Delhi is not just the administrative capital of India, but also a Mecca for food lovers. Delhi has had a good time with mouth-watering food since ages. The close relationship shared by food and the city of Delhi is evident from the fragrant gullies of Chandni Chowk, which is the hub of best Mughlai and North Indian food of the country for centuries. With passage of time, the city started to excel in many more types of cuisines from all parts of the world. Delhi is a true cosmopolitan city and has something or the other to offer for foodies of all tastes. Today, some themed restaurants in the city are rapidly gaining popularity among the foodie fraternity. This is because you just don’t pay up for the food; you do expect a great ambience at the place where you are stocking your bellies for which, you ought to pay up as well. So here we present some restaurants who have lived up to the expectations of an exquisite ambience along with lip- smacking food; in no particular order:
The Biker’s Café, VasantKunj
The place truly stands up to its name; with bike parts and everything related to the thrill of biking hanging all around. The décor is purely based on motorcycling which is very creative and adds up to the charm. The best part about this café is the breakfast menu is available throughout the day. Ah! We forgot to mention that its breakfast menu is simply awesome which is a MUST TRY. The dessert menu too, is worth mentioning. You can also give a try to their Chinese and Continental menu. Whether you do biking or not, that is immaterial. But if food is your first love, forget everything and Biker’s Café is the place for you.
Cost: Rs 1000 for two
Address: 9, DDA Shopping Complex, Opposite GD Goenka School, Sector B-8/9, VasantKunj, New Delhi
Tabula Beach Café, Khelgaon Marg
Missing your latest vacation to the seas? Wanna relive and cherish all those seaside memories? Then Tabula Beach Café is the place for you. It gives you the absolute coastal feel. Its just that the sea is missing. With an outside seating area with actual sand and a fountain, beer pong on the side for games and a dance floor inside- it is well equipped for a night of fun. Their cocktail menu is worth try; alongwith a pool of continental dishes to choose from. Live music adds the feather to the cap of the café.
Cost: Rs 1600 for two
Address: › The Village Restaurant Complex, AsiadVillage,KhelGaon Marg.
The royal and unique Kashmiri décor with a vintage car in the middle and dim lighting steals your heart. Chor Bizarre is our very own themed Indian restaurant which provides mouth-watering Kashmiri food, unlike continental stuff mentioned above. As the name suggests, a lot of antique items (allegedly stolen from one place or the other) are kept all around which gives you the aura of the vintage era. With Shammi Kapoor melodies playing in the background, you feel as if you are going through a time warp through your parents’ generation. Goshtaba (minced mutton cooked in curd and spices) is the pride of this restaurant. It’s the dish of the kings and it will make you feel elated for sure. Apart from Kashmiri, you may also look out for North Indian, Chinese, Korean and Thai delicacies served here.
Cost: Rs. 2000 for two
Address: Hotel Broadway, 4/15/A,Daryaganj, New Delhi
Mumbai Matinee, Noida
As the name suggests, this place has a Bollywood themed set-up and they play classical old songs. They got very pretty looking fancy decors on the wall, Bollywood posters all around you celebrating the very spirit of Indian cinema. From the cushions on the sofa to the coasters: everything from top to bottom reflects Hindi cinema. And you would not mind waiting for the food in such a scintillating ambience. Mind you, the restaurant does not serve you Mumbai food or anything related to the city. They have fast food, Italian, Mexican and North Indian for grabs. Do try Chicken Penne Arabiata. That will make your visit to this place worthwhile.
Cost: Rs. 850 for two
Address: 1st Floor, J-19, Sector 18, Noida.
