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Delhi Restaurants: Familiar Names, Familiar Faces

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A travel journal to New Delhi by phileasfogg

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Quote: Over the years I’ve lived in Delhi, I’ve had many foreign friends come visiting. Most want to confine themselves to Indian food. Some—staying long—begin to yearn for familiar foods, and familiar names. Here are some reviews of the Delhi outlets of a few well-known chains.

Multinational Eateries in Delhi

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Till well into the 90s, Delhi wasn’t a very happening place when it came to non-Indian food. True, fancy five-star hotels did have good restaurants that served everything from French haute cuisine to the "best dimsums outside Hong Kong" (as a Chinese-born friend of mine once described them). But if you wanted to eat burgers or a pizza, you had no option but to go to the local Nirula’s. If you wanted ice cream, it was again Nirula’s (which still makes fantastic ice cream). If you craved doughnuts, you made them at home.Then, sometime in the early 90s, economic reforms aimed at the globalization of the Indian economy slowly began to open the country up to food companies from abroad. Suddenly, importe...Read More

Cinnabon

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Restaurant | "Sugar cravings satisfied!"

Cinnabon Photo, New Delhi, India
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Cinnabon has been around in Delhi for several years now, and has been through various ups and downs. It began by focusing almost solely on what it’s known for outside India: cinnamon rolls. Cinnamon rolls with pecans, with caramel sauce, with cream cheese frosting, etc. Also available were a limited range of Cinnabon’s classic cold beverages.Somebody obviously hadn’t done their homework too well, because a lot of Indians like to have hot drinks with cake (or doughnuts, or cinnamon rolls, as the case may be). In addition, a lot of Indians like a one-stop shop where you can get a full meal: a main course (even if it’s just a burger or a sandwich), followed by a dessert and a hot drink. So, a c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 12, 2013

Cinnabon
Gfk5a, Ground Floor, Dlf Place Mall, Nelson Mandela Road, Saket
New Delhi
011-40503653

Dunkin' Donuts & More

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Restaurant | "Donuts, burgers, and more"

Dunkin' Donuts & More Photo, New Delhi, India
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Dunkin’ Donuts arrived in India with one important change made: in this country, to cater to a crowd that likes to eat a full meal—not merely doughnuts with coffee—at a café, the chain is known as Dunkin’ Donuts & More. So, while the stores in the US do serve sandwiches, wraps, croissants, etc, Dunkin’ Donuts in India makes a big deal out of it.We’d eaten a couple of donuts at one of the first Dunkin’ Donuts stores to open in Delhi, shortly after it had opened. The donuts didn’t appeal to us much—they were, in both mine and my husband’s opinion—far too sugary. Now, about a year later, because I wanted to do a full-fledged review of the place, we decided we’d give it another try. A...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 12, 2013

Dunkin' Donuts & More
Epicuria Mall, Under Nehru Place Metro Station, Nehru Place
New Delhi

KFC

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Restaurant | "Very dependable chicken - and more"

KFC Photo, New Delhi, India
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KFC in India had a pretty rocky start. Even though they opened their first store back in 1995, it wasn’t till 2004 that the chain really began to expand. In fact, between 1995 and 1999, KFC actually abandoned its India operations: it was facing too much flak from activists accusing the chain of everything from frying its chicken in pork fat, to consumerism, loss of Indian economic self-sufficiency, environmental degradation, and more.Thankfully for thousands of chicken-loving Delhiites (and, yes; non-vegetarian Delhiites invariably love their chicken!) KFC reopened in India in 1999, and has been expanding ever since. There are a number of stores—most of them pretty large, with takeaway as well as d...Read More

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KFC
gr-2b, back wing, Select Citywalk Mall
New Delhi
011 4053 4530

TGI Friday's

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Restaurant | "Great desserts, but somewhat disappointing"

TGI Friday's Photo, New Delhi, India
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TGI Friday’s was one of the first multinational chain restaurants to open in Delhi—a Delhi outlet opened in 1996 in Vasant Vihar. That particular store has long since shut down, but I’d visited it, years ago, and had unpleasant memories of it: a nasi goring that had a hair in it; a chimichanga which made my lips burn; and a chicken dish that sent my digestive system haywire for a few days.Many years have passed since then, and my husband and I decided we’d perhaps been merely unlucky. Things may have improved now, especially since there’s stiff competition. So we popped in for lunch at the TGI Friday’s in one of the malls at Vasant Kunj. This is a large restaurant, centred around a very busy bar (b...Read More

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TGI Friday's
2nd Floor, Dlf Promenade Mall, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj
New Delhi
011-46060956

Starbucks

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Restaurant | "When the decor is the only good thing..."

Starbucks Photo, New Delhi, India
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…you know you should stay away from a restaurant.I have visited Starbucks in several countries around the world, and have had very varied experiences. In Chicago, I had a middling coffee; in London, a much better cappuccino, with a fabulous muffin. In Singapore, very good coffee and cakes, and the most heavenly green tea lamingtons in Beijing. Naturally, from what I’d experienced, I wasn’t sure what Starbucks, when they finally arrived in Delhi, would be like.Starbucks has been in Delhi for a few months now, and the euphoria has apparently not died down among its fans; every time we’ve thought of checking them out, we’ve come up against jam-packed stores, with no room to sit. So, when the ne...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 12, 2013

Starbucks
Epicuria Food Mall, Under Nehru Place Metro Station, Nehru Place
New Delhi

Haagen Dazs

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Restaurant | "Great ice creams and ice cream desserts"

Haagen Dazs Photo, New Delhi, India
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Before Häagen-Dazs arrived in India, one major highlight of any trip abroad—to a place that had Häagen-Dazs outlets—would be to treat ourselves to their ice creams. My husband and I, and much of the extended clan—my sister, her husband and children—are die-hard Häagen-Dazs fans. So there was much cause for celebration when a Häagen-Dazs store opened in Select CityWalk Mall, on the ground floor.This is a plush outlet, with wooden floors, faux leather upholstery: a far cry from the usual ice cream parlour in India (which, even when it’s more than just a cart, almost never offers steel cutlery and china and depends upon disposables). Although we’ve been here several times earlier (and always enjoyed i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2013

Haagen Dazs
32-36, Ground Floor, Select Citywalk Mall, Saket
New Delhi
011-49535567

Hard Rock Cafe

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Restaurant | "Rocks, but to differing degrees"

Hard Rock Cafe Photo, New Delhi, India
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I’m not a rock person. Some songs appeal to me—but they’re almost invariably soft rock. My husband is in the same boat. Neither of us, therefore, had ever been to the Hard Rock Café, despite the fact that it’s been open for several years now in Delhi. And despite the fact that it’s hard to miss—the giant guitar standing tall on the grounds in front of the mall make it very prominent indeed.Then, my teenaged niece, invited for a friend’s birthday do at Hard Rock Café (and my niece isn’t a fan of hard rock, either) said she liked the food. So the next time we happened to be in DLF Place Mall, we thought we’d give it a try.Hard Rock Café is approached, down a flight of wide stairs which lead to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2013

Hard Rock Cafe
1st Floor, Multiplex Building, Dlf Place Mall, Saket
New Delhi
011 4715 8888