The seven sisters, as they are fondly called, trace a fascinating food trail. Distinct from the stereotypes of north Indian cuisine, which is often heavy on spices and less adventurous with meats, these cuisines incorporate a diversity of ingredients and flavours. Be it the indigenous roots and herbs, or the pungent bamboo shoot flavour, the cuisine from the region is truly a gastronomical adventure.

And thukpa and momo? Those are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to experiencing the them in Delhi.

Nagaland Kitchen

Nagaland-kitchen #LBBPicks: The Best Of Tibetan, Nepalese & North East Indian Fare

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I haven’t really looked past the pork section whenever I have visited NK, and I advise you do the same! The pork ribs are melt-in-the-mouth delicious, as is the smoked pork chilli. The adventurous may try the raja mirch vodka shots, but it’d be wise to anticipate momentary numbness of the tongue and lots of tears.

Where: S2, Uphaar Cinema Complex, Green Park Extension

Contact: 011 46088968

Timings: 11.30am – 11.30pm

Price: INR 1,000 for two {approx}

Follow them on Facebook here.

Rosang Soul Food

Run by a native, and the only restaurant in the city offering dishes from all the north-eastern states, Rosang is a one stop for experiencing the expanse of north-eastern cuisine under one roof. We recommend the Meghalayan Jadoh {wild red rice with sesame and pork}, Arunachali Ngatok {fish stew}, Manipuri Iromba {oil free steamed vegetable chutney with fermented fish} and the Sikkimese Aloo Taama {potatoes with beans and bamboo shoot}.

Where: S-20, Ground Floor, Green Park Extension

Contact: +91 8447963810

Timings: 12.30pm – 11pm

Price: INR 600 for two {approx}

Follow them on Facebook here.

Himalaya Rigo Restaurant

They serve Tibetan, Chinese and Thai, and we suggest you stick to the Tibetan. Try the Devil Momo, beef dim sums and the beef pan-fried dim sums. Don’t expect stellar service, and try and overlook the cutlery; just focus on the food. Some of the more traditional dishes have a very pungent flavour, so if you’re a newbie, stick to the safe options.

Where: House 26, Majnu Ka Tila, New Tibetan Camp

Contact: 011 65028940, +91 9811939992

Timings: 8am – 11am; 12pm – 3.30pm; 6:30pm – 10pm

Price: INR 700 for two {approx.}

Delhi Haat

Stop by Momo Mia {Sikkim} for juicy momos, with the best chilli sauce we’ve had in town and a chilled fruit beer. The pork ribs and smoked pork with akhuni {fermented soya bean} at the Nagaland stall are also worth repeatedly going back for. Savour these while soaking in the colourful festivities and the melodious tune of the iktaara that truly make Dilli Haat memorable.

Where: Aurobindo Marg

Contact: 011 4629365, 011 6119055

Timings: 10am – 10pm

Price: INR 300 for two {approx}

Yeti – The Himalayan Kitchen

Known for their Tibetan and Nepalese fare, Yeti in HKV might have closed down, but the GK outlet is still one of the best in the business. We recommend the non-veg snack platter for the adventurous, while others may safely stick to the momo and Wai-Wai Sadeko {special mention to their Piro Aloo and Tingmo}.

Where: M20, M Block Market

Contact: 011 41657868

Timings: 12.30pm – 11pm

Price: INR 1,300 for two {approx}

Bamboo Hut

Frequented by the North Campus crowd, this restaurant is always full, which tells you two things: it’s good, and it’s value for money. The pork anishi {with fermented yam leaves} is very enjoyable, as is their simple Naga dal and chicken with mushrooms.

Where: 1598, Outram Lines, Kingsway Camp

Contact: +91 9560574772

Timings: 12pm – 10.30pm

Price: INR 400 for two {approx}

Gharua Exaj

A typical Axomiya restaurant with cane jaapis, tamul paan et al, Gharua is fast becoming popular among people who relish this cuisine. The khorika here is a must-have.

Where: E 129 Amar Colony

Contact: +91 9990975483

Timings: 12.30pm – 11pm

Price: INR 500 for two {approx}

Find them on Facebook here.

JNU N.E. Dhaba

This place is a diamond in the rough and surprisingly, has a lot of customers from outside JNU. Open almost all night, the dhaba serves homely Ooti {lentils}, chicken curry, Iromba {spicy Manipuri chutney} and chicken liver fry among others, with massive portions of rice.

