Every few years, Delhi sees a new food hub come up. A neighbourhood that finds restaurants mushrooming and diners flocking to it. In the past, this position has been enjoyed by Khan Market, Lodhi Colony, Hauz Khas Village, Mehrauli, and Vasant Vihar. And now the baton’s been passed to Aerocity. The area near the airport has been buzzing with the news of restaurant openings for the better part of the past year. With a substantial number in its repository now, we did the rounds and have picked the best restaurants in Aerocity for you to dine at.
What’s cool about this restaurant is that it calls itself the city’s first tapas bar, with small plates carrying flavours from across the world. Even better, they follow a zero-waste policy, and the bar, Nectar, uses all natural ingredients, checking the right trend boxes. To find a space as huge as La Roca is a rare today, and its Spanish, cave-like domed high roof adds to the aura of vastness. The menu is interestingly divided into Dough, Fresh, Fire/Smoke, Umami, Saucy, Crunch, and Sweet. Based on the kind of texture or flavour you want, you can pick dishes across Indian, European, American, and Asian cuisines. Don’t miss the beetroot carpaccio, dumplings, and vanilla pod infused dark rum when here. Add to this upbeat music that gets your feet tapping during a cocktail evening.
Where: 6, Lower Ground Floor, Worldmark 1
If a fun, comfort food filled meal is what you’re looking for, Tappa is where you should head. An expansive menu of over hundred items, they primarily do North Indian cuisine, with popular dishes like dimsums and pide pizzas also making an appearance. Enjoy preparations like palak naan, duck gassi kulcha, chilgoza kofta, Old Monk soaked lamb boti, coke & salted caramel popcorn cocktail, and more. From a daytime bistro to a spirited bar in the evening, Tappa seamlessly transforms its vibe everyday.
Where: Shop no. 3, Ground Floor, Worldmark 1
Imperfecto Shor has our attention for a unique reason — it’s a single space that’s a 24-hour cafe and transforms into a nightclub over weekends. Separate areas for both, the expansive eatery has a flair for the dramatic, with the decor being a play on Roman and Renaissance architecture. Serving comfort food, the menu features seasonal ingredients, and the cocktails follow Delhi’s latest trend of serving an appetiser along with your tipple. Try their quinoa fruits pudding and chicken teriyaki, and look forward to a youthful, buzzing vibe, which makes it one of the best restaurants in Aerocity.
Where: Hotel Pride Plaza, Hospitality District Asset 5A
Ideal for the Instagram generation, Plum by Bent Chair has focused as much on their design as the food. The space has plum-coloured interiors, Victorian wall art, a roof clothed with planters, and a giant bear called ‘Plummy’ at the entrance. Being India’s first retail restaurant, everything here is up for grabs, whether it is the chair, the plate, or the artefacts. One usually doesn’t associate truffle with Pan-Asian cuisine but they use it generously in a few dishes that you simply cannot miss, like the salmon truffle tuna sushi, spiced turnip cake, and Nutella banana uramaki.
Where: The Walk, Worldmark 2
With mindful consumption at its heart, the restaurant puts locally sourced, fresh, and healthy food on your plate. The menu is based on native ingredients, with a focus on grains. And you can choose from nutritional flatbreads, healthy bowls, fruit smoothies, and locally-sourced coffee and tea procured from sustainable farms (there’s a retail space to buy No. 3 Clive Road tea and Roasted Today Coffee). The Levantine is a healthy pizza if there was one, with avocado, hummus, and fresh mint, and the Artisan Rice Bowl is a fun take on the Bengali jhal muri. Also try the dessert flatbreads, as this is one pf the few restaurants where you can binge without guilt.
Where: Andaz hotel, Asset No. 1, Northern Access Road
The dreamy, rustic French café has some hearty mains and desserts on the menu. Once you’ve Instagrammed the space, dig into their French onion soup, beetroot wellington, coq au vin, crème brulee, and vanilla custard rolls. French dishes done in a way that appeals to the Indian palate is their stronghold, and if you want to feel like you are in a European bistro, this is the place to try, undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Aerocity.
Where: Indira Gandhi International Airport, R2, Aerocity worldmark 1 lower ground floor