Iranian (or Irani) is a cuisine known for its aromatic gravies, spiced rice, and rich flavors. Devoured mostly in the western Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, the Capital too is not devoid of good Irani food. Although there are only a handful of places that pride themselves with a ‘wholeheartedly Irani’ tag, many places have an impeccable selection of Irani food on their menu. And while these menus do also feature hints of Persian and Parsi flavors, we take that in our stride for the sake of cultural, culinary, and historic similarities. Here are all the restaurants in Delhi that serve up gorgeous Irani, Parsi, and Persian spreads.
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Soda Bottle Openerwala has managed to satiate the craving for Parsi and Irani food in the Capital. It is a beautiful place with an equally charming ambiance. The place has an exciting Parsi vibe going and the food is finger licking good. They have a variety of delicious items on their menu to choose from. You must try their Papeta par eeda, Marghi na Farcha, and Mutton Berry Pulao.
Epicuria Food Mall, Nehru Place Metro Station, Nehru Place, New Delhi-19 | 011 33106340
This Parsi and Irani diner has managed to take Delhi by storm with an impressive collection of rolls, kebabs, gravies, specialty pizzas, mezze platters, and more. Nooshe Joon delights the Irani food loving palate with authentic flavors and traditional and some fusion recipes like Jujeh Pizza, Chelo Kebab, Falafel Roll, et al, all available for fairly reasonable prices.
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Come to Monkey Bar if you are looking for a delicious blend of cuisines. In terms of Irani food, the choices are limited but it does a great Berry Pulao. In the breakfast section, they also serve the famous Irani breakfast staple- Akuri (deliciously spiced scrambled eggs served with warm buttered pav). *drools*
Epicuria Food Mall, Nehru Place Metro Station, Nehru Place, New Delhi-19 | +91 9911166951
A small restaurant that prides itself in serving authentic and affordable Persian food, Fidahh is a very simple place with very little focus on décor. The food, however, is nothing less than a delight. The menu is packed with traditional specials like Harissa Chicken, Lamb Chelo Kebabs, and the Fidahh Grilled Chicken that are simply irresistible.
Shop 106-107, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon | 011 33105597
Pier 38 packs an energetic party vibe that comes to life with a loaded bar menu and eclectic interiors. The poison is complimented well by a selection of top-notch Persian, Arabian, Lebanese, and North Indian eats that include the likes of pita pockets, wraps, salads, mezze platters, Persian BBQs and kebabs, and a whole lot more!
Bahadur Shah Zafar Road, LNJP Colony, Near Maulana Azad Medical College Campus, New Delhi-02 | 011 23238615
Parsi Anjuman is a cafeteria located in the Parsi Rest House, which was established in 1958 by Mrs. & Mr. Daraius Bagli. After the death of her husband, Dhun has been running the place and serving delicious Parsi food to eager customers with great zeal. Dhansak, Patra ni Macchi and Mutton Cutlets are everyone’s favorite here.
Khoj International Artists Association, S-17, Khirkee Extension, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi-17 | +91 8447992670; +91 9811870442
94-A/B, Adchini, New Delhi-16 | +91 9069102391; +91 9910060502
A heartwarming and relaxing restaurant in Aurobindo Market, Rustom’s serves excellent Persian noshes. The interior is the replica of a typical Parsi and Irani house and so is the food. Do not – absolutely do not – miss out on the Mutton Dhansak, Kolmi No Pulao, and Soya Pattice.