Pro­gres­sive, mod­ern, ex­per­i­men­tal, molec­u­lar and unique—these have be­come the buzz­words for Delhi's restau­rant scene. With Del­hi­ites look­ing for ex­pe­ri­ences rather than meals, restau­ra­teurs are on a con­stant rein­ven­tion mode. From a mush­room cap­puc­cino to a blue­berry beer; a tuna and Tabasco sushi to a bur­rata and beet­root salad; there's a lot to ex­cite the palate. The com­pe­ti­tion isn't just about feed­ing your ap­petite but your so­cial feeds as well. Restau­ra­teurs are think­ing big and get­ting cre­ative with not just the plates but also the am­bi­ence. Here's a cu­rated list of the city's most pop­u­lar eater­ies di­vided in four cat­e­gories—break­fast, lunch, din­ner and after-hours.


A BREAK­FAST fit for cham­pi­ons is usu­ally all about greasy fried sausages and meats, un­healthy carbs and ex­tra sweet milk­shakes. But things are dif­fer­ent at The Westin Gur­gaon. Here you can still be a champ sans all the un­healthy food. What you get is an ex­cit­ing blend of su­per­foods—foods that are sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to boost your im­mu­nity, stamina and keep you feel­ing re­freshed. The Westin Su­perFood­sRX is a vi­brant start to the day and in­cludes blue­berry, salmon, soy, oats and nuts. HIGH­LIGHT Blue­berry ba­nana pro­tein smoothie

MEAL FOR TWO On re­quest AT Num­ber 1, MG Road, Sec­tor 29, Gur­gaon A TRIP here is for when you want to start your day on an I-dont-care-about-calo­ries note. The sand­wiches here will be to­tally worth that de­ci­sion, we as­sure you. The name is clearly not de­ceiv­ing as this is where you get ev­ery­thing big and fat. The Big Fat Sand­wich is a per­fect ex­am­ple of how some­thing com­pletely sim­ple and no fuss can be turned into gourmet meal. We love them for their juicy sand­wiches with fresh in­gre­di­ents like ba­con, pesto, pork et all. Our ab­so­lute favourite from the list is the Old School with ba­con wrapped lamb and pickle.

HIGH­LIGHT The for­bid­den belly—Asian style, slow cooked pork belly as a side

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 800 for two AT Am­bi­ence Mall, Vas­ant Kunj


EV­ERY INCH of the place at this restau­rant is In­sta­grammable—the sun shin­ing in through large glass win­dows on the ex­posed brick walls and cast­ing shad­ows across the rus­tic wood fur­ni­ture trans­ports you in­stantly to the streets of south­ern Italy, where such eater­ies can be found on any street. The Pasta Bowl

Com­pany strives to give you a bona fide Ital­ian ex­pe­ri­ence sit­ting right here in the city. For a break­fast with a dif­fer­ence, skip the reg­u­lar omelette and go for the smoked salmon frit­tata along with cia­batta bread, and fresh wa­ter­melon juice which is sim­ply sub­lime.

HIGH­LIGHT The flour­less quiche and the foc­ca­cia and cor­netto breads

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 1,500 AT GL-201, 2nd Floor, Cross Point Mall, DLF Phase 4, Gur­gaon


IF CHICKEN soup is for the soul, then Indigo Deli's potato and leek soup is the stair­way to en­light­en­ment for ours. With just the right amount of flavours and con­sis­tency, this hum­ble dish is a warm snug­gle, es­pe­cially on a win­ter day. HIGH­LIGHT Peanut but­ter and jelly sand­wich

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 1,700 on­wards AT UGF/B/2C, Build­ing 10B, DLF Cy­ber Hub, Gur­gaon, DLF Cy­ber City, Gur­gaon


BREW­ING SOME­WHERE in a non­de­script back lane in Saidu­la­jab is one of Delhi's best morn­ing elixirs. This is a haven for gen­uine cof­fee lovers. Here you get freshly roasted cof­fee beans, a lux­ury we city folk can hardly af­ford, and many an in­ter­est­ing les­son for the wannabe cof­fee con­nois­seur on how to brew, grind and roast. HIGH­LIGHT The win­ter blend espresso with a sweet taste of marzi­pan and plum cake MEALF FOR TWO Rs 350 AT Khasra 258, Lane 3, Saidu­la­jab


DEL AT Roseate House is an all-day bistro with a name in­spired by the Delhi aero code. Here, the menu changes with ev­ery meal time. While their ex­ten­sive menu cel­e­brates a num­ber of ex­cit­ing fu­sion creations, there are some stand-out dishes that one must try when at the restau­rant. Start with the beet­root and bu­ratta salad— but­tery moz­zarella cheese served on a bed of beet­root puree and arugula pesto driz­zle—even a hard­core non­veg­e­tar­ian is bound to en­joy this sur­pris­ingly won­der­ful dish. For the main course, go for their quinoa biryani— a healthy but de­li­cious take on the pop­u­lar rice prepa­ra­tion served with blue­berry raita. From the desserts sec­tion, a do-not-miss item is the ap­ple tart tartin.

