Samarkand

One of the rare landmark restaurants in Noida Serves North Indian Atmospherics: Twenty years ago, when I first started visiting Noida, there was just one full-service restaurant and that was Samarkand in a ‘fauji’ market. There were a few others, but they have all fallen by the wayside, since then. Two years ago, a bright…

Masala Klub

It is possible to get a fabulous Lebanese meal or an authentic Chinese experience in India. But a meal that takes a fresh look at Indian food? Nyet. One of the reasons is that Indian diners, who have, after all, been eating dal, sabzis and chicken curries all their lives, have a very clear idea…

The Wine Company

Sarah Todd has hit the jackpot! Serves Mostly Indian flavours Atmospherics: Ever since its inception, The Wine Company has been known for its superior, user-friendly wine list with unbelievably value-for-money pricing, but except for its famous karari roti, as large as a sombrero, nothing on the menu was particularly noteworthy. Suddenly, in comes Sarah Todd…

Zanotta

Serves: Italian Cuisine The most glamorous Italian restaurant in Gurugram Atmospherics: Zanotta is open only for dinner, except on the weekends when there is a famous buffet-at-the-table on Sunday lunch (Saturday has a truncated version). If you are planning to visit on Sunday afternoon, a booking is necessary: the cost to benefit ratio makes it…

Pirates of the Grill

Tremendous value for money Serves Indian, grills, western, oriental Atmospherics: In a mall that has seen better days, Pirates of Grill is the lone outlet that is crowded during operating hours. The reason is not hard to seek. One person can eat to their heart’s content, consuming up to 50 dishes (soup, salads, appetizers, kebabs,…

Frontier

It’s neither hot nor happening, but Frontier at The Ashok has something that few other Indian restaurants in the city can boast of: a signature menu with dishes that have been more or less invented in its kitchens and served nowhere else for decades now. Like its distant country cousin, Bukhara, most of the food…

Chi

Chi is the latest restaurant to hit town. In the popular Safdarjung Development Area market, next to Masala Junction, it is a cool hangout place with a South East Asian menu serving meals and snacks. Noodles and noodle soups are what their claim to fame is, but there are starters and main courses too for…

My Last Supper

If you feel sad when nice guys finish last, the reverse must also be true: that you become ecstatic when nice guys finish first. Chef Amit Chowdhury, Executive Chef of Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, is one of the nicest chefs I know. Completely non-political and with a disposition that would give a ray of…

Delhi’s Eating Scene, Down the Ages

The restaurant-scape of Delhi Today’s Delhi encompasses Gurugram and Noida in its wake, and all three go to make up what is one of the largest food cities in the country. From strictly neighbourhood to completely international; from vegan, gluten-free, organic, locavore menus to pages and pages of seafood flown in from all over the…

Steamed Fish Custards

I seem to be in a minority of one. My belief is that chawanmushi, hormok and dab chingri are all related to one another. Everyone else that I have spoken to about my pet theory has heaped scorn on me and told me not to be a fool. ‘Everyone’ includes chefs from the Far East,…