New Delhi Journals

Delhi Restaurants: Expat Hangouts

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A travel journal to New Delhi by phileasfogg

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Quote: Over the past decade or so, the number of expats in Delhi has boomed. Thankfully, expats who prefer familiar food now have options available. A few reviews of some restaurants that are almost exclusively expat haunts because they offer good, authentic cuisine, not ‘Indianised’ versions.

L'Opera French Bakery

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Restaurant | "The best bakery in town"

L'Opera French Bakery Photo, New Delhi, India
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The first thing I heard about L’Opéra was that its macarons were for Rs 160 each. (No, they’re not, actually; they’re Rs 135 each). "One teensy-weensy macaron for that much? I’d not patronise a place as expensive as that!" said my brother-in-law (to be fair, he was treated to a macaron by a colleague, and did admit that it was very good).So, my husband and I weren’t really meaning to pop into L’Opéra and stuff ourselves on baked goods, no matter how good. There’s only so much we’re willing to shell out for a macaron or a tart, or whatever. But this last weekend, we happened to be at the DLF Promenade Mall, and there was L’Opéra. This is a small outlet—there’s an L-shaped display counter, a very na...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2012

L'Opera French Bakery
2nd Floor, DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj
New Delhi, India

Chez Nini

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Restaurant | "An introduction to French-Canadian food"

Chez Nini Photo, New Delhi, India
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I will begin by saying that I’m really not acquainted with French-Canadian food. I’ve never eaten it, and I’ve never been to Canada. The lady who owns Chez Nini, however, hails from Montreal (or so I’d read in the local newspaper), and the restaurant was being touted as Delhi’s first French-Canadian eatery. My husband and I are keen foodies (and open to ‘discovering’ cuisines), so we decided to go check it out.First things first: the décor is very nice. Smart, with lots of natural light streaming in through the almost floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides. With sunlight filtering through the blinds, and efficient air-conditioning in the room, we almost didn’t feel we were in summertime Delhi. This ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 18, 2012

Chez Nini
79-80, Mehar Chand Market, Lodhi Colony
New Delhi, India
011-49050665

Yeti The Himalayan Kitchen

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Restaurant | "Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan - and more"

Yeti The Himalayan Kitchen Photo, New Delhi, India
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When it comes to expats, one of Delhi’s more visible populations is that of Tibetans and Nepalis: as students, monk, employees in everything from corporate offices to roadside eateries, etc. While Nepali food hasn’t been particularly well-known in Delhi (I think most non-Nepali Delhiites, even foodies, would be unable to name a single Nepali dish), Tibetan food isn’t unknown. But what is known about Tibetan food are two main dishes: momos (steamed or fried dimsums, stuffed with minced chicken, pork or vegetables); and thukpa, a hearty soup loaded with noodles, veggies, and meat. Both have been served up (and been hugely popular) in makeshift stalls across the city for decades now, with Y...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 18, 2012

Yeti The Himalayan Kitchen
50A, 2nd Floor, Hauz Khas Village
New Delhi, India
011-40678649

Gung The Palace

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Restaurant | "Delhi's favourite Korean restaurant"

Gung The Palace Photo, New Delhi, India
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Chinese cuisine has been a favourite in Delhi for several decades now. A little newer was Malaysian, Thai and Indonesian food (and that too just the best-known dishes). Sushi began coming into vogue even more recently. But Korean? We used to sometimes come across a Korean restaurant while visiting one of our favourite Chinese eateries (Oriental Bloom, in Ansal Plaza), but whenever I suggested we try a Korean meal, my husband would refuse. Too unfamiliar, and the restaurant was empty all the time.Well, Gung – The Palace opened in Delhi a couple of years ago, and after a friend recommended it highly (and I’d done some persuading), my husband agreed. He’s now going about recommending it to ever...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2012

Gung The Palace
D-1B Aurobindo Marg, Green Park
New Delhi, India
+91 11 4608-2663

Elma's Bakery and Tea Room

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Restaurant | "Teatime was never so good"

Elma's Bakery and Tea Room Photo, New Delhi, India
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Friends had been recommending Elma’s to us ever since it opened a few months back, so my husband and I finally decided to go and check it out. "It’s a tea room," my sister, her husband and their children had told us. "High tea and cream teas—but they’re so huge, you may not be able to fit in dinner afterwards."So we decided to approach it the other way: since Elma’s opens at 10 AM, we decided we’d do a relaxed Sunday brunch here.To get to Elma’s, you walk down the lane to Hauz Khas Village and take a sharp U-turn to the right after you’ve passed Kafe D’Or. Walk down the narrow lane here, keeping an eye out on your left; near the end of the lane is a small sign—lettering on a black background...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2012

Elma's Bakery and Tea Room
24/1, Middle Lane, Hauz Khas Village
New Delhi, India
011-26521020

Rara Avis

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Restaurant | "Some teething troubles, but worth it"

Rara Avis Photo, New Delhi, India
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Rara Avis, by Jerome & Laurent, is the name on the signboard on the ground floor outside this restaurant. Beside that simple name is a print of a rare bird indeed—or, rather, a combination of living creatures: a peacock’s tail; the forequarters of a horse; and the head of a lion. It’s intriguing, and gave us the immediate impression of a place that would be cheerily unpretentious. Up we went—Rara Avis is up three flights of stairs (thankfully, there’s a very old-fashioned lift that you need to draw creakily closed)—and into the restaurant. And sure enough, this is a French restaurant with a comfortable, friendly feel to it. The chairs are a mix of bronzy metallic ones, upholstered wo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 18, 2012

Rara Avis
M-27, 2nd Floor, M-Block Market
New Delhi, India
11-41085544

Izakaya Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Japanese food, blessedly Japanese"

Izakaya Restaurant Photo, New Delhi, India
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If you’re wondering what the title of this review means: it harks back to when I was a child, and tasted sukiyaki for the first time. It wasn’t bad, but thinking back, I can’t help but realise that it was probably a somewhat ‘Indian’ version of what sukiyaki is supposed to be. Unlike that long-ago restaurant, Izakaya serves actual Japanese food.My husband and I visited Izakaya by chance. We’d been planning to eat at another restaurant, discovered that it had shut down, and decided that Izakaya—which was right next door—might be worth trying. The menu sounded good, so we went right in, greeted by a courteous and sweet hostess. The restaurant’s name, emblazoned in black calligraphy on a white ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2012

Izakaya Restaurant
317, 2nd Floor, DLF Promenade Mall
Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110070
011 46656317