Get Drenched in Color and Soaked in Tradition with Ranjan!

Come join Ranjan and the rest of the New Delhi Restaurant family as we the Bhartiya Mandal Foundation for their annual Holi celebration – the annual Indian festival of Spring. BMF is a long-time supported of Compassionate Chefs Cafe and this is a great chance to help them and also make Ranjan look like a walking rainbow.

The colors will be flying at the Marina Middle School in San Francisco on March 10th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

In addition to all the color you can throw, there will be food and beverages, music and free parking.
Ticket price includes entry and unlimited color.

This event is for all ages to enjoy the celebration of Holi!

Tickets Are Available Here.  Let us know when you have purchased your ticket and we’ll let you know where to meet us for the festivities!

We are using non-toxic, non-hazardous, 100% safe Holi powder, food and cosmetic grade tested color to the highest FDA standards. Please click here for more information on the color product we will be using.

New to Holi? Here’s a video that explains it all: Holi in India

South Indian Wedding Showcase – On A Boat!

Spend the day aboard the iconic San Francisco Belle, full of vibrant decor, delicious bites and exciting entertainment.
In addition to New Delhi Restaurant, there will be a variety of Bay Area vendors. You can enjoy the stunning backdrop of the Bay Bridge, San Francisco skyline and Coit Tower.

Early Bird Tickets Available Here. Price increases at the door.

Wishing You a Spicy 2018!

New Delhi Restaurant has had a pretty spectacular 2017 and we would like to wish you all the best heading into 2018! We will be open on New Year’s Eve and would love a chance to wish you a happy holidays in person.
Have a Happy Holiday and a fantastic New Year!

We will be open our regular hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Complimentary Holiday Dinner Offers from  Our Friends at Shen Yun

Presents may come and go like the passing of the seasons, but great experience stay with us forever. Using the universal language of dance and music, Shen Yun creates a theatrical experience that is truly priceless.

Join us at the War Memorial Opera House on January 1-7 for a wonderful occasion that your family and friends will treasure forever.

“Extraordinary costumes and vigorous physicality.” – Denver Post

“5,000 years of Chinese music and dance, in one night.” – The New York Times

Reactions to Shen Yun.

Use code “Dinner” to book complimentary dinners ($45 per person) at the Café Opera House when you purchase tickets ($150 or up) for the Shen Yun evening performances. Order Tickets at or call 888-633-6999.

Oct 28th Fundraiser for the Napa Valley fire

Save the date for Saturday, Oct 28th to help the thousands of hospitality workers who have been displaced or suddenly unemployed by the devasting fires in Napa and Sonoma. We want to fill our dining room with people who also feel a need to help – and eat delicious Indian food. Our world famous 10-course Indian buffet will be open from 5:30 to 9:30 pm and all proceeds will be donated to fire relief.

This is a pay-it-forward event. Suggested donation is $40 per person, but we ask that you be as generous as you can. You can also donate online by clicking here.


Paradise Ridge Winery sits destroyed in the foothills above Santa Rosa, California, in the wake of the Tubbs Fire, Monday evening, Oct. 9, 2017. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)


Another Date You’ll Want To Save

One more event you will definitely want to be part of….

Nov. 18th: New Delhi Restaurant’s 30th Anniversary! NDR is turning 30 years old and we plan to celebrate like maharajahs. Saturday, November 18th at New Delhi Restaurant, 160 Ellis St, San Francisco. Food, drinks, dancing, music and wonderful people! Make your reservation now at Eventbrite.

Help us help our friends in Napa

Paradise Ridge Winery sits destroyed in the foothills above Santa Rosa, California, in the wake of the Tubbs Fire, Monday evening, Oct. 9, 2017. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

A devastating wildfire has swept through Napa and Sonoma valley. Besides causing thousands of people to evacuate and destroying acres of grapes, the fire has also leveled several historic wineries. New Delhi Restaurant has catered dozens of weddings and other events in this area and the winery owners and staff are very much part of the New Delhi Restaurant extended family.

