Tight budgets, extra classes, and pick up street food aptly sums up your life if you’re in the University of Delhi. An average day in a student’s life is constituent of meeting deadlines, pushing deadlines, and daydreaming about food. So why not take a day off and forget the budget to treat yourself at one of Delhi’s numerous culinary marvels.

The following list will take you on a journey through the flip side of sustenance with 5 restaurants to indulge your fanciful food cravings from.

Caution: These places come with the risk of making your already tight monthly budget, even tighter.

1.Cafe Dori (Dhan Mill Compound, 100 Feet Road, Chhatarpur)

The cafe venture of an already famous luxury leather brand, Nappa Dori, Cafe Dori doesn’t disappoint in terms of both food and ambiance. Hidden in the Dhan Mill compound on hundred feet road, this relatively new cafe is what dreams are made of. With a wide space constituent of Nappa Dori’s ideation center, shop and cafe, the minimalist setting and clean interiors are perfect for those who want an authentic taste of Europe.

2. Cafe Diva (N Block Market, Greater Kailash–1)

One of celebrity chef Ritu Dalmia’s many restaurants in Delhi, Cafe Diva is something straight out of the Sex and the City. Its modern interiors, sparkling Pellegrino and a wide range of wine will definitely be worth the hole in your pocket. Situated in the N Block market of Greater Kailash 1, this is the perfect place to rest your tired toes and nourish your famished soul after a long day of shopping.

3.FatJar Cafe & Market (Block A, Kailash Colony)

The new kid on the block, FatJar Cafe and Market is the place to be, especially if you’re in the mood for some of the best gourmet pizza in town. Located in a rather obscure part of Kailash Colony, this place is easy to miss if you’re passing by. Their wood fire oven defuses the delectable fragrance of fresh pizza before it even reaches your table. It has a dynamic menu that changes every day as per the chef’s new creations along with the option to purchase different types of meats, cheeses, and pastas among other homemade items offered in their wide range of European products.

4. Fig and Maple (Block M, Greater Kailash II)

From the owner of Ivy and Bean, comes Fig and Maple, the Continental and Italian, a restaurant in Greater Kailash II. The saying: we eat with our eyes first, applies perfectly to Fig and Maple’s aesthetic food presentation and it only gets better when you take that first bite. Breakfast has never looked better with their absolutely stunning pancakes and juicy pulled meat burgers. While stiff with their pricing, this place definitely delivers in terms of both food and presentation.

5. Andrea’s eatery (First Floor, Select City Walk)

Hidden in a small corner of the bustling Select City Walk, is this cosy European restaurant that serves Italian, Thai, and Indonesian cuisine. With a delightfully unusual menu in the form of a cookbook, the restaurant has a wide variety of pasta, risotto, and ravioli among other Italian delicacies. It’s attractive lighting, overall ambiance, and delicious food makes this a place a must visit.

While stiff with their pricing, these restaurants are sure to offer you an experience like never before. With Delhi’s culinary scene bustling with marvelous flavours and cuisines from all over the world, we’ve just scratched the surface of the numerous brilliant restaurants out there. Treat yourself to some luxury, it’ll be worth it.


Feature Image Credits: Redfoodie

Meher Gill

[email protected]


Feeling nostalgic because you are not home this festive season? Fret not; we bring you a few restaurants that are almost as good – if not better – than ‘ghar ka khaana’!

Diwali is around the corner, and a lot of us cannot go back to our homes because of internals, less number of holidays and exam blues. While Delhites and fellow students are excited about spending the festive season with their parents and scrumptious food, we bring you a list of restaurants you can go to if you miss that home-made cooking.

For the Bengali Connoisseurs
For the Bong Connection!
  • City of Joy (for Bengali food)

This restaurant not just captures the nostalgia for Calcutta with its black and white posters and rustic ambience, but also creates food that will remind you of home. It will do so because City of Joy gets their spices and fish from Bengal itself! Try their Chicken Rezala and Diamond Fish Fry.

