The new-age cafes and bars are pretty cool with their aesthetic decor and cozy vibe. But there’s something about the old school restaurants. The grandeur, the royal colours and even the service provided, there’s nothing that can match the charm of a vintage restaurant. And be it a more than a decade old restaurant carrying forward a legacy or a vintage themed eatery, we can get the royal feel at both places. Check out these vintage restaurants in Delhi and keep them bookmarked for your next outing.
1. Chor Bizarre
No, it’s not the famous thrift shopping lane, but a restaurant in Pandara Road Market. Capturing the essence of the older times, the restaurant is meticulously decorated with vintage wooden decor sourced from various markets across the country. The menu here is an ode to traditional North Indian and Mughlai cuisine. Some of the must-try dishes include Palak Patta Chaat, Dal Makhani, Tabakh Maaz, among others.
Where: Bikaner House, Pandara Road, Near India Gate, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi
Cost: Rs 1600 for two
2. Garam Dharam
If the word old school makes you think of brick-wall houses and wooden railings, then this is the place for you. Inspired by the iconic Bollywood movie Sholay, this eatery encapsulates the era with rustic old tables, mismatched chairs, giving out a barn vibe with exposed brick walls. The menu is filled with some classic North Indian dishes like Rajma Chawal, Tandoor Soya Chaap, Galouti kebab, to name a few.
Where: M-16, Ground Floor, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Cost: Rs 1300 for two
Not just vintage in terms of the decor, this eatery is actually over 80 years old. The sparkling interior with wooden accent donning the walls, a grand staircase guiding your way, and the gorgeous chandelier, everything here takes us back to the olden days. The menu is also as royal as it can get. From Amritsari Fish, Burrah Kebab to Jodhpuri Paneer, they have a wide range of dishes.
Where: 7, Regal Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Cost: Rs 2,400 for two
If you’re a fan of Western vintage, then this is the place for you. With neon lights, funky chairs, and vintage cars on display, this restaurant looks straight out of a 70s Hollywood film. The menu matches the theme as well. You can try dishes like Paprika Prawns, Mezze Platter, Pulled BBQ Chicken Burger, among others.
Where: F40, 2nd Floor, Inner Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Cost: Rs 1,500 for two
5. United Coffee House
One of the most gorgeous vintage restaurants in Delhi, this one is actually one of the oldest restaurants in the city. With grand chandelier lighting up the room, leather seating, and a bar framed around with wooden decor, this place will definitely make you feel like royalty. The food here varies from South Indian, Chinese, Asian, European to Mediterranean and North Indian. Some of the must-try dishes include Burmese Khow Suey Soup, Chicken Ala Kiev and Butter Chicken.
Where: E-15, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Cost: Rs 2,500 for two
6. 21 Gun Salute
Borrowing elements from Rajasthani architecture and decor, this place is royal heaven. From big arch doorways, wallpapers with vintage patterns, and seating, which looks straight out of a royal palace, this place is a must-visit. The menu is equally tantalizing, with dishes like Natkhat Aloo Chaat, Chicken Chilli, Murg Reshmi Kebab, to name a few.
Where: SCO 35-36, 1st Foor, Main Market, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Cost: Rs 2000 for two
7. Yeti – The Himalayan Kitchen
One of the most unique vintage restaurants in Delhi, this restaurant oozes out Tibetian vibe. With exposed brick walls, simple wooden furniture, and Tibetian artefacts donning the walls, this place will surely make you feel as if you’re on the Himalayas. The menu is also inspired by local Tibetian cuisine. Popular dishes on the menu include Ema Datchi, Tingmo, Veg Wai Wai Sadeko, among others. Of course, you can’t forget the momos, and here you can find 10 variants of this iconic dish.
Where: T 7 A Khirki Extension, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi
Cost: Rs 1500 for two