India Unbound’s Secret Delhi: Of eating, drinking and dancing

Here are some of our tips for places to go in Delhi during your tour of India.

Best spot for a cocktail and a splurge . . .

1911 at The Imperial in Connaught Place: if you can’t afford to stay at The Imperial, then at least stay for a drink at 1911. Ai at MGF Metropolitan Mall in Saket: Japanese Restaurant and bar – great decor and ambiance. For when you can’t face more rice and dahl.

For a more modest night out . . .

QBA in Connaught Place is a popular bar and well located, especially given that a majority of Delhi’s night life takes place in South Delhi. Blanco in Kahn Market is especially worthwhile for a post shopping wind down, with 2 for 1 happy hour up to 8.00pm.

Latest hot spots . . .

Agni at The Park in Connaught Place and F Bar at Ashok Hotel in Chanakyapuri attract the late, hip crowd. Expect to dance and spend freely. Living Room Cafe & Kitchen in Hauz Khas Village has great ambiance with live music (something of a rarity in Delhi), good food and reasonably priced drinks.

For good food, I send people to ….

Punjabi by Nature in Raja Garden: recommend for a contemporary take on popular Punjabi food.

Park Baluchi in Hauz Khas Village has wonderful food in a serene setting. A great way to break up the tiring task of shopping in the Village.

Masala Art at Taj Palace in Chanakyapuri has a superb menu – an interactive show kitchen and authentic spices makes this restaurant very popular with travellers.

Zest at DLF Emporio Mall in Vasant Kunj: with multiple cuisines and a great bar on offer, this is one of the most happening upmarket places in the city.

Saravana Bhavan in Connaught Place for excellent, cheap and healthy south Indian food. Try the thali set meal.

For rich, spice-laden Kashmiri cuisine, Chor Bizarre at Hotel Broadways in Old Delhi has a quirky atmosphere and good food.

Karim’s in Old Delhi (adjacent to Jama Masjid) – an oldie but a goodie, this 96 year old favourite serves up royal Mughal cuisine at its best.

Colonel’s Kababz at Main Market in Defence Colony – their boneless butter chicken and nan at this stand up eatery is as good as it gets