Travel black book: Great eats in New Delhi

Travel black book: Great eats in New Delhi
The Oberoi hotel in Gurgaon, India.

Who: Yuan Oeij, 45, chairman of The Prive Group

Favourite destination: New Delhi, India

Why: The city is so colourful, vibrant and rich in history. The people there are warm and genuine, not just in the hotels and expensive places.

I also love Indian cuisine and was fascinated by what I saw there.

The sights and smells were intoxicating - except the traffic fumes, but no place is perfect.

I know I barely scratched the surface as it was only my first visit, but I had two days of packed activities. You can have a luxurious experience there and totally enjoy it, or a very basic and local experience, which is even more special.

There are so many more places for me to visit and I also want to return to the places I went to the first time.

Simply put, you probably do not have enough time to do justice to what New Delhi has to offer.

Best place to stay

I really liked The Oberoi Hotel Gurgaon (www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-gurgaon/index.aspx), a beautiful property with very comfortable rooms.

Most importantly, it has outstanding hospitality and, for that, I would stay at the hotel again when I return to New Delhi.

Best hole-in-the-wall diner

Anand Restaurant (15/96, Schindi House, Connaught Place) is a run down, almost roadside place that the locals in-the-know love.

They have excellent mutton and chicken briyani there.

I love the place for the very basic, almost unhygienic vibe that is so characteristic of many aspects of India, but no stomachaches here if you order the right things and are chaperoned by an enlightened local. It is a good spot for lunch and can get extremely busy.

Best area to walk around

The Hauz Khas Village, which is in south Dehli, is extremely colourful and steeped in immense history in a 13th-century setting.

It has a bit of everything that is interesting: narrow alleyways, restaurants and cafes, music and dance schools, eclectic shops, boutiques, handicraft vendors. This brings out the foodies, musicians, artists, designers and all sorts of creative people. There is much to walk around to see and discover.

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