The foodie culture in Delhi is well known! Everyone here loves to eat–who wouldn’t when there is all that delicious food available in every nook and corner of the city? Apart from the local food, Delhi also provides cuisines from other parts of India. If you want to taste authentic regional cuisine in Delhi/NCR, here is where you should go!
The Categorical Eat Pham – Manipuri Cuisine
The one BHK of founders Ashok Mutum and Porei Yambem was turned into a cosy ten-eater space for Eat Pham. Eat Pham brings the best cuisine that North East has to offer. The founders are both foodies with experience in the field. Their location of Humayunpur in Safdarjung is apt considering the high population of North Easterners in the area.
Cooking style: Their ingredients arrive from Manipur, keeping the food authentic. Ngari/Fermented fish is their prime ingredient. They make thick gravy using a green peas daal called ooti. They serve River Snails, a Manipuri delicacy, with a spicy sauce mixed with chives and pepper. Their duck meat is cooked over days of marinating and garnished with jack saw coriander and freshly chopped onions, it just melts in your mouth. The fish curry needs a special mention which is refreshing with tomatoes and heavy dosage of garlic and coriander. Singju is their salad and goes perfect with the entire menu.
Our pick– Fish/Chicken/Pork/ Duck thali. It comes with all the crucial dishes that make a Manipuri palette complete. Their Black rice pudding is the perfect end of this scrumptious home cooked meal.
Location: 120 A, Ground Floor, Humayunpur, Safdarjung Enclave
Cost for two: Rs.400
Contact: 0114181 2089
Hornbill – Naga Cuisine
This basement restaurant in the friendly Safdarjung is a venture of the heart. Young foodies Elivis Khevito Lee(32) is the only one from Nagaland , Raj Rai (28) is from Darjeeling , Rakesh Singha (28), Th Amar Singh (28), H Rameshwar Singha (25) are from Assam. They are working towards lessening the dearth of cuisines from the far east in Delhi. Inspite of their varied ethnicity, they serve Naga Cuisine and their perspective of the land of the Nagas and their cuisines is quite an expert take. The use of bamboo in the decor and snippets of Nagaland with warm lights give the space an ambient atmosphere. Hornbill has room for large groups and their proportions are perfect for a hearty meal..
Cooking style: You can smell axone(fermented soya beans) and bamboo shoot when you enter, and that will immediately create your appetite. The bamboo shoot, which is a necessary condiment in Naga Cuisine, is brought freshly from Nagaland. So are almost all its herbs and its chillies like the Raja mircha and also an aromatic spice called michinga. Pork is the crux of this restaurant but their fish curry was exceptional. With generous portions of Rahu, the curry is served with either green chillies or red chillies and boiled to perfection with bamboo shoot and other Naga spices. Elivis Khevito is the chef and Boka Ho and Rocci Patton’s equal expertise on the cuisine helps in the perfect plating of the traditional cuisine they serve in traditional bamboo paraphernalia.
Our pick: Either of the thalis–Smoked Pork, Chicken, Fish; which comes with dal and boiled veggies is a delightful choice. The smoked pork dishes with bamboo shoot, axone, and sesame seeds or yam is also finger-licking good.
Location: 104/A basement backside NCC gate Safdarjung Enclave
Potbelly – Bihari Cuisine
This rooftop restaurant in Shahpurjat serves cuisine from the state of flavourful cooking, Bihar. Founder Puja Sahu (38) was a fashion designer before she turned to her mother’s expertise on this cuisine. She trained Raju and Pappu and they have been serving impeccable food since 2011. The rooftop location gives an edge for a beautiful view of scenic Shahpurjat. An antique look and bright colours produces an arty atmosphere. The food is served in innovative crockery and it rightly fulfils the requirement of delicacies of Bihar in the capital.
Cooking style: Mustard oil is used to cook everything and the Panchforan (a mixture of five ‘panch’ spices ‘foran’) and khada masala flavours burst in every bite. Aubergine is used to its optimum taste.
Our Pick: Phish Phingers, Litti Mutton, Bihari Burger, Pudina Chicken Pulao, Aam Panna
Location: 116 C, 4th Floor, Shahpur Jat
Cost for two: Rs. 1,000
Mizo Diner-–Mizo Cuisine
Over the years, Gurgaon has been nurturing places that serve great food. Ki Hangla is one of them. It celebrates Bengal and Dhakai cuisine.
Cooking style: Fish is the core ingredient and they use bhapa which is a method that is used delicately for flavors to seep into the fish. Their version of devilled eggs is called Dimer Devil and deep fried eggs with a coating of potatoes were never so delicious. The love for fried food can be well relished in Ki Hangla. The menu has a wide array of Kolkata rolls. The Dhakai Fish Tikka is the bursting of flavours as you bite into it dipped with the Bengali mustard sauce. Try out their Illish Biryani too which will uncover unknown taste buds in your mouth. The dishes with Shorshe means that it has sesame seeds and is made into a curry with curd and other condiments. The use of Methi (Fenugreek), Rangpur Masala, Bolpur spices is what makes the rendition of Dhakai Cusine at Ki Hangla so exact. Of course any meal is not complete in Bengal without its sweets. The Roshogulla, Sondesh, Payesh, Dorbesh are all eclectic in taste and rings the bells of nostalgia of their dear old Bengal.
Our Pick: Dhakai Fish Tikka, Doi Begun, Illish Biryani, Mishti Doi
Location: A 201 & B 101, Supermart 1, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon
Cost for two: Rs.750
Contact: 099584 83355
R J Kabul–Afghani Cuisine/ Indian Cuisine
This venture is born out of passion. Musha (29) had been an advertising personnel for the last five years and Kunal (29), a software engineer worked with moghuls Adobe before starting to contemplate on the kind of cuisine they wanted to serve. The qorma berry biryani in the menu is Musha’s own creation and its sweet and spicy combination will make you crave for more. Their third partner Himanshu works with OLX is the most balanced out of the three and keeps everything in check. There is a slight opportunity that you might even be invited for one of Kunal’s famous weekend house parties that he holds in rooftops of his apartment(s). Food is the core for these day scenes and the fun is additional. We are so glad that Delhi is making everyone feel at home by creating relationships of the heart through the stomach.
Our Pick: Qorma Berry Biryani is the most unique take on Biryani I have ever tasted. Yakhni Biryani and Butter Chicken is the perfect blend of spices and meat marinated to melt in your mouth.
Location : Upper Ground Floor, Shop 2, 3/31, Shivalik Road, Malviya Nagar
Cost for two: Rs.600
Which of these places have you eaten at? Tell us in the comments!
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