The capital city of India is a hub of foodies from all over the country and for justified reasons. Delhi, especially Old Delhi is a storehouse of iconic little eateries that serve the best North Indian in the city. It is not surprising for one to stumble upon a little, visually displeasing place due to rush end up tasting mouthwatering butter chicken that will not just satisfy your appetite but also the soul. They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and thus, Delhi being referred to as ‘Dilwaalon ki Dilli’ is more than appropriate.

The last time I had paid a visit to the city, it was majorly for work. But since I had my evenings free, I decided to check out the best places serving North Indian delicacies for dinner. Since flight ticket booking to and from the capital is a hassle-free process, I did not face difficulty in booking one for myself from Upon reach, I asked the locals and also browsed the best North Indian restaurants and reserved a table at Moti Mahal. After devouring the meals at Moti Mahal, I was quite intrigued and wanted to explore other restaurants during my stay as well. So, listed below are the best North Indian Delhi restaurants that I covered on my entire week trip.

Moti Mahal

When in Delhi, you simply cannot afford to miss out on the place from where butter chicken was first introduced in India. Moti Mahal is an intricately decorated eatery in the Old Daryaganj locality, and to date, boasts to serve the finest butter chicken in the city. The history of this place dates back to the days of Partition in 1947 when three Pakistanis from Peshawar fled to our country and set up an eatery. They also installed a tandoor oven in the middle of this place and started serving authentic and unique tandoori delicacies. The fame spread far and wide and thus, we now see butter chicken on the menu of every eminent North Indian restaurant. The decor makes the guests travel back to those testing times while the food essentially brings out the finery of craftsmanship. Chicken tandoori, butter chicken, Murg Peshawari, and Phirni are some of the popular favourites of this place.


Located near the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, Karim’s is an important foundation of Delhi’s culinary expertise. In today’s date when quality is often compromised for visually pleasing expensive interiors, Karim’s maintains a non-showy hygienic ambience and a menu with reasonably priced authentic Mughlai delicacies. It is one of the oldest eateries in the city and certainly worth your money. Make sure to not miss out on the specialities like brain curry, mutton keema, bharta chicken, shahi mutton biriyani and chicken rezala. For beverages, the restaurant has an amazing variety of drinks to quench your thirst. Buttermilk, cold coffee and salted or sweetened lassi are some of the crowd favourites. Despite the minimal prices, the quality and taste of every item here are bound to stay with you for the longest time.


A visit to the India Gate and Pandara Road is incomplete without dining at Gulati. This place, which has been renovated time and again to match today’s needs and standards, has been standing here for decades. Earlier, Pandora Road was not an upscale posh business area but was just an ordinary neighbourhood with Gulati being the lunch saviour for dozens of office-goers. The eatery flourished with regular heavy business and has now transformed into an upbeat restaurant serving fine North Indian delicacies. With a minimally decorated setting contributing to the relaxed vibe of the place, the ambience of this place is perfected by ounces for its amazing food. Comfortable and squishy sofas lined with silk covers, wooden tables with individual dining cloth, crockeries with crystal-like lustre and several other factors contribute to lending Gulati its grandeur. Do not forget to check out their eminent specialities, some being the chicken tikka butter masala, Afghani basa, gosht biriyani and Gulati’s special Mutton Galauti Kebab.


Kwality is one of the best places in Connaught Place and serves amazing North Indian meals. This eatery used to serve a range of ice creams and milkshakes previously. Today, it has transformed into a fully operational restaurant and also has outlets in various parts of the country. Coming to the food, Kwality has earned its name for its special Chana-Bhatura. The ‘bhaturas’ are prepared overnight in secrecy and sell faster than light as the breakfast hours commence. The recipe is said to belong to the town of Rawalpindi in Punjab and is a secret. The chana too is prepared with immense care and precision, thereby ensuring a plate of lip-smacking delicacies for the guests. Abstain from missing out on the heritage milkshakes and ice creams this place serves till today.

Follow this list on your next Delhi tour and have a wonderful time savouring your favourite North Indian dish to your heart’s content.