As with all families, we don’t forget about them when things get tough.

So, to help our friends rebuild, we are hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, Oct 28th at New Delhi Restaurant. Our world-famous Indian dinner buffet will be available from 5:30 to 9:30 pm and all proceeds will be donated to the relief effort.

This is a pay-it-forward event. Suggested donation is $50 per person, but we ask that you be as generous as you can.

You can also donate online by clicking on the buttons below.

Ranjan has opened the donations with $1,000 and would love to have a friend or five match him. Our target amount is $50,000 and our objective is to donation $1,000 to 50 members of our hospitality family. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the fire victims.


Help Us Transform $10,000 To $40,000

Help Us Transform $10,000 To $40,000

We have a unique opportunity to raise a significant amount of money along with the Tenderloin After-School Program. Two of their donors have offered to match our donations up to $100,000!

The money generated by this fundraiser will be used to relocate TASP to their new home. They have been in temporary quarters since the fire of 2012. Our focus will be helping to create an “Inventors Corner” in the TASP classroom. This area will be furnished with tools and materials to help the kids imaginations manifest into hands-on discoveries. Your donation may be the catalyst for the next big invention.

Please help us help the kids of the Tenderloin After School Program!

Compassionate Chefs Cafe is already donating $10,000 – which has been matched to become $20,000. We have until November 15th to raise another $10,000, for a final donation of $40,000! Of course, we would love to raise more than that.

Please join us in this generous and unique opportunity! Your checks can be written directly to Compassionate Chefs Cafe or use your credit card through our website here.

Please make sure that the ‘Compassionate Chefs Cafe’ is the target of your donation.

As always, your donation is fully tax deductible and 100% of the funds go to help the kids of the Tenderloin After School Program and the children of Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India.

Thanks so much for your continued support. Please contact me with any questions.
-Ranjan Dey, President of CCC


Tandoori Highlight

Featuring San Francisco’s Best Chicken Tikka

A Special Offer Just For You
This months, we are featuring the Chicken Tikka. It is very delicious.
To whet your appetite for our famous Chicken Tikka, we are offering them at a special price of $9.95 until April 30th, 2014, if you can say the password “Tikka Lajabab“, when placing your order.
Make a Reservation here.

Maharaja Club Membership Offer

Apply for a Maharaja Club membership on your next visit to New Delhi Restaurant. We have been voted the best Indian restaurant in San Francisco for 25 years in a row. Membership entitles you to a 20% discount off all food bills for lifetime.

Secret Recipe – Chicken Tikka

Make our world famous Chicken Tikka at home by following these quick and easy simple instructions.

Chicken Tikka Recipe


  • 1.5 lbs boneless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2/3 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 inch piee of fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3 tsps ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • salt
  • fresh lime slices for garnish


Wash chicken, pat dry with paper towels and thread onto short skewers. Put skewered chicken in a shallow, non-reactive dish.
In a small bowl, mix yogurt, ginger, garlic, chili, coriander and lime juice. Pour over chicken and turn to coat completely.
Let sit for at least six hours or overnight.
To cook, heat grill or broiler. Place chicken skewers on rack and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, turning occasionally. Cook until chicken is cooked through. Serve with fresh lime slices, rice and nan bread.

Like Us On Facebook

Be sure to follow us on facebook. Don’t forget to also click the like and friend button too. Keep up to date with all the events that are happening at the New Delhi Restaurant.
New Delhi Restaurant has all kinds of special offers, updates, photos and the occasional trivia question on our Facebook page. Just “like” us to get in one the action.

