New Delhi Journals

Smartish yet Affordable Indian Restaurants in Delhi

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A travel journal to New Delhi by phileasfogg

Sagar Ratna at Ashok Hotel Photo, New Delhi, India More Photos
Quote: The problem with Indian dining in Delhi is that the best food is either in prohibitively expensive fine dining restaurants, or in none-too-hygienic street stalls. The good news? There are a few places that are fairly smart, clean, affordable—and serve great Indian food.

Sagar Ratna at Ashok Hotel

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Restaurant | "Standard—but excellent—South Indian food"

Sagar Ratna at Ashok Hotel Photo, New Delhi, India
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Someone was remarking to me the other day that the Tamilians first invented fast food in India. After a little thought, I had to agree: Tamilnadu, one of the four southern states in India, does indeed have some delicious ‘fast’ food to offer. The wide range of dosas, idlis, vadas, utthapams etc that are served up in the numerous ‘canteens’ (informal budget eateries) that dot the state is food you don’t need to wait ages for. It’s served up in usually no more than five minutes, and even better, it’s filling, cheap, and healthy.Across North India, probably the best-known chain of South Indian ‘canteen-food’ restaurants is Sagar Ratna. Sagar Ratna has a large number of only-vegetarian ou...Read More

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Sagar Ratna at Ashok Hotel
50b Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi
011 26110101

Flaming Chili Pepper

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Restaurant | "Lunching off Delhi’s best dal makhani and garlic naan"

Flaming Chili Pepper Photo, New Delhi, India
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Should one recommend a restaurant on the basis of just a couple of dishes that they do really well? If those dishes are enough for a full meal, I guess so. So, the three things on the Flaming Chilli Pepper menu that you must have: dal makhani, murg malai tikka, and garlic naan. Order just these, with perhaps a green salad (read sliced onions, tomatoes, carrots, and perhaps a wedge of lime), and you can be sure of a good meal.We’ve been visiting this restaurant over the past couple of years, since when it first set up shop, calling itself Flaming Mustard. It changed its name to Flaming Chilli Pepper sometime in 2010. The restaurant stands opposite the Fortis Flight Lieute...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 28, 2011

Flaming Chili Pepper
Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, Opp. Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj
New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi 110070

Kaustubh

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Restaurant | "Unusual South Indian vegetarian food"

Kaustubh Photo, Delhi, India
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Delhi has more than its fair share of South Indian eateries. Most of them restrict themselves to predictable fare: dosas and utthappams (types of thin rice-flour pancakes, often filled or topped with a savoury stuffing of potatoes or other vegetables), idlis (steamed rice flour dumplings), vadas (fritters), and the like. Some do the lovely rice preparations Southern India is known for: tomato rice, tamarind rice, lemon rice, coconut rice, etc. If you’re willing to splurge and eat some unusual dishes from the deep south (including non-vegetarian food, which most South Indian restaurants in Delhi steer clear of) you could go to a posh eatery in a luxury hotel—like Dakshin, at...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 28, 2011

Kaustubh
No. 304, 3rd Floor, The Great India Place Mall, Sector 38a, Noida
Delhi, India
0120-4330559

Rajdhani

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Restaurant | "Vegetarian food, simple and good"

Rajdhani Photo, Delhi, India
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Contrary to what a lot of Westerners seem to imagine, a large proportion of India’s population isn’t vegetarian. Lamb, chicken and seafood (and in some areas, even beef or pork) are popular. But if it’s vegetarian food you want, it’s hard to go wrong with Gujarati food. Food from the Western state of Gujarat is completely vegetarian (if you don’t take into account the cuisine of the Parsi community in Gujarat). In fact, most Gujarati food also adheres to the very strict Hindu norms of not even containing onions or garlic, which are supposed to give rise to ‘bad humours’ in the body. And the best place to eat Gujarati food in Delhi is the superb Rajdhani. Rajdhani has one outlet in the heart of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 28, 2011

Rajdhani
3rd Floor, The Great India Place Mall, Sector 38a, Noida
Delhi, India
0091-0120-6488933

Not Just Parathas

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Restaurant | "Delhi’s best parathas "

Not Just Parathas Photo, New Delhi, India
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A paratha or parantha is an Indian bread, usually fried on a griddle. In its most basic form, it’s made from a flour-and-water dough, rolled into a thin disc and sprinkled over with oil. Variations include painstakingly folding and refolding the disc until it has lots of layers (like puff pastry), each generously brushed with oil; or—and this is what I like best—stuffing the paratha with various lightly spiced ingredients. These can range from the fairly mundane (mashed potatoes with salt, chopped onions, coriander and green chillies) to the exotic (minced chicken or mutton cooked with spices) and plenty in between.In Delhi, the best-known place for parathas is the area ...Read More

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Not Just Parathas
M-84, Greater Kailash Part 2, Main M Block Market
New Delhi, India
011-29223366