If you love to dine out, you got reasons to feel ecstatic. Unless you’re not one of those enigmatic souls who go hunting for a chicken tikka joint in the middle of Ibiza, there’s enough in the city to make your taste buds do the salsa.
You’ll find an entire smorgasbord of global flavours in the city to choose from, with global eateries heading to Delhi. Last year, B Bar, the famed Parisian chain, Buddha Bar’s offering for India and the up market Megu opened at Select CityWalk, Saket, and the Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri, respectively.
The five star hotel also brought the up market French restaurant Le Cirque in 2011. The global lineup is only getting bigger, as new entrants head to the city, offering new flavours. Here’s a look at global chains that have set shop in Delhi, making dining out in the city exciting like never before.
(Inputs by Debasmita Ghosh and Snigdha Ahuja)
Relish the ‘sweet life’
La Tagliatella: Head here for traditional cuisine from the Italian regions of Piamonte, Liguria, and Reggio Emilia.This restaurant is a branch of an Italian chain that has outlets in the US and Europe. The restaurant is owned by the Amrest group that runs KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks.
The décor is feel-at-home, no fuss, and the menu offers more than 400 combinations of pasta and sauce, salads, panna cotta, tiramisù and handcrafted ice-cream. While the original menu has been tweaked to accommodate vegetarians, no one will serve you anything that’s even closely Punjabi-Italian. Relish treats made with authentic ingredients — Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, tomatoes from Puglia, and Bocconcino, buffalo’s milk mozzarella. Must tries include Pane Della Tagliatella: the signature bread, and Provoletta — Provolone cheese melted with grilled vegetables.
Meal for two: Rs 1,800
Address: Upper Ground Floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj
Ciro’s Pomodoro: The Los Angeles branch of this Italian restaurant is frequented by Hollywood stars and sports celebrities, many of whom have been befriended by its whacky and spirited owner Ciro Orsini, who belongs to an Italian noble family. Orsini’s zest for life is clearly evident in the restaurant too. At the first ever branch of this restaurant, which opened in Knightsbridge, London, way back in 1878, waiters came dancing to the table whilst carrying the order! You can see the multiple tattoos and ring sporting Orsini grinning at you from all corners from his portraits, posing excitedly with the likes of actors Pamela Anderson and Sylvester Stallone. But don’t get bewildered — food here is serious business, and what they serve you is no-frill mood lifting Italian fare, cooked totally home style, exactly the way Orsnini’s ‘mom would like to have it’.
Meal for two: Rs 2,000
Address: Ciro’s Pomodoro, 1, N Block Market, GK I
Starbucks: The US coffee chain, known for its signature sandwiches and beverages, wooed coffee lovers as soon as it was launched. Its first branch in CP drew long queues. Nobody cribbed, as they downed free shot glasses of iced tea and cold coffee!
Now the brand has outlets in Saket and Vasant Kunj. Apart from muffins and sandwiches, you can choose from fun options such as Murg Makhani Pie, Mutton Seekh in Roomali Roti, and Lal Achari Mirch Turnover meant to please the Indian foodies.
Meal for two: Rs 800
Address: A-1 Hamilton House, Connaught Place
Dig into some Swiss divinity
Simply Fondue: A popular restaurant chain in the US, Simply Fondue in Nehru Place, is the first offering from the brand in India. Fondue is essentially a Swiss, French, and Italian dish where a communal pot of cheese is served over a portable stove, and bite-sized pieces of raw veggies, bread or meat is dunk into it with a long-stemmed fork.
While a few restaurants in the Capital do serve fondue, readymade, from the kitchen to the table, at Simply Fondue, the chef personally prepares the cheese sauce in shinning pots over stoves on each table. From crunchy mushrooms and broccolis to sautéed shrimps, bacon, sausages and more, you’ll get plenty of dipping mediums here.
Located at an easy spot opposite the Nehru Place Metro station, it’s a fun place to be with your family, as you all get to dunk your choice of dips from common cheese pots with sleek long forks. A word of caution: do not go overboard with the main course, as you shouldn’t miss their star fondue — chocolate and cheese, at the end.
Meal for two: Rs 1,000
Address: Ground Floor, Chiranjiv Towers, Nehru Place
Chicken, chutneys and more
Nando’s: If you are a chicken lover worth your fowl, don’t give this one a skip. This South African chicken and peri-peri chain has been satisfying the grilled chicken cravings of millions with 980 restaurants worldwide. It has presence in the US, Australia, UK, Canada, Cyprus, and Zimbabwe.
Loosen yourself to some Afro Luso music as you dig into their famed grilled chicken marinated for 24 hours and grilled in the hot peri-peri sauce (made with peri-peri — Swahili for pepper-pepper, the southern African bird’s eye chilli plant). Other must tries here are Wing Roulette: chicken wings, grilled to a crispy-skinned finish, and typically Portuguese products such as Espetada and Cataplana.
Meal for two: Rs 1,500
Address: 314, 315 & 316, DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj
Have your tea and eat it too!
Chatime: This Taiwanese outlet serves you tea that has chewy tapioca pearls or bubbles floating in it, traditionally called Boba milk tea. The concept of this version of tea was invented in Taiwan during the 1980s. The slushy, semi-edible drink has small tapioca pearls or chewy bubbles that you can suck up through a wide straw along with the drink.
Chatime serves milk tea, jelly ice-teas and fruit-flavoured versions of bubble teas, and they come fresh, brewed on site. Chatime has taken the oriental-craze of bubbles teas to the world, with presence in 20 countries, including US, Canada, UK.
Do try their Jasmine Green Milk Tea, Grape Fruit Green Tea and Taro Pudding Milk Tea in the peppy surrounding, and you’ll come back smiling and refreshed.
Meal for two: Rs 200
Address: 32, DLF South Square, Sarojini Nagar Market