Surprisingly, many of the most prestigious and highly-regarded restaurants in New Delhi do not, in fact, serve Indian food, with awards lists dominated by Japanese, Italian, French and Chinese restaurants. There remains, however, a thriving scene for food native to India, and worldwide favourites such as tandoori chicken have their origins in the kitchens of New Delhi. We take a look at ten of the best restaurants for local food and other Indian cuisines in New Delhi.
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Moti Mahal in Daryaganj is one of Delhi’s oldest surviving restaurants. Having been founded shortly after Indian independence in 1947, it claims to have introduced the recipes for tandoori chicken, butter chicken, burra kebabs and brain masala to the restaurant scene. It remains a great place to sample these north Indian delicacies, and it has remained in its original premises with an internal courtyard and a simple, authentic atmosphere. Moti Mahal has expanded into a global chain with branches in almost every city in India under the chairmanship of Monish Gujral, the grandson of founder Kundan Gujral.