Food tour of Delhi

Taste delicious street food in Old Delhi and see the sights

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Food Tour of Delhi

Have some of the best and most authentic food on this amazing tour of Delhi. Locals flock to Old Delhi because it has the best food in Delhi. 

On this food tour of Delhi we will visit the largest spice market in Asia. Savour safe street food and eat what locals do in Old Delhi. 

The Food tour of Delhi includes our favourite things to eat in Delhi. These are: 

  1. Aloo Tikki-potato cakes
  2. Chole Bhature-Chickpea curry with fried bread
  3. Pani Poori-Crispy balls of bread filled with lentils and spicy water.
  4. Matra Kulcha- Pea Lentils mixed with spices and served with fermented bread.
  5. Lassi- Savoury or Sweet 

We will also savour some seasonal items that only show up in the market when the ingredients are fresh. 

Unlike most group food tours of Delhi, the tour is customised to suite your dietary restrictions. Weather you are gluten intolerant, Vegan, Vegetarian, our tour is customised to make this enjoyable for you.

We offer a 100% money back guarantee in case you are not happy with the tour. 

The food tour includes walking around, shopping and seeing what most tourists miss out in Old Delhi. We will also visits the amazing spice market of Khari Baoli on this tour. It is so interesting, we are mentioning it twice!

Only Owner-led Tours of Delhi

Ketaki’s tours are customised to your needs. Unlike most other tour operators in Delhi, all our tours are led by Ketaki herself. She is an expert storyteller and an experienced traveller that’s been to 31 countries and lived outside India. This gives her much better context for her conversations with you and she can compare and contrast Indian food, customs and rituals with others around the world. 

Ketaki is an expert shopper and cook. Take this tour and never get fleeced throughout your trip to India.

Get a smart, educated and entrepreneurial woman’s point of view on Delhi.

 

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Food tour of Delhi

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Inclusions in the Food Tour of Delhi

Cover ground

We will start in the markets of old Delhi eating at established shops and see Chandni Chowk & the Spice Market.

Safe Street food

Sample safe and yummy street food in Old Delhi at 5-6 different places. Come with an empty stomach

Hotel Pickup & Dropoff

Pick and drop in an A/C Sedan. This will ensure that your belongings and shopping is stored safely.

Rickshaw ride

Ride a rickshaw through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi.

We will pick you up from your hotel at 10.30AM and our day starts in Old Delhi market of Chandni Chowk to experience more traditional street food of Delhi.

Locals flock to Old Delhi because it has the best food in Delhi. You will get to taste the same food. 

Not all food will be spicy or fried. We will sample sweets as well as savoury items

The tour includes a pick and drop. 

Ketaki will be your host and she will contrast street food with home cooked food in Delhi. We end the tour with a visit to the spice market so that you can get set up your own spice box at home. 

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Read our comprehensive guide on what and where to eat in Delhi

Eating Out At A Discount As A Tourist In Delhi

Delhi is the best place to try a variety of Indian food. From yummy street food to high-end dining, Delhi has it all. Four food apps can save you between 15-50% on eating out in Delhi. You can get 1 + 1 on many luxury hotel buffets too.

Furthermore, you can also filter restaurants based on proximity to the current location, cuisines, cost, discounts offered and dietary restrictions. This makes finding a restaurant really easy. Even locals in Delhi will probably go through one of these apps to make a recommendation for you – if you ask them for one.

You can take our food tour here.

Here is a complete list of some of the best restaurants and street food in Delhi.

In this article, we will talk about food apps and the perks they offer to paid members as well as free users. What they lack in olfactory allure, they make up for in discounts. You can make reservations at most of the restaurants directly from your phone.

Here is our guide to eating out in Delhi at a discount. We realize that there are far too many apps to choose from, so we narrowed them down to the best four. Bargain hunters should install all four apps. Convenience seekers might be happy with Dineout or Zomato.

We have also made a table comparing the deals offered to members and non-members by these apps.

Eating out as a discount – Tip #1

All of the food apps mentioned above have a free trial. Sign up for it. It gets you amazing discounts for nothing. All you need is a new phone number for a free trial, which is easy to get.

Monthly membership starts from around 900 INR or USD 13. Most tourists in Delhi can make up this fee in less than three meals. However, many discount apps do not accept foreign credit cards. So, you might have trouble getting membership.

Now, let us go through these apps in detail.

1. Dineout

Dineout provides a platform for finding restaurants and reserving tables. It provides amazing discounts to non-members and members alike. The discounts range from 10% to 50% and sometimes there even are some special discount combos at certain restaurants.

You get additional discounts when paying via the app, i.e by using dineoutPAY. There are added incentives for signing-in to the app but this is often not worth it for tourists visiting Delhi.