Location: Aravali Shopping Complex, Alaknanda

Cost for two: Rs 800

Find the place on zomato: https://www.zomato.com/ncr/city-of-joy-alaknanda-new-delhi

Ethnic herbs and spices to tingle your taste buds!
Ethnic herbs and spices to tingle your taste buds!
  • Bamboo Shoot (for Assamese, Naga and Manipuri food)

As soon as you enter this place, the smell of spices and bamboo shoots will engulf you along with some decent music and traditional Naga furnishings. Once you taste their food, you’ll want to come here every day to send away your nostalgic blues. Try any of their three thalis and Soibum Eronba (Bamboo Shoot special).

Location: Gupta Colony, Lajpat Nagar

Cost for two: Rs 500

Find the place on zomato: https://www.zomato.com/ncr/bamboo-shoot-kitchen-lajpat-nagar-4-new-delhi

From the land of Wazwan and rich flavours.
Mild in taste, rich in flavour. Kashmiri delights.
  • Khyen Chyen (for Kashmiri food)

Located at a food court, this place won’t give you the feel of being in Kashmir, but the exquisite food probably will. Their food is organised into portions like ‘only me’, ‘hungry’ and ‘very hungry’ which makes it comfortable. Try their Tabakh Maaz, Zafraan Qawah and Ale-i Yakhni.

Location: Second Floor, Select City Walk, Saket

Cost for two: Rs 800
Find the place on zomato: https://www.zomato.com/ncr/khyen-chyen-saket-new-delhi

Some of the world's most delicious foods...Kerela.
Some of the world’s most delicious foods…Kerela.
  • Kerela Food Channel (for Kerela food)

The simplicity of South Indian people reflects in the decor (or no decor) of this restaurant. With only a single page menu, a few tables, no air conditioning, huge portions and quick service, this place is minimalistic and comfortable. Try their curries and off-menu Buff Fry.

Location: DDA Flats, Ground Floor, Kalkaji

Cost for two: Rs 300

Find the place on zomato: https://www.zomato.com/ncr/kerala-food-channel-kalkaji-new-delhi/maps

For the wonderful flavours of Bihari cuisine.
For the wonderful flavours of Bihari cuisine.
  • Potbelly Rooftop Cafe

A quaint little place nestling in South Delhi, that is not easy to find but wonderful to be at. The furnishings are colourful and homey with terracotta pots and glass lanterns to set the mood and the food is gorgeous. Try their Golmirch Chicken, Dehati Fish and Chips and Keema Aloo Chop.

Location: 116 C, Fourth Floor, Shahpur Jat

Cost for two: Rs 800

Find the place on zomato: https://www.zomato.com/ncr/the-potbelly-rooftop-cafe-shahpur-jat-new-delhi


What are you waiting for? Run to these places if you can’t run home!


Anagha Rakta

[email protected]


If you’re wondering what just opened up at “that petrol pump near JMC” we will put an end to your curiosity! This snazzy restaurant is Fast Trax, a fast food joint certainly in the league of Mc Donald’s. However, don’t jump to conclusions and presume the prices on the menu are proportional to the eatery’s swanky ambience. One is pleasantly surprised to discover that this was not the case and the food items are easily affordable! The first time you go there, I suggest you opt for the “20 Rupees Wala Burger”. They have certainly come up with innovative though extremely unusual names for their burgers. The cheapest vegetarian and non-vegetarian burgers are called “rock star” and “don” respectively. These could be coupled with any beverage ranging from iced tea to the chocolate milkshake. But for all of you who would wisely choose water out of this range, we advice you to carry your own instead of buying it from here! After you eat the scrumptious don or rock star, we doubt you would try anything else because they are definitely  “value for money” burgers.

But for all those rare times when your pocket is a little fuller and your stomach considerably empty you can go ahead and try a “California”, a good buy for all you mayo-chicken freaks. Now what we don’t want you to try is the pasta simply because of the lack of consistency in its taste.   Also if you decide to say, “I’ll have the rajma-rice box” at the counter, go home for your mum makes it best! One can even indulge their sweet tooth in the delicious chocolate desserts they have to offer. All in all I declare Fast Trax  is a fairly good place




(your feed back would be well appreciated. Aditi is available at [email protected])