A recent influx of trendy restaurants has helped transform sleepy Sundar Nagar into an increasingly cool Delhi neighborhood, with diverse cuisine. Here's the pick of what to eat in Sundar Nagar, ranging from fancy French food to good ole Indian street food.
Spread over two floors, the ambiance at Masala House is contemporary and elegant, with bright orange chairs and golden tones. The restaurant is part of a house of popular Indian restaurants in New York City, and it gives innovative twists to traditional Indian cuisine. There are dishes from all over India on the menu, particularly north India, Kerala, and the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu. For a relaxed feel, get seated on the top floor balcony area, which overlooks the Sundar Nagar market and gardens. The restaurant also has a bar with an international wine list and classic cocktails.
Try the Kadi Patta Jheenga (grilled prawns with curry leaf); Anarkali Tikki (quinoa and beetroot burger patty with peanut butter in it); Dum Biryani; signature Butter chicken; Bhatti ka Murg (chicken cooked in clay oven with garlic and pepper); Murg Chettinad (spicy chicken curry with coconut milk); Rava Meen Moilee (crusted river fish in coconut curry).
If you're after a contemporary and classy place to eat and drink in Sundar Nagar, look no further than Number 8! You really can't go wrong with this restaurant and bar, as it offers something for everyone—dishes from all over the world (including India), plus three unique levels of space. The first level is a formal dining room, the second is a lounge with a 21-foot long bar and DJ, and the third floor is an open-air rooftop terrace. The disparity extends to the decor, with its exposed brick walls and magnificent chandeliers. Another plus: there are happy hours until 8 p.m. Menu items range from Thai tom yum noodles to New Zealand lamb chops. The No 8 Painters Palette serves up various versions of Indian chicken tikka.
This famous family-run restaurant was established by legendary Parsi chef and food writer Bhicoo Manekshaw, and her son-in-law, in 1992. It relocated to Sundar Nagar in 2016. The new setting remains deliberately austere, with white being the dominant design shade. The idea is that guests will concentrate on the food and create their own experience from the blank canvas. The restaurant's menu features fine-dining French, Italian, and Greek cuisine that's planned around each season, so the ingredients are as fresh as possible. The restaurant's quiche Lorraine, chicken liver pate, croissant, and gateaux Zara are legendary. There's also an international wine list.
You can't get more exclusive than suave and sophisticated ATM Bistro in Sundar Nagar. This restaurant is part of a members-only club called À Ta Maison (meaning "at your home" in English). However, it's no longer necessary to be a member to dine at the restaurant. The prices are more expensive (almost double) for non-members, though. The ambiance is distinctly French, from the windows to the music, and the service is impeccable. Expect to find "French cuisine with a British twist" on the main menu. The formal dining room also offers a degustation menu. In addition, "petits plats" are served all day, presenting a creative take on the concept of snacks to share. On Sundays, a Hangover Brunch is held from noon to 4 p.m. You'll need to make a reservation, otherwise the guard at the door won't let you in.
Got a craving for comfort food? Or something sugary? Head to Nathu's! This iconic business has been making mouthwatering Indian sweets since 1939. They also serve hygienic north Indian street food, and south Indian snacks (dosa, vada, idli, uttapam). Four-course lunch buffets are available every day. Look for the chole bhature, papdi chaat, kachori and creamy dal makhani. If you're really hungry, choose a north or south Indian thali (platter).