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Eating out in Delhi on a Budget
05.11.2016 13:30

New Delhi, the capital of India, is full of attractions but is literally the food capital of India too. The mixing pot it has been for the past five centuries has provided it with a cuisine that is derived from many parts of the nation as well as the world. Diversity is second nature to all Indians and Delhi is the perfect example of the conglomeration of the nation.

Delhi, is a melting pot of various regional cultures with engrossing ancient monuments and heritage museums, vibrant performing arts scenes and some of the subcontinent’s yummiest places to eat. If you’ve only got a couple of days here, this article about Delhi things to see will help you make the most of it.

Don´t forget to visit the flea & street markets with miles of market vendors, that´s the place where you can get artefacts from all over India and you can shop and have a meal as well. One shop to visit if you don’t have much time is Dilli Haat, here you find lovely things, good quality and low prices.

India´s capitol is chock full of restaurants to explore, but of course there are so many amazing things to do and see in Delhi.

Presenting to you the various destinations in Delhi under various budgets (Budgets quoted are approximate only, and are for a meal for two.):

* $5-10 or Rs. 300-600

A lot of places exist in Delhi for the people who are on a tight budget. If you are a non-vegetarian, then you must try Al-Bake in New Friends Colony.

The golgappas in Chitranjan Park are meant only for those with a strong stomach and a penchant for spice.

For a South Indian Extravaganza, you should try Sagar Ratna in Malviya Nagar.

But there are many other places you should go to as well.

Dilli Haat, in Aurobindo Marg, is an amalgamation of the various state foods of India, and is the showcase of the ethnic wear of the country as well.

One can also go to Chandni Chowk's famous "Paranthe Waali Gali" to try some really great North Indian food.

In Chandni Chowk itself there is another great treat you must try: the Raj Kachori sold near Ishar Sharfi.

** $10-20 or Rs. 600-1300

People who are not afraid to splurge a little extra can go to various places in Delhi that have great ambience and food as well. One can go to Pind Balluchi located in South Ex. for a great North Indian food experience.

For a great Punjabi style paranthas experience you could try "Not Just Paranthas" in GK2.

You can also try the Big Chill chain of restaurants located in Select Citywalk and Kailash Colony Market that serve delicious Italian food.

Tapas World in Defence Colony serves a wide array of cuisine for those who like variety.

And for those looking for a "dhaba food" experience, should try out Angrezee Dhaba located in GK2. Another "Dhaba" that really takes it up a notch is the Rang de Basanti Dhaba in South Ex 2. this one completely takes one by surprise (pleasant surprise!)

*** $20-40 or Rs. 1300-2600

Delhi is the capital city and you would find power emanating from the restaurants in this range. Owned by famous personalities like film stars, singers, and other P3 celebs, these restaurants are the definition of posh.

Let me start with one of the most "cool" lounges in New Delhi, literally. The Ice Lounge located in MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket is exactly what its name suggests: a lounge made completely of ice. As you enter they make you put on heavy coats, and give you some vodka shots complimentary to beat the cold. The Lebanese and the Chinese that they serve is delicious.

For an amazing French cuisine one should also try out Rara Avis in GK2 whose Cordon Bleu and Savoyarde is especially recommended.

"Oh! Calcutta" in the International Trade Towers, Nehru Place is also a great destination if one wishes to have excellent Bengali as well as Sea Food. The ambience, decor and food of this place are amazing and you should not leave without trying their desserts for which West Bengal is famous.

Try and tell me what´s your favourite!

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