If you want to go beyond the infamous Veg Manchurian, foodie and travel enthusiast Rupali Dean has the list you need.

Whether you love your traditional oriental cuisine or want to give your palate something more exciting to try, this curated list of the best is worth keeping handy. Get those chopsticks ready!

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - Shang Palace - Mapo Bean Curd Sichuan Style

Chang Palace,
Shangri-La Eros

For five decades, Shang Palace has been serving excellent Chinese cuisine. Here, old-fashioned flavors rub shoulders with contemporary techniques for an exceptional experience. The Hong Kong and Paris locations of the Shang Palace are Michelin-starred, while other outposts are in cities from Istanbul to Beijing. The spacious interiors with three private dining areas are the work of Dubai-based, world-famous Stickman Design. Authentic Sichuan, Cantonese and Yunnan cuisine is on offer, and expert chefs prepare an inventive gourmet array of authentic delicacies to enhance the dining experience.

Essential tests: Baked eggplant puff pastry, sizzling water chestnut and mushroom dumplings, crispy vegetables with Sichuan pepper and walnuts, Sichuan-style Mapo bean curd (above)Yunnan Asian Vegetables, Garlic Fried Rice, Asparagus and Corn

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - Megu

Megu, The Leela Palace

Recognized as one of the top 50 discovery restaurants in the world, Megu offers delicious contemporary Japanese cuisine, impeccable service and an edgy yet tranquil aesthetic. Decor by Design Studio Spin Inc features a signature crystal Buddha elevated above a pool of water with a Japanese bonsho bell hanging from the ceiling (above). Blending ultra-modern design with elements of early Japanese culture, the result is exceptional: floor-to-ceiling dark oak columns, vintage silk kimono fabric on the walls of the private dining room, and an origami pattern cheerful decorating the sushi bar. The chefs work with ingredients sourced from Japan, using skills acquired over years of study. Each dish is offered on a handmade plate or bowl inspired by the dish itself. Chef Shubham Thakur’s acclaimed cuisine is accompanied by the finest cocktails and Sake for an unforgettable experience.

Essential tests: Shira Ae, crispy asparagus, hijiki salad, rock corn tempura and miso eggplant

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - SOY X NEUNG ROI - Ramen

Soy X Neung Roi, Radisson New Delhi

As the brand new avatar of the award-winning Thai restaurant Neung Roi, it now offers a gastronomic journey through the Far East, with progressive Asian dishes specially selected with the little-known ingredients from China, Japan, Korea, from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Here, the chefs go above and beyond by ingeniously fusing old-fashioned cooking techniques to deliver authentic Asian flavors. Be sure to order the handmade dim sum and the amazing curries, which showcase the Thai way of using spices, enough but not too much. The sushi here is outstanding.

Essential tests: Tod Man Khao Pod (corn fritters with sweet chilli sauce), Yam Som O (pomelo salad with crispy onion, tamarind dressing with garlic and palm sugar), edamame with garlic butter, shichimi, corn on the cob, Togarashi Sriracha butter, Wafu dressing, and Truffle Fried Rice

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - Chinese cuisine

Chinese cuisine, Hyatt Regency

A contemporary Chinese restaurant that has introduced Delhi to the traditional Chinese dining experience, The China Kitchen, located by the pool, comprises four distinctive elements: an open kitchen that incorporates five sections; five private dining rooms named after the provinces of China; the wine wall and tea bar; and the dining room. Ingredients are carefully chosen to maintain the originality of flavor and provide an authentic Chinese dining experience for customers.

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - The China Kitchen - Tofu and Vegetables in Soy Sauce

Essential tests: Spicy Green Dumpling, Chili Tofu with Fried Cashews, Peanuts and Bullet Chilies, Mapo Tofu, Clay Pot Vegetables and Chinese Greens in a Mild Garlic Sauce

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - East - Edamame dimsums

East, The Westin Gurgaon

The meal at Eest proceeds slowly. the chawanmushi (a steamed egg custard) is hands down the best in town. Miso soup is flavorful and delicious. A good place to start is with Vegetable Dumplings; they taste best with one of the many sauces available. If carbs are your comfort, order the substantial sizzling udon noodles, tossed in a spicy basil and chili sauce and tossed with mushrooms, peanuts, corn, tofu and chestnut. The mushrooms make it meaty and full of umami. Accompany this meal with an excellent green tea and exquisite Sake.