The Jungle Jamboree, Connaught Place
The Jungle Jamboree switches on the Mowgli Mode within you; who is on a hunt for yummy savouries. Famous for its “Flora and Fauna”, it comprises of two floors; the first floor serving you buffet with an ‘Aqua Jungle’ theme and one can avail their a- la- carte Indian and Chinese dishes at their second floor which is ‘Forest Garden’ themed with a dedicated kids area. They have done some real good work with the ambience along with the audio effects of jungle that synchronize with the theme amazing. One can spot an exquisite Mermaid mannequin at the first floor which steals everyone’s attention. Also, on the other wall there one can spot shells and star fishes. The aquarium with fishes was the highlight of the entire theme. The blue lights lends a touch of perfection to the watery effect. We must say, them have implemented every possible thing to bring out the best aqua theme.Now, let’s check on the second floor. Brilliant interiors with green ambient lighting, turfed walls with wooden logs as tables, and animal head showpieces gives you the feel of a forest hunter house. The Jungle Jamboree boasts of its Mini Raj Kachouri, which is worth trying. And if you come out to be a glutton, then their buffet is the thing for you. Cherish a variety of unlimited mouth- watering dishes along with a complimentary mocktail. Trust me, it will be the best treat you can offer to your digestive system.
Cost: Rs. 575 for two
Address: P-17/90, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi
GaramDharam, Connaught Place and Rajouri Garden
As the name suggests, GaramDharam has an interesting theme. It’s a warm place celebrating the spirit of the legendary actor, Dharmendra. The walls are adorned with his witty one- liners, the dream girl, and his fiery pictures (not to forget a big portrait of his in a blue hat). The place is well- lit with buckets hanging from the top. The restaurant serves only North Indian. The food is served in authentic thalis and brass glasses. They do really well with the Kebabs and the drinks. Must go if you are a Dharmendra fan. It might soon become a place of pilgrimage for you!
Cost: Rs 1200 for two
Address: 1) M-16, Ground Floor, Outer Circle, Connaught Place
2) J-2/12, BK Dutt Market, Rajouri Garden
Café Dalal Street, Connaught Place
Mind you, this is the MOST INNOVATIVE theme one can think of. Every visitor to this café has to get involved in this particular theme; that’s the rule of the game. Just like the Stock Index displays the movements of stocks based on price changes, you get to know the ups and downs of the price of your pint in this manner. They have an app which can be easily downloaded & you can order through your phone.Do try out Jalapeno Poppers, Butter Chicken and Golgappe with an array of cocktail options to choose from. A pool of North Indian and European dishes to choose from.
Cost: Rs. 1500 for two
Address: M-89/90, M Block, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi.
Desi Vibes, Connaught Place
Enough of sophistication and urban hype; Desi Vibes celebrates the spirit of Rural India. From the décor to the cutlery, with ghazals humming in the background; the place is as desi as it can get. They offer you North Indian and Mughlai with their old world charm. Well, if you are swayed enough to pay a visit here, then don’t forget to order PaneerMakhani Masala and DV kikhaas Dal Makhani which will taste like it’s straight from heaven.
Cost: Rs. 1400 for two
Address: 2nd Floor, N-95, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi
The California Boulevard, Rajouri Garden
Die- hard fan of Hollywood? Then this is your dream destination. The California Boulevard is spread over in two floors & can hold a huge gathering at a time. The ambience carries the charm and elegance of Hollywood. You get to walk on a red carpet. Pictures of Hollywood stars adorn the walls.A gleaming Harley Davidson at a corner adds another star factor to the ambience. You get to try American, Asian, European and Seafood (that makes everything, right?). Your visit to this restaurant shall prove to be futile if you don’t treat your tastebuds with MurgSirkaPyaaz and Tangy Butter Mushrooms. You also get complimentary breads with Herb and Garlic Butter which is yumm!
Cost: Rs. 2,200 for two
Address: J-2/5, 1st & 2nd Floor, BK Dutt Market, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi
21 Guns Salute, Gurgaon
This spacious restaurant invokes the royalty within you. As soon as you enter, you see a vintage car and a bike greeting you. It has a whole other section of vintage products and weaponry showcased, which actually disturbs your concentration towards the food. The behaviour of the staff synchronizes with the theme and you feel too privileged. They serve North Indian, Mughlai, Asian and Continental. Please don’t come back without trying their Butter Chicken and Noor- e- Murgh.
Cost: Rs. 2,000 for two
Address: SCO 35-36, 1st Foor, Main Market, Sector 29, Gurgaon
So now don’t just eat, absorb the ambience around you and enhance the taste of your meal!