Where: Near Sabarmati Hostel, JNU

Price: INR 150 for two {approx}

State Bhavans

Pork-ribs #LBBPicks: The Best Of Tibetan, Nepalese & North East Indian Fare

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Simple and no-fuss but still offering a true taste of the local area, State Bhavans are a good choice for home style food. A standard item on all these menus is a thali, which should be ordered with {usually} a non-vegetarian item from the a la carte section. Our top picks are Assam {Aloo Pitika, Fish Tenga Rohu, Steamed Hilsa in Banana Leaf, Chicken with Bamboo Shoot}, Sikkim {momo} and Nagaland {pork ribs, dried fish chutney}.

Where: Assam House, 1 Sardar Patel Marg; Nagaland House, 29 Aurangzeb Road

Contact: 011 24108605; 011 23015638

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Price: INR 500 for two {approx}


Good for home delivery, we recommend the dry thentuk, lowa khatsa and shapta.

Where: 198/52, First Floor, Ramesh Market, East of Kailash

Contact: 011 64557575

Timings: 9am – 4pm; 6pm – 10.30pm

Price: INR 300 for two {approx.}

Yo Tibet

I was blown away by the Ema Dhatsi here! A soupy concoction of cheese and chilli with the vegetable or meat of your choice, it is considered Bhutan’s national dish and is truly remarkable. Must have—the potato ema dhatsi.

Where: 119 A Humayunpur Village, Safdarjung Enclave

Contact: +91 9990613558

Timings: 12pm – 12am

Price: INR 350 for two {approx.}

Flavours Of Tibet

A McLeodganj-style restaurant dishing out winning shapta, thentuk, tingmo and honey chilli pork ribs. Word from the wise—ensure you specify your salt and spice preferences.

Where: 70 D Humayunpur Village, Safdarjung Enclave 

Contact: +91 9911829012

Timings: 11.30am – 11.30pm

Price: INR 300 for two {approx}


Pemas #LBBPicks: The Best Of Tibetan, Nepalese & North East Indian Fare

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Fairly nondescript, and less than well-known, Pema’s does a mix of Chinese, Tibetan and Japanese. For staying uber safe, stick with the Chinese, but the Tibetan fare is also awesome. They do momo {including pork momo}, stuffed fried Tibetan bread, thukpa and thenthuk. They also do a variety of datchi {Bhutanese cheese and garlic-based curry} and Tarkari {Nepali-style curry}.

Where: Shop 3, 3/31, Upper Ground Floor, Shivalik Road, Malviya Nagar

Contact: +91 9654633346

Timings: 12pm – 11pm

Price: INR 900 for two {approx}

Freedom Corner

This hole-in-the-wall eatery is probably the only place that serves popular Darjeeling delicacy, Taipoa huge tingmo bun with a dense filling, including a meat mixture and a boiled egg, it comes with an extremely hot chilli dip and a mild soup.

Where: 119 C Humayunpur Village, Safdarjung Enclave

Contact: 011 26102058

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Price: INR 80 for the Chicken Taipo

KPG Express

Rumoured to have the best thukpa in town, this place also doubles up as a store you can source authentic ingredients from. Kalimpong egg noodles, churpi, pork pickle, smoked meats, fireball chillies and phing are some of the items on display here.

Where: Humayunpur Chowk, Safdarjung Enclave 

Contact: +91 9871829720

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Price: INR 300 for two {approx}


A Safdarjung favourite, Hornbill serves excellent pork offerings such as smoked frizzled pork, pork with axon and yam and pork with khollar. The chicken liver and gizzard fry, and their traditional thalis {options of chicken, fish and pork are available} are amazing too!

Where: 104/A, Basement Backside NCC Gate, Safdarjung 

Contact: +91 9654781284

Timings: 1pm – 10.45pm

Price: INR 400 for two {approx}

Mizo Diner

A quaint little joint, Mizo Diner serves authentic north-eastern food. The steamed buff momos, Chow Satui Leih, Sangha Chhum and Buff Burger are some of our favourites here {and we’re sure you’ll love them too}.

Where: 85, Humayunpur, Safdarjung Enclave, Safdarjung

Contact: +91 8447584361

Timings: 12pm – 11pm

Price: INR 600 for two {approx}

The Categorical Eat Pham

Whether it is the river snails in sichuan pepper leaves or their lip-smacking duck curry, this place does north eastern food right. Be sure to try out their steamed fish wrapped in turmeric leaves and pork thali, which is sure to keep you coming back.

Where: 120-A, Ground Floor, Humayunpur,Safdarjung Enclave

Contact: 011 41812089

Timings: 12pm – 10pm

Price: INR 400 for two {approx}

Featured image courtesy: Yeti-The Himalayan Kitchen


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