New Delhi is a city of culinary wonders. Eating out in New Delhi is always an adventure and at most times, a delightful one. While some may be afraid of falling victim to “Delhi Belly”, the only big worry we think one should have is to know how to cope with falling in love with New Delhi’s food! From mouth-watering samosas to buttery paranthas, the city is known for its delicious food. Here’s our guide on the best places to eat in New Delhi when interning in India.
Interning in New Delhi
As an if i could… intern from another country, you may find yourself in a fix when having to choose from the myriad of restaurants. All kinds of cuisine are available. There is a place and an item on the menu to cater to each and every kind of palate and pocket.
So, whether you are a vegan from Bali, a hardcore meat-eater from Iceland or a steak lover from America, as long as you are ready to get your heart stolen by New Delhi’s food, you are in for a treat.
“I am a total foodie and love trying out new restaurants and dishes every week, but there are some places in New Delhi that keep calling you back for more”, says Vidushi, our Communications and Programme Assistant who is from New Delhi. Here are her top five recommendations for places to eat in New Delhi.
Big Chill – Italian Cuisine
Unlike any other restaurant, the first quarter of your hour is spent exploring the super vintage movie posters. Searching for your favourite movie or actor could take a while and finally when your hunger overtakes, you can plunge into your food.
To begin with, one must be prepared to go through their extensive menu with almost 800 items of pasta, pizzas, risottos, salads, milkshakes and desserts. Your food will be served with extra loaded cheese. Big Chill is known for its greasy, lip-smacking cheese-filled dishes and comes at a reasonable price.
- Angry Chicken Pasta,
- Piri Piri Pasta,
- Mint Oreo Milkshake,
- Belgian Chocolate Shake,
- Chocolate Decadence
Paranthe Wali Gali – Indian Cuisine
Paranthas are flat round Indian bread with stuffing. If you are wondering where to eat the most delicious kinds, this is your one-stop-shop. Paranthe Wali Gali is a gastronomical experience in the atmospheric by-lanes of Chandni Chowk. The paranthas served here are strictly vegetarian.
Shops at Paranthe Wali Gali serve paranthas stuffed with fillings like chillies, lemons, kajus, badams, matar, khoya, rabri, bitter gourds, ladyfingers, radishes, carrots, cauliflowers, paneer, aloo, etc. You can also try the most unusual stuffing. For example, papad parantha, banana parantha, rabdi parantha, kaju parantha and khurchan parantha. They serve paranthas with sweet lassi (served in Kulhars), sweet tamarind chutney, mint chutney, mixed vegetable pickle, paneer and potato curry, and a sauteed mash of sweet pumpkin.
- Aaloo (potato) Parantha,
- Paneer Parantha,
- Chilly Parantha
Indian Accent (The Manor) – Indian Contemporary Cuisine
Awarded India’s best restaurant by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, Indian Accent takes you on a unique culinary journey with its path-breaking contemporary menu to excite the adventurous, yet satisfy traditional palates. This restaurant provides the famous Indian Chef Manish Mehrotra’s 11-dish tasting menu paired with a unique selection of wines from India and abroad.
So, if you are looking for something classy, fancy and yet traditional, head to this unique restaurant. We promise you will come back a happier person! Make sure you book a table well in advance as sometimes the waiting list is a month-long.
- Atta and Semolina Puchkas,
- Calcutta Jhal Potato,
- Five Waters,
- Chicken Tikka Quesadilla,
- Swiss Gruyere,
- Pink Peppercorn Raita;
- Tamarind Fish,
- Coconut Barley,
- Cashew Pakoda
Sab Ki Khatir – Indian/Pakistani Cuisine
This is one of Delhi’s hidden gems! A small kiosk by the roadside – more like a hole in the wall – Sab Ki Khatir churns out the most splendid tikkas, kakori rolls and galawati kababs (goat meat). Our mouths are watering as we write this, but apparently the secret lies in its amazing marinade.
The galawati is usually mildly spiced and soft as butter. Yet, it does not crumble in the hand as a kabab cooked by inexpert hands threatens to do. The kakori rolls are succulent, and the roomali roti that envelops the kebab is nice and soft. Although there are a couple of tables with chairs for those who want to have a quick meal, it’s essentially a takeaway/takeout place.
- Kakori Kababs and Galawati Kababs with Roomali Roti,
Social Offline – American/Mediterranean Cuisine
Situated in the delightful cobblestoned streets of Hauz Khas Village with an eerie, yet cosy tunnel entrance, this place is serendipity for food and music lovers. To top it off, this is one of Delhi’s only collaborative workspaces. It offers work-away-from-home by day and turns into a pub by the night.
The food and beverages here are extraordinary. Imagine being served hakka noodles in a China box or peanut masalas in a three-layered steel tiffin box. They are known primarily for their fancy cocktails. Their Long Island Iced Tea comes in a long glass, deconstructed Moscow Mule in a make-it-yourself bag and the Barrel No. 12 is served in a barrel. Your trip to India without paying a visit to Social Offline would be incomplete!
- Bombay Bhel Puri Salad,
- Death Wings,
- Jalapeno Cheese Nads,
- Pulled Tandoori Chicken Makhani Bao,
- Goan Prawn Curry,
- Chilli Paneer,
- Black Pepper China Box,
- Butter Chicken Biryani
We hope our list of places to eat in New Delhi has left you hungry and drooling for Indian food by now! In addition to assisting you in finding places to tantalise your tastebuds, if i could… also helps you land a meaningful internship of your choice in this country of wonders. Contact our team today, or visit our website to apply online.