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Women entrepreneurs are setting foot in the food court with elan, as these women owned restaurants in Delhi and Gurgaon prove. Head out there for a tasty meal!
Being the national capital of India, and also a very food-friendly city, Delhi has become a hotspot for all food lovers, both in India and globally. When it comes to women starting their own restaurants, there has been a rise in women owned restaurants in Delhi and Gurgaon, serving some amazing food.
Here are 8 such women owned restaurants in Delhi and Gurgaon that you. just know about.
Dubbed as one of India’s celebrity chefs, Ritu Dalmia started DIVA way back in 2000. Based in Greater Kailash, the restaurant serves tasty Italian food, sometimes served with an Indian twist. Today, the restaurant has a fan following of over 5,000 people, who admire her expirements in the field of gastronomy. With some amazing risotto and minestrone soup on its menu, DIVA Italian is definitely worth a visit!
Must-haves: Pasta, Ravioli and Lasagne
Main Address: M-8A, M Block Market, Greater Kailash (GK) 2, New Delhi
Contact numbers: 011-49051837, 011 41637858
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A small quaint, dainty, terrace café located in Chanakyapuri, Potbelly Rooftop Café is touted to be Delhi’s first Bihari café. Using a simple sprig of mint leaves and chutney, the chefs at the café are able to make a dish come alive before your own eyes. Visit this restaurant on a Sunday morning to savour the ‘litti chowka’, which the café is famous for.
Must-haves: Litti Chokha, Mustard Fish
Main Address: 116-C, 4th Floor, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi
Contact numbers: 011 41612048, 011 49054549
A part of New Delhi’s The Imperial, The Spice Route has taken 7 years to come to fruition. Its menu has been crafted by President’s Awardee Veena Arora with some other expert chefs. With some very ravishing and delectable dishes on its menu, the restaurant has seen food connoisseurs from Sri Lanka and Thailand come knocking on its door!
Must-haves: Vegan Mango Ice Cream, Appams
Main Address: The Spice Route, The Imperial, Janpath, New Delhi
Contact number: 011-41116605
In her blog, Avneet Mann says that if she had a wishing chair, she wished it could fly her to a deserted tropical island with an unlimited buffet of dessert and margaritas. Well, her café, co-founded by her and her friend, aims to create an atmosphere that brings back memories of childhood, just like the café’s namesake, the Enid Blyton book, does. The café features some amazing décor!
Must-haves: Chocolate Cupcakes, Spaghetti
Main Address: 86-A, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi
Contact number: 011 46572121
Anahita started Sodabottleopenerwala as a venture in Delhi, which has gained wild popularity in Bangalore and Mumbai as well. One of Delhi’s most famous restaurants, she started the venture simply because she was passionate about food. She had no idea that she was amongst the youngest female entrepreneurs in Delhi! Though she did face some glitches here and there, she kept moving forward due to the constant support that she received from her family and friends.
Must-haves: Vada Pav, Pancakes
Main Address: 73, Khan Market, New Delhi
Contact number: 9810877701
With some help from her husband (chef Om Nayak), Aditi started The Pasta Bowl Company in 2013, intending for it to be an instant hit with the audiences. Within one month of its opening, the Italian-style speciality restaurant became popular with the office-going crowd, in particular. Featuring some speciality panna cotta and portabella mushroom, this restaurant will make you think about that long-awaited trip to Italy!
Must-haves: Tiramisu, Veg Lasagna, Pizza
Main Address: GL-201, 2nd Floor, Cross Point Mall, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon
Contact number: 124 4375666
Parsi Anjuman, the dining area at the Parsi Dharamshala in Delhi, has been around a lot longer than Anahita Dhondy’s Sodabottleopenerwala. Adjacent to a garden bearing some beautiful lemons, Parsi Anjuman is both easy on the mouth and the pocket. They also come bearing some delicious Parsi Kulfi sourced from the Parsi Dairy, the same delicious sticks we see on the Indian Railways. Also, the entire space feels like a slice of history, with a slice of ice-cream on your plate!
Must-haves: Caramelised rice, Mutton Dhansak, Kulfi
Main Address: Bahadur Zafar Road, LNJP Colony, Near Maulana Azad Medical College Campus, New Delhi
Contact number: 011 23238615
Kainaz always wanted to run a restaurant of her own, and was very passionate about her home-made Parsi meals. Along with her longtime friend Rahul Dua, she opened Rustom’s Parsi Bhonu in 2014. Her meals are always tasty, and satisfying. Visit this place for maa ka haath ka khana.
Must-haves: Caramel Custard, Rice, Keema Patty
Main Address: Delhi Parsi Anjuman, LNJP Colony, Bahadur Shah Zafar Road, Near Maulana Azad Medical College Campus, ITO, New Delhi
Contact number: 011 30806362
With some amazing food on the Delhi food scene, we hope to see many more women starting their own restaurants. Here’s to #BreakingBarriers!
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