This joint, operating since 1913 in the closeted bylanes besides Jama Masjid, is synonymous with heavenly non-vegetarian food in Delhi. A greasy spoon eatery, Karim’s has scaled the peaks of widespread acclaim, gracing newspaper articles and accolades from travelers around the world.
Location: Matia Mahal, Gali Kebabiyan, Jama Masjid
How to get there: Metro to Chawri Bazar Metro Station. Take a rickshaw from there.
What to try: Mutton Seekh Kebab, Mutton Burra, Chicken Ishtew, Tandoori Roti
Tip: Do not order Punjabi dishes and then whine. Do not expect five-star service.
2. Rajinder Da Dhaba
Part of South Delhi food legend, Rajinder Da Dhaba opens in the evening and plays host to multitudes enjoying its wide-ranging delicacies. For the variety, perhaps one could rank it higher than Karim’s.The dhaba tag is a misnomer now, as there is seating and the business has evolved manifold. No Delhi food sortie is complete without a visit.
Location: Safdarjung Enclave Market
How to get there: Metro to AIIMS Metro Station. Auto-rickshaw from there.
What to try: Galauti Kebab with Mughlai Paratha, Chicken Satay, Malai Tikka
Tip: Enjoy your food outside on the scooters. Avail the seating and the price goes higher.
3. Al-Javed Kebab
Most Delhiites might swear by Khan Chacha, but this hidden-away joint lambasts the more-known favourite as pure hype. Nestled behind the main market, this once-in-Khan-Market eatery serves better food, with greater quantity and quality, and is definitely cheaper. For starters, a Coke can is not for 50 bucks here.
Location: Defence Colony Market, behind the main line of shops
How to get there: Metro to Lajpat Nagar Metro Station, rickshaw from there.
What to try: Kakori Kebab, Afghani Chicken, Chicken Tikka, Mutton Korma
Tip: Say goodbye to Khan Chacha.
4. Khan Chacha
It is famous for its Non Vegetarian Kathi Rolls.The main outlet is in Khan Market but now new outlets are opened at other parts of Delhi. No-nonsense takeaway stop for lovingly created kebabs and wraps as well as flavoured kulfi.
It is a fine dine restaurant that serves Mughlai and other North Indian dishes .It has three outlets in Delhi and all of them have a very calm and pleasing ambiance.Glass walls and wicker chairs give this hotel restaurant serving Indian food an outdoor vibe.