In the Capital version of our super Mumbai list, we get Dilli’s most-in-the-know gourmands to dish on favorite delivery options in their neighborhoods. Since South and West Delhi are so large, we’re saving East and North another day—but we’ll get to you soon, we promise. Bon appétit!
Connaught Place: Beijing Duck & Homemade Ice Cream
Anshika Verma, food photographer and Rajinder Nagar resident.
Sarvana Bhawan: I love their curd rice in the summer. I wish they’d deliver thaalis too—but for that you need to eat in. P 15/9, Connaught Circus, Connaught Place, call 23347755, Rs 200 minimum order for home delivery within a 3 km radius, from 8 am to 11 pm, Rs 75 curd rice.
The Chinese: Non-Chinjabi, authentic Chinese. Absolutely love their duck. F 14/15, Middle Circle, Connaught Place, call 23708888, minimum order of Rs 1000 within a 1 km radius, from 12 pm to 10.30 pm, Rs 1195 for Beijing duck.
Giani: Yummy homemade ice cream, I order the mocha brownie or Belgian chocolate. It arrives on time and isn’t melted, wonderful in this weather! They also do really good ice cream shakes and sundaes. 84-85, Muncipal Market, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, call 65166606, Rs 200 minimum order within a 3 km radius, from 3 pm to 10 pm, Rs 70 for a scoop of Belgian chocolate.
Nizam’s Kathi Kabab: For mutton keema rolls. I really like their green chutney and make my rolls extra spicy. If you’re health conscious you can get them to make you a roomali roll, but it tastes best in an oily paratha. H5, 6 Plaza Building, Connaught Place, call 41513461, Rs 150 minimum order all over Connaught Place, from 11 am to 11 pm, Rs 150 for mutton keema egg roll.
Nizamuddin, Jangpura & Khan Market: Meat & Greet
Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan, Delhi city editor for Brown Paper Bag, author and Nizamuddin West resident.
Beliram Degchiwala: I love the fact that they shred their meat in their rolls, so you’re not biting off large chunks of chicken. Also, absolutely the best tandoori chicken: order it with the roomali rotis and ask for extra chutney. 2 8/24, Jungpura Extension, call 24310001, no minimum order within a 3 km radius, from 11 am to 11 pm, Rs 100 for a chicken tikka roll.
The Kitchen: Very nice khao suey, which tastes even better reheated. Also get excellent Irish lamb stew with garlic bread. 75, Khan Market, call 66487668, ext. 710, minimum order for delivery is Rs 300 within a 5 km radius, from 12 pm to 3 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm, Rs 279 for khao suey.
Nasir Iqbal: This is take-away only, but their biryani is so delectable I had to put in on the list. Get extra green chutney to go with it. They also make large, crisp shammi kebabs, best eaten with bread as a sandwich and great mutton fry— ask them to wrap this up in a plastic bag as paper bags tends to break with the grease. 268A, Nizamuddin Basti, Nizamuddin West, call 9891533000, from 11 am to 11 pm, Rs 100 for a chicken biryani.
Let’s Roll: This is a dinner staple for me, especially their mutton shammi kebab rolls, which are awesome with an extra layer of green chilli. They’ve recently added mutton samosas, perfect for a tea-time snack. Nizamuddin West Market, call 8447874711/9999958986, from 5 pm to 9 pm, minimum order of Rs 300 within a 3 km radius, Rs 75 for a roll.
Malcha Marg, Anand Niketan, Chanakyapuri: A House of Pearls?
Ritu Dalmia, chef & owner of Diva, Malcha Marg resident.
Moti Mahal: Whenever I go on a high protein diet, their grilled chicken is my savior – without a drop of butter or oil, but still delish. Also butter chicken here is the best ever, but that is a treat reserved for special cheating days. 20/48, Malcha Marg Shopping Complex, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, call 26118698, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 1000, 12:15 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 12 am, tandoori chicken for Rs 390.
Side Wok: Good for an above average oriental meal. I love steamed fish with ginger and pak choy dumplings. 3/48, Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri, call 46068122/33, free delivery within Malcha Marg, 12 pm to 11:30 pm, Rs 225 for pak choy dumplings.
Karam Puri, owner of Ploof, Anand Niketan resident.
Havemore: For boti kebabs and boneless butter chicken, especially in the winter. 11-12 Pandara Road Market, call 23387070, Rs 1500 minimum order delivery all over Delhi, from 11 am to 1 am, Rs 550 for butter chicken.
