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The Many Flavours of Hauz Khas Village

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A travel journal to New Delhi by phileasfogg

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Quote: Hauz Khas Village is named for the medieval ‘Hauz Khas’ (literally, ‘royal pool’) that sits at its centre. For several decades now, Hauz Khas Village has been a place for designer boutiques, swish shops, art galleries – and restaurants by the dozen. Here are some of them.

A note about Hauz Khas Village

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The Hauz Khas Photo, New Delhi, India
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In the early 14th century, the Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khalji constructed a walled city that he named Siri. Siri’s fortifications (some of which can still be seen, and lend their name to the area known as Siri Fort) were built mainly to keep out Timur and his invading armies. To provide water to the large settlement of Siri, Alauddin Khalji got a huge watertank created. This, named after the Sultan, was called the Hauz-e-Alai (‘hauz’ meaning ‘tank’ or ‘pool’).As the decades passed by, the capital shifted (Delhi’s Sultans were notorious for creating new cities, often with each successive ruler building his own fortified city as a means of demonstrating his sovereignty). The population of Siri t...Read More

Masha

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Restaurant | "Turkish food – and a stunning view"

Masha Photo, New Delhi, India
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Masha opened around June 2012, but we didn’t hear of it – despite frequent visits to Hauz Khas Village – till well into August. Part of the reason, probably, is that it’s a little further into the village than a lot of the other eateries here. Another reason is that Masha is tucked away inside, off the main lane. True, there is a prominent sign in the main lane, but it gives no indication that this is a restaurant we’re talking about. ‘Masha’, after all, could be anything.Fortunately, a friend (with whom we had a lunch date) knew about this – and had even eaten here earlier in the week, and had liked Masha enough to want to go back and try it for the second time in one week. So, led by him, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 20, 2012

Masha
9a, 1st Floor, Hauz Khas Village
New Delhi, India

Cafe 2 2 Tango

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Restaurant | "Latin American? Not really, but good"

Cafe 2 2 Tango Photo, New Delhi, India
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Bhuvnesh Khanna, the chef and owner of Café 2 2 Tango, told us that he’d worked 14 years in the US before he returned to India and decided to set up a restaurant. His first restaurant was a failure, because he tried to set up a pub in a university (totally unaware that Indian laws do not allow liquor to be sold within 100 metres of an educational institute!). Café 2 2 Tango is his second venture. It was set up in early 2012, and seems to be pretty popular. We heard about it on Facebook (where the restaurant has a page), and decided we wanted to go check it out.Café 2 2 Tango sits on the first floor; there’s no lift, but at least we didn’t have to climb an endless staircase. Inside, it’s small: I co...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 20, 2012

Cafe 2 2 Tango
13b, Hauz Khas Village
New Delhi, India

Naivedyam

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Restaurant | "Udupi style South Indian food"

Naivedyam Photo, New Delhi, India
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Udupi is a town in the south Indian state of Karnataka, and has been for many years almost synonymous with a certain type of cuisine: vegetarian South Indian ‘fast food’. The curries, vegetable stuffings, chutneys, etc are cooked in advance, but the dosas, utthapams, vadas etc are made to order—in a couple of minutes each, usually. It’s tart, sometimes spicy, sometimes mild food that carries the flavours of the south: coconut, tamarind, mustard seeds, curry leaves. Very addictive!You’ll find ‘Udupi style restaurants’ ranging from takeaways to fine dining all across Delhi. Naivedyam, in Hauz Khas Village, happens to be not just one of Hauz Khas Village’s oldest restaurants, but also one of th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 20, 2012

Naivedyam
1, Hauz Khas Village
New Delhi, India 110016
+91 11 2653 6045

Zo

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Restaurant | "Not out of this world, but not bad"

