From the joy of snuggling inside your blanket to enjoying the warmth of the heater, there are innumerable reasons for loving winters. But for people living in Delhi, there is another reason to love this cold weather – Best winter food. Like every city, Delhi has its own luscious tales of love with food. Now that winter has finally arrived, you will find restaurants doing special winter menus. To make things easier for our fellow foodies, we have laid down a neat little list of the most comforting wintery foods for you to hog on in Delhi NCR.
The Cheese Fondue is amazing! Either order a Beer or Jalapeno flavored melting pot that is served with delicious Mushrooms and Croutons or the Sourdough Fondue Bowl that comes with Grilled Chicken Bites and Char-Grilled Broccoli and you’ll have a good time. Both come with a pot spiked with three Cheese sauces that define true cheesy indulgence.
Must Haves: Good Ol’ Mac n Cheese, The Great Irish Fish n Chips and Drunken Prawns
Cost for two: ₹ 1600
Talk about winter special food. The menu at Shibuya entails authentic recipes of contemporary street food of many South East Asian countries combined with the best of produce and ingredients sourced from the finest farms and suppliers in the country and around the world. Shibuya is a bright and quirky outlet with innovative Japanese food. The Vegan Ramen with ‘Tofu, shiitake, asparagus, bok choy, broccoli and Shibuya Braised Pork Ramen with ‘braised pork, Shiitake mushroom, bok choy, scallion, shoyu egg’ are worlds apart but both equally scrumptious and filling.
Must Haves: Chicken Gyoza, Veg Gochucjang Noodles and Wonton Bowl, Coriander Lime Fish, Tamarind Crunch Fish.
Cost for two: ₹ 1800
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One of the best Tibetan and Nepali cuisine serving outlets in Delhi catering to your craving for winter comfort foods with their famous Thupka and Momos. A bowl of their piping hot vegetable/ meat loaded Thukpa with plenty of noodles and steamy momos to accompany is an abundant serving of happiness that not even the most popular Chinese restaurant in the city can hold a torch to. The Keema Thupka with options to choose your meat is a complete meal in itself.
Must Haves: Wai Wai Sadeko, Mutton Momo, Thakali Thali Fish, Aloo Ko Achar.
Cost for two: ₹ 1500
This unparalleled French bakery prepares everything to perfection. One of the best spots to head to for wholesome brunches or hearty meals any time of the day, Paul and everything it has to offer will have you by surprise. Make sure to sip on their amazing Hot Chocolate this winter in Delhi NCR and order something savory too.
Must Haves: Masala Egg Bhurji, Spiced Chicken in Brioche, Paul Iced Chocolate, Waffles and Paul Chicken Salad
Cost for two: ₹ 1500
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Punjab Grill offers a creative blend of Mughlai and North Indian specialties from the Punjab region. This authentic chain of restaurants aims at serving a little bit of Punjab with every single bite. With winters already started in Delhi NCR, it’s the perfect weather to enjoy the delectable Sarson Da Saag. This dish is incomplete without the soft Makki Di Roti. With an extensive variety of dishes to choose from, it's their Sarson Da Saag with Makki Di Roti makes us keep coming back for more every winter.
Must Haves: Dal Punjab Grill, Dahi Ke Kebab, Chaamp Taajdar
Cost for two: ₹ 2000
Everyone's favorite Big Chill is the OG when it comes to desserts. Their winter selection includes the classic indulgent Victorian plum cake filled with brandy-soaked dry fruits, which also comes packaged in pretty hampers that are perfect for the Christmas season.
Must Haves: Sticky Toffee Cake, Double Chocolate Decadence, Apple Crumble, Banoffee Pie, and Irish Cream Cheesecake.
Cost for two: ₹ 1400
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Daryaganj is quite a famous fine dining restaurant in Delhi NCR and is a tribute to Mr. Kundan Lal Jaggi who was the inventor of iconic dishes like Butter Chicken, Dal Makhani & few more all of which they claim to have the original recipes of. Their delicious Inventor’s Platter is a delectable ramp walk of Daryaganj Originals – Chicken Pakora, Tandoori Chicken, Mutton Burrah and Tandoori Malai Jheenga. The preparation is phenomenal and so adored by Delhites that we just can't seem to have enough of it.
Must Haves: Butter Chicken, Dal Makhani, Kulfi Drop Tray, Butter Paneer, Saag Meat
Cost for two: ₹ 1300
This rich winter-special treat is not just unique for how it tastes but also for how it's made. Thick, creamy milk is churned, then the foam is scooped and kept separately–this process is continued till the thick, foam forms a heap, after which sugar and dry fruits are added and collected in a large paraat and stored on ice to retain their taste and texture for the morning. Daulat ki chaat only appears during winter because, in high temperatures, it collapses and loses its texture. Old Delhi is the best place to sample Daulat ki chaat with multiple carts spread all over the walled city offering the freshest versions of it all winter. If you’ve eaten this before, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, you have quite some time left to plan a trip to Chandni Chowk and get your hands on some.
Cost for two: ₹ 150
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Bhawan is an all-day dining restaurant serving regional Indian chaats, snacks, mains and mithais from across the country. This beautifully decked-up street food-themed restaurant with comfy-looking furniture is open for customers, offering both indoor and outdoor seating options. The cane-backed chairs, potted plants, books, mosaic floors, and art deco accents, are just a few of the many highlights of this place. While the street food options are infinite, their Saffron Jalebi served with Rabri cannot be missed. This thin and crispy kesar jalebi with chilled rabri is something one cannot miss!
Must Haves: Mango Golgappas, Thalassery Jackfruit Biryani, Bhawan Mutton Curry, Tamatar ki Chaat, Kerala Chaat, Pork Bacon Kachori.
Cost for two: ₹ 1800
This one's a no-brainer. Mamagoto's selection of signature rice/noodle bowls and tantalizing dumplings are the perfect solution to all your winter woes. This beloved Pan Asian restaurant serves a really great variety of vegetarian, and non-vegetarian Asian offerings loaded with a plethora of exotic ingredients that really enhance the flavor to an exceptional level. Their Bhupi’s Comfort Soup for the Corporate Soul (veg and non-veg) is a light broth of vegetables and bok choi, Chef Bhupi’s homegrown creations are two sensational options for those who like to explore some delicious Asian dishes. This hearty soup is a must-try, its broth-taking!
Must haves: Three Pepper Bomb, Crispy Lotus Stem, Old School Gyoza, and Sushi
Cost for two: ₹ 1500
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