Where to eat North Indian or Mughlai in Delhi? 28 places you Must Try!

We all know how popular North Indian & Mughlai cuisines are, and despite their fame, Delhi remains their home by default. The city is full of thousands of food joints and for a tourist or new comer to the city it might be a challenge to find best examples of our kebabs, curries and Butter Chicken. Here is a list of 28 places across all locations and price points to help making a choice easier.

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We all know how popular North Indian & Mughlai cuisines are, and despite their fame, Delhi remains their home by default. The city is full of thousands of food joints and for a tourist or new comer to the city it might be a challenge to find best examples of our kebabs, curries and Butter Chicken. Here is a list of 28 places across all locations and price points to help making a choice easier.

This list is complied and shared by Rajeev Gulati

Thought of sharing my comment made on a post for rest of Eatlo members who might not have been following the post….

For Delhi and strictly for North Indian or Mughlai cuisine, my suggestions would be in following order…..

■ For Price : higher to lower

■ For Multiple suggestions : In order of more liked to lesser liked

Curry at Ashok & Ashok in Sadar Bazaar

1. Any one of following in 5 Star Category

● Dumpukht at ITC Maurya

● Bukhara at ITC Maurya

● Masala Art at Taj Palace

● Jamawar at Leela Palace Hotel

2. Any one of following in extraordinary food category – Non 5 star

● Indian Accent

● Setz at Emporio Mall

● Gulati’s Spice Market at Saket

● Chor Bizzare at Broadway hotel situated at Asaf Ali Road

3. Any one of following in Unlimited Indian Food Category

● The Great Kabab Factory at Radisson Blu Mahipal Pur

● Made in Punjab Restaurant at Cyber Hub (Lunch unlimited, Dinner A La Carte)

● Indian Grill Room at Suncity Golf course Road Gurgaon

● Bar Be Que Nation at Janak Puri

● Pirates of Grills at various locations

4. Any one of following in Regular Restaurant Category

● Kwality Restaurant at C.P.

● Gulati’s at Pandara Road

● Havemore at Pandara Road

● Invitation Restaurant Ashok Vihar

● Embassy Restaurant at C.P.

5. Any one of following in Dhaba Category

● New Khalsa Restaurant at Mayapuri
● Khurana Restaurant at Gaffar Market Karol Bagh
● Ajit Khalsa Dhaba at Chattar Pur
● Ashok & Ashok at Sadar Bazar or Zee Corner at East Patel Nagar – But for their Mutton & Chicken Curry only

6. Any one of following in Roadside Takeaway for having food in car Category

● Al Kausar at Chanakya Puri or RK Puram

● Al Kakori at Punjabi Bagh

● Blue Water Grill at Punjabi Bagh

● Entire Restaurants complex market at Rajouri Garden opposite Surya Hotel

● Kay’s Bar Be Que at Rajouri Garden or Ashok Vihar

● Saleems at various locations

Our Members would add more in these categories from their preferences. Please add your comments to the blog.

These are strictly my choices and are bound to be different than individual choices of our members.

 

Author: Shashank

CFE – Cheap Food Enthusiast Entrepreneur by birth, hippie by heart he is here just because he loves to eat. This adventurous biker is constantly looking for new avenues to satisfy his insatiable hunger for food & life. Though he loves sugar dense food, there is nothing sugar coated about him- brutally honest with his words, he often ruffles feathers with his stark naked opinions about food, fancy restaurants & orthodox ideas.

16 thoughts on “Where to eat North Indian or Mughlai in Delhi? 28 places you Must Try!”

  1. I am more of a catergory 5 and 6 guy and I have huge difference of opinion in there. Khurana is sad, very sad, plus in a city like Delhi there can be so many places that can be plugged into 5 and 6 .. 😛

    1. Changezi
    2. Rajendra da Dhaba
    3. Ganesh Macchi

    Numerous other vegetarian Dhabas.