Essential tests: Edamame and Truffle Dimsums (above)Sushi, Chestnuts with Greens, Sweet and Sour Eggplant, Chawanmushi

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - Soy Soi -Dimsum - Edamame Truffle Dumpling

Soy Soi, Avenue DLF, Saket

Soy Soi transports you to the buzzing streets of Southeast Asia. The decor is red and black, with striking crumpled tubular suspensions, enhanced with Asian frescoes. The ever-changing menu boasts more than 130 dishes and offers a culinary journey across more than eight Southeast Asian countries, curated to bring the iconic experiences of street food, be it the smoked satays of Indonesia , delicate dim sum from Hong Kong, fragrant curries and salads from Thailand, bowls of noodle soup from Vietnam, skillfully rolled sushi from Japan, and more. It’s a feast for all the senses, bringing the sights, sounds, foods and aromas of an Asian street to Delhi, replete with a live sushi counter, dimsum corner and bar Asian-inspired cocktail shaker.

Essential tests: Truffled Edamame Ravioli (above)Crispy Lotus Root Salad, Maki Veg Paradise, Oh No Khauk Shwe and Nyonya Pumpkin Curry

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - CHO

Cho, Ambawatta, Mehrauli

Snuggled up to a 160 year old man haveli near the Qutub Minar, this Vietnamese food and bar pays homage to a beautiful land with warm, uncomplicated hospitality. Chô, a derivative of the word ‘Chô nhà’ which translates to ‘house’ in Vietnamese, reinvents heart-pounding street food and local favorites from the Mekong Delta and the Nguyen Dynasty, offering a nourishing mix of old-fashioned dishes. and unconventional. The chefs use carefully selected ingredients, the supply made more fluid thanks to the support of the Vietnamese Embassy. Chef Vaibhav’s comprehensive understanding of the flavors of Vietnam in the various regions of the country is very evident in the food.

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - cho - Hot Crispy Eggplant with Vietnamese Caramel Sauce

Essential tests: Pomelo and Grapefruit, Root Vegetable Balls, Crispy Asparagus and Herbs, Crispy Meat and Mixed Vegetables in Tso Chilli Sauce and Mushroom Pho (Pho Chay)

Honk, Pullman Aerocity (main picture)

This pan-Asian restaurant is the place to experience the flavors of Southeast Asia in all their robustness. Featuring dishes from key rice producing countries such as Thailand, South and Central China, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Burma, Honk’s food artists have traveled extensively to explore variations of rice from these regions in order to bring an immersive dining experience to the table. While the food is inspired by the street foods prevalent in Asia, the menu is designed to showcase the gastronomic influences of Asia’s diverse culinary traditions, primarily Chinese and Japanese with a hint of Thai and Singapore as well as a hint of Indonesian.

Essential tests: Table Finished Mushroom Chestnut Dumpling, Stir Fried Exotic Mushrooms, Mala Xiang Guo (Fried Vegetables), Spicy Dragon Rolls with Avocado and Mapo Tofu

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - Harajuku Tokyo Cafe, Ambience Mall, Gurugram

Harajuku Tokyo Cafe, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

Designed by top architects to provide an atmosphere that celebrates Japan’s pop culture and vibrant cuisine, this café transports you to the streets of Harajuku. The idiosyncratic modern feel of Japanese pop culture is simulated in the cafe plan in many ways – in the effervescent murals and many fun components such as a claw machine, Manga comics, a floating color palette, Instagram-worthy art props and LED signs so Japanese. A very notable part of the design history is the Ninja Chef symbol! The menu is inspired by Japanese bakeries, street food and fast food imported directly from the streets of Tokyo and Osaka, and it has been specially designed for the Indian public. The cafe offers a range of gourmet delights from Japan, including fluffy Japanese pancakes and cheesecakes, as well as 12-inch-long Japanese fries. There is also an outlet at Select City Mall, Saket.

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - Harajuku Tokyo Cafe - hand-pulled noodles

Essential tests:
Spicy avocado cream cheese roll, Ao firecracker tofu, hand-pulled noodles in chili oil (above)Eggless Chocolate Cake with Orange and Tofu Katsu Curry Rice Bowl

i Delhi Oriental Restaurants - Mai Bao - Popiah

Mai Bao, DLF Avenue, Saket

This 50-seat contemporary Singaporean restaurant taps into the current street food trend and offers a view of high-end dining and delicious cuisine straight out of the streets of Singapore. In effervescent interiors, it offers a colourful, quirky and lively ambiance with subtle Singaporean elements. The menu is curated by celebrity chef Jeremy Nguee from Singapore, who trained the team before the restaurant opened. Famous for being a melting pot of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian cultures, Singapore offers a comprehensive food assortment that is one of the most thrilling in Southeast Asia. This is what the chef tried to highlight on the Mai Bao menu.

Essential tests: Veg Laksa, Shengjian Bao Mushroom, Popiah (above)Crispy turnip cake and Nasi Goreng

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