Dirty Apron

Cuisine: Eurasian Blurb: When you want to laze away three hours, come here. Atmospherics: Above the frenetically popular Piano Man (a bar with live gigs six days a week) is this compact café, filled with sunlight. The floor above it is a terrace, partly open and partly shaded with a glass canopy. While there is…

Diva Kitsch

Blurb: South East Asian tastes without political boundaries Intro: Imagine flying east from India and reaching a land where all the food is light yet intensely flavourful; where jaggery and wasabi are part of the same meal: that is the essence of the newest Diva. Atmospherics: This is one restaurant for which you won’t have…

Diva Spiced

Cuisine: South East Asian Diva Kitsch moves to a new location and menu Atmospherics: This is the old Chez Nini, so all the furniture is more or less the same. The first floor is open when the ground floor fills up. There is a washroom on each floor and service is as well informed, professional…

Dum Affairs

North Indian/Lucknow Blurb Forget the corny name: this menu concentrates on the finest from Lucknow Gourmet Gallery, never known for the excellence of its cuisine, has just acquired a new Indian restaurant. Award winning food, a steal at the price, its elegant surroundings embody five star comfort. Atmospherics: the small, elegant restaurant could give a…

En

Japanese A stylish Japanese restaurant in the shadow of the Qutab Minar Intro: Whether you want a spicy “Japanese curry”, a teppanyaki grilled chicken or a delicate chawan-mushi, it’s all here. Atmospherics: In a spacious heritage building with an immaculate lawn and a sprinkling of designer shops on the ground floor, En is pure zen…

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…