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By admin | February 22 2007
In a country with an abundance of spice and aromas, Delhi offers some of the world’s most renowned flavors.
Not only does the elite traveler have such variety of choice in this capital city, it also boasts many restaurants favored by world leaders.
Style / ambiance: This original renaissancestyle banquet hall is now a fine dining room at Rambagh Palace, offering a selection of food from the royal kitchens of India.
At Suvarna Mahal, the hotel’s grand dining hall, culinary masters have carefully studied the cuisines of the royal houses of India to bring diners an exotic array of dishes. High ceilings, gilded mirrors and Florentine frescoes provide an ambient evening of fine dining for every elite traveler.
Saji Thachery, F&B Manager
91 14 1221 1919
Rambagh Palace,Bhawani Singh Road, Jaipur, 302005
Style / ambiance: Grander and more majestic than ever, the recently renovated Dum Pukht continues its legacy of Awadhi cuisine.
The interior is suggestive of a bygone age, evoking a sense of old-world charm. The ornamental chandeliers add to the grand setting, a fitting backdrop for serving the 200-year old cuisine of the Awadhi Nawabs. Dum pukht is a process of cooking by steam, where the ingredients are literally cooked in their own juices to bring out true aromatic flavors. The heritage thus continues with a regal spread of sumptuous fare served by courses. Preparations like motia pulao rehmani, murgh chandi tikka, dum pukht badin jaan and shahi nehari are served with a variety of breads traditionally prepared in the tandoor in great presentation. As the grand finale of a lavish meal, desserts garnished with the finest gossamer of gold and silver add the ultimate crowning touch. The restaurant offers not just a stint with royal cuisine, but a heavenly experience that gratifies one’s appetite and senses alike. A massive hit among famous visitors, celebrities who have eaten here include numerous Bollywood stars as well as the president of Singapore.
Gulam M Qureshi, Chef
91 11 2611 2233
ITC Maurya, Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, Delhi, 110021
Cuisine: South-East Asian
Style / ambiance: The Spice Route at the Imperial Hotel reflects the journey of spices from the Malabar Coast in Kerala through to Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, and from Indonesia to Thailand and Vietnam.
The restaurant, which was seven years in the making, is completely hand painted with vegetable and flower dyes by mural painters brought in especially from a temple in Kerala’s Guruvayur. Designed on the principles of feng shui, The Spice Route is a treasure trove of antiques and is divided into nine different sections, each depicting part of the journey of life. Besides the stunning decor, The Spice Route boasts a menu that will hook the taste buds of even the most seasoned food connoisseur. Orchestrated with passion by the chef, Veena Arora, the menu is crafted almost artistically with gems such as chemeen thoren (Kerala style prawns, stir-fried with coconut, curry leaves and black tamarind and flavored with mustard seeds), tom yum kung (the famous Thai soup with prawns, flavored with lemon grass, lemon leaves and galangal), kung nang phad khing (stir-fried lobster with ginger and Thai black mushrooms, served in the shell), kaeng kheow waan kai (chicken in Thai green curry with pea and cherry eggplants) and phad phak (chef’s special stir-fried baby pok-choy with black mushrooms, flavored with soya bean paste). The restaurant’s courtyard transports guests to the wonderful world of Southeast Asia – adorned with traditional Thai sculptures, from the Chiang Mai region in northern Thailand, it is a visual spectacle.
Pawan Sharma, Restaurant Manager
91 11 4111 6605
The Imperial Hotel, Janpath, Delhi, 110001
Cuisine: North Indian and Mughlai
Style / ambiance: An iconic name in modern Indian culinary history, Moti Mahal Delux began in 1920 as a small eatery in Peshawar and reopened in Delhi in 1947.
The restaurant has a long history of serving high-profile names, for example, Former President JFK and First Lady Jackie Kennedy placed it high on their itineraries when visiting the capital. The restaurant has certainly made an impact with food critics with its exquisite Tandoori food and lively atmosphere – and if you want a slightly more private affair you can take full advantage of the private VIP dining rooms. “A visit to Delhi without eating at Moti Mahal is like going to Agra and not seeing the Taj Mahal”. MR MAULANA AZAD EDUCATION MINISTER
Mr. Mehra, General Manager
91 93 1101 0879
Greater Kailash 1, Delhi, 110048
Style / ambiance: Soon to turn into a 24-hour restaurant, 1911 is a landmark year in the history of Delhi.
