I needed to start living in India to understand the real meaning of spicy food!
I never enjoyed spicy dishes and even in Portugal I always avoided pepper or any other kind of strong seasoning. So, I arrived in India with the positive belief that I could experience Indian food, but not spicy. However, after several restaurants I understood that "non-spicy" really means "just a little bit of less spicy than the usual". I mean, don't get me wrong, I ate a lot of Butter Naan, but that was it.
It was very difficult for me to enjoy traditional Indian dishes because all I tasted in my mouth was spicy.
So, I started to look for non-spicy options in Delhi, which was a huge challenge! But I think I succeeded. I found several restaurants that I really enjoy (I have to confess that Zomato was a great help!).
Today, I will tell you my top 5 restaurants in Delhi (the list could be longer, but for now I think these are enough!) where you can eat some non-spicy dishes.
However, if you are a spicy lover you will also enjoy these restaurants, because they have also spicy options. What kind of restaurant in India would not have at least one spicy receipt?!
Let's discover where to eat in the vibrant city that is Delhi.
1. Pa Pa Ya
Asian, Chinese, Thailandese, Japonese
Pa Pa Ya is located on Select Citywalk Mall (Saket), and has an outstanding ambiance, very classy. The decor is lovely and the staff is really courteous.
And of course the food... Amazing! Dumplings, noodles, sushi... Everything is so tasty.
I am delighted with this restaurant, that's why I went there on New Year's Eve and the service was spectacular!
They also serve brunch on Sundays and they have a fantastic bar with great cocktails.
2. Side Wok
Crispy Chicken Honey could be the only thing to tell you about Side Wok, because it's absolutely delicious!
What can I say more... Well, this restaurant is my weekly obsession, because I usually go there once a week (sometimes more - guilty!). For me, it's the perfect combination of food and price, because you can eat great food there for 500 INR/person (6 euros more and less). The portions are quite big also.
I call Side Wok my fancy canteen in Delhi. And how tasty the food is!
Viet:Nom is an incredible surprise in Cyber Hub (Gurgaon). Everything in the restaurant makes going there a great experience. The food, the plating, the decor, the staff...
It has amazing Vietnamese food like homemade Pho, Dimsums and Bao Buns.
I recommend it to everyone who likes Vietnamese food or wants to try it for the first time. It's also a great way to spend a different day, because Cyber Hub offers great activities.
Continental, Healthy food
I discovered NicoCaara restaurant because of the beautiful Nicobar shop and I am really glad I did it.
Located in DLF’s The Chanakya, this restaurant offers a seasonal menu that includes gluten, dairy and sugar-free options.
It's a wonderful place to eat pasta but be careful... Don't lose yourself in the shop that is right next to NicoCaara (because I did :p)!
5. Burma Burma
100% Vegetarian, Asian, Burmese
Burma Burma offers a huge variety of tastes, specialized in Burmese food. The food has influences from countries like India, China, Thailand, and Laos.
Sticky Rice, Steamed Buns, Hincho, Curry, Bubble Tea... Everything is so appetizing!
The food is 100% vegetarian, which makes the experience more unique. The ambiance of the restaurant in Select Citywalk Mall (Saket) is eye-catching and the service team warmly welcomes the clients.
And that's it! My top 5 restaurants in Delhi for non-Indian food. I feel hungry already after reviewing all of these outstanding restaurants!