Autowallahs may not always agree to go by the meter, but take a cab and make the trip to Malcha Marg anyway. The clean, green lanes are lined with restaurants; from small and iconic, to fine-dining and hole-in-the-wall establishments.

Here’s your guide to navigating the food in Malcha Marg; your rumbling tummies can thank us later.

Fujiya

This is an oldie-but-goldie. Their kitchens have been in operation for many years now, and Padam Singh has been greeting diners with a smile for as long as I can remember.

The restaurant is usually packed at dinner time, but they deliver as well! The soups make for filling appetisers {especially during winter}, and my regular order includes the Tom Yum and Hot Sour.

They have an extensive Asian menu, which includes lots of poultry, sea food and veggie options. Try the Sweet & Sour Pork, Lamb Curry {in red or green curry} and the Fujiya Special Rice.

Amour Bistro

Photo source: Amour Bistro

Photo source: Amour Bistro

To the left of Fujiya is the shinier and prettier Amour Bistro. Since it opened two years ago, I’ve walked by Amour countless times and have never seen it empty.

Their big windows filter in lots of sunlight and good vibes, and the restaurant is done up in vibrant yellows and wooden details {we love their wine cellar} and wrought-iron chandeliers.

Start with their Salad of Smoked Salmon, share the Amour Signature Seafood Risotto, grab a slice of A La Spagnola pizza and end your meal with a slice of Toffee Cheesecake.

They have a delectable breakfast spread as well, available from 8am – 11pm.

Lazeez Affaire

Lazeez Affaire sees a steady stream of tourists, both at lunch and dinner, looking to dip their naans into the rich, creamy murg makhani served here.

With kebabs, curries and biryani, the menu at Lazeez Affaire is a Mughlai feast, and I keep going back again and again for a big bowl of comfort food.

Get the Grand Tandoori Platter of kebabs so you don’t miss out on the usual, either.

Sanadige

Photo source: Sanadige

Photo source: Sanadige

Sanadige does seafood right, and I’m glad this coastal restaurant made it’s way to Malcha Marg all the way from Bangalore.

The restaurant is classy, the staff is always courteous and I’ve never had a meal I didn’t enjoy here. Order the seafood platter with a little bit of everything; it’s perfect for sharing, too.

The Chicken Ghee Roast is highly recommended, and the Mangalorean mutton curry pairs well with a Malabar parantha. Their cocktails are well-mixed and worth a chug, and I suggest you end your meal with the Elaneer Payasam.

Moti Mahal Deluxe

Moti Mahal Deluxe needs no introduction; their butter chicken and dal makhani have been luring hungry diners to Malcha Marg for as long as I can remember.

The restaurant hasn’t changed at all, although the prices are slightly higher from the good ol’ days. Big on nostalgia and desi ghee, go here for some north Indian favourites.

I also enjoyed the murgh lababdar the last time I was here.

Fez

Photo source: Fez Dining and Bar

Photo source: Fez Dining and Bar

Longevity is a problem in Malcha Marg market {Schengen came and went very quickly} but Fez has stood the test of time. When you’re in the mood for Lebanese, I suggest you make the trip here. Try their non vegetarian mezze platter, complete with calamari fritters and lamb chelo kebab.

The spicy Moorish kebabs make for the perfect appetiser, and the Moroccan Lamb Stew is perfect for a grey December day.

Sidewok

Everyone’s probably eaten at Sidewok, and even if it’s not that big on novelty, it wins major points for consistency of food quality and stellar delivery service. Last time I ordered they forgot my dessert, but were wonderful about it and sent me two portions instead {no one ever complained about more dessert!}.

I love their Stir Fried Mint Basil Lamb, Lotus Stem Honey & Chilli and Prawns Panang Style.

Alkauser

Photo: Sarang Gupta/LBB

Photo: Sarang Gupta/LBB

I have a standard order at the iconic Alkauser: Kakori Kebab Rolls. Change isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I don’t believe in fixing it if it ain’t broke.

Order a plate of these and devour them in your car; Alkauser is perfect for a quick snack that’s also insanely delicious.

Featured photo source: I Love Indian Food