The app is available in Android as well as iOS. We recommend buying and using a local SIM card as the app needs a local number for verification.

How to use the Dineout app

Dine Out
Homepage of the app

You can set the location. There is a separate tab for members and another to browse Gourmet Passport offers. You can scan and pay bills using dineoutPay in-app. We definitely would not skip this while eating out in Delhi on discount.

Dine Out

You can filter the restaurants based on cuisines, dietary restrictions and amount of discount including those reserved for paid users but available to free trial users also.

Dine Out

You can reserve a table with the restaurant of your choice. You can also share the no. of guests in your party.

Dine Out

While Gourmet Passport has its own app, the Dineout app also offers the customers a choice to pick out the deals most suitable to them. You can buy the Gourmet Passport from the Dineout app as well as from the Gourmet Passport app itself.

Dine Out

2. Dineout Gourmet Passport

Dineout offers a membership-based coupon service known as Gourmet Passport. You do not need a prior reservation in a partner restaurant to redeem your coupons. 

While it is not available in many cities, Gourmet Passport has a strong network of over 1500 restaurants in the metropolis of Delhi. Worth checking out for eating out in Delhi on discount.

Gourmet passport offers 1+1 on Main Course, 1+1 on Drinks and best of all 1+1 on Buffets. Members can combine their food and drinks coupons at the same restaurant at the same time. The subscription amount depends on the number of cities and the duration of the offer chosen. However, many of these apps offer a 1-month free trial. That is enough for most tourists.

A feature that gives it an edge over the other dining apps is that just one Gourmet Passport membership is enough to book a table for 6. Other apps need you to have at least 3 memberships for the same party size. However, there is no Unlimited option which is available in Zomato Gold. 

Another striking feature is the Dineout SmartPay. You can earn Dineout Earnings in the form of cash backs when paying at the restaurants using it. So, not only can you redeem a Gourmet Passport coupon, but you can also get a cashback.  This is really not worth the hassle unless you plan to be in Delhi for long.

The app is available in Android as well as iOS.

There is an exhaustive list of FAQs and rules to ensure that most customer inquiries are answered upfront. 

Gourmet Passport

How to use the Gourmet Passport app

Gourmet Passport
Gourmet Passport
Gourmet Passport
Gourmet Passport
Gourmet Passport
Gourmet Passport

4. EazyDiner

EazyDiner
EazyDiner

EazyDiner also offers several coupons and gift cards for eating out. Some of these coupons are priced as low as 13 cents for a combination.

EazyDiner

These coupons are available to non-members. The EazyDiner service is available in most big cities all across India. It is also available in Dubai. 

EazyDiner

One of the best features of this app are the blogs that talk about seasonal cuisines, best sports bars, top restaurants around a place and even best street food eateries. All of this is available under the Food Trends tab at the homepage of the tab. 

EazyDiner
EazyDiner

There is EazyDiner Prime which is membership-based. There is a minimum of 25% discount available at every Prime restaurant. The membership plans are based on duration. There is a free month available for 2.8 cents, but it is auto-renewable to make sure to opt-out in time. 

Here is how to redeem gift cards and how to use the prime membership.

EazyDiner
EazyDiner

4. Zomato Gold

Zomato
Zomato

The best part about Zomato is that it offers delivery, self-pickup, and dining out services. Zomato started out as a food delivery app, which later expanded to dine-out deals. 

Zomato

Zomato Gold provides 1+1 on Food and 2+2 on drinks offers at partner restaurants. The price for Zomato Gold Unlimited is 29 USD for a year’s subscription. There were other packages with a shorter duration which have been indefinitely removed. 

Zomato

You can add multiple filters and take advantage of the massive discounts the app offers to non-members.

 Zomato Gold doesn’t have any additional offer when redeeming a coupon- something offered by Gourmet Passport. Although, Zomato Gold has an added advantage in terms of reach, the number of partner restaurants.

Comparing all the four apps

Dineout EazyDinerZomato
Offers for
non-members
upto 50%
off
upto 25% off
or
1+1 on buffets
upto 50% off
Fee for
membership
INR 1495 (12 months)INR 2495 (12+1 months)
INR 995 (3 months)
INR 2 (1-month trial)
INR 2000
(12 months)
Offers for
members
3+3 on drinks
3+3 on main
course
upto 50% off
+ free drinks
Dining-
1+1 on food
2+2 on drinks
Delivery-
One free dish
Offers on in-app
payment
upto 20%
cashback
cashback or vouchers
worth INR 500
N.A
No. of restaurants
covered
approx 270 approx 125596050+

  • Since Gourmet Passport is a part of Dineout, the membership fees and offers mentioned in the latter are applicable for both.

