Delhi Journals

Dining in Delhi

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A travel journal to Delhi by phileasfogg

A ChaatWallah at Work Photo, Delhi, India More Photos
Quote: The capital of India is- well, not as cosmopolitan as all that, but it offers a fine cross-section of food. Whether you’re the adventurous foodie yearning to have a go at local grub, or a sensitive-tummy type who’d rather stick with MacDonald’s- Delhi has it.

Dining in Delhi

Overview

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I’ve spent much of my life in Delhi, and being the food-lover I am, I’ve sampled a lot of the best food Delhi has to offer. Much of it is in the restaurants across Delhi’s five-star hotels, but somehow I think the tastiest food is outside hotels. So this journal dedicates itself to eating cheap and well. That would include sampling some authentic Delhi food: succulent kababs at Karim’s (next to Jama Masjid); chaat (from the chaat-wallah who sits outside the UPSC office on Shahjahan Road); and rich, buttery Mughlai food at Moti Masjid (Malcha Marg). There are other highlights too: the delightfully filling but light and inexpensive South Indian food at Sagar (Defence Colony); lightly sweetened veg...Read More

Barista

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Barista is the Indian equivalent of Starbucks--a cosy, friendly place where you can get great coffee, a few eats, and a warm feeling deep inside--partly the coffee, partly the ambience. Delhi has twenty Barista stores scattered across town, and all of them are clean, extremely popular, and full of people through most of the day. Huge glass windows with the Barista logo--a demitasse with a swirling curl of steam rising above it--allow you to look out on the street from the stores, which have neat, no-frills tables and chairs of golden wood. Smart brown-toned posters advertising coffee ("Coffee breaks: what you do between the times you work") adorn walls, as do soft boards on which guests are invited to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2002

Barista
Various Locations
Delhi, India

The All-American Diner Photo, Delhi, India
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Okay, I’ve mentioned Habitat World earlier (in the Chaat entry) and I’m doing it again, because this place is really very good--affordable, good food, smart interiors, and very helpful staff. So here we go again--the All-American Diner. It stands very much in the centre of the India Habitat Centre, with large glass panes on three sides, looking out across the complex. You enter through a neon-lit door, into a happy-looking (well, that is really the only adjective appropriate enough!) restaurant. The floors are black-and-white tile, the bar stools and chairs are red leather, the tables and bar counter chrome-edged. The coffee machine’s smart, the waiters smiling, the jukebox a genuine, and the walls co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2002

The All-American Diner
Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
Delhi, India
4682222

Flavors of Italy

Restaurant

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More popularly known simply as "Flavors," this delightful trattoria is pure and simple Italian food at its best. A modest-sized room holds a dozen-odd wood and wrought-iron tables: gingham tablecloths, garlic oil, pepper mill, and mustard included. Off to one side is a large refrigerated counter in which sit a range of desserts--tiramisu, caramel custard, cheesecake, and apple pie are fixtures--and all along the walls are framed paintings, posters, and the like depicting everything from the Sicilian countryside to the minor intricacies of Chianti-consuming orgies. The décor changes every few weeks, anyway, so what you’ll see on one visit will probably be vastly different from what you’ll see the next ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 17, 2002

Flavors of Italy
Moolchand Flyover, Ring Road
Delhi, India

Chai on Delhi's Streets

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Delhi, capital that it is, leads the country when it comes to consuming tea- or as it’s known here, chai. Chai turns up in many forms-chilled and clear, with a twist of lime; as fine Darjeeling in bone china; and with everything from vodka to lime cordial. The thoroughbred Delhi way of drinking chai is, however, the way it’s served at countless tea-stalls across the city. Every street, no matter how non-descript, has a local chaiwallah. If he’s small-time, he’ll carry a wire `cage’ with a dozen glass tumblers, along with a large, squat kettle of hot tea. If he’s posh, he’ll have a little stall- with an aluminium counter, a small kerosene-fired stove, and a row of glass jars, filled with eats. T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 24, 2002

