There's a reason why Delhi is called the food capital of the country. We are the hub of sugar, spice and everything nice that a foodie like you just can't miss out on. Recently, we went on a food spree to find the best coastal food restaurants in Delhi. Coastal cuisine is prepared using local, freshly caught seafood and originates in India's coastline cities like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Here are our favourite five restaurants that will bring you the authentic flavours from the South right here in Delhi.
Zambar had me at its name. It has a zing to it and its rasam too which has a tinge of lime that's just so unique. Unlike most coastal restaurants, Zambar and their Nano Vada Pao, which is like a fondue but South Indian, is a haven for vegetarian food lovers. Their chicken ghee roast is a must-try if you love spicy food and Achamma's lamb curry is a delightful melt-in-mouth wonder. Pair this with their string hopping idiyappam and call it a night with the oh-so-yummy coconut jaggery pudding. Trust me, there's water in my mouth right now! - Sayunkta Jain, Senior Fashion Writer
Where: Shop Number 310, 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon
Price for two: Rs 1,500
Bani Square in Gurgaon is a little food town. Whenever I’m in this part of the city, I go on an exploration and find something new every time (maybe because I’m not a regular). Coastal Reef was something that a friend had recommended a long time ago and it has been a favourite ever since. This South Indian restaurant has more than just dosa and vada – it has an authentic Malabar and Andhra kitchen with chicken curry, Malabari parantha and appams. There is a lot of seafood on the menu as well. The establishment is simple, but the food is their champion. My advice: Go with your non-vegetarian friends to make the most of the meat and seafood dishes! - Apeksha Bhateja, Lifestyle Editor
Where: Shop 54-55, Bani Square, Sector 50, Gurgaon
Price for two: Rs 1,100
Considering how close the Coast Cafe is to my workplace, I visit it very often and it never gets boring. I love the quaint ambience and their food. If you're health conscious but are craving something yummy, then you should try their Cocum Curry with Appam. A side of Chicken Satay along with this meal would be perfection. The beetroot chutney goes very well with all their dishes and is a must-have for everyone who loves a little bit of tang in their food. They also make really good cocktails so, the next time you're there, try their Bloody Mary with tacos. - Krithika Kumar, Senior Features Writer
Where: H-2, 2nd & 3rd Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi (above OGAAN)
Price for two: Rs 1,400
Bought up in Chennai, I was always surrounded by amazing South Indian food. This delivery-only restaurant, Amma's Hauz, brings back all my childhood memories. Their flavours are spot on, especially the sambar and the chutneys. What impressed me was the fact that they have Mysore Kuttu Parantha, a popular street food in Chennai. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water! - Akanksha Bhatia, Lifestyle Writer
Where: Garhi, East of Kailash, New Delhi
Price for two: Rs 800
Swagath is the first place where I tried coastal food as a teenager. A South Indian restaurant that offers spicy chicken curry? I fell in love instantly. Over the years, it has become a family tradition to head there for Chettinad Mutton and Malabar Parantha. It’s been over a decade and their food has consistently satisfied our cravings. The best part? Swagath’s butter chicken is as good as their Prawn Koliwada. - Nitya Uppal, Assistant Editor
Where: 14, Defence Colony Market, Defence Colony, New Delhi
Price for two: Rs 2,000
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