Do not forget to check out our Free Resources for Delhi.

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Best Food and Restaurants in Delhi

Best food and restaurants in Delhi are marked on the Google Map below. Please read this exhaustive article to get the most out of your trip to Delhi especially when it comes to eating.

These are our favourite things to eat in Delhi

Delhi for foodies

Here is our list of Best Food and Restaurants in Delhi. This is a long article. There is so much to write about because Delhi is the not only the political but also the food capital of India. Lets break down food in Delhi into various categories and then list place where you can try them.

We Indians just love our food and all our love and affection will be showered upon you through the food. Our hospitality starts and ends with food it is a topic of discussion at every gathering.

Street Food in Delhi

Most travelers are intrigued by Street food in Delhi but are too afraid to try it. So, let’s start with street food in Delhi.

Delhiites brag about their street food. You get the best street food here and most of us have grown up eating food from local eateries. Bikanervala or Haldiram’s are great places to try safe street food in Delhi. These are the first things to try there:

  1. Aloo Tikki-potato cakes
  2. Chole Bhature-Chickpea curry with fried bread
  3. Pani Poori-Crispy balls of bread filled with lentils and spicy water.
  4. Matra Kulcha- Pea Lentils mixed with spices and served with fermented bread.
  5. Chaas- Spicy buttermilk.

A day later, now that you’ve built a little confidence with Chaat or Indian Tapas, you can start trying food from street vendors. Here’s what to watch out for if you do go looking for street food that’s safe

  • Are people lining up to eat at the vendor?
  • Is the food being served hot?
  • Are they serving any raw ingredients? Avoid if yes.
  • Are they serving any Dairy products like yogurt? Avoid if yes.
  • Are they serving water – Avoid un-bottled water.

If street food does not sit well with you, no pun intended, there are plenty of restaurants to try too.

Restaurants in Delhi

Eating Out is popular and there are many restaurants which offer different cuisines in Delhi. They offer authentic as well as Indianized versions of world cuisine.

Indian Cuisine is vast. Outside India, Indian food is dominated by north Indian cuisine. What you eat at most Indian restaurants in Delhi is an amped-up and heavier version of Indian food cooked at home. Indians go out to eat at these restaurants to relish food which they wouldn’t cook at home.

Expensive Indian restaurants in Delhi

All these restaurants are USD $30-100 per person and get more expensive if you drink alcohol. All these restaurants are booked well in advance especially Indian Accent, Bukhara and Masala library. Book 3 weeks in advance.

  1. Bukhara at ITC Maurya: North west frontier cuisine, Indian barbeque
  2. Dum Phukt at ITC Maurya: Heartland cuisine cooked under pressure
  3. Indian Accent at the Lodi Hotel: Fusion Indian food
  4. The Spice Route at the Imperial Hotel: Amazing Thai and Coastal Indian food
  5. Megu at the Leela Palace, New Delhi: Best Japanese in Delhi if you can afford it
  6. Masala Library, Janpath: Fusion Indian Food
  7. Eau de Monsoon at the Le Meridien New Delhi: Various cuisines

Mid-tier restaurants in Delhi

There will cost you about USD $15 per person and are worth trying.

  1. Farzi Café: Fusion India food
  2. The Big Chill: Italian food. Three outlets
  3. Mamagoto: Franchise Asian Cuisine

Cheap restaurants in Delhi

These should cost you about USD $5-$10 per person

  1. Sarvana Bhavan
  2. Carnatic Café
  3. Bikanervala – Order the North or South Indian platters
  4. Haldiram – Order the North or South Indian platters
  5. Pindi’s at Pandara Road
  6. Havemore at Pandara Road

Lot of restaurants like the Farzi Café have started experimenting with Indian food giving it a modern twist. They have done good work in re-imaging old favourites. They have also worked on the presentation of their food.

Tandoori Food in Delhi

If you are in Delhi then you must explore Tandoori food. A Tandoor is a clay oven used to grill meats and vegetables. Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Lamb, Fish and Chicken Tikkas are great in Delhi. If you like rice then you must try the Biryani as well. The Biryani at Dum Phukt is amazing. All this is very much a part of what we call the Mughlai cuisine which became popular during the Mughal rule. Mughlai food includes the famous Dal Makhni and Butter Chicken. Both are calorie rich and yummy.

