Delhi's trendy Hauz Khas neighborhood is one of the city's most popular food and beverage destinations. Many of its restaurants and bars offer a generic mix of Continental, north Indian, and Asian cuisine to cater to a diverse crowd. Here's what to eat in Hauz Khas if you're interested in something specific, and where to go.
While you're there, you may want to drop into Kunzum Travel Cafe (T49 Hauz Khas Village). They don't serve food but they provide an endless supply of tea and coffee, and you only have to pay what like. It's the perfect place to meet other travelers, peruse books and magazines, and get inspired.
After opening in October 2016, Auro Kitchen & Bar has quickly established itself as not only one of Delhi's best modern Indian fusion restaurants but also a hip place to party. You'll find it tucked away on a rooftop at the entry to Aurobindo Place Market, on the road that leads to Hauz Khas Village. The chef's fondness of Konkani and Goan cuisine is evident on the menu. However, it also includes dishes from south India, Kolkata, and India's Parsi and Sindhi communities. The Auro ka Haleem is the chef's signature dish. It's a slow cooked mutton (goat) stew, with lentils pounded to a paste and topped with spices.
The restaurant's setting is outstanding too, with a huge outdoor terrace and bar crafted from a shipping container. Auro has the same owner as nearby Summer House Cafe and Bandstand, so it's no surprise that it's buzzing with regular events, live music and DJs performing.
For inexpensive, authentic south Indian cuisine head straight to Naivedyam. You'll get all your vegetarian favorites there, including idli, dosa, vada and uttapam, served with yummy sambar and chutneys. While the food is simple, the interiors are not. They've been carefully crafted to create a traditional south Indian ambiance with stately antique wooden doors, prominent murals from Hindu mythology, and soothing Carnatic music.
Respected designer fashion boutique Ogaan has branched out into the restaurant business by opening the Coast Cafe above its store in Hauz Khas Village. It's a beautiful space that's chic, leafy and airy. The menu is a curious combination of Continental cuisine (tacos, burgers, grills, crepes, sandwiches) and curries from the Kerala coast. It's ideal if people are divided over what type of food they want to eat! Go for the Coast Cafe original Baja California tacos, the eat-with-your-hands Kerala grilled chicken, and prawn Moilee coconut-based curry.
Tibetan and Nepalese Cuisine: Yeti The Himalayan Kitchen
Yeti The Himalayan Kitchen is one of the best places to get momos in India, as they're made in traditional Tibetan and Nepalese style. However, this much-loved restaurant has many other intriguing dishes from the Himalayan region on its menu including specialties from Bhutan, as well as Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya in northeast India. Adventurous carnivores will appreciate the Dopa Khatsa (twice cooked goat stomach), Bhutun (stir fried goat stomach), Cheley (boiled or fried buffalo offal), and Phokso (stir fried goat lungs). Alternatively, the restaurant does a showstopping Shapta (thinly sliced buffalo with onions and spices). The Yeti Special Tibetan Platter is your best best for sampling a range of items. There are plenty of options for vegetarians too!
In the same building as Yeti The Himalayan Kitchen, Matchbox is a funky, retro-themed pub with an extensive international menu. The dishes range from soups and salads to pasta, burgers, sizzlers and pork ribs. There are daily happy hours, so relax and enjoy your meal with a delicious signature cocktail! Try the mezze platter, lamb or vegan burger, mushrooms stuffed with spinach and cashew, lasagna, or mixed grilled non-veg menace sizzler (if you really have an appetite!). If you're feeling in a party mood, kick on into the night with live music and dancing.
The Beer Cafe brings Mediterranean vibes to Hauz Khas Village with its distinctive blue and yellow decor, and open air rooftop lounge. If you're looking for somewhere to chill out with a refreshing cold beer, this is it! The food isn't remarkable and consists mainly of snacks including kebabs and tikkas, pizza, sliders, nachos, chicken wings, and spring rolls. Platters such as The Hulk, Surf and Turf, or The Great Indian Platter. They come with a range of Indian or Continental items. That's okay though, because the beer is really what you'll be going there for. There are more than 50 varieties from 20 countries around the world. Of course, India's favorite new craft beer, Bira, is available as well. Get it in a mug, pitcher, tower, or tank!
Iconic Elma's is famous for its sumptuous home-style cakes, pies and desserts but in reality is so much more than a bakery. From humble beginnings as a quaint tea room, it has expanded and evolved into an elegant cafe and bar, with multiple branches in Delhi. Elma's has the same owners as The Living Room in Haus Khas Village, and it shares the same space too. Indeed, it's a family affair as the Le Cordon Bleu trained chef at Elma's is the mom of one of the owners, and Elma is the name of the family dog!
The English high tea comes with a selection of sandwiches and pastries (tea/coffee can be replaced with sparkling wine if you wish). Elma's also does full American and English breakfasts, plus excellent grills, and Continental dishes for lunch and dinner.
Step into The Tea Room, and you'll instantly be transported to Paris (or even Denmark, as the menu features a number of Danish items). This cozy and soothing cafe is part of Blossom Kochhar's luxury "spalon" (spa and salon). She's an aromatherapist who's known for her line of natural beauty products. Try the all-day breakfasts, crepes, or Danish sandwiches, and wash it down with a wellness shot of turmeric, a smoothie, or a juice blend.
Like her products, the cafe's menu is as natural and healthy as possible, with a focus on organic ingredients. Many of the items are infused with essential oils and herbs too. The menu has been curated by Blossom's daughter Samantha and her Danish husband (hence, the Danish influence) who is an excellent baker. The signature fresh bread really stands out here! A boutique selection of teas and freshly ground organic coffee is also offered.
Be sure to check out the restaurants in Lodhi Colony too.