One of the many things that bring out the excellence of a good meal is a good ambience. And what’s better than a fancy dramatic vibe oozing of colors from a particular theme and palette? Not only do themed restaurants draw more attention but are also an excellent way of setting the mood for an exotic meal. Here are 25 restaurants in Delhi that boast of a particular theme, fit for the drama-loving eater.
Lights Camera Action – Air Bar
J-2/6 B, 3rd Floor, BK Dutt Market, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi-26 | 011 33106114
Fill your stomach in true Bollywood style at Lights Camera Action with their eclectic menu options. With animated Gabbar Singh, Helen and Dharmendar vouching for the food, how can it not be drool worthy?
22-24, 2nd Floor & 3rd Floor, Gold Souk Mall, C Block, Sector 43 Road, Phase 1, Sushant Lok, Gurgaon | 011 33106566
Knock your socks off at Jungle Jamboree’s flora-inspired décor complete with airy alfresco seating and small huts. The place is all green with elements from the jungle creating a fun vibe. You could be Tarzan and Jane!
23, First Floor, Odeon Building, Radial Road 5, D Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi-01 | 011 45652737
Go back to school but this time with a cocktail and some beer in tow. Odeon social packs a fun school-inspired décor complete with notebooks honour boards, desk & chairs, and the servers all sporting school uniforms.
Cyber Hub Social
Theme: Mumbai Chawl
Shop no. 04A, Ground Floor, DLF Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, DLF Phase 2, Sector 24, Gurugram-122002
Get a feel of rustic Mumbai with a Social twist at Cyber Hub Social. The pub draws inspiration from the essential elemts of Mumbai’s chawls like the quintessential carom board tables, over head dangling lamps, matchbox-sized rooms, et all.
Nehru Place Social
R-1, Upper Ground Floor, Epicuria Food Mall, Nehru Place Metro Station, Nehru Place. New Delhi-19 | +91 7838500838
Nehru Place’s version of Social Offline packs some major nostalgia for 90s kids. The décor features elements like a ferris wheel, old concrete benches sitting in memory of forgotten pop icons, and an overall space doused in retro quirk shades.
With a menu so good, Sodabottleopenerwala’s vintage Irani/Parsi theme gives it a delightful rustic feel. The place boasts of elements like folding metal chairs, transistors, and more that’ll transport you to a mid-20th century Parsi café in the bustling city of Mumbai.
That’s right, a train theme. Popular for its wide variety of street food from across the country, Imly is set in a train carriage. No kidding. The restaurant seats you inside the coach of a typical Indian railways coach. Only cleaner.
Lord Of The Drinks
G-72, Radial Road Number 2, Connaught Place, New Delhi-01 | +91 9999827144
Known for an impressive array of poisons and spirits – hence the name – Lord Of The Drinks is also popular for its vintage medieval charm. The interiors tug on historic strings with retro antique leather couches, wooden furniture, and the likes.
4-A, 2nd Floor, Opposite Tohfe Wala Gumbad, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi-49 | 011 65544222
1st Floor, J-19, Sector 18, Noida-201301 | 0120 4201686
Essentially a casual dining café, Mumbai Matinee is a delight for a food-loving Bollywood maniac. The place boasts of a colorful décor complete with tons of movie posters and relics. The menu consists of Italian, Mexican and North Indian bites and finger foods that add the to upbeat ambience.
Elma’s Café, Bakery & Kitchen
Theme: Vintage Retro
31, 2nd Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi-16 | 011 33105386
This gorgeously done up country-style café is dreamy and picturesque in every way possible. Decked up with signature retro furniture and a soothing pastel color scheme, Elma’s was perhaps one of the first places that introduced Delhi to the concept of a fancy teashop.
Rustom’s Café & Bakery
S17, Khirki Ext Rd, Khirki Extension, Block J, Khirki Extension, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi-17
Situated in Malviya Nagar, Rustom’s caters to the time-sick Parsi souls with a calm and composed feel complete with frilled upholstery, lacey curtains, and delicious bun maska and chai.
Theme: Kerala, India
3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon-122001 | 0124 4948554; 0124 4665639
If you want to sink your teeth into one of Delhi’s best Malabari food then head straight over to Zambar. With a beautiful décor across all its outlets, the restaurant serves up a variety of delicious seafood items and stews coupled with mouthwatering biryanis and breads.
23, North West Avenue, Club Road, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi-26 | 011 30806397
Situated on the thriving Club Road, Bollywood Biistro is yet another hub for avid Hindi film fanatics looking for some good food, an energizing vibe and a great time with their folks. Gorge on delicious food couples with a variety of excellent sheeshas to go with.
