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These 14 Iconic Eateries in Delhi are the Best in Town

By Trishi Dhingra

Updated - March 25, 2022 5 min read

It's no news that Delhi is home to some of the most iconic and heritage eateries. Be it Sita Ram ke famous chole bhature, Wengers' cake supremacy or the burst of authentic South Indian flavours at Saravana Bhawan, everywhere you go there is a road leading to another fantastic place to eat.

 

Find out more in this list of the 14 most iconic restaurants in Delhi. 

 

For vintage vibes, unparalleled coffee options and mouth-watering North Indian, Chinese, American and Mediterranean grubs, visit this iconic restaurant in Delhi today. Be it brunch dates, lunch meetings or romantic dinners, their menu has been catering to all the cravings for the last 80 years. We highly recommend UCH's Chicken Ala Keiv, Badshahi Kofta, and lamb kebab platter. 

 

You can't talk about the most iconic eateries in Delhi and not mention Karim's. Tucked in the narrow alleys of Old Delhi, this place is a designated spot for meat lovers since 1913. People from different corners of the city endure Dilli's unbelievable traffic for the Karim-special biryani, Nihari, Mutton Korma and chicken kebabs. True story!

 

The history of this iconic eatery in Delhi dates back to 1931. One of the oldest and most-visited restaurants; is also quite famous for its Brain Curry and Dal Makhani. That's right. Non-vegetarian or not, you will leave this modest food joint with a belly full of love. And don't be surprised if you find people waiting in the queue outside even on the hottest summer afternoon. 

 

Meet Delhi's own Jai and Veeru - Moti Mahal and its famous Butter Chicken! This iconic eatery in Delhi has been responsible for countless foodgasms since 1947. Located in Daryanganj, their menu is brimming with choices every non-vegetarian dreams of. And don't go by their dim lights and worn off walls, the food remains lip-smacking to this day. 

 

Yes, it's the same iconic restaurant in Delhi that's been serving the unparalleled Dal Bukhara since 1978. Tucked inside ITC Maurya, Chanakyapuri, this is a go-to place for fancy dinner parties. The vibe at this eatery is homely and the food is stacked with zesty Indian flavours. Try their exquisite Sikanderi Raan, Meat Masala, Chicken Khurchan, onion kulcha, jumbo prawns, and Firni.

 

Established 60 years ago, Kwality Restaurant introduced fine dining to Delhi. Their old-world charm and regal ambience complement the delicious Indian and Mughlai preparations they serve, and their expansive menu is sure to leave you spoilt for choices. But if it was us, we would definitely try Kwality's Chicken Chops, desi ghee Channa Bhatura and Rogan Josh. 

 

One of the oldest eateries in Delhi, Wenger's is our go-to option for everything baked, sweet and delicious. If you're spending your day in Connaught Place any time soon, this bakery cum eatery is a big YES. Do try their Chocolate Swiss Roll, Chocolate Eclairs, Mutton Patty and fruit cakes. 

 

South India on a platter! That's the exact vibe at this popular restaurant in Delhi. Their menu covers delish variations of dosas, idlis and everything South Indian. The service is fast and the ambience is cosy. It's the perfect place for a Sunday breakfast or lazy afternoon lunch. If it was us, we'd definitely try their Kara Dosa, Ghee Paper Roast Masala Dosa, Chettinad spicy dosa, dry fruit dosa, and mini idlis. P.S. There's usually half an hour waiting, so plan accordingly. 

 

Standing strong since 1948, right after the partition, Embassy is still a prominent landmark in Connaught Place and... fine dining. The wooden interiors are beautiful, owing to its British and European influences and the food is remarkable. Frequentists keep coming back to this iconic restaurant for their Dal Meat, Butter Chicken, Tomato Fish, chicken masala, sizzlers, tandoori platter, and other Mughlai delicacies. 

 

No, you're not a true Dilliwala until you've devoured Sita Ram's lip-smacking chole bhature and lassi. One of the best street food joints in Delhi, this iconic restaurant has been around since 1950. Every trip to Paharganj (trust us, we know the struggle) is worth it with this eatery in the neighbourhood. 

 

This well-known restaurant in Delhi is also home to some of the most decadent Indian preparations. Started way back in 1959, Gulati's in Pandara Market is the first pick for family gatherings and dinners. But if you appreciate good food, cosy ambience and lightning-fast service, this is the place to be. Their Tandoori Chicken and Butter Chicken are top recommendations.

 

This list of iconic eateries in Delhi is incomplete without Al Bake's zesty shawarmas. Located in the heart of the New Friends Colony Market, this joint is packed with meat lovers all week long. From mind-blowing shawarmas to rolls, biryani and curries, the outlet has it all. 

 

Pocket-friendly, open till midnight with a myriad of non-vegetarian delicacies to choose from... that's Rajinder Da Dhaba for us. Located in Safdarjung, this iconic eatery in Delhi is always jam-packed with foodies like us. If you're ever in the area, give their Makhmali Fish, veg malai tikka, Galauti Kebab, Satay Chicken, Chicken Kalmi, and Achari Chicken a whirl. 

 

Amidst the most popular shopping hubs of Delhi resides an iconic restaurant that specialises in kulfi. But that's not all. The eatery is also known for other preparations like South Indian staples, tandoori snacks and lassi. If not for shopping, Karol Bagh is a place worth visiting... Thanks to Roshan Di Kulfi. Don't forget to try their Kesar Pista Falooda Kulfi, gol gappe, chole bhature, aloo tikki with chana, achari chaap and badam milk. 

 


There you go, now you have a list of the most iconic eateries in Delhi to try this year. Bon appetit!


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