National Geographic Traveller
First-time visitors to Delhi are usually harangued about ticking the classics off their list: dal at Bukhara, chhole bhature in Bengali Market, or daulat ki chaat in Chandni Chowk—and justifiably so. These are all food legends, but the city has far more (and better) to offer. Here’s a more updated list of Delhi’s best restaurants, one that includes institutions like Andhra Bhavan as well as contemporary favourites such as Indian Accent and The Toddy Shop.
Named after dive bars in Kerala where fresh palm toddy is served, The Toddy Shop dishes out appams and Malabar parottas that would satisfy even nitpicky ammamas. The Malayali food menu features dishes like Stella’s Potato Roast, kothu porotta, and feisty Kerala chicken fry. There’s plenty for vegetarians too: the soondal, Bengal gram tempered with mustard and coconut, is delicious as is the avial. To have a traditional toddy-shop meal, get the kappa-meen: fish curry with a side of tapioca.
1-A Hauz Khas Village, Second floor (8010187777). Daily, noon-midnight. Meal for two: ₹1,200.