This is by no means an extensive list of where to go when in Delhi, more a few places we stumbled into while we were there and very much enjoyed:
An unassuming little place on Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi which started life in 1790 (223 years ago) but is the most famous sweet shop in Delhi. Try the pista ki laung – a dense pistachio sweet made from fresh young pistachios, butter and sugar. If you’re there in the Winter, try the gazak – a warming sesame seed and palm sugar biscuit. (From around £3 per kilo)
Fantastic chops. Perfectly spiced and perfectly cooked with a charcoal coat but melt-in-the-mouth meat. Another of Delhi’s treasures – the story goes that Karim’s was set up by an old chef from one of the Royal Mughal kitchens who wanted to provide the same food to the man on the street. (Mains from £2 – located 168/2 Jha House Basti, close to Jama Masjid)
(See post above) expensive but worth it. Make sure you have the Murgh Malai Kebabs, Dal Makhani and Raan.
United Coffee House
It is worth a visit for a sense of the old British Raj. An armed guard stands to attention and opens the door into a dining room from the past, decorated with chandeliers and complete with uniformed waiters. The chole pindi (Punjabi-style chickpeas) were dead tasty and so soft. They have a good selection of chaat too. (Mains from around: £4 -Connaught Place, 15 E Block)
In the lovely leafy Hauz Khas. Gunpowder serves up it’s own brand of Goan and Keralan food. We loved the Prawn Fry on crispy coriander and onions and the Goan Pork Curry was exceptionally tasty, although the meat was tough. Gunpowder is known for it’s Toddy Shop Curry, described at ‘robust and sour’ – which it was. (Mains around £5. 22 Hauz Khas Vilage, 3rd Floor)
It goes without saying that if Tannie is willing to have you over for dinner, I would urge you to go. She’s a fantastic cook and can be contacted here.