New Delhi Journals

Getting Your Spice Fix in Delhi

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A travel journal to New Delhi by phileasfogg

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Quote: The true lover of spice isn’t satisfied by chicken tikka masala. That’s passé. What really shakes up the most jaded of palates is stuff like vindalho or xacuti, pandhi curry or sorpotel. A circuit of some restaurants that serve Delhi’s spiciest food.

Zambar

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Restaurant | "Saambaar with a Twist"

Zambar Photo, New Delhi, India
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Saambaar, the tart, soupy, lentil-and-vegetable curry that’s almost synonymous with South Indian food, is the last thing we wanted to eat when we visited Zambar (the name, incidentally, is a play on saambaar). Saambaar you get just about everywhere in Delhi, even in pokey dosa-idli-vada joints. But Zambar specialises in ‘coastal food’, and we’d decided, after just a cursory glance at their menu, that we’d concentrate on the seafood.Zambar is a moderate-sized restaurant, with a lot of the fairly clichéd trappings of a South Indian joint: carved wood pillars; a gleaming brass lamp on the floor, one half of the room covered with a curved ‘ceiling’ of coconut matting,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 9, 2012

Zambar
3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant New Delhi, India
91 7838902902

Gunpowder

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Restaurant | "Great View, Even Better Food"

Gunpowder Photo, New Delhi, India
Quote:
South Indian food is very popular in Delhi. Restaurants selling dosas, idlis, vadas, upma, utthapams and the like are a dime a dozen. It’s fantastic food, light and delicious and often not very spicy, a good thing for those who’re either vegetarian or don’t like too much spice, or both.But all South Indians are not vegetarians (how could they be? All those miles of seafood-rich coastal waters?), and many of them are not strict Brahmins to whom meat would be taboo. There are Syrian Christians, who love their beef curry; or Moplah Muslims, who make delicious prawn biryanis – or even Hindu communities, like the Chettiyars who revel in delicious fried chicken and seafood curries. So, wher...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Gunpowder
22, Hauz Khas Village, 3rd Floor
New Delhi
011-2653 5700

The Golconda Bowl

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Restaurant | "Heavenly Haleem - and More"

The Golconda Bowl Photo, New Delhi, India
Quote:
I have to admit to a love for Hyderabadi food – those gorgeously nutty, spicy sauces and gravies, those meat-rich biryanis, those fabulous pairings of meat and veggies and lots of spice. Unfortunately, good places to eat Hyderabadi food in Delhi are non-existent. Or have been so far. When we saw a signboard ‘Coming soon: The Golconda Bowl’ on our last trip to Hauz Khas Village, we decided we were going to try it out as soon as it opened (Golconda is almost synonymous with Hyderabad).The Golconda Bowl is on the ground floor of the same building that houses Gunpowder: Gunpowder sits on t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

The Golconda Bowl
22, Hauz Khas Village
New Delhi

Spice Market

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Restaurant | "Spice - and Not Nice"

Spice Market Photo, New Delhi, India
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Can something be ‘too spicy’? Even for a lover of spice (as I am), there can be a limit. And that happens when a dish is dominated by spice; when instead of defining the flavours of the dish, the spices it contains drown out everything else.We first discovered Spice Market – it stands right behind Select Citywalk Mall (you can walk right through the mall, in the front door and out the back, near the KFC outlet, and a brief walk to the right will bring you to Spice Market). Back then, we’d wanted to eat here, but as it happened, we were in a hurry, and were told by a regretful captain at the door that the restaurant would open for dinner in half an hour’s time. This time, many months later, we sudde...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Spice Market
GF-18, D2, Southern Park, Saket District Centre
New Delhi
919958453636

Spice Water Trail

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Restaurant | "Finger-lickin’ Good South Indian Food"

Spice Water Trail Photo, New Delhi, India
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We hadn’t heard of Spice Water Trail – which has been around for the past six months – until we noticed a small and unobtrusive ad in our local newspaper. It immediately made us curious. Curious enough to go searching for the restaurant, which is pretty much in centre of the extremely popular M-Block GK-I market (it’s near Pizza Hut – Spice Water Trail has a large signboard in pale orange, with the name of the restaurant written across it in black. Easy to spot).The restaurant is on the first floor (beware: only a staircase leads up; there’s no elevator or escalator). Inside, a large bar counter faces the doorway. The rest of the hall is cream-painted, with a row of beautifully carved traditional S...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Spice Water Trail
26 (1st Floor), M-block Market, Greater Kailash-1
New Delhi

Souza Lobo Delhi

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Restaurant | "Going Goan"

Souza Lobo Delhi Photo, New Delhi, India
Quote:
Goan food is one of those cuisines that have been unfairly neglected in Delhi for a long while – despite the fact that Goa, with its beaches and palm trees and abundant seafood, has long appealed to Delhiites as a popular tourist destination. Even though I’m not Goan, as children we used to occasionally eat Goan food at home: pork vindalho (a spicy curry, served with rice), or balchao, pickled prawns.This time, fortunately, when the craving for ‘Goan’ kicked in, we had someplace to go: Souza Lobo. Souza Lobo opened a year back in Delhi’s Greater Kailash Part – II, M-Block Market. We’d been to the original ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Souza Lobo Delhi
M-51, 1st Floor, M-block Market, Greater Kailash-2
New Delhi
011-46106838