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Kwality is a fine dining restaurant located at the heart of New Delhi, Connaught Place. It is possibly the forerunner in establishing a dining culture in India. Opened in 1940, this iconic restaurant still occupies its original spot in Connaught Place. While there have been changes in the decor, but the menu and the food have not changed much. Signature dishes such as the ‘Dahi Ke Kebab’, ‘Kwality Chicken Kebab’, ‘Masala Chops’ and ‘Cheese Balls’ are must-haves for appetizers. For the main course ‘Chana Bhature’, ‘Murgh Makhani’, ‘Chicken Bharta’ and ‘Taar Gosht’ go very well with the ‘Garlic Naan’. There is also a European food section, which includes dishes like the ‘Vegetable Au Gratin’, ‘Chicken Gaylord’ and ‘Coq Au Vin’. From dress code of the servers to foreign brass bands, from formal high teas to midnight dance, it is hard not to fall in love with Kwality.
With the moving time as most restaurants are heading towards the new and modern, there are some left grasping the old with both hands. Not everyone is rushing to transform themselves into another contemporary reproduction. Few are holding back to what they call their vintage best. There are several restaurants in Delhi NCR still carrying on its classic vibe and enchanting the diners with a glimpse into the era gone by. Kwality, an 80-year-old establishment, is doing exactly that. Known as Delhis oldest restaurant, Kwality first opened its doors in 1940, a lifetime in fickle ever-changing fine dining world. This iconic fine dining restaurant still manages to retain a distinct old-fashioned vibe, which many of its regulars still come back for. Since 80-yrs the restaurant is situated firmly at Regal Building, Parliament Street, Connaught Place, New Delhi.
Over 8 decades, Kwality name has become synonymous to high-quality, delicious food and even after all this time it still masters and presents a menu that encompasses North Indian and Continental dishes. Much of its menu has been perfected over time. A lot of variety is seen on the menu, easily multiplying your visits in near future. Order yourself their famous Kwality gin & tonic or a Vietnamese cold coffee to complement the meal. Tuck into, Kasturi kebab, cheese balls, stuffed tandoori mushroom, mutton gilafi, shakargand ramadana tikki, burrah kebab, palak patta and tandoori jheenga. Tease your appetite further with an assortment of mains such as, gobi mausallam, chicken roast in brown sauce, nalli meat Awadhi, veg au gratin, masala magaz, Irish stew and sole muniere.
Finish off with a cassata, crme caramel, bread & butter pudding, Parsi dairy kulfi and gulab jamun. Servers are all dressed up, which adds to the atmosphere of Kwality. It is one of the few restaurants in Delhi NCR to carry on formal high teas as a tradition. On entertainment front they offer weekend jazz band performances and a grand piano accompaniment during high tea and dinner every day. This iconic restaurant holds all its originality, which is key factor in their success. Many restaurants have come and gone but Kwality still prevails. Prices are a little high. Dcor is quite Victorian in style and pieces imprinted of Raj-era infuses old world charm and elegance to the dining space. The black & white photographs placed around the restaurant are interesting study. Kwality is a beloved time capsule worthy of your attention.