Chi: Delectable butter garlic prawns and massaman curry. C-1, Commercial Complex, SDA, call 46508753, Rs 500 minimum order in South Delhi, from 12 pm to 10.30 pm, Rs 345 for butter garlic prawns.
Sartoria: For pizza; I get thin crust with rocket, parma ham and goats cheese. Also ask for excellent chicken bolognaise which isn’t on the menu. 18A/C, Priya Complex, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar, call 9871154499, free home delivery up to 3 km with no minimum order, from 1 pm to 12 am, Rs 595 for the prosciutto and goat cheese pizza.
Mohan ji: This is my local kinara store. Ask for Mohan ji or Bansal ji, and they’ll send you Gatorade, bread, cigarettes and any other essentials. South Moti Bagh, call 24105810, from 9.15 am to 8.30 pm, Rs 100 for a packet of Marlboro Lights.
Anand Lok, Hudco Place, Asiad Village: Bombay Duck Takes a Lebanese Dip
Nira Singh, owner and chef at Chez Nini, Anand Lok resident.
Sushiya: Tuna rolls for me and avocado cream cheese rolls for my vegetarian husband. Also the prawn tempura. I like how wasabi comes in cute little containers, and I always need extra soya sauce, so ask for more! 1st floor, Select Citywalk, Saket, call 9312444086, Rs 400 minimum order plus delivery charges across the city, from 10.30 am to 10.30 pm, Rs 380 for prawn tempura.
Swagath: Absolutely love their Bombay duck, which I get with soft appams. I also like the packaging - it’s hard to keep food hot when it’s travelling and I think they do a good job. 14, Defence Colony Market, 24330930, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 300, Rs 400 for Bombay duck.
Tarsillo Nataloni, Chef at Flavors of Italy, Anand Lok resident.
Sagar: We only ever order their dosas. Both plain and masala versions are always crisp and buttery and come with generous portions of sambhar and chutneys. They travel really well, especially if you ask for the aloo-masala to be packed separately. Main Market, Defence Colony, call 24333440, free delivery within a 5 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 500, 8 am to 10:30 pm, Rs 105 for a butter masala dosa.
Cullinaire: We've sampled most dishes from amongst their Thai, Oriental and Lebanese offerings and so far have like everything! Raw papaya salad and Thai green curry lamb with steamed rice are staples. It takes some time before your order reaches you since they’re always busy, but they’re worth the wait, especially since they pack and label all containers neatly. Even soups arrive hot, without any spillage. 1, Chandan Market, S Block, Greater Kailash II, call 29218050, free delivery within a 6 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 700, 12:30 pm to 3 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm, raw papaya salad for Rs 150.
Shahpurjat & Panchsheel: Hip Central
Rajyasree Sen, chef/owner of Brown Sahib and Food for Thought Catering, former resident of Panchsheel.
Al Kauser: The best biryani and kakori kebabs, but call them an hour before you want the food. They send you the biryani in a lovely matka which you can reuse. Cook some mutton in it, it turns out great. Vasant Place Market, Sector 6, RK Puram, Delhi, 110022, call 7503429786/9891574786, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 500, 12 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm, Lakhnawi Dum Handi Biryani (Mutton) for Rs 220.
Aalis: For when you’re craving chicken rolls. These are nothing like Kolkata rolls, wrapped in lovely roomali rotis, succulent tikkas and seekh kebabs. Panscheel Enclave Market, Panscheel Park, call 26492859, Rs 500 minimum order within Panscheel Park and Panscheel Enclave, from 6 pm to 11 pm, Rs 150 for a double chicken, double egg roll.
Qureishi: Nobody makes butter chicken and dal makhani better than the Qureishi in GK 2. And they have a deadly green chilli raita. 8, Narmada Shopping Complex, Alaknanda, call 26032968, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 700, 7 pm to 11 pm, Rs 470 for butter chicken.
Chungwa: Expensive but good best Chinese food. Try mixed meat fried rice, double fried pork and prawn in black bean sauce, all of which comes nicely packed. Perfect for a dinner party as well. M 34, M Block market, Greater Kailash II, call 29213477, minimum order for delivery Rs 500 within a 2 km radius, from 12 pm to 10 pm, Rs 139 for Tom Yum soup.