Chai on Delhi's Streets
Various Locations
Delhi, India

Kathi Kababs

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`Kathis’ are the ultimate in Delhi snack food- easy to eat, deliciously satisfying, and extremely addictive. It’s not really a Delhi specialty- in fact, I personally think Calcutta’s kathi kababs are, on the whole, better than Delhi’s- but Delhi isn’t way behind either. To elucidate. Kathi kababs can probably best be described as wraps- a large, round piece of bread, thinner and softer than a tortilla, on which an egg is broken, and the whole thing deftly turned onto a red-hot griddle to cook. Once the egg’s done, huge amounts of interesting ingredients- chicken, egg, whatever, but all well-spiced- are piled on. Generous lashings of mint chutney, a hefty squeeze of lime juice, and a good fistfu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 18, 2002

Kathi Kababs
Various Locations
Delhi, India

Chor Bizzare

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Restaurant | "Chor Bizarre"

Chor Bizzare Photo, New Delhi, India
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The Broadway Hotel prides itself on being Delhi’s first high-rise hotel- but before you start imagining a slightly shorter version of the Burj-al-Arab, let me clarify: it’s four storeys high. A small, quaint hotel dancing on the edge between Old and New Delhi, and home to one of the city’s most interesting restaurants: Chor Bizarre. First, an explanation: `Chor Bizarre’ is a pun on the word `chor bazaar’- `thieves’ market’. India has a tradition of local markets- in most major cities- where stolen stuff lands up- antiques, old paintings, even a lot of pretty useless stuff. And Chor Bizarre’s USP is that all its furniture, and almost everything that contributes to its décor, has been bought from...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2002

Chor Bizzare
4/15A, Asf Ali Road at Hotel Broadway
New Delhi 110 002
91 11 43663600

The Great Kabab Factory

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Restaurant

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Kababs- those delectable part-rissole, part-barbecue, largely-ambrosia concoctions which are so much a part of life in old Delhi, are actually best consumed in the many kabab stalls, big and small, which dot the Walled City. With one exception: the nothing-short-of-inspired The Great Kabab Factory . Initially begun as a kababs-only restaurant at the Radisson hotel, The Great Kabab Factory was such a hit that the Radisson opened a second outlet in Noida. The fact that prices here are much lower than what you’d pay at the Radisson- and the kababs are just as good- means that this place draws quite a crowd of kabab-lovers. The Great Kabab Factory has an unfussy décor of dark wood, orange and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2002

The Great Kabab Factory
Connaught Place
Delhi, India
011 4690 9090

Dilli Haat

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Attraction | "Bargaining and Bingeing in Dilli Haat"

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A `haat’ is a traditional Indian bazaar- a typically rural marketplace which (even now) appears about once a week in most villages and country towns. Not a permanent fixture, but just a huge and straggly collection of stalls selling everything from locally woven cloth to agricultural implements, bags of organic fertiliser, and gaudy nylon saris. Dilli Haat, in the heart of New Delhi, is a much more refined haat- almost posh in comparison to its country relatives. A large complex of brick stalls, it spreads out across the road from INA Market, and is one of Delhi’s busiest, brightest places in the evening- and it’s open 365 days a year. The stalls are leased to artisans from across India for 15 ...Read More

Dilli Haat

Delhi, India

Chatting about Chaat

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A ChaatWallah at Work Photo, Delhi, India
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Chandni Chowk, in Old Delhi, is the place to indulge in that extremely addictive culinary tradition known as chaat. And with good reason too--Chandni Chowk was where this unique style of north Indian fast food was born. The story goes that centuries ago, when Chandni Chowk was in its prime, a wide canal known as the "Nahar-e-Bihisht" (the Stream of Paradise) ran through it. The canal provided water for the city of Shahjahanabad, whose inhabitants used it for everything from washing their clothes to preparing the dinner. The Nahar-e-Bihisht was, unfortunately, not quite as paradisal as some would have liked to believe; the court physician, a Hakim Ali, after an inspection of the water, decreed t...Read More