Jama Masjid, Gali Kababian, Old Delhi, tel. 011-326-9880
Considered the best purveyor of Mughal fare in Delhi, this restaurant owes its name to a 19th-century leader and is still owned by his descendants.
Ambavata Complex, tel. 011-664-4289
Located in the chic neighbourhood of Mehrauli, this restaurant serves succulent and very spicy Thai food. Patrons can enjoy a view of the Qutub Minar from its romantic rooftop patio.
11-12 Pandara Rd. Market
This restaurant serves generous portions of Punjabi fare in an unpretentious décor.
The Spice Route
The Imperial Hotel, Janpath, tel. 011-334-1234, www.theimperialindia.com
Ranked among the world's top 10 restaurants by Condé Nast Traveler, this establishment is cherished for its spectacular exotic decor and its Southeast Asian cuisine.
Claridges Hotel, 12 Aurangzeb Rd., tel. 011-301-0211
A wide array of spicy dishes is offered in this small restaurant, which was inspired by the small, inexpensive eateries that dot the Indian highways.
Basil and Thyme
Santushti Shopping Complex, Chanakyapuri, tel. 011-467-3322
Here, Italian and European fare provide a break from spicy Indian cuisine... A loyal clientele gathers here at lunchtime, and the restaurant provides a quiet and cool setting during the evening.
Hotel Broadway, Asaf Ali Rd., tel. 011-4366-3600
Chor Bizarre cooks up traditional cuisine from the Kashmir region, as well as a selection of Indian classics. The excellent dishes are served in a dining room decorated with exquisite antiques.