India encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines spread across different states. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate culture and ethnic groups, food cuisines across India vary substantially from each other and are prepared using locally grown spices, herbs, and vegetables. Northeastern cuisine has a distinct character that sets it apart from the other cuisines of India. Be it Manipur’s fish or Nagaland’s meat, Sikkim’s noodles or Arunachal Pradesh’s momos, masalas from Tripura or spiciness of Assamese food, each of them is unique in their own way. It may not be possible to go all the way to the Northeast to try their aunthetic cuisine but we definitely deserve to taste some. You must visit Humayunpur located in the Safdarjung market of New Delhi to indulge in some rich culinary pleasures from the Northeastern states in India. Here are seven place to start with.
1. Mizo Diner
Mizo Diner is snug little eatery in the by-lanes of Humayunpur serving traditional Mizo delicacies.. Be it the starchy fried rice, Sangha Chumm, or the Dawl Rep Bai, everything on the menu is delicious. The calm and serene atmospheric ambiance adds on to the whole eating experience.
Address: 85, Humayunpur, Safdarjung Enclave, Safdarjung, New Delhi
Time: 12 Noon to 11 P.M.
Contact: 91 8447584361
Cost: INR 600 for two people (approx)
2. Hornbill Cafe and Restaurant
This cute, tiny restaurant in Safdarjang specializes in Naga cuisine and leaves you spellbound with their authentic food, taste and ambiance. With minimal seating, low-key interiors and sepia theme inspired wall décor, the simplicity and humbleness of the restaurant speaks for itself. The restaurant also offers vegetarian options which include roasted potatoes, smoked veggies and much more that are equally scrumptious as the non-vegetarian dishes.
Address: 104/A, Basement Backside NCC Gate, Safdarjung, New Delhi
1 P.M. to 10:45 P.M.
Contact : 9654781284
Cost: INR 400 for two people (approx)
3. The Categorical Eat-Pham
“Eat-Pham” is a modern term used by Manipur’s youth to indicate an eating place, and hence the name. This restaurant provides a range home cooked Manipuri delicacies. One can find every well-known Manipuri dish such as Eromba, Manipuri Pakora, Aloo Kanghoo, Manipuri Fish Curry, Tharoi and Pork. Another popular option is to try their “Thali”
Address: 120-A, Humayunpur, Safdarjung Enclave (near NCC gate), New Delhi 110029.
Time:12 Noon to 10 PM
Cost: INR 600 for two people (approx)
4. Jingund’te Restaurant
This place offers both Chinese and Northeastern cuisine and non-vegetarian curries is what they specialize in. This place is more popular for home delivery so that you can enjoy affordable and hygienic food in the comfort of your home.
Address: 66-B, Humayunpur, SafdarjungEnclave, Safdarjung, New Delhi
Time: 11 A.M. to 11:30 P.M.
Contact: 91 9953124821
Cost: INR 500 for two people (approx)
5. Bamboo Hut
Another eatery for authentic and lip-smacking North-Eastern flavours in Safdarjung is Bamboo Hut. It offers well-prepared and mouth-watering Tibetan and Naga dishes. The place has a subtle ambiance.
Address: 298 Humayunpur, B6 DDA Market, Safdarjung, New Delhi
Time: 12 Noon to 10 P.M.
Contact: 91 7042948708
Cost: INR 500 for two people (approx.)
6. KPG Express
KPG Express is a small and cozy restaurant in the midst of the hustle bustle of the market. The interesting décor gives homage to comics and rock bands. Being a bit clustered one might not always get a table here, however, the delicious food compensate for waiting. Pork ribs and local Sikkim pickles are a hit among regulars.
Address: 70, Humayunpur chowk, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110029
Time: 11 A.M. to 11 P.M.
Contact: 083758 20641
Cost: INR 500 for two (approx)
These specialty restaurants make sure that diners come back for their quality and taste of the food. It is an ideal destination for people who would like an authentic dining experience with affordable prices.