Flavours of France can neither be found in McDonald’s French fries nor the floppy croissants or rock- hard baguettes your local bakery has been selling to you. The word cuisine comes from French language, then why not try it? People looking for more sophisticated palates rather than spicy desi food here is a list of few places where you can find authentic French food and wine in the city. Bon appetit!
I. Le Bistro du Parc
Nestled among the trees of South Delhi the soothing and romantic ambiance will give you the feel of being teleported in a café of France. Beautiful terrace seating, live music on Wednesday and Friday evenings, a glass of fine wine with an appetizing plate of authentic French food is what this place has to offer.
DforDelhi recommends: goat cheese salad, orange mojito, quiche du jour, provencal ratatouille crepes, lamb confit with red onion jam, chicken liver parfait, dark chocolate fondant
Meal for two: Rs 1800 (approx.)
Timings: Weekdays- 12 Noon to 11.30 PM
Saturday- 12 Noon to 12 Midnight
Sunday- 11 AM to 12 Midnight
Where: A-57, 58,59, Moolchand Market, Defence Colony, New Delhi
II. Bonne Bouche
Bonne bouche which means ‘good mouth’ in French, you will surely realize this by the end of your meal. Just like the French, this place is sophisticated and romantic. The three floor dine- in with a rooftop is surely one good place to have a nice French and Italian meal.
DforDelhi recommends: pork chops with bacon, rocket watermelon and feta salad, chicken bruschetta, crepes with nutella
Meal for two: Rs 1800 (approx.)
Timings: 11.30 AM to 11.30 PM
Where: Shop 16, 1st Floor, Defence Colony Market, Defence Colony, New Delhi
III. Le Cirque
With its flagship outlet in New York Le Cirque is one of the most luxurious and classy fine dining of the city. Experience some fine food items made from exquisite gourmet ingredients infused with aromatic flavors that will sweep you off your feet.
DforDelhi recommends: Caesar salad, creme brûlée, tiramisu, dark chocolate fondant
Meal for two: Rs 9000 (yes you read it right! Good things come with a price but the best with a slightly heavier)
Timings: 7 PM to 11.45 PM
Where: The Leela Palace, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
IV. The Blue Door Café
From the cute blue door to the eye-pleasing décor and furniture to the scrumptious food, you will fall in love with this place. This fine restro-bar serves a rich range of Italian and French cuisine. The vibe of this place will make you want to visit here every time you crave for a good meal.
DforDelhi recommends: The blue door special, French toast slam, cheese fondue, pancakes
Meal for two: Rs 1700
Timings: 7.30 AM to 11.55 PM
Where: 66, Middle Lane, Khan Market, New Delhi
V. Maison Des Desserts
Translated as ‘house of desserts’ from French, it is a cute little French café and patisserie in the narrow lanes of Hauz Khas. Satisfy your craving for French sweet tooth here with some delectable desserts. It is also one ideal place in Delhi to have a French breakfast.
DforDelhi recommends: New York cheesecake, Banoffee pie, mousse au chocolat, pavlova cake
Meal for two: Rs 1200
Timings: 8.30 AM to 9.30 PM
Where: T-49, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
Does the French menu appear like this to you?
Here’s a translation of few words
- Salut – Hello, Bienvenue – Welcome, Poisson – Fish
- Escargots – Snails, Poulet – Chicken, Oeuf – Egg
- Viande – Meat, Vin – Wine, Baguette – Bread
- Boeuf – Beef, Sel – Salt, Gâteau – cake
- Fromage – Cheese, Merci – Thank You