Delhi is the food capital of India and is full of mystery, magic and mayhem. Home to 25 million people, it’s a place that’s littered with relics of lost empires. New Delhi is a chaotic tapestry of medieval fortifications, Mughal mausoleums, busy bazaars, mega malls and colonial-era town planning. New Delhi can be overwhelming, but for those who know it well, it’s a place that houses gem after gem, especially when it comes to food. From Nepalese to Naga cuisines there’s plenty of choice on offer, though tandoori is undoubtedly the city’s speciality. That said, some of New Delhi’s finest restaurants bring a surprising twist to the tandoori dominant scene. Especially these five…
Indian Accent showcases inventive Indian cuisine by complementing the flavours and traditions of India with the world’s best techniques and ingredients. Awarded San Pellegrino Best Restaurant Award in India by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants two years running, it’s changing the face of Indian cuisine and placing celebrated chef, Manish Mehrotra, on the global culinary map. Called the most exciting modern Indian chef in the world today, Manish is a true innovator and storyteller through food. His menu at Indian Accent combines fresh seasonal produce and unusual ingredients from around the world and aims to excite the adventurous, while satisfying traditional tastes. The six course tasting menu offers the complete dining experience.
To say that Megu is a Japanese restaurant is like saying Champagne is just a drink, or Luxaviation is merely a way to get from A to B. Megu is so much more than a restaurant, a true treasure for New Delhi.
Megu is a brand that encapsulates the best in Japan and is a place where artistry is paramount both in food and decor. The colourful dining room sets a spectacular scene and the crystal Buddha in the central dome is positioned under a bell that is a prototype of the one in the Nara temple in Japan. The infinity-mirrored staircase descends into the Kimono Room, Bar and Lounge, reminiscent of a slightly futuristic shoji screen. The main dining room is framed by a visual tapestry of exotic Asian motifs, set against a backdrop of lights and 3D activated imaging, seamlessly transforming the room as diners indulge their senses. As for the food, sushi and sashimi is the order of the day, as well as soups, fish and robata grilled delights like king crab legs and miso eggplant. For meat lovers, however, it’s all about the Megu signature “Kagero Yaki” stone grill selection.
Tamra is a vibrant, lively and fun space that’s suitable for all types of dining occasions. It takes its inspiration from the early ages of culinary evolution and its interactive kitchens are a tribute to the early marketplaces where chefs presented their skills and produced culinary delights for everyone to see.
Tamra is a treasure trove of quirky design from the planter boxes lined with wheatgrass, to the canopy made of rolling pins. It uses a ‘world on your platter’ concept that sees grilled specialties from the Fast East served alongside tandoori treats from Central Asia and flavoursome meats from a butchers block. The well designed bar offers the largest selection of exquisite cocktails, unique handmade popsicles and ice cream, while a healthy green island keeps the salad lovers happy. Tamra really is a global adventure and a memorable dining experience for all.
A unique concept, Bukhara offers an authentic ethnic experience in a sophisticated and elegant setting. Designed to honour the North-West Frontier Province in the year 1900, which comprised parts of Afghanistan and the North-West part of pre-independence India, the decor is made up of stone walls and flooring, hung with Bukhara carpets. Rough-hewn trestle tables and wooden stools complete the rugged look, as do the copper pots and urns suspended from the ceiling and pillars. The view of the kitchen and the busy chefs add to the warmth of the restaurant, inviting you to look into the traditional techniques behind the excellent food. The food at Bukhara is cooked in clay ovens or tandoor, which takes years of meticulous training and dedication from the chefs to master. Favourite dishes include the world renowned Dal Bukhara , a combination of whole black lentils, tomatoes, ginger and garlic that’s cooked and simmered over slow coal fires for 18 hours.
Dakshin celebrates the tastes of Southern India from the comfort of the beautiful Sheraton, New Delhi. Savour unique seafood specialities from the Moplah community in Kerala or choose to enjoy the traditional vegetarian fare of the house of Iyers. Dakshin features authentic presentations of each of the four states of the southern Indian Peninsula and is the result of years of research and trials by a team of chefs and culinary experts. Each item on the menu is cooked with its own distinct spices and style and diners can sample an array of dishes from Kerala stew to red hot Andhra mutton curry. Much of the food is served alongside rice, idiyappam and flavourful chutneys. As for the ambiance, the restaurant takes its inspiration from the temples of Southern India and decor includes a traditional brass lamp, a Urli with floating flower petals and ceiling lights in the shape of temple bells. Traditional wood carvings adorn the walls along with south Indian artifacts. This is all tied together with the sounds of south Indian Carnatic music.
Whether it’s your first time in New Delhi, or your fifth visit, make some time to experience the amazing food these restaurants have to offer.
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