This dark, soothing restaurant with gold-embossed paintings was designed by artisans from the Tamil Nadu town of Thanjavur. The food is Udupi, a vegetarian cuisine from a town near Mangalore. All meals begin with a rasam (peppery soup) that must be the best in Delhi, and the rice dishes are a great introduction to South Indian home cooking. Try a dosa—a giant semolina or lentil-flour crêpe filled with spicy potatoes—particularly the maharaja sajjigemasala dosa, which also includes vegetables. At night, look for the stained-glass entrance; by day, follow signs for the "South Indian Eating Panorama." Alcohol is not served.
1 Hauz Khas Village, Delhi, 110016, India