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China Fare
Price: Rs450. Unlicensed
A small, nicely decorated and simple restaurant in Khan Market, China Fare is popular among expats. It serves delicious Chinese food, prepared Indian style (spicy and hot) at reasonable prices with friendly service.
27a Khan Market, New Delhi
Tel: (011) 461-8602.
 
Karim’s
Price: Rs300. Unlicensed
Open since 1913, Karim’s is a Delhi institution. It serves Mughal food in basic but clean surroundings off a courtyard behind Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. The tandoori chicken is highly recommended. The bird is surprisingly served whole and spread-eagled but is quite delicious.
Hotel Bombay Orient, 16 Jama Masjid, New Delhi
Tel: (011) 326-9880 or 326- 4981.
E-mail: khpl@del3.vsnl.net.in
 
Machaan
Price: Rs700. Beer: Rs250
Attached to the Taj Mahal Hotel, Machaan, a 24-hour café serves a variety of styles of asian and European food, including Vietnamese, Thai, and Italian, on a continuously changing basis. It is a place to eat quickly and well for a reasonable price – the food is served buffet style, and the restaurant has recently been renovated.
Taj Mahal Hotel, 1 Mansingh Road, New Delhi
Tel: (011) 302-6162. Fax: (011) 302-6070.
E-mail: trn.delhi@tajhotels.com
 
Sagar Ratna
Price: Rs200. Unlicensed
Sagar Ratna, in the Lodhi Hotel offers southern Indian vegetarian food. The dhosas, idlis and uphapams, light yet filling, is a delicious alternative to the omnipresent Mughal food. The restaurant is large, which is fortunate, as it is very busy. The service is excellent and The sister restaurant in Defence Colony Market is more rough and ready but equally as good.
Lodhi Hotel, Lala Lajpai Rai Marg, New Delhi
Tel: (011) 436-4442.
 
Swagath Price: Rs500. Unlicensed
A new restaurant in Defence Colony Market, Swagath offers mughal, Chinese, and southern Indian cuisine in a serene, stylish atmosphere spread over four floors. Its specialty is seafood, including various fish gassis, fish sawantalis and fish malbaris. In season lobster and crab is available.
14, Defence Colony Market, New Delhi.
Tel: (011) 465-4537 or 4538.
 
Turtles Café Price: Rs150. Unlicensed
Turtles café is above The Full Circle bookshop in Khan Market. It is a nice place to read over a cup of coffee or to take a light snack lunch – a quiche or pasta bake. The café offers scones and cakes too and is popular with expats of all ages.
The Full Circle Bookshop, 5b Khan Market, New Delhi
Tel: (011) 465-5641.