For Meaty North Indian Curries try Bhape Da Hotel Restaurant, Delhi, India

By Mark Wiens 23 Comments
Getting ready to devour!
Getting ready to devour!

If a thick chunk of tender mutton dripping with sauce is appealing to you, you’re going to LOVE this restaurant.

On one of my last days in Delhi, when I was rushing around trying to finish some last minute errands to complete my Delhi travel guide, I stopped for lunch at Bhape Da Hotel Restaurant located on the outer circle of Connaught Place.

Having eaten quite a few vegetarian meals while traveling through India, I can honestly say that I was ready to throw down some serious meat – and I came exactly to the right place.

Bhape Da Hotel in New Delhi, India
Bhape Da Hotel in New Delhi, India

Bhape Da Hotel restaurant has all the signs of a high quality restaurant – there’s a crowd of people outside (mostly men), it’s hot and stuffy inside, the food is displayed in the front window, the menu is greasy – and these were just a few of the positive signs.

The display of curries
The display of curries

Since I didn’t know what to order, I asked the kind owner (who also informed me that the restaurant had been in his family for over 50 years), and he immediately suggested the “saag mutton,” also known as saag gosht, or mutton stewed in spinach curry pree.

Along with the saag mutton we also ordered a side of chicken curry and stack of fresh tandoori roti.

The menu also included some meat items from the tandoor oven, lots of different curries, and a few different rotis and naans.

One thing is certain, Bhape Da Hotel is a meat lovers paradise, and you’ll have to sacrifice your diet when you eat here.

Onions and green sauce
Onions and green sauce

First came the plate of garnishes, a scoop of tasty red onions marinated in spices next to a green sauce that was outrageously delicious.

Lunch is served... Bhpe Da Hotel style!
Lunch is served… Bhpe Da Hotel style!

And then it came… just moments after ordering… one of the most heavenly dishes I ate while in Delhi: saag mutton.

I don’t care how this dish looks, it is world class.

Nestled into a thick puree of spinach and enlivened by a spice blend that’s secret in the family, and what I’m sure was a GENEROUS portion of ghee (clarified butter), was my glistening hunk of mutton.

Saag mutton curry at Bhape Da Hotel in New Delhi, India
Saag mutton curry at Bhape Da Hotel in New Delhi, India

I began by tearing off a piece of tandoori roti and dipping it into the saag mutton gravy. It was so rich and so flavorful that my body went into a state of food enlightenment. This saag mutton was pilgrimage worthy.

Picking up the bone, the mutton flaked off into tender juicy pieces and each bite was ground-breakingly tasty.

I’m sure the pot of saag mutton had been slow simmering for hours, if not days.

Chicken curry
Chicken curry

Though I was still bedazzled by the saag mutton, I had to move on to taste the chicken curry, which was equally as greasy, and equally as tasty.

Again, the curry sauce paired with tandoori roti and a few slices of red onions was unbelievable!

Just like the kati roll in Kolkata, due to the quantity of grease and butter, I probably couldn’t eat at Bhape Da Hotel everyday, but occasionally it’s absolutely irresistible.

Eating is one of the top things to do in Delhi, and if you love meat and curries, Bhape Da Hotel needs to be on your to-eat-list.

Bhape Da Hotel Restaurant, New Delhi, India

Prices: Both dishes and a stack of tandoori roti cost 400 INR ($7.27)
How to get there: Take the Metro to Rajiv Chowk, exit toward Radial Road 6 and follow that all the way out to the Outer Circle. The restaurant is on the outer side of the Outer Circle road.
Address: 75, Municipal Market, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Open hours: 11 am to 11 pm daily


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  • Natasha Sen

    5 months ago

    Seriously man, these mouthwatering image can explain by themselves how yummy the food was.. Thank you for such a great post..

  • Alina Jack

    1 year ago

    I love non veg and die hard fan. All images are yummilicious and it’s making me crave to eat. If you visit India next time. You can try Chicken fry and Chicken Tikka. i hope, you will like it too.

  • Kuldeep kumar

    1 year ago

    Mouthwatering pictures taken to shows the real taste of food Thank you

  • Neha

    2 years ago

    I have been there last month. good to see “Bhape da hotel” in your blog…

  • Gokul

    3 years ago

    I really enjoyed the Rotis and shahi paneer @ this dhaba!
    Mark Wiens being an Delhiite for an year after reading your blog…it seems there is lot of fodo eateries i have to visit! Thanks a lot for blogging it!!!

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Gokul, thank you for sharing, glad you enjoyed it.

  • Tusar

    4 years ago

    Your restaurant Blog is mind blowing. I definitely suggest others to visit this restaurant as i also tried, and that experience was just awesome for me.

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  • Jonny Duncan

    4 years ago

    I must keep reminding myself to avoid your website when I am hungry! Would love some Indian food right now.

    • Dan Hardy

      4 years ago

      Hey Duncan, at least two times I have eaten before coming to Mark’s website and after a couple of videos I had to go back and get some more grub… some of these curries don’t look very appetizing at first, but an experienced eye can tell when something is really tasty even before having the first bite

      • Mark Wiens

        4 years ago

        Hey Dan, that’s beautiful to hear, thank you for sharing, and keep eating!

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Thank you Jonny!

  • Renuka

    4 years ago

    The food looks awesome! Thanks for sharing this information. I have lived in Delhi for a decade but barely chose anything beyond Pizza Hut! I am sure to head to Bhape da hotel whenever at CP next 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Renuka, great to hear from you, hope you enjoy Bhape as much as I did!

  • Nash

    4 years ago

    Just a side note, 400 Rupee’s today is = $6.60 pretty impressive spread for $6.60 enough for a party of two.

  • Nash

    4 years ago

    Great review, I will defiantly visit some of the places you have reviewed on my next trip. Pretty impressive that you can review places that most people would never hear of.

    You need to make a trip to Southern Part of India to see the impressive temples and the Backwaters of Kerala for a House Boat cruise, I have heard that you can get your own cook on board. Fly BKK to Chennai and or Hyderabad and make your way down the coast.

    Thanks for the great reviews

    Nash

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Nash, I know, I really want to take a trip to south India in the future. That Kerala boat trip looks amazing. Have you done it before?

  • Anwesha

    4 years ago

    I can’t believe in all my student days at Delhi, I never ate at this place. Sighhh…. Incredible that you ate like this for 400 INR near Connaught Place (which is really expensive) 🙂