Café Dalal Street
Theme: Stock Market
M-89/90, M Block, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi-110001 | 011 33106037; 9999003281
Pay what your drink’s worth. At Dalal Street, there are no fixed menu prices for the cocktails, you just pay the current rate at the time of your ordering. To get you in the mood for some dalali, the pub packs an electric atmosphere with tickers all around rolling the going rate for the drinks.
The Biker’s Café
G-12, MGF Emmar Building, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon | 011 33107702
The Bikers Café’s décor remains true to its name – rough, rugged and raw. With a menu loaded with yummy sandwiches, platters and North Indian bites, complete with tool-shaped cutlery and metal birdcage walls, this place offers the whole biker experience.
91, 2nd Floor, N Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi-01 | 011 33105388
Junkyard Café is the perfect place to kickback with some delicious finger foods from Asia, the Mediterranean and North India. The lounge is an accumulation of bare minimal wood and iron furniture, subdued lighting and décor that boasts of junk scraps.
IIFA Buzz Café
Culture Gully, Kingdom of Dreams, Auditorium Complex, Sector 29, Gurgaon-122001 | 0124 6677000; 0124 4528000
A bright and shiny gem in the Kingdom Of Dreams crown, IIFA Buzz is the place to be if spotlights, cameras and drama are your thing. The place should be visited for the scrumptious finger food and enthralling party feels.
A-12, Inner Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi-01 | 011 23713780/1
Probably one of the Capital’s first Mexican outlets, Rodeo gives you the full Cowboy vibe complete with a rustic Mexican space boasting of wooden spring doors, cowboy gear, and more.
Theme: Flee Market
Hotel Broadway, Hotel Broadway, 4/15A, Asaf Ali Road, Near Delhi Gate, Delhi-02 | 011 43663600
Ever wondered what happens to all the missing plates, furniture, cutlery, bike and car parts – basically all the stuff that goes missing around town? Well, Chor Bizarre gives you an idea! The quirky interior décor at this eatery spells out ‘bizarre’ with mismatched cutlery, a car right in the middle of nowhere. You get the drift.
21 Gun Salute
Theme: Vintage Indian
SCO 35-36, First Floor, Leisure Valley Road, Opp Bikaner Wale, Sector 29, Gurugram-122001 | 0124 4898344
21 Gun Salute will transport you to the Indian of the British Raj. No, there are no traces of slavery or oppression. The GOOD British Raj. So you can expect a gorgeous T-model in the middle of the restaurant along with a pristine white décor complete with fine wood furniture.
Filmy Café & Bar
H-Block, 1st Floor, PVR Plaza Cinema Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi-01 | 011 65437777
Shahrukh, Deepika, Akshay, Katrina, all want you to dine at this fully filmy joint. The menu, which is a potpourri of Chinese, North Indian and Continental foods, offers some decadent options to binge on while you enjoy surprisingly economical spirits.
M38, Outer Circle, Connaught Place-01 | 011 33105860
Drawing inspiration from Army and Defense elements, the lounge is packed with things like rifles, badges, guns, and other army souvenirs. Their menu too boasts Army-influences with dishes like a 0.04 Magnum Boti Kebab and a Battalion Samosa Butter.
Theme: Asian Pop
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Mamagoto is famous for it’s impeccable selection of menu and expert chefs. With interiors that draw inspiration from Japanese pop art, Mamagoto is a treat for the eyes as well.
The Galaxy Hotel, Sector 15, Gurgaon-122001 | 01133105373
The microbrewery stands for the Men In Blue, stumps, doosras, howzatts, and possibly everything ‘cricket’. Add to that some excellent hops and you’ve got yourself a cricket lovers’ dream!
1st Floor, Plot 36, Block H-1 A, Commercial Market, Sector 63, Noida-201301 | 011 33107676
Lap up some excellent North Indian, Mughlai and Chinese grubs in a supremely filmy environment. With pop colors adorning the walls and furniture, the place screams out BOLLYWOOD.
M-16, Ground Floor, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi-01 | 011 33107550
J-2/12, BK Dutt Market, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi-27 | 011 33106560
As the name suggests, this place is hot and fuelled by Bollywood. With Garam Dharam a.k.a. Dharamendra for its unofficial face and mascot, the place is dramatic, vibrant and all things filmy. The menu is packed with an exciting variety of North Indian bites and mains to binge on. What’s not to like?