9 Things to Eat in the Hauz Khas Neighborhood, New Delhi

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.

The restaurants in Shahpur Jat nearby are also worth checking out.

01 of 09

Modern Indian Cuisine: Auro Kitchen & Bar

Auro Kitchen & Bar
Auro Kitchen & Bar
Address
DDA Shopping Complex 201 Sri Aurobindo Marg Aurobindo Palace Market Hauz Khas, Aurobindo Palace Market, Block C 2, Bhim Nagri, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016, India
Phone +91 95999 01442

Auro Kitchen & Bar has 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.

Opening hours are noon to 1 a.m. daily.

02 of 09

Vegetarian South Indian Cuisine: Naivedyam

Naivedyam thali.
Naivedyam
Address
1, Hauz Khas Village, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016, India
Phone +91 11 2696 0426

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 classical Carnatic music.

Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

03 of 09

Kerala and Continental Cuisine: Coast Cafe

Coast Cafe
Coast Cafe

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 with balcony view. 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.

Opening hours are noon to 12 a.m. daily.

04 of 09

Himalayan Cuisine: Yeti The Himalayan Kitchen

Yeti The Himalayan Kitchen
Yeti The Himalayan Kitchen
Address
30, Hauz Khas Rd, near Deer Park, Hauz Khas Village, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016, India

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) and chili pork. The Yeti Special Tibetan Platter is your best best for sampling a range of items. There are plenty of options for vegetarians too!

The restaurant is situated above Raasta in Hauz Khas Village. Opening hours are noon to 11.30 p.m. daily.

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05 of 09

Global Cuisine: Imperfecto

Imperfecto

Imperfecto

Imperfecto transforms from Bohemian-style rooftop restaurant to happening nightlife hub, while serving up an appealing array of global food throughout. As you climb the rustic wooden stairway, you'll encounter quirky decorations such as an old scooter suspended from the ceiling, broken typewriter, rusty lock and key, and other random curios. Spread over two levels, the restaurant's open-air top floor overlooks the lake and has space for live music performances. Choose from items such as butter chicken, mutton rogan josh, Kerala fish, Burmese curry, Moroccan lamb goulash, chicken stroganoff, gumbo soup, and gourmet pizzas and calzone.

Opening hours are noon to 1 a.m. daily.

06 of 09

Mediterranean Cuisine: Mia Bella Kitchen & Bar

Mia Bella Kitchen & Bar

Mia Bella Kitchen & Bar

Designed with romance in mind, Mia Bella (meaning "my beautiful" in Italian) is confident of having the best sunset spot in the city with a view across the lake and Firuz Shah Tughlaq's ancient tomb. Its cheery interiors are decorated in contrasting hues of white, blue and yellow to invoke a Greek vibe. The menu features an extensive variety of pizzas cooked in the restaurant's wood-fired oven, plus tapas, and grills flavored with traditional Mediterranean spices. There are cocktails as well!

Opening hours are noon to midnight daily.

07 of 09

Cakes and Tea: Elma's Bakery, Bar & Kitchen

Elma's Bakery, Bar & Kitchen
Elma's Bakery, Bar & Kitchen
Address
2nd Floor, 31, Hauz Khas Rd, Above Chumbak, Hauz Khas Village, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016, India
Phone +91 11 4608 0533

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 a super cute 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.

Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

08 of 09

Healthy Fusion Food and Drinks: The Tea Room from Blossom Kochhar

The Tea Room from Blossom Kochhar
The Tea Room from Blossom Kochhar
Address
1, Hauz Khas Tank, Hauz Khas Village, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016, India
Phone +91 11 4081 7655

Step into The Tea Room, and you'll instantly be transported to Paris (or even Denmark, as the menu has 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.

Opening hours are 11.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. daily.

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09 of 09

Ice Cream: Kulfiano

Mango kulfi

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Don't pass up the opportunity to feast on scrumptious Indian ice cream, called kulfi, which is the specialty at this sought-after stall in Hauz Khas Village. It comes in a staggering assortment of flavors, and it's guaranteed you'll find it hard just to choose a couple. The options include jamun (plum), orange, coconut, cashew, saffron, and paan. Mangoes stuffed with kulfi are a real treat during the summer mango season. You can add toppings too!

Opening hours are 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. daily.

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9 Things to Eat in the Hauz Khas Neighborhood, New Delhi