A Beginner’s Food Guide to Unconventional Cuisines in Delhi


You’ve been in college for a while now and things are probably (hopefully anyway), starting to make some sense. It is at this point of time that we want to bring to you this compilation of some of the places in Delhi that you could pay a visit to for food other than simply Dilli-ki-chaat and rolls, as well as the over-done pastas, and American burger craze. The cosmopolitan nature of this city is what makes it so conducive for one to try and get a taste of a myriad of edible treats. Here are some humble suggestions from a fellow enthusiast-

  1. South Indian

Even being miles away from actual South India, the food available here is highly appetizing. Personal suggestions are Saravana Bhavan in Janpath, Southy and Sagar Ratna at various locations, or even lesser known places like A2B in Green Park. Try Naivedyam in Hauz Khas Village if you’re up for spending a few more rupees. Dosa, idli, and multiple chutneys are only the tip of this delicious iceberg.


  1. North Eastern

We’ve all heard of Dilli Haat and Brown Sugar memos, but what really caught my attention was Majnu-ka-Tilla. The whole setting of the Tibetan neighbourhood adds to the all-round experience of authentic North East Asian food. Visit AMA café for coffees and fresh bakes, and Nor Khyil for great beef and vegetarian momos (please don’t ban me, government).


  1. Mediterranean/Middle Eastern

There’s more to Europe than Italian pizzas. Hop on down to Mykonos in Shahpur Jat for some great Greek tzatziki, and moussakas, or give Zizo in Connaught Place a whirl for classic Lebanese delights like shish-touk, lamb meatballs, rice pilaf and everything that is glorious. The chicken shawarma at Spice Aangan in SDA Market is to-die-for, and relatively cheap.

4. Pan-Asian

Apart from Mamagoto and Big Wong, there are several new places in the town that could be a treat to your tummy as well as eyes! Pa Pa Ya in Select City Walk has a revolutionary culinary concept offering Japanese, Thai, Asian and Chinese food. Karate Kitchen in MG Road and Burma Burma in Cyber Hub are worth your pocket and hungry stomach as well.


  1. Mughlai

If you have a penchant for kathi and seekh kababs, and biryanis, find it safe to assume that Delhi will satiate you. Owing to its long era Mughal rule, there is no paucity of great food from this tradition. We would be amiss to not mention Karim’s near the Jama Masjid in Chandni Chowk, or Nizam’s in Connaught Place, which also happen to be fairly affordable. Karim’s has other branches across the city in Nehru Place, and Green Park, too. Other noteworthy places include Al-Jawahar in Chandni Chowk and Khan Chacha across Delhi. Restaurants like Gulati and Moti Mahal also offer a great spread outside of butter chicken and naan.


The aforementioned is by no means, however, to be considered a comprehensive list of the best food Delhi has to offer. Personal preferences and afflictions will greatly alter your choices. We merely attempt to give you a bit of a lead to start your gastronomical adventures in this great city. That force you develop when you go to your grandmother’s place, may that force be with you.


P.S. Please comment below if you have other/better suggestions. The heart can never have enough.

[From the archives by Srishti Guru Krishnakumar for University Express]


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