- Karim’s Hidden down a side alley, this is Old Delhi's most famous restaurant, with outstanding goat, lamb and flatbreads.
- Darbar Great-value vegetarian restaurant that's upped the game in Paharganj's no-frills dining scene.
- Andhra Pradesh Bhawan Canteen Packed at lunchtimes, thanks to its authentic Andhran thalis at unbeatable prices.
- Naivedyam Hauz Khas' best South Indian restaurant, with an exquisite temple-like interior.
- Potbelly No-frills top-floor Bihari restaurant in arty Shahpur Jat Village.
- Rajdhani Thalis fit for a king.
- Chor Bizarre Quirky Kashmiri restaurant, full of fascinating bric-a-brac and attached to lost-in-time Hotel Broadway.
- Indian Accent If money is no object, this is Delhi's best restaurant.
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- Darbar Setting the bar for budget food in Paharganj, this all-veg restaurant isn't dirt cheap, but is fabulously good value.
- Sita Ram Dewan Chand The capital's most famous supplier of Delhi's go-to breakfast choice: chole bhature.
- Tadka An all-veg Indian restaurant that's a notch above its Main Bazaar competitors.
- Andhra Pradesh Bhawan Canteen Expect long queues and table-sharing; that's what you get when food is this good, and this cheap.
- Kerala House Canteen South Indian thalis cooked with authentic Keralan spices.
- Kake-da-Hotel Hugely popular, no-frills, hole-in-the-wall that’s famous for its butter chicken.
- Nagaland House Thalis with a Northeast Indian twist; don't miss the pork.
- Triveni Terrace Cafe Delightful al-fresco cafe overlooking an art gallery's small amphitheatre.
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- Karim’s Much loved by Delhi's Muslim population, legendary Karim's serves unrivalled goat, lamb and flatbreads.
- Shim Tur Understated Korean restaurant on a bamboo-lined terrace.
- Cafe Lota Contemporary take on regional Indian cuisine, by the entrance to the excellent Crafts Museum.
- Hotel Saravana Bhavan The biggest and best of the Saravana Bhavan brood; full of South Indian deliciousness.
- DLF Cyber Hub Food hall par excellence, with quality restaurants opening out onto a sunny plaza.
- Naivedyam South Indian restaurant with an exquisite temple-like interior.
- Potbelly A rare treat in Delhi; a quality yet affordable restaurant serving the humble delights of Bihari cuisine.
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- Indian Accent Five-star restaurant serving contemporary Indian cuisine from the grounds of luxury Lodhi hotel.
- Mamagoto Funky east-Asian restaurant with friendly staff, fabulous decor and contemporary Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine.
- Sodabottleopenerwala Hugely popular, down-to-earth Persian restaurant in Khan Market.
- Chor Bizarre Serving quality Kashmiri cuisine from Hotel Broadway's curio-filled restaurant .
- Lakhori Mughlai delights in the courtyard restaurant of the magical Old Delhi hotel, Haveli Dharampura.
- Rajdhani The best thali's in Delhi? Quite possibly.
- Sana-di-ge Fresh fish flown in daily from Mangalore.
- Olive Award-winning Mediterranean food served from a tree-shaded courtyard near Qutab Minar.
- Karim’s Old Delhi's most famous restaurant, serving goat, lamb and flatbreads within earshot of Jama Masjid's call to prayer.
- Al-Jawahar Overshadowed by its more-famous neighbour, Karim's, but similarly popular with the local Muslim population.
- Lakhori Rich meaty Mughlai delights served from the courtyard restaurant of Old Delhi's luxury hotel, Haveli Dharampura.
- Véda Fashionably dark boudoir with swirling chandeliers, shimmering mirror mosaics and rich Mughlai dishes.
- Moti Mahal Charming, stuck-in-time Old-Delhi restaurant with live qawwali (Islamic devotional singing) most evenings.
Snacks & Street Food
- Sita Ram Dewan Chand The gold standard for Delhi's favourite breakfast treat: chole bhature.
- Natraj Dahi Balle Corner Tiny takeaway joint, famed for its dahi bhalle (fried lentil snack) and aloo tikki (spiced potato patties).
- Bade Mia Ki Kheer Serving nothing but creamy, cardamon-scented kheer (rice pudding) for 140 years.
- PT Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan One of many places on famous Gali Paranthe Wali, serving stuffed parathas (traditional flatbread) fresh off the tawa (hotplate).
- Kuremal Mohan Lal Serving kulfi (traditional Indian ice cream) from this Old Delhi back alley since 1906.
- Naturals Founded by a mango vendor from Mangalore, this place serves Connaught Place's best ice cream.
- Andhra Pradesh Bhawan Canteen Wildly popular canteen serving unlimited thalis at unbeatable prices.
- Kerala House Canteen Cheap-as-chips South-Indian thalis cooked with authentic Keralan spices.
- Nagaland House Pork, fish and veg thalis with a Northeast Indian twist.
- Gujarat Bhawan Fabulously affordable home-style Gujurati thalis.
- Rajdhani Top-notch vegetarian thalis from Gujarat and Rajasthan.
- Hotel Saravana Bhavan Full of South Indian deliciousness, this is the best-loved of the Saravana Bhavan branches.
- Naivedyam Haus Khaz gem with a temple-like interior.
- Hotel Saravana Bhavan Watch your dosa being flipped and folded at this, the most buzzing of the Saravana Bhavan brood.
- Kerala House Canteen Authentic Keralan cuisine from the state government's staff canteen.
- Andhra Pradesh Bhawan Canteen Join the hungry lunchtime crowds for top-value Telugu thalis.
- Darbar Does excellent Mughlai dishes and chaat (street-food snacks), but half its menu is dedicated to dosa, idly and the like.
- Olive Tree-shaded courtyard restaurant, walking distance from Qutab Minar.
- Basil & Thyme Elegant Mediterranean restaurant in a quiet location in leafy Sundar Nagar.
- L'Opera Chic, French-style patisserie in Khan Market.
- Brown Bread Bakery The setting may be dark and dingy, but the fresh bread, cheese and hummus are unmatched in Paharganj.
- Olive Eat pasta under a tree in a courtyard by Qutab Minar.
- Triveni Terrace Cafe With tables overlooking Triveni Art Gallery's small amphitheatre.
- Exotic Rooftop Restaurant The most popular of many rooftop, backpacker restaurants on Main Bazaar.
- Shim Tur Tuck your chopsticks into authentic bibimbap at this modest Korean restaurant with a bamboo terrace.
- Cafe Lota Village-style restaurant shack by the entrance to the open-air Crafts Museum.