Landmark California Attractions Celebrate Their Centennial Anniversary

New Delhi Restaurant is located inside one of the most beautiful building in San Francisco. It exudes a Maharaja’s private banquet room atmosphere. This building is celebrating its 100 year birthday this year. It has been featured as a hidden gem by the state of California.
Read the full article here at

Celebrate Holi With Us

This year, Holi falls on March 17th, but to keep the colorful fun going, the big celebration will be at Stanford – Asha Stanford’s 2014 Holi. Ranjan and the rest of the New Delhi family will be there for all the color-filled festivities and to support a great cause. Buy your tickets now, this is the largest Holi celebration in the Bay Area and fills up fast.
What is Holi and why are we purple? Holi is a Hindu festival celebrating spring and love. It is typically celebrated with a bonfire the night before and in the morning, “color wars” are fought with food-grade food coloring and water. Holi is also a time to forgive yourself and others of past errors and plan fresh beginnings. It is a national holiday in India and celebrated in Indian communities around the world.

What Else Is Going On?

Mark your calendar for our next Bollywood Dance Party benefiting the kids of Compassionate Chefs Cafe coming up in June 2014.

Ranjan Dey will be speaking during the ISES Napa: Destination India Educational Program about exploring the growing Indian wedding market and its unique design, trends and traditions.

Happenings for December

Compassionate Chefs Cafe hosted another great party!

A more intimate group of people gathered at the Compassionate Chefs Cafe on December 8 for food, drinks, henna and dancing. $4555 was raised, and we would like to ask your help in reaching our goal of $6000.
This year is especially important, since the home of the Tenderloin After School Program suffered a fire. The program has re-located to another spot and is working on rebuilding. They hope to be in their permenent home in about a year. As always, 100% of the funds raised are split evenly between TASP and the Ghandi Ashram of Ahmedabad, with nothing held back for expenses. Look for our next event in May 2014!
Compassionate Chefs Cafe.

New Year’s Eve with New Delhi Restaurant

Do you have plans for ringing in 2014? New Delhi Restaurant will be hosting their usual sparkly Indian event.
Make your reservations now for a night of wonderful food and atmosphere. Reservations can be made here. Don’t wait, do it now.
Link to the Menu(pdf) and pricing here.
In addition, New Delhi Restaurant will be providing the appetizers at a Bollywood New Year’s Eve party at the Minna Gallery with BombayLove. Tickets and event details are available here.

Vintage Glam Bollywood Style Party

Save the date: February 7th, 2014. For details email Ranjan

New Delhi Restaurant Introduces the Mindfully Eating Workshops

January marks the start of the wellness and intent season

On Friday, January 17th, The New Delhi Restaurant will hold its first “Mindfully Eating” workshop. After two years of planning, this workshop series will launch with guide Vinita Jacinto conducting the workshops for groups of ten. The focus of each workshop is for the participants to learn to savor each moment of their eating experiences and Be Transformed!

“Eating is something we do every day,” say’s Ranjan Dey, “but with the frantic pace of modern life, we have forgotten how to experience the finer details of each dish or morsel. Enjoying a meal should be almost like taking a mini-vacation. It should rest you, relax you, and spiritually enrich you.”!

What Else Is Going On?
Much more info and witty rejoinders can be found at our Facebook page. Like us and good things will come your way.
New Delhi Restaurant on Facebook

Membership has its privileges: Maharaja Club members receive 20% off their meals in addition to other benefits. Ask how you can join.

Bollywood Dance Party! Dec 8.

Bollywood Dance Party!

This project is to complete the full circle of the Ekatva journey.
Our goal is to take 16 kids and five chaperons from TASP to visit the kids of Ekatva at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India in 2015- 2016. Compassionate Chefs Cafe has already raised $20,000 towards this project. Our goal is to raise $60,000 this year. With your support and generous donation we will reach much closer to the goal.
We are in constant touch with Nimo from Ekatva to help create an organic process to this journey.
The main idea is to create a greater good objective of the spirit of Global citizenship through a dance-drama program. This will start locally first and grow into a city and state wide effort culminating into a trip to visit our brothers and sisters across the ocean in Gandhi Ashram.
The essence of this project is following the foot steps of Ekatva with guidance from Nimo through Laura, the Program Director of Tenderloin After School Program. ~ Ranjan Dey

Sunday, December 8, 2013 – 6:00 to 9:00 pm
New Delhi Restaurant and Bar
160 Ellis St, San Francisco
Phone: 415.397.8470

This event is our gift to you. We are hoping this will influence you to help uplift the lives of less
fortunate children both at the Tenderloin After School Program and at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India.

