Love Oriental Food? Here Are 10 Great Restaurants To Try In Delhi

Mar 9, 2022, 17:40 IST

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If you want to go beyond the infamous Veg Manchurian, food enthusiast and traveller Rupali Dean has the list you need 

Whether you like your Oriental food traditional, or want to give your palate something more exciting to try, this curated list of the best is worth keeping handy. Get those chopsticks ready!


i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - Shang Palace - Mapo Bean Curd Sichuan Style

Shang Palace, 
Shangri-La Eros

Over five decades, Shang Palace has been serving up great Chinese cuisine. Here, old-style flavours work with contemporary techniques for an exceptional experience. Shang Palace’s Hong Kong and Paris locations boast Michelin stars, while other outposts can be found in cities from Istanbul to Beijing. The spacious interiors with three private dining rooms are the work of internationally-celebrated Dubai-based Stickman Design. On offer is authentic Sichuan, Cantonese and Yunnan cuisine, and the specialty chefs put together an inventive gastronomic line-up of authentic delicacies to elevate one’s dining experience.

Must-Tries: Baked Eggplant Puff, Sizzling Water Chestnut and Mushroom Dumplings, Crispy Vegetables with Sichuan Pepper and Nuts, Mapo Bean Curd Sichuan Style (above), Yunnan Style Asian Vegetables, Fried Rice with Garlic, Asparagus and Corn

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Megu, The Leela Palace

Acknowledged as a World’s 50 Best Discovery restaurant, Megu offers scrumptious contemporary Japanese cuisine, impeccable service and edgy but tranquil aesthetics. The decor by Design Studio Spin Inc includes a signature crystal Buddha raised over a pool of water with a Japanese bonsho bell suspended from the ceiling (above). Blending ultra-modern design with features from early Japanese culture, the result is outstanding: floor-to-ceiling dark oakwood columns, vintage silk kimono fabric on the walls of the private dining room, and a perky origami pattern decorating the sushi bar. The chefs work with ingredients sourced from Japan, using skills honed over years of study. Each dish is offered in a handmade plate or bowl inspired by the dish itself. The much-appreciated food by Chef Shubham Thakur is paired with the finest cocktails and sake for an unforgettable experience.

Must-Tries: Shira Ae, Crispy Asparagus, Hijiki Salad, Rock Corn Tempura, and Miso Aubergine

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Soy X Neung Roi, Radisson New Delhi

As a brand-new avatar of the award-winning Thai restaurant Neung Roi, it now offers a gastronomic trip through the Far East, with progressive Asian fare especially curated with the little-known ingredients of China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. The chefs here outdo themselves in ingeniously merging old-style cooking techniques to offer authentic Asian flavours. Make sure you order the handmade dim sum, and the amazing curries, which highlight the Thai way of using spices, enough but not too much. The sushi here is outstanding.

Must-Tries: Tod Man Khao Pod (Corn Fritters with Sweet Chilli Sauce), Yam Som O (Pomelo Salad with Crispy Onion, Garlic and Palm Sugar Tamarind Dressing), Butter Garlic Edamame, Shichimi Dust, Corn on The Cob, Togarashi Sriracha Butter, Wafu Dressing, and Truffle Fried Rice

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The China Kitchen, Hyatt Regency

A contemporary Chinese restaurant that familiarised Delhi with the traditional Chinese dining experience, The China Kitchen, set by the pool, encompasses four distinguishing components: an open kitchen that integrates five sections; five private dining rooms named after the provinces of China; the wine wall and tea bar; and the dining area. The ingredients are carefully chosen to maintain originality of flavour and to deliver an  authentic Chinese dining experience to guests.

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - The China Kitchen - Tofu and vegetables in soya sauce

Must-Tries: Spicy Green Dumpling, Chilli Tofu with Fried Cashew Nut, Peanut & Bullet Chillies, Mapo Tofu, Clay Pot Vegetables, and Chinese Greens in a Mild Garlic Sauce

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - Eest - Edamame dimsums

Eest, The Westin Gurgaon

The meal at Eest unfolds slowly. The chawanmushi (a steamed egg custard) is hands down the best in the city. The Miso Soup is flavourful and delectable. A great place to start is with the Dumplings with Vegetables; they taste best topped with one of the many available sauces. If carbs are your comfort, order the substantial sizzling Udon Noodles, tossed in a spicy basil and chilli sauce and mixed with mushrooms, peanuts, corn, tofu and chestnut. The mushrooms make it feel meaty and full of umami. Wash this meal down with some excellent green tea and exquisite sake.