South Extension, Masjid Modh, Niti Bagh: Our Back-Lard
Nisha Ravi, features editor at Brown Paper Bag Delhi and Niti Bagh resident:
Food Connexion: Great tandoori chicken and roomali rotis, plus faster delivery than anywhere else I know. They’ll bring you an order even if you call in as late as 11 pm! No 7, DDA Shopping Complex, Masjid Modh, free delivery within a 5 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 200, 11 am to 11 pm, tandoori chicken for Rs 200.
Daitchi: They’re slow to deliver your order, but it’s always piping hot and neatly packaged when it arrives. Get chop-suey loaded with meat and vegetables, jumbo prawns and chicken in hot garlic sauce. E19A, Main Market, South Extension 2, call 26257511, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 500, 12 pm to 3:30 pm and 7 pm to 11:30 pm, chop-suey for Rs 210.
Haldiram: The perfect place to indulge 24/7 breakfast cravings and a sweet tooth. Chola bhaturas are among the best that I’ve ever eaten, and go well with rasmalai or their thandai. Neat packaging is an added bonus. A7, Main Ring Road, NDSE, South Extension I, call 45066334/35, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 500, 11 am to 11 pm, Rs 82 for chola bhatura.
Karnataka: Great tamarind rice and buttermilk. Generous portions that arrive super fast, and you can ask them to either up the spice or reduce it, depending on how you like it. 60/5, Yusuf Sarai Market, call 9210011836/26862026, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 300, 7:30 am to 10:45 pm, Rs 75 for tamarind rice.
Lah: Think unbelievably delicious tamarind mutton stew and super soft malabar parathas, minus the wait for a table! Building No. 6, Hauz Khas Village, call 40524011, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum of Rs. 500, 11:30 am to 11 pm, Rs 300 for a portion of Tamarind Mutton Stew with a side of steamed rice or Malabar Parathas.
Hauz Khas, Hauz Khas Village, Green Park: Village Eats
Kartik Desai, owner of What’s Up Bharat and Hauz Khas Village resident.
Bagel’s Café: For the poppy seed and cream cheese bagel and a German cookie called Stroopwafel. 50, Hauz Khas Village, call 64702768, minimum order Rs 500 anywhere in the city, from 10 pm to 8 pm, Rs 30 for a Stroopwafel cookie.
Ziro’s: They don’t have an official delivery policy, but will deliver if you’re persuasive, a regular and live in the neighbourhood. The only place that delivers cheap college food until late at night, I like their Maggi and the buff fry. 24/3 Hauz Khas Village, call 26561268, no minimum delivery order for Hauz Khas Village, from 11 am to 1 am, Rs 225 for buff fry.
Tibb’s Frankie: They use a different combination of spices than the Bombay one, but I still really like them. Get the mutton bhuna roll, it’s not too spicy. 13 A , near Grey Garden, Hauz Khas Village, call 41078473, minimum order for delivery Rs 200 only in Hauz Khas Village, from 12 pm to 9 pm, Rs 70 for a mutton bhuna roll.
Yeti: For their meat and cheese fondue, served with pieces of bread. It arrives unbelievably hot, fresh and always on time. 50 A, Hauz Khas Village, call 41008883, Rs 400 minimum delivery order within a 5 km radius, from 12.30 pm to 11 pm, Rs 250 for Tibetan sausages.
Kanchan: This guy is like the dada of Hauz Khas Village. He runs a small cigarette shop, but has a kitchen behind it from which he dishes out hot thaali meals—the non vegetarian one has chicken, rice, vegetables, daal and rotis tastes of home cooked food. 6 Hauz Khas Village, call 9350824398, order lunch from 11 am to 4 pm and dinner from 5 pm to 6 pm, Rs 70 per meal.
Chittaranjan Park, Greater Kailash, Kalkaji: Confit Artists
Sylvain, co-owner of The Rose and Chittaranjan Park resident:
Nagaland’s Kitchen: Authentic Naga food, I especially like the pork ribs with the crispy skin. S2, Uphaar Cinema Complex, Green Park Extension Market, call 46088968, minimum order for delivery Rs 500 within a 3 km radius, from 12 pm to 10 pm, Rs 315 for pork ribs
The French Farm: They deliver great organic products and also confit duck! Add some fried potatoes cooked in the fat of the duck (not French fries), and you are in heaven. Call 49050404, minimum order for delivery Rs 1000, delivered all over South Delhi, Rs 950 for confit duck.