Zo Photo, New Delhi, India
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We’d read so many rave reviews of Zo that we decided one day that it was high time we checked it out for ourselves. This restaurant calls itself a ‘Mediterranean’ one, and it’s probably the best way to describe the cuisine here: it’s very eclectic. The food ranges from Moroccan to Italian, to Spanish—and just about everything in between, it seems. There’s also blueberry cheesecake, just in case you can’t be bothered with trying an interesting Mediterranean dessert.Anyway, to begin with: the place. This one lies behind Naivedyam (both restaurants share the same address; to get to Zo, keep walking down the narrow alley past Naivedyam). Keep a sharp eye on your left, because the only sign Zo ha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 20, 2012

Zo
1, Hauz Khas Village
New Delhi, India
9911185007

Diva Piccola

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Restaurant | "Tried and tested Italian food"

Diva Piccola Photo, New Delhi, India
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Diva is one of a series of restaurants—mostly specialising in Italia food—owned and operated by one of India’s celebrity chefs, Ritu Dalmia. Diva, the flagship restaurant in Greater Kailash Part-II, is large, and with an extensive, fairly fancy menu. Diva Café, in Greater Kailash Part-I, is smaller and more cosy. Latitude, in Khan Market, is more eclectic: there is some great Italian food here, but there are also Oriental dishes, and Indian ones. We love Diva, Diva Café and Latitude. Therefore, when we heard that Ms Dalmia had opened yet another in the Diva series—in Hauz Khas Village this ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2012

Diva Piccola
30, Hauz Khas Village
New Delhi, India
011-40536001

Gelato Roma

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Restaurant | "Great Italian gelato? Not quite"

Gelato Roma Photo, New Delhi, India
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A few years ago, my husband and I visited Rome—and fell in love with gelati. We loved the gelati we had in Rome so much that we had it every day, at least twice a day, during our stay in the city. And, ever since, though we’ve not been able to return to Rome, we’ve continued our quest for gelati as good as the Roman version—and have never been able to find anything that could hold a candle to what we’d loved back then.Therefore, when a friend mentioned that an Italian had made Hauz Khas Village the location for a small motor-van gelati counter, we were intrigued. More so, when we discovered the name ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 20, 2012

Gelato Roma
Stationed Outside Dda Parking Lot, Hauz Khas Village
New Delhi, India

Gunpowder

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Restaurant | "Great View, Even Better Food"

Gunpowder Photo, New Delhi, India
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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

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

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

The Golconda Bowl

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Restaurant | "Heavenly Haleem - and More"

The Golconda Bowl Photo, New Delhi, India
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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

Tarami

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Restaurant | "Not just gushtaba and rista"

Tarami Photo, New Delhi, India
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A tarami is a large platter, made out of beaten metal (traditionally silver) which is used as a giant dinner plate at Kashmiri feasts—each tarami is shared by four people. A tarami is so symbolic of the Kashmiri wazwaan that as soon as I discovered a restaurant called Tarami had opened in Hauz Khas Village, I began dropping hints about trying out the food there.This weekend, therefore, we decided to have lunch at Tarami. The restaurant is tucked away towards the end of the main road o the village—in fact, the gateway leading into the historica...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2012

Tarami
1st Floor, Power Gym Building, 30, Hauz Khas Village
New Delhi, India
011-40591823

Edward's Sandwich Bar, Deli and Artisanal Shop

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Restaurant | "Really good sandwiches"

Edward's Sandwich Bar, Deli and Artisanal Shop Photo, New Delhi, India
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Till some years back, Delhi had a single outlet of O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar, and it was a great favourite of mine—they served wonderful sandwiches, and it was the perfect place for a light (or not-so-light!) meal. Then O’Brien’s inexplicably shut down, and we were left with no sandwich specialty store. True, most coffee shops and cafés do serve sandwiches, but sandwiches are invariably just one of the items on an extensive menu, often pre-made and uninspired.Therefore, when someone mentioned a couple of days back that the owner of Elma’s had opened a sandwich bar, I was really chuffed. When Saturd...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2013

Edward's Sandwich Bar, Deli and Artisanal Shop
24/1, Ground Floor, Hauz Khas Village
New Delhi, India 110016
011-26562434