7 Popular Indian Cuisine Fine Dining Restaurants in Delhi

Dish of Varqui crab, mille feuille of peppered crab and tandoori prawns, at the modern Indian cuisine Varq restaurant at the Taj Mahal Hotel.
Dish of Varqui crab, mille feuille of peppered crab and tandoori prawns, at the modern Indian cuisine Varq restaurant at the Taj Mahal Hotel.

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If you're a foodie who loves fine dining, Delhi is an excellent place to experience the best of Indian cuisine. From the traditional to the contemporary, it has many of the top restaurants in India. Many of Delhi's fine dining restaurants are located in luxury hotels, although there are newer ones that are standalone. Here's the pick of them.

  • 01 of 07
    Bukhara restaurant
    Bukhara restaurant.

    ITC Hotels

     

    Bukhara is probably the most famous restaurant in India. It's got an extensive string of awards to its name, and is consistently voted amongst the world's best restaurants. There's plenty of hype surrounding this restaurant, which has achieved cult status in the 25 years since it was opened, but it's not unjustified. Bukhara is known for its rustic atmosphere, open fronted kitchen, and delectable Northwest Frontier tandoori cuisine -- oh, and for the fact that US presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have dined there. If you're interested in trying what they ate, ask for the special mixed meat Clinton Platter or Obama Platter. This restaurant is best suited to non-vegetarians. Be sure to make a reservation.

    • Address: ITC Maurya Sheraton Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave, Sadar Patel Marg, New Delhi. Phone: (+91 11) 26112233.
    • Opening Hours: 12.30 p.m. to 2.45 p.m. for lunch on weekends. 7.30 p.m. to 11.45 p.m. for dinner daily.
  • 02 of 07
    Indian Accent

    Indian Accent

     

    Widely- acclaimed Indian Accent is the only Indian restaurant to appear in the list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants, for the third year in a row in 2017. Serving contemporary modern Indian cuisine by acclaimed chef Manish Mehrotra (who is often likened to a food god), it has decor to match. To get the best of what's on offer, order the Chef's Tasting Menu consisting of 12 flawlessly executed dishes paired with wine.

    • Address: The Lodhi hotel, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. Phone: (+91 11) 66175151.
    • Opening Hours: Open daily from 12.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. for lunch, and 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. for dinner.
  • 03 of 07
    Masala Library Delhi
    Masala Library

    After much anticipation, Masala Library opened its doors in Delhi in mid 2016, in a totally transformed luxury car showroom. This restaurant, which specializes in experimental molecular gastronomy, took Mumbai by storm and is one of the city's iconic Indian cuisine restaurants. It was launched there in 2013 by Jiggs Kalra, a renowned Indian food columnist, author, gastronome and food consultant. Don't expect the menu to be the same though. The young chef in the restaurant's Delhi branch, Saurabh Udinia (who previously assisted Indian Accent's Manish Mehrotra), visited 15 states in India to discover the everyday dishes being cooked in homes and give innovative twists to them. If you have plenty of time and an empty stomach, opt for the 19 course tasting meal to sample everything. Vegetarians are well catered for.

    • Address: 21 A, Janpath, adjacent to Le Meridian Hotel, New Delhi. Phone: (+91 11) 69400005. 
    • Opening Hours: Open daily from Noon to 2.30 p.m. for lunch and 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. for dinner.
  • 04 of 07
    Farzi Cafe Connaught Place

    Farzi Cafe

     

    Farzi Cafe aims to make fine dining fashionable and caters to a hip younger crowd. The restaurant doubles up as a cool place to party on weekends, with regular DJs and live music performances. It was established by Zorawar Kalra, the son of Jiggs Kalra, so you know it will be something special. The word farzi means fake or illusionary in the Urdu language, and in keeping with its name, the restaurant creates illusions with food. It has the same molecular gastronomy concept as Masala Library. However, the menu is more cutting-edge and priced a bit lower, with a focus on "fun dining". Farzi Cafe is less formal and more accessible than Masala Library, and its creativity extends to cocktails too.

    • Address: E-38/39, Connaught Place, New Delhi. Phone: 9599889700 (cell).
    • Opening Hours: Noon to 1 a.m.
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  • 05 of 07
    Varq
    Courtesy of Varq

    At Varq (the name means foil, and refers to the edible gold and silver foil that's used to give a regal touch to Indian dishes), well-known Indian chef Hemant Oberoi gives traditional Indian cuisine a contemporary twist with unusual pairings, innovative presentations, and use of organic produce and spices. Exotic ingredients such as sea bass, sand crab, black cod, morels and Iranian berries are used. The Martaban ka Meat (lamb cooked with pickled chilies in an earthenware pot) is one of the restaurant's popular signature dishes. There are plenty of options for vegetarians as well. If you're looking for a family fine dining experience, head to Varq, as young children are now welcome.

    • Address: Taj Mahal Hotel, 1 Mansingh Road, New Delhi. Phone: (+91 11) 23026162.
    • Opening Hours: Lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Dinner from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • 06 of 07
    Dum Pukht
    Courtesy of ITC Hotels

    As if Bukhara wasn't enough, the ITC Maura Sheraton has another of Delhi's famed fine dining restaurants, Dum Pukht (and indeed, some people prefer it over Bukhara). This restaurant delivers a regal dining experience, resplendent with marble, chandeliers, and one of the most refined forms of cooking from the royal Mughal kitchens in India -- a 200 year old technique of slow roasting in sealed pots over a very low flame. This allows the meat to cook in its own juices. As you can imagine, it's a non-vegetarian's delight! Don't go without reserving a table.

    • Address: ITC Maurya Sheraton Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave, Sadar Patel Marg, New Delhi. Phone: (+91 11) 26112233.
    • Opening Hours: 12.30 p.m. to 2.45 p.m. for lunch on weekends. 7.30 p.m. to 11.45 p.m. for dinner daily.
  • 07 of 07
    Dakshin
    Courtesy of ITC Hotels

    Longing for some authentic south Indian cuisine but can't go all the way to south India for it? It doesn't matter because Dakshin will tantalize your taste buds with some of the best, and most unusual, flavors from the south. The restaurant prides itself on serving an uncommon collection of enticing dishes from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. You'll be pleasantly surprised to discover quite a few traditional dishes on the menu that are usually not found in restaurants. Don't miss the Meen Moilee from Kerala -- fish curry cooked in coconut milk. Customers rave about it!

    • Address: Sheraton New Delhi, District Center, Saket, New Delhi. Phone: (+91 11) 42661122.
    • Opening Hours: Open daily from 12.30 p.m. to 2.45 p.m. for lunch and 7.30 p.m. to 11.45 p.m. for dinner.