Sweet Valley

In Khayyam Chowk, a couple of kilometres from Dal Gate, there’s a row of no-frill, basic dhabas that are fairly clean and respectable. Here you can try the mutton seekh kebabs or tikkas, served on a plate with six kinds of chutney. The best one is Imran Café, misleadingly named because you certainly won’t get…

Ananda’s

If ever a restaurant gave off mixed signals, it would have to be Ananda’s in Sunder Nagar. Reportedly set up by one of the partners in Nathu’s Sweets on the ground floor, it could have easily been a less than classy venture by a halwai. One look at the menu, though, and you’ll change your…

Chalchitra

Even if you are never going to visit Chalchitra, take time off to check out its superb retro façade from the outside. Wait for the sun to set, and look at the lights as they twinkle. Everything – the lettering, the colours and the movement of the lights – call to mind the 1960s. As…

Chang’s

You have probably been to a branch of Chang’s without even knowing, because this Delhi family owns a whole line of them. There’s Fujiya, Chungwa, Ginza and several more, but the family is a low-key one and their restaurants, wherever in the city they are located, are popular because they cater to the public palate.…

Amaretto Café

Blurb: A little trattorio in the midst of Golf Course Road Cuisine: Italian Atmospherics: I am not one of those who love loitering in malls: I find the one-size-fits-all sameness dreary in a country like ours where difference ought to be celebrated with elation. That said, South Point Mall is one of my favourite malls:…

Basil & Thyme

Cuisine: European Blurb: At 23 years and one relocation, it’s still going strong. Atmospherics: One of the rare restaurants in the NCR that is owned and run by a family, the original was in Santushti Complex for 23 years till it moved to Sunder Nagar a couple of months ago. The interiors – and the…

Charcoal Tandoor and Grill

Blurb: Modern interiors and peg and leg to your heart’s content Atmospherics: Right opposite the Deer Park in Safdarjung Enclave, the temperature drops a couple of degrees. The little market, for long, a strictly neighbourhood joint, has metamorphosed into a restaurant hub, Charcoal being the only Indian option. It has contemporary, no-fuss interiors, seats 24…

Rathin Mathur and his Hmmmutton

Rathin Mathur has been a corporate honcho with two decades of experience behind him, but, as the saying goes, there’s no tie quite as strong as that of blood. So when he comes home after a tiring day in the office, he likes to relax by exchanging his blazer for an apron and getting into…