Olive Bar & Kitchen
A forest, a minaret and Mediterranean munches beneath a banyan tree — that’s the new offering from the Olive stable. Throw in some luxury, fashion, art and music, and the mosaic is complete. From the view to the wines and the food, the menu spells mojo. The slow braised pork belly is a must, apart from the brûléed foie gras and quail egg. The Wagyu steak 1995 comes a close second.
Where: One Style Mile, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, Delhi; 29574443;
Cuisine: European Timings: 12.30pm-3.30pm & 7.30pm-12.30pm Cost: R 4000
West View — The Grill
This western-style grill is located on the 16th floor of the hotel, and commands a spectacular view of the city. The cuisine is similarly excellent. The main attraction is the ‘live’ buffet, where you can choose from succulent cuts of meat and fresh seafood and your marinades or sauces, and they will be grilled to your liking right in front of you. The selection of wines only makes the place more attractive for the culinary connoisseur.
Where: ITC Maurya, Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi; 26112233
Cuisine: European Timings: 7 pm to 10.45 pm Cost: R 4000
Smoke House Grill
There’s class oozing out of the pores of this hip two-level eatery. The lower level is a lounge-like setting with interiors liberally done in orange and red, and the upper level is a contemporary dining space. Not only does it have some of the spiffiest cocktails in town, it also boasts a menu that is aptly called ‘Introduction to Contradiction’. Must-trys are Braised Chicken Legs with Lindt Chocolate, Bloody Mary Ceviche and Underwater.
Where: 2, VIPPS Centre, Masjid Moth, Greater Kailash II, New Delhi; 41435530/9811528264
Cuisine: European Timings: 7.30 pm to 1 am Cost: R 4000
The name is inspired by Spain’s cultural capital, Seville, and the ambience recreates the magic of the Mediterranean landscape. Intimate huts, a picturesque stream, complete with a pretty bridge across it, cast a dreamy, romantic glow over the space. The hot tapas platter has bites such as Fried Sardine Fillets and Serrano Ham Croquettes. Other picks are the Tangine selection, paella and pizzas. Among drinks, have a sangria.
Where: The Claridges, 12, Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi; 41335082, 3955 5000;
Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean Timings: 12 pm to 12 am Cost: R 4500
Lodhi is the quirkiest example of how the swanky Aman hotel marches to its own beat. The small menu shows off the talent in the kitchen and has fun playing with premium ingredients. Seared Foie Gras with Pickled Cherries is a masterpiece, as are Beetroot with Manchego Cream and Hazelnut, Catalonian Fish Stew and Oven Roasted Lamb Chuletas. The dishes can be paired with a fine range of wines and sherries.
Where: Aman New Delhi Hotel, Lodhi Road, New Delhi; 43633333; www.amanresorts.com
Cuisine: Spanish Timings: 12 pm to 11 pm Cost: R 3500
This starkly modern basement restaurant makes itself clear on the cuisine it offers — Spanish tapas, from the moreish Potato Bravas to scrumptious Croquettes (chicken, mushroom or ham) and Chicken Skewers. But that’s not the only thing you find on the menu. Starting with refreshing gazpachos, move on to a perfect calamari. Enjoy these along with the delicious wine-and-fruit sangrias at the well-stocked bar.
Where: Aman New Delhi Hotel, Lodhi Road, New Delhi; 43633333;
Cuisine: Spanish Timings: 12 pm to 11 pm Cost: R 2000
The Orient Express
Don your red-carpet outfit and cop an attitude for this supremely classy restaurant that’s a posh replica of a Pullman Orient Express train carriage. While the choicest of ingredients feature on the menu, it takes its cue from meats — from the corn-fed chicken to marbled Kobe beef and darkly beckoning Angus steak. Each dish is an art in itself. Among desserts, the apple and almond frangipane tart with caramel stands out.
Where: The Taj Palace Hotel, 2, SP Marg,, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi; 26110202
Cuisine: European Timings: 12.30 pm—2.30 pm & 6.30 pm—11.30 pm Cost: R 8000
Lodi — The Garden Restaurant
The location is stylish and the food ranges from good to great. Sunday afternoons see a crowded brunch, so prior booking is recommended. Mezze is served in individual servings, with generous portions. Try the Lamb Moroccan, roasted and served with a robust, full-bodied sauce. Also recommended is their addictive beverage of lime juice, ginger and honey. The green surrounding take your breath away.
Where: Lodhi Garden, Lodhi Road, New Delhi; 24652808
Cuisine: European Timings: 11 am to 12 am Cost: R 1800
Casa Portuguesa restaurante
This plush new destination, a branch of the better-known Casa Portuguesa in Goa, is housed inside a rough-hewn white haveli. Start with Salad de Casa, a mixed veggie salad with green leaves, feta cheese, pomegranate, olives and almonds. For the main course, the Sarapatel and the Stuffed Pomfret make for excellent orders. The restaurant gets full points for the friendly staff that dispenses meticulous service.
Where: E-12/70, Hauz Rani, New Delhi; 26671270
Cuisine: Portuguese Timings: 12 pm to 11 pm Cost: R 2500
Bring your best manners to this white table-clothed, white-gloved, fine dining restaurant, which prides itself on service that’s bound to make you feel like royalty. The degustation menu in the brasserie section is the one to go for — the seven-course meal is bound to satisfy all your gastronomic yearnings. Of course, this food is incomplete without being paired with wine which the restaurant offers the very best of.
Where: The Imperial, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi; 23341234;
Cuisine: European Timings: 6 am to 12.45 am Cost: R 3500