When in Paris, you have to try a baguette; in London, you must buy some fish & chips and in Bavaria, you’ll find some of the best soft pretzels in the world. Similarly, Delhi’s name over the decades has come to become synonymous to that of kebabs.
Visit the sophisticated restaurants in the metropolitan areas of New Delhi or walk through the quintessential lanes of Old Delhi to discover some of the oldest kebab houses for an authentic local experience.
Here is a guide to the best kebab points in Delhi:
Voted as the ‘Best Indian Restaurant’ four years in a row by a UK based restaurant magazine, Bukhara at the ITC Maurya is without doubt the best place to visit. Here not only do you get to satisfy all your kebab cravings but you also get to enjoy an authentic Mughlai inspired tandoori fare. This ethnically designed restaurant boasts of specialities such as the best slow cooked Bukhara dal that is simmered overnight before serving, and the choicest of marinated meat that will almost bring tears of joy in your eyes. The restaurant has loyal patrons, many of which are celebrities and even international personalities.
Khan Chacha’s Kebab Corner in Khan Market
Khan Chacha started out as a hole in the wall place that offered delectable fare at an affordable rate. A favorite of the young college kids and locals alike, today this place has grown into a restaurant complete with terrace seating and a romantic ambiance. Head over to this place for its famous chicken tikka kebabs wrapped in the thinnest roomali rotis or amazing mutton kakori rolls.
Karim’s at Jama Masjid
This decades old dhaba initially started off by serving only two items, aloo gosht and daal served with roomali rotis. The restaurant, when started in 1913, was based on the idea of serving “royal food to the common man”, which in turn is believed to be the reason for their success today. Try some Dil Pasand Seekh Kebab or the difficult to master chicken Burrah this place is known for.
Rajinder da Dhaba
This legendary dhaba is said to be one of the few places that has not compromised with the quality and taste of their culinary delights over the years. Sample the chicken galouti roll that will just melt in your mouth, shammi kebabs that are to die for or the more adventurous mutton burrah rolls. Till date, it remains a crowded place regardless of the time of the day. Regular customers even go as far as claiming that this place serves food that satisfies not only your hunger but also your soul!
Gulati at Pandara Road
Gulati is known for its service, presentation, cleanliness a nd its well trained staff. But most of all, it is known for catering to its vegetarian clients as well as their non vegetarian customers. With a wide array of kebabs being served here from kasturi kebabs to the vegetarian dahi kebabs, Gulati’s surely takes care of everyone’s needs. Patrons from outside of Delhi even go as far as getting Gulati’s kebabs frozen and shipped to their houses for later use.