Must-Tries: Edamame and Truffle Dimsums (above), Sushi, Chestnuts with Greens, Sweet and Sour Aubergine, Chawanmushi

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Soy Soi, DLF Avenue, Saket

Soy Soi transports you to the buzzing food streets of SouthEast Asia. The decor is red and black, with striking tubular crinkled suspended lights, accentuated with Asian frescos. The ever-growing menu features over 130 dishes, and offers a culinary journey through over eight countries in SouthEast Asia, curated to bring the signature experiences of street food, be it the smoky satays of Indonesia, the delicate dimsum of Hong Kong, the fragrant curries and salads of Thailand, the noodle soup bowls of Vietnam, the skillfully-rolled sushi of Japan, and more. This is a feast for all the senses, bringing to Delhi the sights, sounds, foods and aromas  of an Asian eat-street, replete with a live sushi counter, dimsum corner and an Asian-inspired craft cocktail bar.

Must-Tries: Truffled Edamame Dumpling (above), Crispy Lotus Root Salad, Veg Paradise Maki, Oh No Khauk Shwe, and Nyonya Pumpkin Curry

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Chô, Ambawatta, Mehrauli

Snuggled into a 160-year-old haveli by the Qutub Minar, this Vietnamese kitchen and bar pays tribute to a gorgeous land with warm, simple hospitality. Chô, a spin off the word ‘Chô nhà’ that translates to ‘home’ in Vietnamese, reimagines the pulsating street food and local favourites of the Mekong Delta and Nguyen Dynasty, offering a nourishing mix of old-style and unconventional dishes. The chefs use carefully sourced ingredients, the sourcing made smoother by the backing of the Embassy of Vietnam.  Chef Vaibhav’s exhaustive understanding of the  flavours of Vietnam across the country’s diverse regions is very evident in the food.

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - cho - Warm crispy eggplant with Vietnamese Caramel sauce


Must-Tries: Pomelo & GrapeFruit, Root Vegetable Dumplings, Crispy Asparagus & Herbs, Crispy Mock Meat and Vegetables tossed in Tso Chilli Sauce, and Mushroom Pho (Pho Chay)

Honk, Pullman Aerocity (main image)

This Pan Asian restaurant is the place to experience SouthEast Asian flavours in all their robustness. Offering food from key rice growing countries such as Thailand, Southern and Central China, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Burma, the gastronomic artists at Honk have travelled widely to explore rice variations from these areas to bring an immersive dining experience to the table. While the food takes inspiration from the street-style cuisines prevalent in Asia, the menu is curated to showcase gastronomic influences from the diverse culinary traditions of Asia, primarily Chinese and Japanese with a hint of Thai and Singaporean as well as a dash of Indonesian.

Must-Tries: Table-finished Mushroom Chestnut Dumpling, Stir-fried Exotic Mushrooms,  Mala Xiang Guo (deep fried vegetables), Spicy Avocado Dragon Rolls,  and Mapo Tofu

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - Harajuku Tokyo Cafe, Ambience Mall, Gurugram

Harajuku Tokyo Café, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

Planned by top architects to offer an atmosphere celebrating Japan’s pop culture and vivacious cuisine, this cafe transports you to the streets of Harajuku. The  idiosyncratic modern feel of Japan’s pop culture is simulated in the plan of the cafe in many ways - in the effervescent murals and many fun components such as a claw machine, Manga comics, a buoyant colour palette, Instagram-worthy art fittings, and LED panels that are so Japanese. A very noticeable part of the design story is the Ninja Chef symbol! The menu is inspired by Japanese bakeries and street food and fast food brought straight from the streets of Tokyo and Osaka, and it has been specially  curated for the Indian audience. The cafe offers a range of gastronomic delights from Japan, including the fluffy Japanese pancakes and cheesecakes, and the 12-inch-long Japanese fries. There is also an outlet in Select City Mall, Saket.

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - Harajuku Tokyo Cafe - hand pulled noodles

Spicy Avocado Cream Cheese Roll, Firecracker Tofu Ao, Hand-pulled Noodles in Chilli Oil (above), Eggless Chocolate Orange Cake, and Katsu Curry Rice Bowl Tofu

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - Mai Bao - Popiah

Mai Bao, DLF Avenue, Saket

This contemporary 50-seater Singaporean restaurant taps into the current street food trend and offers a premium dining view and delectable food straight off the streets of Singapore. Within effervescent interiors, it offers a colourful, quirky, lively ambience with subtle elements from Singapore. The menu is curated by celeb chef Jeremy Nguee from Singapore, who trained the team before the restaurant’s opening. Famous for being a melting pot of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian cultures, Singapore offers a comprehensive food smorgasbord that is one of the most pulsating in Southeast Asia. This is what the chef has tried to showcase on the menu at Mai Bao. 

Must-Tries: Veg Laksa, Mushroom Shengjian Bao, Popiah (above), Crispy Turnip Cake, and Nasi Goreng 

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