We all love food, don’t we? It is an undeniable fact that food is one of the few things in the world that has the capacity to deliver unconditional love. No matter how dejected, aloof or remorseful one might be at any point in life, food just satiates every bit of our soul. A favourite meal on a low day can instantly lift up your spirits or to put it honestly, can reassure your faith in good things in life. And the best part is that world has definitely become a much smaller place, atleast when it comes to devouring varied cuisines from all over the world. It is a luxury that we have such amazing dining options around in India now that we can gorge on some of our favourite lip smacking cuisines, be it Chinese, Italian, Lebanese or Continental food.
For the uninitiated food lovers, continental food is the food dishes that are native of the European countries like Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany, Portugal, France and many more. Yes, the Italian cuisine that we all love so much is also Continental food. Pizza, pasta, steaks, bread, everything qualifies under the category of continental food. Some of the most delectable, savoury dishes from the Continental cuisine are salads (with an ample dressing of olive oil), pies, casseroles, steaks, sauces, soups and baked vegetables. The peculiarity about Continental food is that their dishes are mainly cooked with herbs, olive oil, wine, seeds and minimal spices. As opposed to the Indian food, they refrain from making their food too peppery and spicy. The dishes are mostly light in weight, not piquant and bursting at the seams with nutrition and health. For their cooking techniques, the continental food majorly relies on baking, roasting and low frying.
Places in Delhi That Serve Irresistible Continental Food
If you are a lover of food and just the mention of dishes like Chickpea Soup, Baked vegetables, Roast Lamb Salad, Prawn Pie, Chicken and Cheese Salad, Yorkshire Lamb Patties has your taste buds tickling, we offer you to bookmark the following eateries in Delhi. They serve some of the most authentic, ardently prepared Continental food in Delhi. After relishing their delectable food, you may feel free to drop in an elaborate ‘Thank You’ note to us in the ‘comments’ section below.
1. OLIVE BAR AND KITCHEN
Situated in Mehrauli, the place is well revered for it luxurious interiors with white plastered walls and very old world vintage vibe running around the ambience. The continental food on the menu is equally thoughtful and appetizing. Overall, a sunny brunch date at the restaurant or a classy lavish dinner, you are going to feel enamored by the grandeur of the place and the exquisite flavours of its food dishes.
2. THE ONE - LE MERIDIEN
Anyone who has a taste for fine dining is well acquainted with the supremacy of the Hotel, Le Meriden, located in Connaught Place when it comes to dining, etiquette and world class hospitality. The Carbonara, Risotto and Pasta dishes on their menu are absolutely delectable and you are sure missing out on a lot of good things in life if you haven’t paid them a visit yet.
3. SEVILLA – THE CLARIDGES
It can be easily touted as one of the most luxurious places in Delhi that serves unparalleled Continental food. The ambience has been dexterously curated to appeal to the finer tastes of their refined guests. The restaurant has actually been set up with a European ambience in mind and an experience at the place can easily teleport you to a Mediterranean world. The place is a must visit for people with a fetish for luxury and love for European cuisine.
4. NYC – RADISSON BLU PLAZA DELHI AIRPORT, MAHIPALPUR
The hotel is one of the oldest properties of Radisson in Delhi NCR. The food at NYC has retained its culinary finesse and savoury flavours over the years. When at the restaurant, do not forget to taste some of their exquisite continental dishes like Broccoli and Tofu skewers, Roasted Pumpkin Soup, Pepperoni Pizza and Bolognese Pasta. You are going to cherish each and every bite of your scrumptious food.
5. CAFÉ DELHI HEIGHTS
This café has some old world charm to it that is hard to miss. The interiors are an intelligent amalgam of urban tastes clubbed with a classic richness. Each and every food on the menu tastes out of the world. Order a bucket of beer and sit down to spend some good relaxing hours, enjoying their great food! (We hope in great company too.)
6. FIO COOKHOUSE AND BAR
Bursting with activity in the hustling area of Nehru Place, FIO is a must visit European eatery in case you happen to be in South Delhi. The chefs here excel in the preparation of varied Continental food and the flavours are just perfect to the T. To serve their patrons well, they do have the options of vegan and gluten free dishes. The place is spaciously designed and has ample space to accommodate a houseful of diners on a busy weekend night. We would earnestly advise you not to miss out on some of their most popular dishes like Butterfly Prawns, Mango and Coco Tamarind Salad, Goat Cheese Phyllo Tazza, Crispy Avocado Crunchy Taco and Burrata and Cherry Tomato Confit Pizza.
7. THE QUBE - THE LEELA PALACE
Situated in The Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri, The Qube is an all day fine dining restaurant that serves some saporous Asian, Continental and Mughlai food dishes. One of Delhi’s top restaurants, it serves both buffet and A La Carte in breakfast and lunch and only A La Carte in Dinner. With luxurious interiors, tall glass walls giving a soothing view of the outside, this place makes for perfect ambience for a romantic dinner or to raise toast to a special occasion or achievement. Satiate the pangs of the food hedonist in you with their explicit variety of wood-fired oven pizzas, pasta and risotto.
8. DEL - ROSEATE HOUSE
The bon vivant in you is going to fall in love with this place from the word go. It defines luxury and refinement in the best way possible. The food rightfully matches up with the pompousness and luxuriance of the place. Although, the hustling business and fine dining hub, Aerocity is already buzzing with some really high end places to eat at, DEL, situated in the Roseate House stands its indomitable ground. They serve some exquisite Continental food dishes like Pomelo Salad, Braised Fennel and Quinoa Salad, Pan Seared Polenta, Juniper Glazed Pork Ribs, Tomato and Burrata Risotto and much more. It makes almost sacrosanct for a food connoisseur to try a good meal at this fine dining restaurant.
9. DIGGIN CAFE
Though this café is not as expensive as other high-end dinning places mentioned above, it makes for a very well deserved position in our list of top places to eat Continental food. The café has an outdoor sitting area and looks nothing short of a fairy land at night with its fairy lights brimming in full force. Located in the heart of Delhi, Chanakyapuri, it has some of the finest European dishes on its menu. Their Farm Fresh Veggie Pizza and Ricotta Cheese Calzone are as good as to die for.
10. BASIL & THYME
If we may take the liberty to claim, this place serves one of the most well researched and thoughtful continental food menus that we have ever come across. Though the number of dishes is limited, but they are flavoursome and fill up your taste buds with some great food memories to rejoice. You cannot just visit them only once; you are bound to return soon to try out something new. Their desserts are equally good. Their Mushroom & Ricotta Ravioli, Boscaiola Pasta, Moussaka-layers of Zucchini, Eggplant and Potato topped with baked cheese, and Minced Lamb would make for some of your best food memories, veer had in life.
Food lovers are always in search of delish food dishes that serve as memorable experiences. A visit to these singular places will take you through such a delectable, savoury experience that you won’t be able to get over it anytime soon. Make sure you take good company along to make the best of this experience.