Punjabi by Nature

You'll know from the many Sikh families that eat here that this is one of Delhi's best-regarded Punjabi restaurants, with two floors for diners and a pub upstairs, all a mere 10 minutes' drive west of Haus Khas Village (or 15 min. from Safdarjung's tomb, the Hyatt Regency, or the Santushi Shopping Complex). On the first floor is a display kitchen where you can watch tandoori items and desserts being made; ask for a table here, where it's more atmospheric. Try tandoori trout, flown in from the icy streams of Himachal Pradesh, or masala quail (bataear masaledar). Lobster is brought fresh from Mumbai and cooked to perfection in the tandoor oven. Vegetarians can look forward to tandoori broccoli, prepared in a mustard marinade; or sarson ka saag, fresh mustard greens served with homemade cornmeal bread. Try the house specialty, a "gol gappa" shot: a tiny puri (fried puffed bread) filled with vodka, which you pop into your mouth whole.

11 Basant Lok
Tel: 011/5151-6665 through -6669
Price: Main courses Rs 225-Rs 495 ($5.10-$11); prawns Rs 495 ($11); lobster Rs 750 ($17)

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