Krishan Pal, chef at The Second Sin and Kalkaji Resident:
Khidmat: Butter chicken and dal makhani and soft naans to go with! Vegetarians, try paneer pasanda. E9 Main Road, Near Deshbandhu College, Kalkaji, call 41600195/6, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 300, 12 pm to 11:30 pm, Rs 335 for a full plate of butter chicken.
Mainland China: A lovely variety of soups and fantastic accompanying condiments that come with any noodle dish that you order. I’d also recommend lemongrass chicken. E-4, Local Shopping Centre, Masjid Moth, Greater Kailash II, call 40535525/6, free delivery only in GK II for a minimum order of Rs 2000, takeaway options available, Rs 190 for wonton soup.
Moti Sweets: Get aloo tikkis fried in pure desi ghee and wholewheat gol guppas. We also order their aata laddus by the kilo! 2 Krishna Market, call 41414103, 10 am to 11 pm, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 200, 10 am to 11 pm, atta laddus at Rs 360/kg.
Uncle Chef: For great steamed momos and delicious thukpa that travels surprisingly well, arriving piping hot with all the fixings packed separately. 3, opposite Deshbandhu College, Krishna Market, Kalkaji, call 26466778/9891267190, free delivery within a 5 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 300, 11 am to 3 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm, Rs 50 for chicken momos.
Naivedyam: Really great rasam and vadas. I’d also recommend mixed vegetable uttapams. F12, Main Road, Kalkaji, call 26236151/6364, free delivery within a radius of 3 km for a minimum order of Rs 400, 11 am to 11 pm, Rs 60 for Rasam Vadai.
Sanjha Chulha: My staple here is either mutton barra or Hyderabadi biryani which is dum cooked and always fresh. It comes with a mild raita that is just lovely – plus, late home delivery! 27, C.S.C. Market 2, Chittaranjan Park, 41602525, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 300, 11:30 am to 12 am, Rs 150 for mutton barra.
Shivalik, Malviya Nagar, Saket: Court Food
Rakesh Puri, director/chef at Sattvik and Shivalik resident:
Chi's Kitchen: If we have a party at home, we just call for their hunan pot - wholesome and aromatic. G 70, ground floor, Select Citywalk Mall, call 40566919/9958934433, free home delivery within a 5 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 700, 12 pm to 11:30 pm, Chicken Hunan Pot at Rs 350.
Brown Sugar: Whole wheat momos served with different, spicy sauces! DLF Food Court, Saket, call 41680712, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 300, 11 am to 11 pm, a portion of momos for Rs 120.
Pind Balluchi: They do really great tandoori chicken and I can never resist their garlic naans. 32A, Corner Market, Malviya Nagar, call 9560544990 or 46068415/16, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 300, 12 pm to 11 pm, Rs 245 for tandoori chicken.
Waves: We love barra kebabs, butter chicken and dal makhani. Plus, the portions are big and they deliver quickly. A4, Sarvodaya Enclave, Aurobindo Marg, call 41681333, free delivery within a 5 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 500, 12 pm to 3 pm and 7 pm to 12 am, Rs 225 for dal makhani.
Gurgaon: Single Mall(t)
Varun Tuli, owner of Yum Yum Tree and Gurgaon resident.
Khaaja Chowk: We always order from here when we’ve been working late and just need a quick meal. Get the 20-piece kebab box for a no-carb dinner. I normally replace galouti with seekh. 3rd Floor, Plaza Mall, MG Road, Gurgaon, call 0124-4019112, Rs 300 minimum delivery order, free home delivery within 3km, from 12 pm to 11.30 pm, Rs 375 for a kebab platter.
Papa John’s Pizza: Though I normally don’t like chicken on pizza, I have to order a double topping of spicy chicken from here. The chicken has anise in it so it tastes like good Italian sausage. Ground Floor, DLF Cyber Greens, DLF Phase III, Gurgaon, call 0124-4057272 minimum order is any pizza, delivered up to a 3 km radius, from 11 am to 11 pm, Rs 225 for a regular Italian chicken sausage pizza.
Go Chaatzz: They do individual packing for all the chaat bits so they don’t get soggy. Golgappa chaat comes in thaali boxes, so you can mix and match ingredients as you like. DLF Galleria Market, DLF Phase IV, Gurgaon, call 9910698698, no minimum order, delivery up to 8 kilometres, from 11 am to 8 pm, Rs 45 for gol gappas. (bpb tip: this delivery service is currently on hold but will commence in ten days).