    Also the Restaurants complex in Rajouri Garden is quite pathetic for me. These days only Bhangra Kitchen stands out, baaki sab sad… 😛

    1. Absolutely agree with you that it's choice of writer, but eating there from my childhood days till date and I always felt that they are synonym of Mughlai food in Delhi and was a bit surprise.

  2. And yes Karim’s is missing from the list – talking about Mughlai its hard to beat the good food that they serve at their Jama Masjid outlet. Their Seekh Kebabs, Mutton Burra, Badam Basanda, Nahari, Ishtew are all to die for. But remember given the nature of food there would be a huge difference in the satisfaction you derive out of the place. A Winter visit would be much more gratifying than summer.

  3. Would strongly disagree with category 5 & 6. Purani Dilli restaurant in Zakir Nagar (especially for their haleem), Al Zahid Nemat Kada at Sadar Bazar (especially for their methi chicken), Haji Noora’s nihari at Bara Hindu Rao, Moinuddin’s kebabs near Ballimaran are a few names that comes to my mind. Also, despite their popularity strictly in my opinion Al Kausar is sad. Any day I would prefer some place like, say, Azam’s Mughlai at Khan Market over Al Kausar. Also Mughal Darbar inside JNU campus is another place that comes to my mind.

    1. Thanks for all those recommendations, would be tremendous help to other food lovers. And I have been fortunate enough to try all of the joints recommended by you expect form Al Zahid Nemat Kada and Azam’s Mughlai and would agree to awesomeness of all of them. However Al Kauser is a different league as all those places you have mentioned – no one can touch Al Kauser in Kakori and Galauti Kebabs. Also they way they make their Biryani – cannot be matched by any of those names.

      Secondly please do guide what is a good time to visit Al Zahid Nemat Kada and do they have seating and all to accommodate few of us foodies?

  4. Unfortunately I have not visited Al Zahid in last few years, so I just hope things have not changed too much there. I have always visited that place for dinner. I have heard that the area is a lot more chaotic during day time. The place is large enough to accommodate seating for 15-20 people (we had a fairly large group of foodies from the EOiD group visiting that place a couple of times). However, no way you can park any four wheeler in the vicinity – better to leave them at RK Ashram metro station. Their methi malai chicken is the highlight of their menu.

    Azam’s Mughlai is actually what used to be called Aap ki khatir earlier – due to some legal dispute they have changed their name. Their khan market outlet does a good business, and I find their seekhs way better than the much overrated khan chacha. I am not too fond of Al Kausar, maybe because I do not like Kakori and Galauti much. I personally prefer the more meaty and robust seekh.

    1. Thanks for update dada. I was heartbroken when for last couple of years as I have not been to able to spot Aap ki Khatir in the area, while sab ki khatir seemed liked a terrible copy. Though AKK do have an outlet in SDA near Hauz Khas as well. But will give Azam’s a try now. Btw.. I used to like their Kakori kebabs only.

      Will do more research on Al Zahid, hopefully would be able to pay them a visit real soon.

  5. On recommendation of Soumya Dada went to Azam’s Mughal Foods in Khan Market today. Tried my favorite Kakori Kebabs with Rumali. The kebabs were melt in mouth and definitely among the best in flavor and texture. However I would prefer mine to a bit more ‘solid’ and not like a paste. Though they should break with fingers, however one should also be able to pick the broken piece with fingers.

    Find no reason to rate them under : Al Kauser – Malcha Marg, Al Quresh – Chanakya Puri, or Aap ki Khatir in SDA. All of them are at paar for me.

    Also this outlet used to be Aap ki Khatir earlier, now they have gone independent under Amam’s Mughal Foods.

    For the picture : http://www.foodiye.com/post/5221481/kakori-kebab-in-khan-market

  6. Me and my friends have this new favourite with the Chawla’s outlet at Panscheel Enclave. IMO, it is worth making it to the 5 or 6 category! Try it out someday.

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