Not many people appreciate European cuisine and if they do then they become fans for life. This cuisine may not be as popular as Chinese and Italian but it has a certain flavour which beckons the diners towards it. Originated from Europe this cuisine was mastered in France so a lot of techniques come into play here. The sauces itself are robust and complex like red wine reduction that have found a way to endear itself in the country. For residents of Delhi the arrival of European cuisine happened decades ago in shape of five star restaurants and slowly they gained momentum with the gourmets. Further on you can read about such places who created the base for European cuisine in Delhi. ‘Orient Express’ of Taj Palace Hotel has been the city’s go to place for scrumptious European fare since 1982. With a cellar full of best wines in the city the restaurant is an interesting piece of work, designed replicating a bogey of Venice-Simplon orient express.
When asked about scenic European restaurants any foodie worth his salt will tell you about ‘Olive Bar & Kitchen’. Within the stone throwing distance away from Qutub Minar, Olive is set up in a bungalow with beautiful gardens which makes for a great dining area. For spectacular and romantic ambience make ‘Indigo’ at One Golden Mile your next dinner destination. A brainchild of Rahul Akerkar Indigo is elegant and so very sophisticated. The food here is sublime especially the bisque and the risotto which is flown in from Bombay. A product of the terrific chef duo Jatin and Julia, ‘Tres’ is charming and completely invigorating. The location of Lodhi Colony attracts the right kind of attention and client pool who are enchanted by the delicious modern European fare backed by Portuguese and Spanish music.
People go to ‘West View’ if not for their delicious food then for view alone. This roof top restaurant gives the patrons a stunning view of Lutyen’s Delhi while they nibble on the fantastic grilled dishes the place is so popular for. ‘The Grill Room’ is what the name suggests, a grill room of The Lalit Hotel. Headed by the son of the founder Keshav Suri, the restaurant is very posh and upscale. The menu boasts of some of the best pieces of meat cooked to perfection by the talented team. Pair them with the right wine to enjoy it best. For ambience dine on the open terrace of ‘Cherie One Qutub’ at Mehrauli gazing on the beautiful monument of Qutub Minar. The interiors of the restaurant are just as classy and stylish. Order for a pizza and a glass of your favourite red to go with it and you’ll be fine. Delhi lends its own touch to these restaurants by giving them a stunning backdrop of old heritage buildings and lush landscape. Although pricey these places are refined and cook authentic European fare at its best.