If you are craving for rich Punjabi food or spicy meat dishes to snack on, food lovers in Delhi are sure to point you towards Pandara Road. Credited as a food paradise (particularly, a hub for butter chicken), the market area of Pandara Road is buzzing with people throughout the year, as they make their way to indulge in sinful treats likebutter chicken,barrah kebabs, chicken tikka,dal makhani and the like. While restaurants offering North Indian and Mughlai cuisines dominate the food scene there, there are also some serving Indian-Chinese and Pan-Asian fare. Here's our list of popular eateries in Pandara Road for a fitting meal -
This place has been drawing people to Pandara Road with its range of North Indian, Mughlai and Tandoori delicacies since 1959. While the restaurant wore a traditional look back then, today it is swanky and tastefully done up in modern decor. The menu is quite extensive, and you can pick from their Lucknowi, Hyderabadi, Kashmiri and Punjabi specialities or opt for all-time favourites like rajmachawal and dum biryani or seasonal sarson ka saagwith makki ki roti.Their range of kebabs are hot-selling, where you will find all the classics - kakori, galouti, seekh, malai tikka - as well as inventive dishes like murgh kulfi kebab, murgh olive seekh lajawab and murgh and gosht ki miloni seekh among others. Their well-priced buffet is extremely popular with guests. They also have a separate vegetarian restaurant in the vicinity called Veg Gulati.
Where: 6, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi Cost for two: INR 1,500
Located right next to Gulati, HaveMore is another favourite eatery in Pandara Road. In fact, some even argue that their food is more flavourful than that of Gulati, and as such there is a distinctive divide between the fans of the two restaurants. As the name suggests, the restaurant's clear motive is to make everyone indulge choosing from their lip-smacking range of delicacies. Signature dishes include butter chicken, barrah kebab, paneer tikka, stuffed mushroom and botli kebab. While they serve dhaba-style food, the look of the restaurant is not street-side but done up beautifully with comfortable seating, polished wood panels and intriguing paintings.
Where: 11-12, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi Cot for two: INR 1,500
From the makers of the most popular restaurant Indian Accent, comes this casual dining restaurant in Bikaner House known as Chor Bizzare. The theme-based restaurant tries to capture the spirit of a 'chor bazaar' and as such the decor is eclectic, with interesting furniture, artefacts and serveware. Specialising in North Indian cuisine with a soft corner for Kashmiri dishes, this is the place to head to in Pandara Road if greasy dhaba-style food is not your cup of tea. Fromchaats, kebabs and tikkas to butter chicken, dum biryani and an elaborate Wazwan, vegetarians too have plenty of options to choose from. Some of the must-tries include nadru yakhni, aloo bukhara korma, goshtaba and tabak maaz.
Where: Bikaner House, Near India Gate, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi Cost for two: INR 1,600
Another legendary restaurant in Pandara Road Market, Pindi has now expanded with three outlets in the city. However, their original eatery draws more attention. Set up post-Independence in 1948, it has been serving Mughlai, Indian and Chinese food since decades. Much like its contemporaries - Gulati and Have More - it too shows off an elegant, modern-style decor with textured wall, comfortable seating and dreamy lights. The menu pampers you with its wide range of dishes - from Tandoori specialties and seafood to spring rolls andmanchurian. Must-have dishes include seekh kebab, fish tikka,and keema kaleji among others.
Where: 16, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi Cost for two: INR 1,350
Set amidst the herd of North Indian restaurants in Pandara Road Market, Ichiban stands out for its Pan-Asian food offering. Here you can savour all-time favourite Indian-Chinese dishes as well as Thai and Japanese delicacies. The cosy decor adds to its appeal, while the numerous awards displayed on the wall makes you aware of its popularity. The dishes that are recommended by regulars include crispy honey chilli potato, golden fried prawns, chicken satay Singapore style, kung pao chicken and pork spare ribs.
Where: 9, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi Cost for two: INR 1,200
Carrying on the butter chicken tradition in Pandara Road, Chicken Inn may not be as popular as the other North Indian restaurants in the vicinity but it has its own fan following. With a name like that, it is evident that chicken gets more attention in the menu. Apart from North Indian and Mughlai, this place serves Indian-Chinese cuisine as well. Its most loved dishes include tandoori malai soya chaap,butter chicken, chicken malai tikka, chilli chicken, sweet and sour chicken and American chopsuey.
Where: 13-15, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi Cost for two: INR 1,500
After sinful meaty indulgences in Pandara Road Market, old-timers often walk over to Krishna di Kulfi for desserts. This little takeaway shop near Gulati has on display Indian favourites like matka phirni, kulfi, rabdi, falooda, gulab jamun, rasmalai and ice cream among other treats. For those checking their calories, there are sugar free options too. A winter favourite is kesarpista badam milk.
Where: 7, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi Cost for two: INR 200