Pay as much as you like: [ ] $50, [ ] $100, [ ] $250, [ ] $500, suggested minimum donation is $50 per person.
Parking at Nikko for $15, located on the corner of Ellis and Mason, compliments of
Orhan Kaplankiran and

Buff Your Karma

New Delhi Restaurant is celebrating by transforming into the Compassionate Chefs Cafe. Our goal has always been to help kids become citizens of the world – by connecting kids across the street in the Tenderloin of San Francisco with kids across the ocean at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India. Please join us in this celebration to help us help the children become global citizens.
To RSVP: email Ranjan.

How To Donate

This is a Pay-it-Forward event and we only ask that you donate what you feel moved to give. Suggested
donations are $50 per person. All funds are split evenly between the Tenderloin After School Program and the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. Compassionate Chefs Cafe keeps back nothing for operating expenses;
all goods and services are donated.
Your donation is fully tax deductible. (Non-Profit Tax ID 94-3136771)

Feast Your Eyes & Ears

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Electric Vardo Live featuring DJ AMAR with dance performances by DholRhythms. Also sharing their talents for the evening are henna artists from Henna Gardens and beauty queens from the Miss Asian America Pageant. Event photography will be provided by Anita Mokashi.

DJ Amar


Miss Asian America Pagent

Henna Gardens

Feast Your Tastebuds

Gourmet food and fabulous libations! Enjoy Chef Ranjan’s non-stop ten course gourmet Indian buffet, featuring delicacies and delights, desserts and drinks. On the table you will discover bari pakoras, mini samosas, Hariyali Tikka, Seekh Keebab, Murg Akbari, Gulab Jamun along with lots of other delicious goodies.

Bring an appetite, leave happy.

Who You’ll Help

The kids head to New Delhi Restaurant for lunch and lots of dancing during their 2012 visit.

Compassionate Chefs has a long tradition of helping kids both across the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco and across the ocean in the Gandhi Ashram of Ahmedabad. In 2012, we achieved one of our long-term goals of helping less fortunate kids become citizens of the world by bringing kids from India to the United States.

Sixteen children from the slums of Ahmedabad got to tour America, perform before thousands of people and meet kids from the Tenderloin After School Program right here in San Francisco. This was a goal Compassionate Chefs had set from the very beginning and we were thrilled to reach it with your help.

This year’s project is to send kids from San Francisco to Ahmedabad. We have a date of 2015-16 as our goal and the fundraising begins right now. As always, 100% of money raised goes to the kids, with nothing held back for expenses and all donations are tax deductible. We are grateful for your continuing support.

More dancing and proof that hiphop is the universal language of kids.

Across The Street

The Tenderloin After School Program was created to give the kids of the Tenderloin a safe place to be after school while their parents worked. They provide snacks, homework help, activities and other support to over 200 children.

TASP is proud of their first class of “graduates” – kids who have been in the program and are now entering college – some are the first in their families to attend. To learn more about the Tenderloin After School Program, visit their website: Tenderloin After School Program

Across The Ocean
About 1 out of every 6 human beings on this planet lives in a third world slum. Slum life has many challenges including heavy population density, poor infrastructure, low income, illiteracy, scarcity of food, and a diverse array of health and sanitation issues, amongst the many others.

The EKATVA children are ambassadors of the potential and spirit of those 1 billion human beings around the globe who must constantly struggle to overcome difficulties and challenges that arise from their lack of resources. But yet there is hope.

