North Meets South
Better Interiors|June 2020
With everything from local signature delicacies to international cuisines, to say New Delhi is a foodie’s haven is stating the painfully obvious.

So, what we’re here to tell you instead is that the city’s stomachs have one more reason to rejoice — Padmanabham, a restaurant in Janpath that specialises in traditional South Indian fare.

Situated on the ground floor of Connaught Place arcade, the eatery is spread across 3,100 sqft with a private area on top of its split level, all beautifully executed by a young, local architectural design firm Urbanmistrii Studio headed by architect Ritika Rakhiani. The client, who is a devotee of god Vishnu, wanted his restaurant to pay tribute to the deity. The name Padmanabham refers to one of Vishnu’s personified avatars, where ‘padma’ mean lotus and ‘nabha’ mean navel. Therefore, the design of the restaurant loosely riffs off this concept and aims to create an authentic experience for visitors by using traditional elements in a contemporary setting.

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