Picante: This small place is run by two business school alums. I get a burrito or the taco salad. Ask for no rice in the salad for a low carb option. 10 C, Upper Ground Level, DLF Cyber City, DLF Phase IV, call 0124-4061160, no minimum order within Cyber City, from 9 am to 11 pm, Rs 150 for chicken burrito.
Bill Marchetti, executive chef at Spaghetti Kitchen and Gurgaon resident:
Bernado’s: I lived for a year in Goa so I like authentic Goan food. Their roast pork is fantastic, and I order vegetables with coconut as a side. I’m not a huge fan of their packaging though, it comes in little bags which seem very old fashioned to me. B 242, Super Mart 1, DLF Phase IV, Gurgaon, call 0124-6518323, minimum order for delivery Rs 500, free up to 3 km, from 1 pm to 3.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm, Rs 280 for roast pork.
Rajouri Gardens & Janakpuri: If the Choux Fits
Abhijeet Thackre, executive sous chef at Taj Palace Hotel and Mansarovar Gardens resident:
Chawla’s Chick Inn: I love tandoori chicken and excellent seekh kebabs, and so do my kids. Also the tandoori platter has pretty good variety. They also have a loyalty programme with 10 % discount on your bill if you’re a regular! The food comes steaming hot and is very hygienic. The only problem is that it’s closed on Tuesday’s. 52-53, DDA Market, Rajouri Garden, call 25971111, minimum order for delivery Rs 200, Rs 210 for tandoori chicken.
Dominoes: I like their Farmhouse pizza, which comes with lots of vegetable toppings. J 2/20, BK Dutta Market, Rajouri Garden, call 25911601, minimum order any pizza, within three kilometer radius, from 11 am to 11 pm, Rs 170 for regular Farmhouse pizza.
Shamsul Wahid, chef at Smokehouse Grill and Janakpuri resident:
Grillz Fast Food: Great grilled chicken sandwiches with extra mayo coleslaw – its pure gluttony! The sandwich gets a little soggy by the time it arrives, but I think that just makes it taste even better. Janak Place, District Centre, Janakpuri, call 32999995, free delivery within District Centre for a minimum order of Rs 150, 12 pm to 9:30 pm, Rs 89 for a chicken cheese sandwich.
Karims: Perfect badaam pasanda that arrives on the double! The gravy is smooth and flavourful, the pasandas soft! A-23, Vishal Enclave, Rajouri Garden, 9711140800, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 300, Badshahi Badaam Pasanda at Rs 190.
Soni Bakers: I grew up eating their cream rolls and éclairs, which are still as delicious. J-89, Main Market, Rajouri Garden, call 25932643, 10 am to 10 pm, free delivery across Delhi for a minimum order of Rs 800, Rs 50 for a chocolate eclair.
Nirula’s: A double patty big boy burger, which was my childhood favourite is still pure awesomeness! Virender Nagar, near Bharti College, Janakpuri, call 9953556535 or 44010101, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs. 300, a Big Boy Burger (Mutton) for Rs 99.
Dwarka: Belly Up
Anisha Maker, chef/owner of Lah and Garage Inc and Dwarka resident:
Kadimi's: I am a hardcore carnivore but still love the food at Kadimi’s, which is pure vegetarian. They’re very prompt in their delivery and the best thing on their menu is dal tadka. First floor, Malik Plaza, Sector 4, Aashirwad Chowk, Dwarka , call 42270202/0404, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 300, Rs 100 for dal tadka.
Golden Dragon: They have the best Indianized Chinese food in Dwarka, but you have to tell them to make it well otherwise they can be casual about it. Stir fried items travel better than gravy dishes here. 304, Krishna Plaza I, Sector 4 Market, Dwarka, call 45531331/32, 12 pm to 12 am, free delivery within a 3 km radius for a minimum order of Rs 500, Rs 300 for stir fried chicken.
Soya Express: Afghani tikka rolls are really nice. Delivery is slightly slow. 8, Krishna Tower, Sector 12, Dwarka, call 32222756/7, free delivery within Dwarka for a minimum order of Rs 200, 12 pm to 11 pm, Rs 100 for an Afghani roll.
Aggarwal Sweets and Restaurant: The best muttar kulchas that you’ve ever tasted. 15, Aashirwad Chowk, Sec 12, Dwarka, call 9971046464, free delivery within Dwarka for a minimum order of Rs 300, 10:30 am to 10:30 pm, Rs. 25 for a muttar kulcha.
Did your door bell just ring? Bon Apetit!