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New Delhi: The Bustling Swagath Restaurant

New Delhi's Swagath restaurant crackles with life, especially on weekends, when it's full of metropolitan Indian families on a night out. Philip Reeves, NPR hide caption

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New Delhi's Swagath restaurant crackles with life, especially on weekends, when it's full of metropolitan Indian families on a night out.

Philip Reeves, NPR

When it comes to cuisine, India has long been a global superpower, as any visitor to an Indian home can testify.

Yet New Delhi is a capital without many truly great restaurants.

One, however, qualifies on all fronts: Swagath, in the city's upscale efence Colony.

The place crackles with life. On weekends, it's almost always full of metropolitan Indians, including many families on a night out.

The food is very good, especially the soft-shelled crab and the king prawns.

The prices are much more reasonable than the dull restaurants in five-star hotels, favored by foreigners who worry they'll get ill if they venture out into the streets to eat.

And you can get a drink. My advice, though, is to stick to beer (or spirits). The wine — as almost everywhere else in India — is limited in choice, expensive (thanks to massive government tariffs, you can end up paying more than $25 for pretty low-grade stuff) and there's no guarantee it's been kept properly.

Swagath — 14 Defence Colony, New Delhi, India. Telephone: 91-11-2433-0930.

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