Dal Makhni and Naan
Dal Makhni and Naan

Some of the best tandoori chicken, fish and lamb  for cheap can be had at:

  1. Rajendar da Dhaba: Safdarjung Enclave
  2. Alkauzer: Safdarjung enclave
  3. Pindi’s: Pandara Road
  4. Havemore: Pandara Road
  5. Karim’s Jama Mazjid has some of the best non vegetarian food in Delhi at good prices

If you wish to keep it light and simple you can stop at a South Indian restaurant and try the steamed Idlis. Idlis are steamed fermented rice and lentil cakes served with Sambhar, which included Lentil and vegetables. You can also try Dosas. These are crispy or soft fermented Lentil and Rice crepes or the Uttapams, which is an Indian version of a savoury pancake. Do not miss the south Indian filter coffee. Two popular chains of South Indian restaurants in Delhi are the Carnatic Cafe and Sarvana bhavan. They serve yummy vegetarian food and are cheap.

Indian Chinese food

Talking about the Indianized version of a cuisine I sincerely recommend Indian Chinese cuisine. Believe me you would have never eaten Chinese like you find in Delhi. I particularly love the Chinese served at roadside vans but stay away from them, for now at eat at:

  1. China Fare: Khan Market
  2. Moet’s: Defence Colony
  3. Golden Dragon
  4. Bercos
  5. Zen

All of these are marked on the Google Map at the top of this page

Home cooked food

An Indian home kitchen on an average will dish out three meals every day. Yes, most of us are vegetarian

Starts with breakfast which includes Poha, Vermecilli, Upma, Idli, Stuffed Paratha, Masala omlette with toast, Bread Patty stuffed with different vegetables just to name a few.

Lunch will usually include a Dal (lentil curry) along with dried vegetable cooked in a very modest way with few spices. This would be accompanied by Chapati or Rice depending on the family preferences and this will normally be served with condiments like the seasonal pickle and chutney. Yogurt will also be an important part of this meal.

See a typical spice box at home here:

Dinner time depends on when the entire family is back from work and this could be as late as 9-10pm. Dinner will usually have a vegetable with gravy and /or lentils served with poori or paratha or chapati depending on family preference. Usually the entire family would gather around to eat. If it’s a large family then they will all eat in parts where the children will eat first before the men come back from work followed by the elderly of the family and then the men with women eating last. Eating out has now become more common now but usually on a weekend or days when the family business has a weekly off.

Temple food Langar or Bhandara

There are many communities in the city who will feed people every day or on special occasions. The Sikh community for example serves food to thousands of people visiting the temple every single day. The food is prepared as a part of the community service where the family will pitch in their time to cook, serve, clean at the temple. There are many Hindu families who also on special occasions will cook and feed thousands in the market place in the form of ‘Bhandara’. The food is hygienically prepared and served to people. This food is considered as an offering from god.

Snacks

Yes, we love to eat so tea time has to be accompanied with a snack which is usually a Samosa.

Samosa and Pakoras
Samosa and Pakoras

Kachori
Kachori

Most shops will start selling samosas at 4 pm and is considered all time buddy for our Masala Chai. Chai is the Hindi word for tea. So there is nothing that is Chai-Tea in India and whoever is selling it is only targeting outsiders.

We also love to dip our biscuits in tea and relish both flavours of tea and biscuit together.

I cannot finish talking about snacks without mentioning ‘Pakora’ . This snack is eaten all around the country and is made of vegetables dipped in chickpea flour and fired in mustard oil. You can try the onion, potato, cauliflower, spinach, eggplant and any other vegetable you can think of, as our mothers have certainly tried a hand at each vegetables in the form of pakora. Usually served with green and tamarind chutney. Onion Bhaji – famous as a post pubbing snack in the UK is called Onion Pakora in Delhi.

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Testing onion pakoras or onion bhajias or even onion fritters. For a dinner we are hosting tomorrow with Wholesome Fine Foods ingredients. The dinner is for 8 friends, to raise money for @hattersesu for their children's Explorer scout group for their trip in July 2018 to a mountain village in Viacha, Peru, to help the locals build a greenhouse to enable them to grow more food. The money will go towards equipment needed for the build. We are blessed to not want for food so this is a reminder of how grateful we are for all the amazing food we are able to get so readily. #onion #onionpakora #onionbhaji #onionfritters #indianfood #foodie #foodstagram #vegan #vegetarian #meatfree #wholesomefood #healthyfood #wholesomefinefoods #homemadefood

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Dhokla is steamed chickpea batter which is full of flavor and is also served as a light snack with tea for people trying to avoid fried food. You can try this at Bikanervala or Haldiram’s. Order 200gms just to try it.

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If you are living with your grandmother then she will make sure that there is an infinite supply of ‘Mathri’ which is crispy fried semolina bread served with pickle. You cannot eat just one.

Namkeen, or everything savoury in this vast category of dried snacks which every Indian household will stock for those days when hunger strikes and bell rings without prior warning. This is best served with tea to chat up with guests.

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