HIGH­LIGHT En­joy a re­laxed meal with mag­nif­i­cent views of the run­way on one side and tran­quil wa­ter bod­ies on the other.

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 2,400 plus taxes AT Roseate House, Ae­roc­ity, Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port


A NEW restau­rant serv­ing Ital­ian cui­sine hardly seems to be a nov­elty in a city which has al­most ev­ery non­de­script cafe boast­ing of this fare. How­ever, Amit Ku­mar, the 29-year-old chef be­hind the restau­rant makes sure that there are more take­aways than you ex­pect. For in­stance, we would go back just for the mush­room cap­puc­cino soup. Our favourites were the braised pork belly, scal­lop and tiger prawns and the ri­cotta ravi­oli. Head here for a leisurely lunch, when you have the lux­ury to sip a glass of your favourite wine and in­dulge in the finest Ital­ian cui­sine.

HIGH­LIGHT Pe­tit an­toine—a choco­late and cherry sphere

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 4,000 AT Le Meri­dien Gur­gaon, MG Road


THIS IS where you go when you want a place sans the usual thump­ing mu­sic and the pre­dictable food. Perch Wine and Cof­fee Bar has be­come the dis­cern­ing Del­hi­ite’s go-to place where de­li­cious san­grias hold hands with great cof­fee. Do try their de­li­cious sal­ads, pesto arancini balls and mus­tard grilled chicken. But we keep going back to sip their amaz­ing drinks amidst jazz waft­ing from the min­i­mal­is­tic am­bi­ence.

HIGH­LIGHT Their new­est out­let at Bas­ant Lok mar­ket has livened up an other­wise dead mar­ket

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 2,500 AT Bas­ant Lok Mar­ket, Vas­ant Vi­har


WHEN CAL­I­FOR­NI­ANS adopted Ve­gan­ism, we were quite sure the fit­ness life­style would soon catch up with an en­thu­si­as­tic In­dian au­di­ence. But alas, it wasn't so. The GREENR Store & Cafe, nes­tled in the cen­tre of Shah­purJat Vil­lage is one of the few places in

In­dia that prom­ises all veg­e­tar­ian and even ve­gan meals, but at the heart of their ven­ture is holis­tic liv­ing. Try their ve­gan sei­tan chicken or their ve­gan meat­ball and sausage pizza and tell us if they amaze you as well. Also, if you are look­ing out for quirky lit­tle things, their store is a trea­sure chest filled with these. HIGH­LIGHT Kaf­fir lime mini pie

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 1,100 AT 416, Shah­pur Jat, Siri Fort


NOSHI, Yum Yum Cha’s Pan Asian de­liv­ery ser­vice is slowly rein­vent­ing the take­out scene in Delhi. Imag­ine over fif­teen kinds of sushi, more than ten va­ri­eties of beau­ti­fully wrapped dim sums (the crystal duck and spicy Jade are a must-try) and an as­sort­ment of lovely ori­en­tal flavours on your din­ing ta­ble, sans the ef­fort of going to the restau­rant. Be­cause Noshi even de­liv­ers the Yum Yum Cha clas­sic, the rocky road and mango mochi and the most re­fresh­ingly de­light­ful or­ange juice and kafir lime cooler, we have had a hard time stop­ping our­selves from or­der­ing in ev­ery week.

HIGH­LIGHT The New Delhi with tuna and tabasco sushi MEAL FOR TWO Rs 1,000 AT


THE FOOD at Amaranta, The Oberoi, Gur­gaon, is art­fully de­cep­tive; de­li­cious of course, but en­tic­ing, like an il­lu­sion­ist’s trick that will keep you hooked till the very last bite. How else can you ex­plain the wild ta­marind, potato and feta cia­batta or the co­conut, french onion and chilli stuffed pita served with a mix­ture of salts and olive oil? You can’t help but marvel at how some­thing as rou­tine as a bread bas­ket has been turned into a fine-din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It is mod­ern In­dian cui­sine re-imag­ined. For ex­am­ple, the bao dha­beli is an in­ter­est­ing cre­ation. It looks like a Chi­nese bao but with the potato, co­rian­der and cumin fill­ing of a tra­di­tional Gu­jarati kac­chi dha­beli.

