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10 Seriously Iconic Delhi Restaurants Over 50 Years Old And Still Standing Strong!

Ananya Chauhan 10 Sept 2020


Delhi is, and always will be, a historically important and culturally-rich city. The architecture, the narrow lanes and the age-old havelis of Chandni Chowk and heritage sites scattered throughout the city are a testament to vintage Delhi. We even prefer our food from classic and iconic restaurants, which is why we’ve made a list of all the most iconic Delhi restaurants that are over 50 years old and are still stalwart landmarks in the city. Scroll on and head over to all of these!

1. Moti Mahal

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Picture Credits: Muskan Kumari

The dim lights and peeling walls might indicate otherwise, but Moti Mahal is a living legend. The place has been offering delicious and timeless Indian cuisine since approximately 1947. Still in the same location, the quality of their offerings remains top-notch. The dream of every chicken lover, Butter Chicken itself might have been birthed at this very place!

Where | Moti Mahal - 3704, Netaji Subhash Marg, Old Daryaganj
Timings | 12 Noon - 12 Midnight
Call Them | + 91 9013 525 539
Meal For Two | Rs 1,100
Check Out Their FB Page |

2. Kwality Restaurant 

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Established nearly 60 years ago, Kwality is tucked in the core of the city, CP. People claim that this restaurant definitively began the fine-dining culture in Delhi. This place offers delectable Indian cuisine, bringing a regal touch to quality Indian comfort food and we hear that their Chicken Chops, and the Channe Bhature are absolutely to-die-for!

Where | Kwality Restaurant - No .7, Regal Building, Sansad Marg, Hanuman Road Area, CP
Timings | 12 Noon - 11.30 PM 
Call Them | +91 11 2374 2352
Meal For Two | Rs 2,400
Check Out Their FB Page |

3. Karim’s

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This place is essentially a paradise for meat lovers. Tucked in the narrow lanes of Old Delhi, right opposite Jama Masjid, it has been around for more than a century - 1913, to be exact. Karim’s is renowned for its succulent Biryani, Nihari, Mutton Korma and Chicken Kebabs. Needless to say, this place ranks high on every foodie’s bucket list and defo cannot be missed!

Where | Karim’s - 16, Urdu Bazar Road, In Front of Jama Masjid Gate No.1, Gali Bhairo Wali, Kababiyan
Timings | 9 AM – 12:30 AM
Meal For Two | Rs. 800
Call Them | +91 11 2326 4981
Check Out Their FB Page |

4. Roshan Di Kulfi

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Picture Credits: Ritesh Sharma

Tucked within the hustle and bustle of Karol Bagh is a small and coveted shop, which is a legend when it comes to street food delicacies. Roshan Di Kulfi’s Chhole Bhature, Cold Badam Pista Kulfi and Dry Fruit Kulfi are enough to gain foodie nirvana, in our opinion. They’re not kidding when they say their food is made of 100 per cent pure ghee, just so you know. We’re scampering over there ASAP, how about you?!

Where | Roshan Di Kulfi - 2816, Ajmal Khan Rd, Block 34P, Beadonpura, Karol Bagh
Timings | 8 AM -  9 PM
Meal For Two | Rs. 500
Call Them | +91 11 2872 4230
Check Out Their FB page |

5. Kannaiylal Durga Parshad Dixit Parawthe Wala

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Picture Credits: delhi_eats

This place probably needs no introduction! As old as 1872, this paratha shop has been around and bustling for decades, and rightfully so. Now in their sixth generation, they have preserved the uniqueness of their art and food. Parathas are served with three different sabzis, kele ki saunth, pickles and luscious sweet lassi in kulhads. If you’re in the vicinity, you just have to eat these parathas, period!

Where | Pt.Kanhaiyalal & Durga Prasad Dixit Paranthe Wale - Paranthe Wali Gali, Katra 
Timings | 9 AM - 11 PM
Meal For Two | 200
Call Them | +91 9971 997 140

6. Indian Coffee House

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Picture Credits: Ashwin Tahiliani

A quaint, age-old atmosphere, waiters in Nehru caps, classic rich coffee and delicious pakoras - Indian Coffee House is no less than a bittersweet ride down memory lane. More than 60 years old, ICH has an unmatched vibe. You’ll come for the South Indian Filter Coffee, and you will stay for the old world charm and return back here, again and again!

Where | Indian Coffee House - Babakharak Singh Marg, Mohan Singh Place, 2nd Floor, Near PVR Rivoli
Timings | 9 AM - 9 PM
Meal For Two | Rs. 300
Call Them | +91 11 2334 2994
Check Out Their FB Page |

7. Gulati’s 

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This restaurant started way back in 1959 and has served decadent Indian cuisine for ages. The Butter Chicken and Rara Kabab, along with Roomali Rotis served here are simply yummilicious and deserve to be tried. The food is delicious, the ambience is amazing and the place is iconic. Come here for a nice wholesome family meal and you will not be disappointed!

Where | Gulati’s  - 6, Pandara Road, Pandara Market
Timings | 12 Noon - 10.30 PM
Meal For Two | Rs. 2,500 
Call Them | +91 11 2338 8836
Check Out Their FB Page |

8. Kake Da Hotel 

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Located in the Connaught Circle, Kake Da Hotel has been a pioneer of North Indian cuisine since 1931 - woah! Their Chicken Seekh Kabab, Brain Curry and Dal Makhani are just some of the dishes that are worth trying. You will nearly always find a crowd here no matter what time of day. Drop by here for a meal and you’ll be thanking us later!

Where | Kake Da Hotel  - 67, Municipal Market, Connaught Circle, Connaught Place
Timings | 12 Noon - 12 Midnight 
Meal For Two | Rs. 600 
Call Them | +91 11 2341 1580

9. Sita Ram Diwan Chand

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Picture Credits: Atul RAwat

We say Delhi, you say chole bhature. There is no place more iconic to have this Delhi staple than Sita Ram Diwan Chand. Been around since 1950, their Chole Bhature and sweet lassi remain unparalleled. Make sure you eat nothing all day because this meal will make you full to the brim, it’s just that kinda place!

Where | Sita Ram Diwan Chand - 2246, Near Imperial Cinema, Paharganj
Timings | 8 AM - 5.30 PM
Meal For Two | Rs. 250 
Call Them | +91 11 2358 7380
Check Out Their FB Page |

10. United Coffee House

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Picture Credits: gagan bamval

This place simply oozes elegance! They have impeccable vintage decor and serve North Indian, Chinese, American and Mediterranean cuisines. You will love that regal feel the place gives off, sitting under the chandelier sipping that creamy rich cappuccino, without a care in the world as you tuck into decadent food. Take bae for a beautifully vintage lunch here soon!

Where | United Coffee House - E-15, Connaught Place
Timings | 12:30 - 9:30 PM
Meal For Two | Rs. 2,500 
Call Them | + 91 11 2341 1697
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There you have it, the most iconic restaurants in Delhi that are half a century old and still serve the best food you could ask for! Tell us which ones are your faves in the comments below!