopping markets.
For main course Indian cuisine at affordable prices, check out Karim’s at Jama Masjid, Moti Mahal Deluxe and Nirula’s. For variety, taste pure vegetarian South Indian cuisine at Saravana Bhavan and Sagar Rathna.
For fine dining, Bukhara, Chor Bizarre, Park Balluchi, Varq and Punjabi by Nature are some of the most popular restaurants though not all. New Delhi is home to many star hotels that have excellent restaurants serving cuisines of different places. Make reservations before you go if you don’t want to wait.
International Delights
If you are hungry for your own cuisine or Continental fare in India, Delhi is a great place to be in.
La Piazza, Diva, Satoria and Little Italy are some of the best known hangouts for Italian food. For Chinese, The Yum Yum Tree, Rice Bowl, China Kitchen and Mainland China are the most popular, but you can find Chinese-Indian fusion food everywhere in Delhi, especially in “fast food stalls”. These are worth trying out too.
Shalom is a popular restaurant frequented by tourists and expats; it serves Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine while Sakura and Wasabi by Morimoto are upcoming favorites with the Sushi trend catching on in India.
Le Cirque is for fine French food and Turquoise Cottage with its interesting interiors serves delectable Thai cuisine. Continental food is widely available and most star hotels offer popular dishes.
Some tips
Buy branded and sealed mineral water bottles wherever you go and make sure to drink only from this.
  • Street food in Delhi may taste great, but make sure the food is cooked fresh in front of your eyes.
  • Delhi also has its share of McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Wimpys and Dominos. If you are travelling with kids, this is an important factor to remember.
  • Plush restaurants in star hotels offer sumptuous food, but these places can be unbelievably expensive. Find out mid-range options where you can get cheaper and offer better tasting food for the authentic Delhi experience.

Feeling tempted to try this sumptuous food, then book a flight to Delhi Today!

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