HIGH­LIGHT Cham­pagne kala khatta and the pâté-style pickle dips MEAL FOR TWO Rs 6,000 AT Plot No.443, The Oberoi, Udyog Vi­har Phase V, Gur­gaon


FOR MANY of us, Kash­miri cui­sine is lim­ited to tabak maz and gushtaba. Matamaal in Sikan­darpur is a rev­e­la­tion for those who have hardly tried any­thing other than the main­stream—the Kash­miri Pan­dit and

Do­gri cuisines. The nadur yakhni (lo­tus stems cooked in yo­ghurt gravy) and alle roghan­josh (pump­kin in Roghan­josh style) are two dishes with dis­tinct flavours that are not to be missed.

HIGH­LIGHT Mo­dur Pu­lao (sweet­ened rice cooked with co­conut) MEAL FOR TWO Rs 1,200 AT 203, DLF City Court, Sikan­darpur, Gur­gaon


CINCO DE MAYO is still half a year around, but let this not de­ter your fes­tive spirit. Arriba at Khel Gaon is our gate­way to be in­stantly trans­ported to Mex­ico. A play­ful am­bi­ence, the right Latin beats and te­quila to keep us com­pany, an out­ing here is no less than rev­el­ling in a car­ni­val. Ex­pect the usual Mex­i­can fare— from tacos, sopas, na­chos and gua­camole (no less than five kinds) but packed with flavours and tex­tures and em­pha­sis on fresh­ness and qual­ity in­gre­di­ents. Chef Noah Barnes ex­cels at un­der­stand­ing our palates and tweak­ing each dish to sa­ti­ate not just our ap­petite through the taste, but also our vis­ual senses through a riot of colour in each pre­sen­ta­tion.

HIGH­LIGHT The chur­ros with a warm and spicy choco­late dip MEAL FOR TWO Rs 2,500 AT Tab­ula Rd, Siri In­sti­tu­tional Area, Siri Fort In­sti­tu­tional Area, Siri Fort


IF THERE is any­thing more ful­fill­ing than street food, it is healthy street food. While we can't af­ford to book a ticket to Bangkok, Sin­ga­pore or Hanoi ev­ery week, we can def­i­nitely go for the next best al­ter­na­tive in town— Ping’s Cafe Ori­ent, the quaint lit­tle restau­rant in Lodhi colony that has been giv­ing some of the big­gest Asian din­ing spa­ces a run for their money. On any given evening, the place is packed to the rafters, with peo­ple flow­ing in to try their Korean bbq wings and the sump­tu­ous chicken bao. But the Guilt Free sec­tion of the menu is what you should def­i­nitely or­der from—The Viet­namese khao suey, the Korean bibim­bap and Ja­panese teriyaki grilled chicken are a few dishes fa­mous that fill you up but still leave you feel­ing lite as a feather. HIGH­LIGHT Philadel­phia cream cheese dumplings

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 2,100 AT 13, Main Mar­ket, Lodhi Colony


PA PA YA's in­no­va­tive Asian cui­sine takes you by sur­prise, just like the restau­rant’s 70-feet high dome, which dominates the cir­cu­lar lay­out of the restau­rant. The pop­u­lar Mumbai eatery opens shop in Delhi with an ad­join­ing wine bar where you can spend a leisurely evening en­joy­ing Pa Pa Ya’s ex­ten­sive wine col­lec­tion. The menu re­mains rel­a­tively un­changed from the one in Mumbai, with a few ex­clu­sive ad­di­tions like the tuna en­chi­lada. The roasted aubergine parcels and steamed as­para­gus and corn farce are de­li­cious and flavour­ful, as is the Philadel­phia cream cheese roll. The sushi rolls are fresh and come with a handy lit­tle guide on eat­ing them. Chef Sahil Singh puts his sig­na­ture twist on tra­di­tional Asianand non-Asian

dishes, like the scal­lop carpac­cio. HIGH­LIGHT The Choco­late Ball of Fire—a deca­dent con­coc­tion of choco­late and matcha crème anglaise MEAL FOR TWO Rs 1,900 plus taxes AT Dome, Level 4, Select Ci­ty­walk, A-3, Dis­trict Cen­tre


Jazz clubs of New York are syn­ony­mous with mar­ry­ing great mu­si­cal per­for­mances with food and that is ex­actly what you will find at The Pi­ano Man Jazz Club in Saf­dar­jung. The club, which is a lit­tle over a year old, has be­come one of the most sought-after en­ter­tain­ment venues with its in­cred­i­ble line-up of per­form­ers, a re­laxed am­bi­ence and a pot­pourri of Eurasian del­i­ca­cies. The place has been di­vided into four sec­tions, with the ground floor re­served for the Jazz Club—which fo­cuses on mu­sic and drinks; the first floor has a de­light­ful lit­tle bak­ery and the top two floors are part of a fine-din­ing space called the Dirty Apron. The menu here presents a lot of fa­mil­iar-look­ing Euro­pean dishes but with a Pan-Asian twist. The laksa-sam­bal prawn spaghetti, for ex­am­ple, which is a mix of Malaysian and Ital­ian cuisines, presents a burst of flavour for the palate. HIGH­LIGHT The hum­mus–try it with the Sofrito rice

