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Karim's Restaurant at Nizamuddin, Delhi for Best Mughlai Food

All roads seemed to take us to the food mecca called Karim's at Nizamuddin. It being a Sunday we were not sure if we would even get a table, but luckily we beat the crowd by 10 minutes. A mere 20 minutes drive from India Gate, the famous restaurant Karim's Nizamuddin, serves the best Mughlai food ever (find it on your Google maps). It is far removed from the posh metropolitan image of the NCR, this is old Delhi, with its small and crowded alleys. Precisely why it found its place on our ‘things to do in Delhi with kids’ list.

 food mecca called Karim's at Nizamuddin. Colourful shops with cheap and local toys, clothes, cassettes, accessories cover either side of the roads here. And the kids simply loved walking down these. Luckily we got a parking spot next to the police station at a 2 minutes walking distance from this famous eating joint. Yes you cannot drive to the doors of Karim's Nizamuddin. 


KetchupMoms’ Rating: 4/5

 food mecca called Karim's at Nizamuddin.

Food: Was it worth it? Well my almost 6-year-old daughter and her almost 6-year-old cousin demolished Karim’s Tandoori chicken with tandoori roti in minutes. We relied on my elder nephew’s recommendation and had a finger licking good experience thanks to their Nihari, Rogan Josh, Tandoori chicken, Tandoori Burra and the crisp rotis. Most of these non-vegetarian dishes are cooked overnight on slow flame. They are soft, flavourful and rich as Mughlai cuisine always is. Thankfully the dishes were not very spicy.

Value: Rs 3,500 for 4 adults and three kids

Service: Quick and prompt.

Ambience: Casual and cosy. Interiors have wooden carvings and beautiful hand-woven artifacts on the walls.

 food mecca called Karim's at Nizamuddin. Each dish served had a 100 years of legacy attached to it. In fact its origins go back to the time of Bahadur Shah Zafar. Although Haji Karimuddin is credited with the idea of establishing Karim's, he learnt the art of cooking from his father. Initially this son of a Mughal soldier who was in love with cooking, sold only Alu Gosht and Daal with Rumali Roti. To know why Karim’s Nizamuddin is pretty much the reigning king in Mughlai food read this excerpt from Sohni Chattopadhyay’s article in Open Magazine, ‘The secrets of their recipes continue to be passed on only to the sons of the family. To this day, in all of Karim’s branches and outlets, the entire recipes are never shared with the staff. They are given only a set of cooking instructions, but the actual spices and their proportions are revealed only to family members. This is crucial for sustaining the brand mystique.’

So next time you are in Delhi and your stomach is rumbling with hunger, you know where to head. Also you don't want to miss out on Kingdom Of Dreams and Heritage Transport Museum too. 

Comments (10)

Snigdha Prusti Posted on Jan 19, 2018

Wow the interior is great and food as well. I am a non-vegetarian and I found this place awesome... I will definitely visit whenever I will be in delhi next ..

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Nidhi Km Posted on Jan 19, 2018

Karims is a famous brand and I love their dishes

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Judy Morris Posted on Jan 18, 2018

Karim\'s is a famous brand from old delhi I can vouch for the taste of their dishes.

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Preeti Tiwari Posted on Jan 18, 2018

I heard lot about Karim\'s but as I am pure vegetarian I never went there but no doubt that it\'s a best place as my friends always talk about it.

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Papri Ganguly Posted on Jan 18, 2018

Place seems royal and the foods look tempting

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Sneha Jain Posted on Jan 18, 2018

Being a vegetarian I will share this to my friends who are non vegetarian

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Jayshree Posted on Jan 18, 2018

I have heard a lots of things about this place from my brother but never got the chance to visit this place

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Ruchi Verma Posted on Jan 18, 2018

I\'m die heart Karim\'s fab ...love this

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Varsh Posted on Jan 17, 2018

I\'m a vegetarian and there seem to be limited choices for me. Will sure recommend it to my friends.

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Dipika Singh Posted on Jan 17, 2018

I have been to Delhi like millions times, and everytime my cousins promise me to take to Karmis. The promise has never been fulfilled... and these images are truly worth drool over.

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Charu Chhitwal, Founder KetchupMoms has daring tastebuds, a love for travel and an owl for her soul. It’s little wonder then that she loves to write and share her tips and tricks on traveling, food,

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