As Delhi finally unlocks with restrictions after weeks of the devasting second wave, restaurants and cafes are again looking to serve people willing to indulge any time of the week. This month, we have found five places in Delhi you must try if Indian cuisine (with a twist) is what you crave.
Cloud kitchens, a trend that picked up during the lockdown, is now the way forward for the F&B industry. Impresario Restaurant’s third cloud kitchen, after Hung Li and Boss Burger, Lucknowee brings the taste of Awadh to your homes. From Murgh Chakori Kebabs and Malai Khumb Tikkas to Bhuna Gosht Biryani and Nawabi Chole, Lucknowee provides a rich feast. You can also opt for appetizers like Hara Bhara Kabab, Murgh Lebnani Kabab, and authentic Lucknowee Galouti Kabab, and wholesome mains with a range of Nawabi Biryanis and Rasedar Bhuna Gosht and Lucknowee Khichda, and more.
Where to order: Order directly from Lucknowee and avail 25 percent off.
Price: Rs 1,500 for two
Nostalgia on a platter is how we describe Pracheen: India before 1947, a delivery-only restaurant in Delhi’s East of Kailash. Taking us back to the Mughal-era where Khansamas (old cooks) added flavour to the meal, Pracheen offers the delicacies of Punjab, Sind, and Baluchistan. Offering similar taste and feelings associated with every dish, they serve Mutton seekh makhmali (The Mughal Kitchen), Murg ke sule (Rajasthani), Paneer saunfia kebab, Dum ka murg (Hyderabadi), Prawn Moeli (Kerala), and more.
Where to order: Zomato, or DM on Instagram
Price: Rs 1,000 for two
Traditional nuances marry modern tanginess at Nibbana in Delhi’s Meharchand Market, Lodi Colony. They bring the goodness of different states to one platter where travel becomes the essence. Whether it’s Egg Kothu Parotta or Punjab’s Kulcha or Hyderabad’s Rumali Roti, Nibbana will spoil you for choice with drool-worthy Indian cuisine. They also serve a lush keto menu with ample fare options.
Where to order: Zomato, or their website
Price: Rs 1,500 for two
Jumping on the cloud kitchens bandwagon during the lockdown, Zorawar Kalra of Massive Restaurants that run brands such as Farzi Cafe, Pa Pa Ya, Made in Punjab, Bo Tai, Swan launched his first delivery-only space, Butter Delivery. It’s a small menu with ten dishes, all Indian favourites. You have Butter Tandoori Chicken, Butter Tandoori Paneer, Butter Chicken (the recipe created by the acclaimed food writer and restauranteur Jiggs Kalra), Butter Dal, Butter Paneer, and the likes. Currently delivering in Delhi NCR, they are planning to expand this business to other cities soon.
Where to order: Zomato or Swiggy, or order via website
Price: Rs 600 for two
A new entrant to The Dinner Box, a gourmet home delivery service that offers meals curated by some of India’s most celebrated chefs, is Hemant Oberoi’s Martabaan. Serving a contemporary classic Indian cuisine fare, Martabaan features Chicken Anticuchos, Ganderi Kebab, Dhokla Cupcake, and Bohri Lamb Kebab. Martabaan ka Meat is Chef’s main course offering, stuffed chilli pickle and palak edamame. And Truffle Cheese Kulcha, Andhra Pulao, and Gulab Jamun Tiramisu round out the meal. The limited-edition Martabaan menu is available for dinner from Wednesday-Friday and for lunch and dinner during the weekend.
Where to order: The Dinner Box website
Price: Rs 2,800 (non-vegetarian meal for two); Rs 5,400 (non-vegetarian meal for four); Rs 2,400 (vegetarian meal for two); Rs 4,000 (vegetarian meal for four).
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