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 2,000 A TB -6 Com­mer­cial Co mp lex,Safd ar jung En­clave


Mol­e­cule Air Bar is where you can start your jour­ney of be­com­ing a ‘beer geek’. The in­te­ri­ors here are based on a World War II con­cept and in­trigue and ex­cite at the same time. Mol­e­cule of­fers its pa­trons molec­u­lar gas­tron­omy cui­sine that blends physics and chem­istry— trans­form the tastes and tex­tures of not just food but drinks as well. While here, you can en­joy their home­in­fused liquor and an ex­cit­ing list of cock­tails such as Molec­u­lar Mo­ji­tos, Alien Brain He­m­or­rhage, Cot­ton Candy and White San­gria in Sus­pen­sion.

HIGH­LIGHT Freshly brewed beer such as the dark roasted, Mol­e­cule Brew and blue­berry beer.

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 1,500 for two AT Main mar­ket, sec­tor 29, Gur­gaon


While many metropoli­tan cities around the world boast of sky high bars, the con­cept took a while to come to Delhi merely be­cause the city has no sky­scrapers. The Sky High at the re­vamped An­sal Plaza mall works not be­cause it can give us a bird's eye view of the city but rather a 360 de­gree view of the green en­vi­rons of South Delhi that this largest open rooftop din­ing space has to of­fer. The menu here is typ­i­cal bar fare with con­ti­nen­tal, Ital­ian and Mugh­lai del­i­ca­cies, but with a view that good, the food does take a back seat. HIGH­LIGHT Jelly Fish Hookah

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 2,000 AT C-306 A & 307, T-101 & 102, 3rd Floor, An­sal Plaza Mall, Khel Gaon Marg


It isn’t like you need more rea­sons to visit Sevilla at The Clar­idges, but this truly is one of the lat­est rea­sons to be book­ing a ta­ble here. We’re talk­ing about a col­lec­tion of or­ganic wines that has been re­cently added to the menu. While the wines taste ab­so­lutely lovely, the Sevilla am­bi­ence adds to the beauty of it all. The res­i­dent som­me­lier Ju­dith Scia­rone takes pains to ex­plain the re­gion where ev­ery wine comes from. Of the four new wines, our favourite is the Haute Côt(e) de Fruit. This pure Mal­bec is an ex­plo­sion of black fruits, cin­na­mon and in­cense— the per­fect wine to pair your food with.

HIGH­LIGHT We’re told the or­ganic wines don’t give you a hang­over

COST Rs 1,105 for a glass /Rs 5,495 for a bot­tle AT 12, Dr APJ Ab­dul Kalam Road


Laugh­ter, mu­sic and food are three of the most fail safe ways to have fun through the night and The Peo­ple & Co. knows this for­mula well. The Cy­ber Hub eatery is di­vided into three el­e­ments—Canvas (has a stage that hosts open mic nights, fash­ion shows, the­atre and com­edy acts), Plate (a fine-dine space with a sweet sur­prise, here the chefs cook what they want to) and Pub­lic (an all day wine and cof­fee bar for a quick post-of­fice drink).

HIGH­LIGHT On Mon­days and Tues­days each week, Peo­ple & Co. won't charge you a dime for the food, but the amount of time you spend at the restau­rant. 1 minute = Rs 15. AT Premises No. 5, Build­ing 8, Tower B, Cy­ber City TEL 01244141000

Su­perFood­sRx in­gre­di­ents (left), The Westin Gur­gaon; Banofee pie (above) and break­fast spread (right) at The Pasta Bowl Com­pany



Pho­to­graph by RAJWANT RAWAT

Pho­to­graph by RAJWANT RAWAT

Chef Amit Ku­mar of Bella Cucina, Le Meri­dien, Gur­gaon

Chef Te­jas So­vani (cen­tre) of Amaranta, The Oberoi, Gur­gaon


Pho­to­graph by RAJWANT RAWAT

Chef Noah Barnes of Arriba

Pho­to­graph by VIKRAM SHARMA

Ju­dith Sciocrone, wine som­me­lier at Sevilla, The Clar­idges

Beer from the tap at Mol­e­cule, Gur­gaon (above); A per­for­mance at The Pi­ano Man Jazz Club


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