There’s no dearth of North Indian restaurants in the city, but the trick is in finding the right one. Here’s a list of the very best.
1. Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs
To step into Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs is to stroll back in time. Forget the world of designer chic and repurposed interiors. This restaurant is a throwback to the sepia-tinted time of the nabobs. It’s kept its vintage charm intact and so has the menu. More recently, though, a few additions have been made, but the classics remain; Dum Pukht regulars will not have it any other way. The must-have kebab here is the Kakori, Korma, Kaliyan, Salan and Nehari – gravies cooked dum-style, or in their own steam and juices, which is the signature technique of this restaurant.
Where: ITC Windsor, Golf Course Road
Meal for Two: Rs 5,000
Timings: 7pm to 11pm
From a tiny, 20-seater, this veg-only eatery has grown and spread to accommodate 100-plus diners. It’s proof of the demand for the home-style vegetarian food here. The low-ceilinged space is made pretty with some ethnic touches and the tableware and tumblers are of copper. The Lahsuni Paneer Dhuendar with its smokiness is a popular appetizer here. Diet (or low oil and spice) sabzis are available on request and they aren’t bland or tasteless either. Between lunch and dinner, you can have a snacky meal of Aloo Vada, Samosas and excellent Masala Chai.
Where: 7th Block Koramangala
Meal for Two: Rs 500
Timings: 12:00 to 11pm
3. Rasovara – The Royal Kitchen
Rajdhani, which was one of the most popular restaurants in UB City, has been transformed into the more upscale and expensive Rasovara, and serves pure vegetarian fare. It’s an open deck overlooking the piazza of this swank mall and is usually crowded for lunch and dinner. The must-do Rasovara experience is the Royal Feast, which begins with a shot glass of a traditional beverage, a lovely selection of crispies and chutneys and meanders through such a huge line-up of chaat, snacks, rotis, gravies and rice dishes, you’ll be left groaning by the time dessert arrives.
Where: UB City
Meal for Two: Rs 1,500
Timings: 12 pm to 3:30pm | 7pm to 11pm
Riwaz slips effortlessly into the swank modern style of the Ritz Carlton. A sober colour palette and minimalist decor create the mood for a sophisticated dining experience. The showpiece of the place is the open kitchen where you watch the making of sheermal and the meticulous plating of dishes. The nibbles are one of my favourite things at Riwaz – crunchy Fritters of Spinach Leaves and Beetroot and Lotus Stem Crisps. The Assiette of Baked Yogurts is a very nice way to end the indulgence that is dinner at Riwaz. There’s an excellent wine list and the knowledgeable staff can guide you with pairings.
Where: Ritz Carlton, Residency Road
Meal for Two: Rs 4,500
Timings: 1pm to 3pm | 7pm to 11pm
So much has changed on MG Road, but Tandoor lives on. Its interiors, certain to have been considered stylish once, have begun to look a bit fusty. But warm service and some very good North Indian food is what you should go to this old MG Road restaurant for. It’s crowded most days, especially with tourists; I can’t help thinking that Tandoor must be getting some very good mentions in travel guides. Given that it’s called Tandoor, the kebabs are a speciality. If the Chicken Tikka is a good benchmark for judging a restaurant’s kebab offerings, then Tandoor emerges right on top. Do not miss the Badami Kheer here.
Where: MG Road
Meal for Two: Rs 2,500
Timings: 12 pm to 3pm | 7pm to 11pm
Once ‘Made in Punjab’, it is now a buffet restaurant specializing in grills. One of the major attractions at BBQ’D is the table-top grills. The grills come in a steady stream and the skewers can then be placed on the coal-fired grill at your table and you can baste them with an assortment of marinades and sauces on the table. It makes for a dose of DIY fun as well.
Where: UB City
Meal for Two: Rs 1,500
Timings: 12 pm to 4pm | 6:30pm to 12:30am
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