Delhi is not just the political capital of the country but it is also the food capital of the country with tremendous legacy behind it. It is believed that food from the capital was so popular back in the days that people from across the world would travel to Delhi just to get a sense of its authentic Mughlai, Indian and Kashmiri food. Though that time may have passed but still today in Delhi, exist from treasures that are serving culinary brilliance from generations.
In this exclusive feature at What’s Up New Delhi, we list down for you 7 Vintage Restaurants in Delhi that you must visit today.
Established in the year 1913, Karim’s is nothing less than a heaven for non-vegetarians and has satisfied their palates for over a century now. One may find the Karim’s at different locations across the capital and the country now, but its original restaurant near Jama Masjid in old Delhi is still in function and serves the best Mutton Rogan Josh, Keema Paratha, Chicken Tikka and Seekh Kebabs in the world. More than just food, Karim’s is an experience that one needs to have at least once in their lives.
Where: 16, Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid, New Delhi
Cost: INR 900 for two
Moti Mahal Restaurant
Creators of Butter Chicken in India is what the world knows them as but let us tell you that Moti Mahal Restaurant in Daryaganj is so much more than just that. Its oldest outlet, the vintage outlet as we would want to call it still has the same décor and same ambience since 1947. In fact, their menu too has remained mostly untouched and their food is still magnificent. Unlike Karim’s Moti Mahal is one place that offers plenty for vegetarians too but their staple Butter Chicken is still better than what most 5 star hotels would ever serve. Period!
Where: 5051/21-22, Netaji Subhash Marg, Dariya Ganj, New Delhi
Cost: INR 1200 for two
United Coffee House
There is a very interesting story that holds the United Coffee House since 1942. It is believed that this is the restaurant where politicians, government officials and freedom fighters used to meet to plan about the second world war as well as the Independence of India. Back in that era, United Coffee House is known to have set the standards of dining experiences in India and in many ways the restaurant continues to do. Our pick from their menu- Keema Samosa, Tomato Fish, Cutlets and blended Coffee.
Where: Shop No. E-15, Inner Circle, Near Adidas Showroom, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Cost: INR 2500 for two
Parathe Wali Gali
There is no restaurant or Paratha Shop in Parathe Wali Gali that deserves more recognition than the others as the entire lane will go down in the books of history as the most iconic place in old Delhi. Pandit Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan Paranthewala shop was established in the year 1872 and it was in the late 1960s that it finally earned its name. Also, Pt Dayanand Shivcharan (set in 1882) and Pt Baburam Devidayal Paranthewale (estd. in 1886) are best known to serve best deep fried parathas that have stood the test of time.
Where: Near Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk, Delhi
Cost: INR 500 for two
There is a lot that changed at Kwality, another iconic restaurant in the heart of Delhi that is known to have been established over 60 years back. However, what has not changed is the immortal vibe of the restaurant and its stunning food that till today sees generations of loyal and satisfied customers. The legendary restaurant serves the best flavours in Tandoori pompfret, tar gosht and kakori kebab.
Where: 7, Regal Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Cost: INR 1300 for two
The Embassy Restaurant
Established in the year 1948, The Embassy Restaurant too has a heritage that no other restaurant in the capital can match up to. Till date, the restaurant serves the best Chicken Stroganoff, Tomato Fish, Dal Gosht that you can find and matching up to it is the ambience of the restaurant which speaks for itself.
Where: 11 D, Connaught Place, Connaught Place Between Inner and Outer Circle, New Delhi
Cost: INR 2000 for two
Pandara Road is another popular eating hub in Delhi and one of its most popular restaurants Pindi is believed to have started in the year 1952 and has continued its domination since then. Known back in the days as a place that served the best Chole Bahturas, Pindi over the years has become a full-fledged restaurant that sees thunderous crowd of loyal eaters all year along. A lot has changed in terms of the décor of the restaurant however, what remains unchanged is the unmatched hospitality of the restaurant as it delivers even the minimum orders to furthest locations in and around NCR.
where: 16, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi
Cost: INR 1800 for two
Roshan di Kulfi
Nestled in the bustling Karol Bagh is Roshan di Kulfi, famous for its kulfi and falooda and is ranked third in our list of 6 vintage restaurants in Delhi. A meal of exotic paranthas is never complete without being punctuated with a dessert with an Indian twist as we’re purely focusing on Indian delicacies in this post. If you are a tourist or simply making Sunday plans to dine out then head for the Paranthe Wali Gali and finish off your Sunday brunch at this legendary Kulfi destination. The almost half-a-century old Roshan Di Kulfi could be your ideal stopover in this sweltering Delhi heat. Kesar pista kulfi topped with plain faluda has been a godsend for ages.
Where: 2816, Ajmal Khan Rd, Block 34P, Beadonpura, Karol Bagh, New Delhi
Cost for Two: INR 600
Moti Mahal Restauarant
As old as independent India, Moti Mahal was established in 1947. Moti Mahal is the first restaurant in India to introduce tandoori cuisine – butter chicken and tandoori chicken in India. Located in possibly one of the most ancient parts of the capital, Moti Mahal restaurant boasts of having served to some of the most renowned personalities from across the country and abroad as well. It has seen patronage from none lesser than Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, John F Kennedy, Maulana Azad, Shah of Iran and Richard Nixon to name a few. In its more recent times, Moti Mahal was visited by none other than renowned master chef Gordon Ramsay, who also visited the kitchen of this ancient restaurant.
Where: 5051/21-22, Netaji Subhash Marg, Dariya Ganj, New Delhi
Cost for two: INR 1400
Indian Coffee House
Here is another histrionic restaurant added to our list of 6 vintage restaurants in Delhi and most of these are as old as the Independent India. While the first Indian Coffee Workers Cooperative Society (ICWCS) was founded in Bangalore on August 19, 1957; the first coffee house under this cooperative society was opened in the same year in New Delhi on October 27, 1957, at the Theatre Communication Building, Connaught Place where today’s Palika Bazaar is situated.
Where: Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi
Cost for two: INR 400