Through this journey we hope to spread seeds of goodness and compassion throughout the world and inspire our global citizens to serve and care for those in need.
More about Compassionate Chefs Cafe here.

News from New Delhi Restaurant

Happy Diwali from New Delhi Restaurant!

Time to celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights

Diwali is typically celebrated in autumn, when the days start to get shorter. It is a five day festival marked by spending time with family, wearing new clothes, eating sweets and lighting candles. Lots and lots of candles. The light is to signify the triumph of good over evil – something we could all use a reminder of now and again.
In addition to Diwali, Thanksgiving will be celebrated on November 28th. Don’t wait until then to start being thankful. Beat the rush and say thanks now!

New Delhi Restaurant will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so our staff can enjoy the day with their families. We’ll see you on November 29th.

So Scary You’ll Be Speechless

New Delhi Restaurant is the only Indian restaurant in San Francisco serving the awes-inspiring Ghost Chili – the hottest chili pepper on Earth. We invite you to celebrate Halloween by biting into one of these.

Also, if you say the magic word: Khulja Simsim (Open Sesame in Hindi), you’ll receive a free dessert!

Ghost Chili’s Wikipedia page

You Have Plans For Dec. 8th

Photo Credit – Non Stop Bhangra

Ranjan and New Delhi Restaurant are hosting their annual Compassionate Chef’s Bollywood Dance Party on Dec. 8th.
Last year, New Delhi Restaurant was delighted to host the Ekatva tour – sixteen children from the slums of Ahmedabad who performed all over the US. Now we are raising funds to send children from the Tenderloin After School Program to visit their new friends in India. Help us create the next generation of global citizens.

What Else Is Going On?

Check out the details for the next Curry Trails excursion. A trip to India led by chefs! What could be better?

Have co-workers? Do they get hungry? New Delhi Restaurant will feed them at your place or ours.
New Delhi Restaurant catering

Much more info and witty rejoinders can be found at our Facebook page. Like us and good things will come your way.
New Delhi Restaurant on Facebook

Membership has its privileges: Maharaja Club members receive 20% off their meals in addition to other benefits. Ask how you can join.

Curries and chilies and more New Delhi Restaurant

A Spooky Halloween Chili at New Delhi Restaurant

The scariest thing you will ever put in your mouth.

New Delhi Restaurant is ushering in autumn and Halloween by serving up the infamous ghost chili.

The ghost chili is possibly the hottest chili around and has also been used as a non-lethal – but extremely effective – weapon. Native to India, the ghost chili is an interspecies hybrid of an Indian pepper and a Chinese variety.

New Delhi Restaurant is the only Indian restaurant in San Francisco with the ghost chili on the menu. Order it if you dare!

October Special

Kashmiri Corn and Spinach Curry

Pumpkin and Shrimp with a side of Ghost Chili

Naan bread and Saffron Rice with Raitia to cool you down

Cocktail special: The Delhi Walla – A lemon drop with an Indian attitude

$18.95 (Maharaja Club members receive 20% off.)

Happy Birthday Mr. Gandhi!

Mahatma Gandhi’s 144th birthday is on October 2nd. Celebrate his life in a peaceful and loving way. Perhaps with some naan bread.

Gandi’s Wikipedia page

What Else Is Going On?

Ranjan and a bunch of lucky people are going to India this month. Get in line for the 2014 trip.

Get your Bollywood Boogie on! Compassionate Chefs Cafe annual dance party is November 17th.

Have co-workers? Do they get hungry? New Delhi Restaurant will feed them at your place or ours.
New Delhi Restaurant catering

Much more info and witty rejoinders can be found at our Facebook page. Like us and good things will come your way.
New Delhi Restaurant on Facebook

Membership has its privileges: Maharaja Club members receive 20% off their meals in addition to other benefits. Ask how you can join.