Spice Art, Greater Noida

Serves: North Indian One of the finest Indian restaurants in the NCR Atmospherics: Rare is the Indian restaurant with two master chefs, one from Punjab and the other from the fabled Qureshi family of Lucknow. Hardev Singh is more or less the sole repository of all the most famous dhabas in Amritsar, as he has…

Red Fort

It takes a special genius to dream at a desk, from 9 to 5, especially if that desk is in a telecom office. It is even more remarkable when you stare at a British-built army barrack and are able to conceptualize the grandeur of the edifice that stood there before being torn down to replace…

Priti Goenka

Go Goenka When you come from a Kolkata-based family that is famous for cooking, and the gastronomically inclined in-laws hail from Kolkata via Churu, cooking professionally as a passion is a natural corollary. That is what Priti Goenka has been doing, ever since shifting to Delhi. Her forte? Marwari food that has the flavours of…

Chillies and Porridge

What is the first thing that you think of when the word ‘food’ is mentioned? Your mother’s cooking, the gourmet delights of travelling, five star dining, street food, the ghastly fare dished up by your office canteen-wala or all of the above? This remarkable volume, Chillies and Porridge, Writing Food, edited by Mita Kapur, published…

Mr. Choy

Four times the size of the tiny original Serves: Dimsum and oriental Atmospherics: Whereas the original was on the ground floor, it was altogether too tiny for its popularity. And its size did not warrant a bar licence. So, the proprietors (the same as for Townhall and Public Affair) moved it to a bigger venue,…

Home Cooking with the Qureshi Chefs

I have been after Chef Irshad Qureshi’s life to offer an occasional menu that offers the home food of his clan. Chef Qureshi hails from Lucknow’s famous cooking clan that started out life as butchers. In the Muslim style of Lucknow’s cuisine, butchery is no less important than spicing. It is entirely possible that there…

Padmanabham

A spanking new restaurant with the lowest pricing! Serves: vegetarian food from the four southern states Atmospherics: All things considered, this is one popular eatery, crowded to capacity whenever I have visited. During meal-times, be prepared to wait outside the door for a table. There is no sharing of tables and although service is fairly…

Nege & Ju

Learn some Afrikaans and Japanese here Serves: European and Japanese Table talk: On the ground floor is this remarkable restaurant with a never-seen-before concept. In the daytime, Nege is a European restaurant that serves food with a modern, slightly unusual touch.  Off-white upholstery, white table-cloths, sunlight streams in from the glass doors, while at the…

Bombay Brasserie

Hits the jackpot on every count Serves: Regional Indian Atmospherics: This part of the Outer Circle has no hassle parking, especially at dinner time. A lift takes you to the first floor. The best part about the décor is that the bones of the original structure has been retained: flooring has been kept simple, there…

Soi Soy

Quite the most dramatic, photogenic eatery Serves: South East Asian street food Atmospherics: Almost black walls with huge murals, hanging bamboo lights and enormous bamboo back rests for some seats defines the mood of Soy Soi. South East Asian restaurants are a dime a dozen in our neck of the woods, but this one is…