In India, which is a land of myriad cuisines and flavors, North Indian food has a special place. And, in Delhi, which is not only national capital, but a converging point for the north Indian culture, the popularity of North Indian food is unrivalled. The Japanese, French, Italian and Chinese food dominates awards, but North Indian cuisines are not left far behind. Here are the top five restaurants that serve best North Indian food in Delhi.
- Dum Pukht
Dum Pukht specializes in the Awadi cuisine of Lucknow. The meat is marinated with herbs and spices in a pot, which is sealed with dough and is cooked over very low flame for hours. Once cooked, the meat is extremely tender and has a rich taste of spices and its own juices. The aroma of the cuisine is extremely tempting and the presentation of the dishes is exquisite. Such has been their service that they have won place in many prestigious lists. The ambiance of Dum Pukht’s dining room draped in black and silver and decorated with crystal chandeliers also enhances the eating experience.
Established in 1913, Karim’s is arguably the most popular traditional style restaurant in Delhi. They specialize in the cuisines which were prepared in the imperial kitchens of the Mughal Sultanate. It is located near a popular local landmark and tourist hotspot, the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. It gives the customers an authentic experience, which is enhanced by their sumptuous and rich dishes. If you happen to be in Old Delhi, then do try Karim’s trademark dish Burra kebab and famous Tandoori chicken.
- Indian Accent
Last year, Indian Accent was named as Traveller’s Choice restaurant by popular travel website Tripadvisor and has also won the ‘Vir Sanghvi’ Award which declared it as the best restaurant in India. Head Chef Manish Mehrotra has impressed many by his fusion dishes in which combines elements of traditional Indian cuisines presented in contemporary style. Some of their most popular dishes are butter chicken with roasted peanuts and peanut butter and Galawat lamb kebab stuffed with Foie Gras and served with strawberry and green chili chutney.
- Moti Mahal
Situated in Daryaganj and established in 1947, Moti Mahal is one of the oldest and famous eatery joint in Delhi. The restaurant has remained true to its roots with simple elegant premises that have an interior courtyard. The atmosphere at the famous restaurant that is famous for traditional North Indian food is authentic and relaxed. The popular dishes served at restaurant include tandoori chicken, butter chicken, burra kebabs.
- Punjabi by Nature
As the name suggests, this restaurant specializes in traditional Punjabi food. Because of their success and popularity, they have expanded their business and have opened joints at various locations in Delhi. Their non-veg specialty is Raan-e-Punjab – lamb’s leg slow-roasted in a tandoor and veg specialty is dal makhani, which is to die for.
Some of the pictures have been sourced from the restaurant Facebook page