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There’s no shortage of gastronomic delights in New Delhi, so resist the urge to continuously eat standbys like chicken tikka and palak paneer and take the opportunity to sample dishes from all over the country. Check out our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the five best places to eat in New Delhi:
1. The Spice Route. World-renowned designer Rajeev Sethi spent seven years creating this much applauded shrine to traditional art and cuisine in The Imperial hotel, where artisans revived a centuries-old style of hand-painting with vegetable dyes to brighten every crevice. The excellent food represents the cuisines along the original spice route, from Kerala through Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam.
2. Gunpowder. Located in Delhi’s bohemian quarter, this rooftop restaurant focuses on an oft-neglected corner of Indian cuisine: non-vegetarian southern dishes. The menu changes with the season, but it always includes spicy coconut curries and scrumptious appams (pancakes). Make sure to reserve ahead as this laidback but buzzy place is nearly always packed.
3. Orient Express. Although the legendary train didn’t travel as far as the subcontinent, the Taj Palace Hotel has recreated its splendor with opulent carriage cars, authentic crockery, soft piano music and fine French cuisine. In a city that isn’t exactly romantic, The Orient Express stands out as a cozy haven to share a glass of wine and a rich chocolate mousse at your leisure.
4. China Club. You may not visit India to eat Chinese food, but China Club puts a unique spin on its larger neighbor’s cuisine. This top restaurant in the corporate suburb of Gurgaon serves flavorsome Sichuan dishes, such as braised tiger prawns in chilly ginger sauce and sautéed lamb with black pepper.
5. Bukhara. Bill Clinton and Vladimir Putin are just some of the bigwigs who have enjoyed the juicy kebabs, zesty daals and fluffy naans that consistently earn this gourmet staple in the ITC Maurya, New Delhi hotel accolades. The no-cutlery restaurant features slow-cooked tandoor (clay oven) specials from India’s northwest frontier.