New Delhi Journals

Delhi: A Mixed Bunch of Restaurants

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A travel journal to New Delhi by phileasfogg

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Quote: New restaurants open in Delhi every other day. Here are some reviews of some old ones, and some new kids on the block.

Olive Bar & Kitchen

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Restaurant | "Good Mediterranean food, a great ambience"

Olive Bar & Kitchen Photo, New Delhi, India
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My sister and I happened to first visit Olive to attend a book launch on the terrace above the restaurant—with the snacks and cocktails for the do being provided by the restaurant. I somehow never went to Olive again, but my sister and her husband did, and they liked the food so much that when my brother-in-law’s 45th birthday came around, they decided to take the entire family to lunch at Olive—my husband and I, my parents, a visiting uncle and aunt, my brother-in-laws’ brother and family: 13 of us. A table was booked a day in advance (Olive’s very popular, so reservations are recommended).Olive extends over a fairly large space. From the doorway, you enter a courtyard—with an imposing banyan tree...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 15, 2012

Olive Bar & Kitchen
One Style Mile, 6 Kalkadas Marg, Mehrauli
New Delhi, India
011 2957 4444

Royal China

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Restaurant | "Excellent Chinese food"

Royal China Photo, New Delhi, India
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Chinese is one of the most popular non-Indian cuisines in Delhi—and the variations of this cuisine to be found in the city are many. Roadside vendors sell spicy, tomato-ketchup and chilli-enriched chow mein, and home-grown ‘Indian Chinese’ dishes like chilli paneer or veg Manchurian are a big hit with people who like even ‘foreign’ foods to have familiar flavours. Fortunately for those who do like a certain degree of authenticity, there are restaurants like Royal China.Royal China sits high up on the 16th floor of Eros Corporate Tower, a building that’s otherwise home to corporate offices. It’s right opposite the Nehru Place Metro station, so is very easily accessible even if you don’...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 15, 2012

Royal China
16th Floor, Eros, Corporate Tower, Nehru Place
New Delhi, India 110048

Chili's Bar and Grill

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Restaurant | "Inexplicably and undeservedly popular"

Chili's Bar and Grill Photo, New Delhi, India
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Looking at the jam-packed tables at this restaurant on weekends or holidays, you’d think it was really quite awesome. We thought so, too, the first time we visited, about a year back. Chilis hadn’t been around long, and one look at its menu—dominated by Tex-Mex, and sounding pretty tempting—made us decide to eat here. I didn’t review Chilis back then, but I do remember that the steaks lacked seasoning to the extent that we had to ask for sauce; and the sweet potato fries were soggy and greasy.We put that down to teething troubles, and decided to give Chilis another chance. Surely they’d have got their act together by now? And, looking through the glass walls into the cheerful interiors (red-and-whi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 15, 2012

Chili's Bar and Grill
Ambience Mall, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj
New Delhi, India

Tres

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Restaurant | "Good food, and not overpriced"

Tres Photo, New Delhi, India
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We’d been hearing good things about Tres from friends and family who’d eaten there, but every time we tried to book a table (admittedly, always on the weekend, and always just about an hour before we intended to visit), we were told regretfully that no tables were available. This time, thankfully, we were invited—my sister and brother-in-law were entertaining some friends from out of town, and asked us to come along too. And they’d booked well in advance, so despite the fact that there were nine of us, we got a table.The décor here is elegant in an unpretentious way: wood panelling, dark floors, comfortable chairs and sofas, and an interesting back-lit ceiling of patterned etched glass which throws...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 15, 2012

Tres
17, Main Market, Lodhi Colony
New Delhi, India
011 24625520

Fresc Co Restaurante

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Restaurant | "Good savoury dishes, iffy desserts"

Fresc Co Restaurante Photo, New Delhi, India
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Lite Bite Foods is an Indian food chain that runs a range of restaurants and eateries across India. Some outlets—like Zambar, which serves South Indian food—are homegrown; others, like Subway, are international franchises. Fresc Co, which was first started in Barcelona and now has restaurants in Madrid, Lisbon and Rome (besides Delhi, of course), is in India as a Lite Bite Foods enterprise.We’d first dined at Fresc Co shortly after it opened at the Ambience Mall, and had been pretty happy with the food. Now, about a year later, we decided it was time to go back and see if they were as good as before....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2012

Fresc Co Restaurante
3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj
New Delhi, India
011-40870100

Spaghetti Kitchen and Bar

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Restaurant | "The reboot of a formerly spiffy restaurant"

Spaghetti Kitchen and Bar Photo, New Delhi, India
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I’d reviewed Spaghetti Kitchen a couple of years ago on IgoUgo. Back then, this was a fairly fancy restaurant, all glass and gleaming white linen and a definitely plush air to it.Much water seems to have passed under the bridge ever since, and it must’ve dawned on the management of Spaghetti Kitchen that a lot of the clientele that comes to Select CityWalk Mall isn’t particularly keen on shelling out hefty sums of money for dishes they can’t even pronounce. So, about a year back, they began doing a revamp. The restaurant space was divided into two, and part of it was converted into ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 15, 2012

Spaghetti Kitchen and Bar
2nd Floor, Select Citywalk Mall
Saket, New Delhi, India
+91 (11) 42658430

Yo! China

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Restaurant | "‘No China’ is probably closer to the truth"

Yo! China Photo, New Delhi, India
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Yo! China is the name of a fairly popular (among the not very fastidious) Chinese takeaway chain in Delhi. Their menus are very basic: noodles, veggie or chicken stir-fries, and a few similar dishes. Stuff that isn’t fancy, is easily recognisable to most Indians (whose idea of Chinese is ‘Indian Chinese’), and is cheap. After trying out their food—and deciding we didn’t like it—we gave up on Yo! China.Since then, they’ve opened sit-down outlets in places, they’ve expanded their menus, and now, finally, we discovered they’d opened a ‘café’ at one of the malls we sometimes shop at. The menu, written in chalk on a large blackboard at the entrance,...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 18, 2012

Yo! China
307-308, 2nd Floor, DLF Mall
Saket, New Delhi 500082
011-40515399

Nando's

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Restaurant | "Better than we’d expected - but not great"

Caramel cheesecake at Nando's Photo, New Delhi, India
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A South African-owned and –managed restaurant chain specialising in Portuguese food (well, so to say), Nando’s has only recently arrived in India. It has a store each in five Indian cities, and the one in Delhi is at the DLF Promenade Mall in Vasant Kunj. On the day it opened, a few weeks back, we happened to be in the mall, and seeing large ‘Open Now!’ signs, decided to go and have lunch there. Only to discover that there was a long queue outside (even though the restaurant itself had plenty of vacant tables—we could see that through the plate glass windows). "At least half an hour," said the manager, who was at the desk outside the restaurant. Well, could we reserve a table and come back later? N...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 29, 2012