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23 September 2019 | 4 min read

Meat, Spice & Everything Nice: Best North-Eastern Meals in Delhi

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We’re all momo fiends in Delhi {regardless of what certain politicians may preach}, and whereas it’s one of the most glorious foods to have made it to the Delhi streets, there’s so much more to North Eastern cuisine. And lucky for you, even if you don’t have the time or money to travel, you can get a taste of the loot right in your city.Head to these restaurants for the best authentic north-eastern meals in Delhi.

The Categorical Eat Pham

Bright and sunny interiors paired with an all-you-can-eat Manipuri buffet (only on weekends) at a mere Rs 350 per person, The Categorical Eat Pham is winning in most aspects. Their menu is a wonderful mix of curries, dals, pork (of course) with some not so mainstream fare like ducks, river snail, and fish gizzards. There’s also rice beer and local teas to wash down your meal.

Where – 168, Ground Floor, Humayunpur, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi
Price for two – INR 600
Timings – 12PM – 11PM
Contact – 011 41812089

Seven Sisters

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Seven Sisters is a relatively new kid in town (in Munirka), but they’re fast gaining popularity amongst the carnivores. They have a small dining area, so it’s better to order takeaway. Like most North- eastern restaurants, they have a mix of their local dishes along with Chinese. Wondering what to order? Chef’s special fried pork ribs, boiled vegetables, fish chutney, honey chili lotus stem, and a chilled glass of fruit beer.

Where – Nehru place road , Nehru place, Nehru Enclave, Kalkaji, New Delhi
Price for two – INR 800
Timings – 11AM- 10.30PM
Contact – 011 66103782

Nagaland’s Kitchen

One of the oldest restaurants dishing out food from the North East, Nagaland’s Kitchen in Green Park is responsible for getting us addicted to fried pork ribs. They charge extra for their chutneys, but it’s well worth it, especially the raja mircha one.
Pair your spicy meal with a beer, and you’re good to go. The restaurant itself is small but clean and cosy and not a bad spot for a date if you can look past the dilapidated market, where it is located.

Where – S-2, Uphaar Cinema Complex, Green Park Extension Market, Green Park, New Delhi
Price for two – INR 1,200
Timings – 11.30AM – 11.30PM
Contact – 9311407281

Hornbill

Hornbill is not for the faint-hearted; make sure your system can handle intense spice before deciding to eat here. Fish thali and smoked pork are the bestsellers here, and if you’re dining in, you can also indulge in rice beer or fruit beer.

Where – Basement, 104/A, Behind NCC Gate, Safdarjung, New Delhi
Price for two – INR 900
Timings – 1PM – 10.45PM
Contact – 9811323267

Bamboo Hut

This restaurant is a bamboo hut and a super cute one at that. Located in Safdarjung, it specialises in Naga and Tibetan food. Unsurprisingly, it’s the pork dishes which pull in a crowd. Slow-cooked pork with yam leaves is a popular choice as are the chicken and fish with raja mircha. The thalis, however, are the best bet here, so go with a big appetite. They have traditional Naga thalis which comprise a meat curry, rice, dal, chutney, boiled veggies, and a glass of iced tea.

Where – 298, Humayunpur, B6 Market, Safdarjung Enclave, Opposite Deer Park, Safdarjung, New Delhi
Price for two – INR 500
Timings – 12PM – 10PM
Contact – 7042948708

Mizo Diner

One of the rare few North Eastern joints which have mostly steered clear of the typical Indian Chinese, Mizo Diner in Safdarjung is a no-frills restaurant, but its food speaks for itself. Whereas it’s a good idea to order from here, it would lead to missing out on their traditional rice beer.
Whereas it’s always a good idea to go with the thali in these places so you get a sense of multiple dishes, their chicken stir fry deserves a special mention. As does the rice porridge and the meat with taro leaves and Mizo spices.

Where – 85, Humayunpur, Safdarjung, New Delhi
Price for two – INR 600
Timings – 12PM- 11PM
Contact – 8447584361

Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat is the place where you’re introduced to food from all the different states of India. Whereas again, it’s the momos and fruit beer which make it famous, do yourself a favour and go beyond.

The Naga stall for pork with bamboo shoots, the Sikkim stall for thukpa, pork duck thali at the Assam stall and dry fries (any variant) at the Manipur stall.

Where – Metro Station, 21, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Dilli Haat, Kidwai Nagar West, Near INA, New Delhi
Price for two – INR 500
Timings – 11 AM – 9PM

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