Delectable food, a luxurious ambience and immaculate service—these restaurants offer it all, right in the heart of the capital. By Shweta Gandhi
#1 Guppy by Ai
Set up by restaurateur AD Singh, Ai is famous for its assortment of Japanese delicacies. The restaurant serves the usual Sushi, Sashimi and Uramaki dishes, all with their delectable authentic flavours. The Guppy Signature Temaki Sushi, Chicken Nanban, Guppy Signature Pork Belly and Exotic Mushroom Gyoza are just some of the chef’s recommended dishes. The mains are yet another ballgame—take a taste of the Grilled Market Fish, Tenderloin Cubed Steak and the Exotic Teppanyaki Vegetables. The Warm Apple Cinnamon Prune Pie is a popular, must-try dessert. And if you’re an anime fan, the iconography at this restaurant is sure to excite you with its sculptures, murals, lights and clever use of Origami and metal.
Must try: The Guppy Signature Black Cod
Where: Main Market, Lodhi Colony
#2 San Gimignano
This restaurant promises a rich experience of Italian cuisine. With its tasteful decor, Italian Opera music and outdoor patio seating, it gives you the feeling that you’re in its namesake town in Tuscany, Italy. The grilled meats, greens and wood-fire pizzas are very popular. Their Parmesan Cheese Soup, Stuffed Calamari, Roasted Lamb in Black Olive Crust, Duck Ravioli and Pepper Chicken are the standout items on the menu. Specially selected Italian wines, produced using a traditional method in an old winery called La Gentilesca, perfectly match the menu and flavour of the dishes. If you have a sweet tooth, the Limoncello Sorbet is a must-try. And if you’re a regular guest, watch out for the nameplates put on the tables by the thoughtful waiters.
Must try: Parmesan Cheese Soup
Where: The Imperial Hotel, Connaught Place
#3 Indian Accent
For a contemporary take on the Indian cuisine visit Indian Accent, the only Indian restaurant to be featured in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 list by San Pellegrino. The restaurant is by celebrated and critically acclaimed chef Manish Mehrotra. The menu combines fresh seasonal produce and unusual ingredients to produce eclectic Indian dishes—Duck Khurchan Cornetto, Tuna Bhel Ceviche, Old Monk Rum Ball and Warm Doda Burfi Treacle Tart are just some of the exciting dishes available here. For the perfect date, opt for the Chef’s Tasting Menu paired with their suggested wines.
Must try: Old Monk Rum Ball
Where: The Manor, 77 Friends Colony
This is another famous Japanese restaurant in Delhi but varies in its offerings. Megu specialises in handmade tofu, crafting exquisite Sushi and Sumibi Aburiyaki (a unique grilling technique using Kyoto charcoal). Try the signature dishes, which include Yellowtail Carpaccio, Spicy Baked Eel and Crispy Kanzuri Shrimps for a truly Japanese flavour. With over 400 wine labels on the menu and 10 different types of Sake, this is where you should go to try out everything Japanese. Choose from a glamourous dining area, a Sushi counter, a private dining room and open-air seating.
Must try: Buta Bara Yaki
Where: The Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri
An Asian Cuisine Studio by master chef Vikramjit Roy, Tian serves a confluence of flavours from Japan, Korea, Thailand and China. Using molecular gastronomy Chef Vikramjit provides an avant-garde take on Asian cuisine. Some of the highlights include Daikon Wrapped Sea Bass, Hokkaido Scallops with Truffles, Lobster Wasabi Puff, Barbequed Chicken Puff, North Atlantic Salmon and Lobster Togarashi. Situated on the rooftop of the ITC Maurya, every element of the restaurant has been handpicked from all over Asia, reflecting its tradition and culture.
Must try: Herbed John Dory
Where: ITC Maurya, Sardar Patel Marg
Photograph courtesy (lead image): San Gimignano