It was in this year King-Emperor George V declared New Delhi as the Capital of India. The 1911 Restaurant pays tribute to this historic milestone with rich furnishings, choicely done up interiors and cuisine that showcases the ‘melting pot’ culture of Delhi. Although serving international cuisine, this restaurant prides itself on old Indian-style service, that of which one would expect in the time of the Orient. It is situated at The Imperial, a hotel with a long association with period art. In fact, 1911 is an ode to this tradition. It is replete with antiquities dating back to the 1911 Durbar, etchings of ink, stipple, lithographs, tints (mezzo and aqua) and photographs from the colonial era.
Executive Chef Jan Seibold
+91 11 4111 6602
The Imperial Hotel, Janpath, Delhi, 110001
Cuisine: Italian Style / ambiance:
Travertino is an Italian restaurant that offers the finest Italian cuisine and Italian wines.
Located at the lobby level of the Oberoi Hotel, the restaurant offers seating for 58 guests. The culinary essence of this restaurant is traditional and authentic Italian cuisine with a strong creative element. The menu offers a variety of fresh homemade pastas and also offers a rare Italian cheese menu that includes popular cheeses from various regions of Italy. To ensure authentic flavor and taste, most of the ingredients used are sourced directly from Italy. The restaurant takes its name from a stone that plays a strong part in the design and interiors – a honey-colored stone typical to Italy that was most commonly used by the ancient Romans. The main restaurant wall makes use of the inherent transparency of the stone where a soft back light creates an unusual effect that highlights its quality and elegance. While dining here, in such beautiful surroundings, don’t forget to take advantage of the extensive Italian wine selection from the enoteca wine cellar.
Angelo di Iaoa, Maître d’
+91 11 2389 0505
Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, Delhi, 110003
Style / ambiance: Spread over 10,000 square feet on a single floor, The Yum Yum Tree offers contemporary Chinese cuisine and signature oriental street food that is carefully blended with innovative twists to create an experience that is familiar yet fresh.
Rated by Vir Sanghvi as the ‘best Oriental standalone in New Delhi’, in 2009, this restaurant has fast grown into a great Pan-Asian Eating House. The Yum Yum Tree has also recently been included in the Miele Guide 2010 as one of the top restaurants in Asia.
Ravi Sethi, General Manager
91 98 1100 2993
First Floor, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, Delhi
Cuisine: Asian and European
Style / ambiance: Magique opened its doors in August 2007 and has since been voted the restaurant with the best ambience in India by India Today.
It has gained rave reviews from food critics and fashion magazines across the world, including Elle and Time Out. Essentially an alfresco dining environment, the restaurant is set in the beautiful Garden of Five Senses and really comes to life at night with hundreds of flickering candles and the sounds of water – it is also a great spot for sunny lunches and brunches in the balmy Delhi winter sun. Magique is the brainchild of celebrity chef Marut Sikka – who has fed President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton among other high profile figures – and the menu boasts grand cocktails, fine wines and nouvelle and international cuisines. The chef has also authored two books, the major parts of which focus on the best of Indian food.
91 11 9717 5355 Ex 33
Gate No. 3, Garden of 5 Senses, Westend Marg, Said ul Ajaib, Delhi, 110030
Style / ambiance: Sakura is in the chic Metropolitan Hotel, a stone’s throw from Connaught Place.
As India’s first Japanese eatery, this award-winning restaurant with its three private dining rooms offers the best of Kaiseki cuisine prepared by celebrated master chef Akahira Tetsu. Sakura is decorated in a contemporary Japanese manner to create serenity and relaxation: the window blinds are deliberately designed to resemble traditional Japanese tatami mats, common to most houses in Japan, and the stone floor and neutral wall colors are inspired by the earth’s natural elements. Japanese cuisine is known as an enigma wrapped in layers of mystery and, at Sakura, guests can enjoy unraveling every carefully-prepared dish. We advise trying the chef’s kushi age goshumori, which is the next best thing to dining in Tokyo!
Rajesh Khanna, Operations Head F&B
+91 11 4250 0200
The Metropolitan Hotel, Bangla Sahib Road, Delhi, 110001