The food at Bukhara is cooked in clay ovens or tandoor in the traditional style of the Indian North-West Frontier region. This style of cooking requires great expertise on the part of the chefs, since the meat is not accompanied by any sauce or gravy, but is only pre-marinated and cooked before serving. It takes a Chef years of meticulous training and dedication to master the technique of the art of making the breads that are a vital part of the cuisine, or to acquire the ability to gauge spices, mix marinades, and the most vital of all, to judge the heat of the tandoor and the time necessary for each dish to be perfectly cooked.
The world renowned Dal Bukhara, a combination of whole black lentils (urad dal), tomatoes, ginger and garlic, is cooked and simmered over slow coal fires of the tandoor overnight for 18 hours at a stretch! It is sure to be the longest cooked lentil in the world!
Another unique feature of the cuisine is the use of prime cuts of meat, marinated with the choicest of spices and skilfully cooked on high heat, while retaining their tender moistness.
The British demarcated the North-West Frontier Province in the year 1900, which comprised parts of Afghanistan, and the North-West part of pre-independence India. The cuisine has been inspired by the essence of North-West Frontier tradition, of camaraderie around the warm glow of a campfire - succulent tandoori fare, low on oil and high on authenticity.
A unique concept, the restaurant offers a sophisticated yet totally ethnic experience where the display kitchen is part of the restaurant. The decor comprises of stonewalls and flooring, hung with Bukhara carpets. Rough-hewn trestle tables and wooden stools complete the rugged look. Copper pots and urns are suspended from the ceiling and pillars; the crockery is earthenware in an earthy ochre colour, while the menu is painted on a block of wood.
While dining, guests are given checked aprons and are encouraged to eat with their hands to experience the food through all their senses. The chequered apron is also a totally novel concept that has become very popular.
The view of the kitchen, with the busy chefs, adds to the warmth of the restaurant, inviting one to take time off to photograph the activity inside the kitchen. The speed by which the food is cooked and delivered to the tables justifies its claim of having one of the most efficient service.
The hotel in Delhi is amazing but the restaurant in the hotel, Bukhara is a must when in Delhi. Tandoori is their thing! We started with a range of tandoori dishes....veg, chicken, fish and lamb. All exceptional. For mains the range of curries are all great. We had a table of 12 so ordered almost everything on the menu. It was all fabulous. The tandoori naan and dhal makani is a must with your meal. Go on, try it and you will love it.
Going to Bukhara in New Delhi is always a memorable experience. The quality of the food needs no mention - it is excellent, the experience of seeing the busy kitchen with the food going into the tandoor adds an extra dimension. The staff are genuinely happy to have you there and cannot do enough. Jitender was looking after us and made sure that the special occasion (a birthday) was made really special!
My first introduction to an Indian restauarant in India, on my first evening in this wonderful country. Didnt dissapoint. Being a vegetarian was no problem. Loved the dal and the family sized naan was spectacular!! Great service, goo choice of wine. Highly recommended but booking essential as it is very popular.
If memory serves me correct, this restaurant came out of the test kitchen of the ITC almost 30 years ago, and has been one of the most successful restaurants in Delhi, if not India, and I have been visiting it for years. The quality, flavors, the food... everything about it is divine. What do need to do is go empty stomach. The vegetarian foods, as well as the non-vegetarian food is a delight. I cannot think of any other restaurant that comes close to the Bukhara.
I absolutely recommend this place for a meal ! It's among the best restaurants in Delhi and why not ! Popular for typical indian kebabs and Bukhara daal. The hospitality is par excellent. Must try : Sikandari Raan, Dal Bukhara and Bukhara naan. Keep yourself ready to eat without "spoons"
So like everyone else - I had been hearing about this restaurant since I was a child.. Lots of foreign diplomats come here to eat (most notably Hiliary Clinton).. Finally I decided I'll step in to this "temple of North Indian/Mughlai cuisine".. And it did not disappoint.. Had to wait about 15 minutes to get a table (It was a Friday; wait maybe longer on a weekend)
The ambience is very traditional (unlike other restaurants you find in 5* Hotels) - Low rise tables with "stools" to sit on, copper glasses... Menu is just two pages - veg and non veg.. We ordered Dal Bukhara (obviously), Murgh Khurchan and butter naan.. The food was AMAzing to say the least.. Portions are good for 2-3 people.. The servers were very responsive despite being so busy..!
I just found one downside to this place - lack of curries in the menu (just one - Dal Bukhara).. Everything else is just perfect
P.S: Kudos to our server - Praveen :)
The food was absolutely delicious (especially the chicken & lamb kebab and the dal Bukhara, which is out of this world), the service exceptional (we even got offered a tour of the kitchen and had a picture taken with the chef) and the restaurant beautiful. An absolute must when you come to Dehli!
We had dinner here---very unique experience. They provide you aprons to wear. The food was absolutely delicious! The atmosphere was great. They book up early so make sure to get reservations ahead of time!
Their dal makhni is out of this world! The best i have ever tried! the selection of kebabs is pretty good, but the daal makhni is the real deal! The restaurant is on the expensive side, not only for indian standards.. the ambience inside the restaurant is pretty cool and the service is excellent..
I've traveled several times to New Delhi and when the day came that I went on a business trip, one of my colleagues told me check out this amazing restaurant in New Delhi called Bukhara at the ITC hotel I went there staff were amazingly friendly the place is beautiful love it to bits the food is unbelievably amazing the taste the flavour you just wanna keep on eating and eating and eating amazing guys keep it up God bless
Bukhara, ITC Maurya, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, Chankyapuri, New Delhi - 110021
For reservations or details, please call 011-46215152 / 26112233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org