Chopaan Kebab

A little piece of India’s North West neighbours in Lajpat Nagar Serves Afghan, Uzbek, Iranian food Atmospherics: there is a lane in Lajpat Nagar which those in the know refer to as Little Kabul. Bread bakers, money changers and chemist shops with signs in Pashto, even a beauty salon or three with the menu in…

L’Angoor

One underrated gem in Millennium City Serves American, European, seafood Atmospherics: I have been visiting this restaurant cum wine bar ever since its inception 11 years ago and one puzzle, whose answer has eluded me, is why it has remained so consistently under the radar. After all, Gurugram has frenetic bars for the young and…

Khyen Chyen

Blurb: a piece of the Valley, in Gurugram Cuisine: Kashmiri wazwan mostly Atmospherics: This snappily named little ground floor eatery looks like a piece of Kashmir with its exposed brick and wood interiors and lattice screens. All the items of décor: part of a hookah, a rice winnower, copper service- and table-ware, are items of…

Will the Real Lal Maas Stand Up?

A while ago, the brilliant team behind EatwithIndia invited me to be on the panel of judges for a competition to judge the best lal maas, prepared by 11 different home cooks. The most vociferous on the panel of judges was Hemendra Singh of Bhainsrorgarh, an erstwhile noble state in Mewar. He was the only…

Kitchen of Awadh

Serves: Lucknavi food Blurb: a text book example of a perfect eatery Atmospherics: the ultimate neighbourhood market in this corner of Gurgaon, no shop of restaurant can be above a certain size, and Kitchen of Awadh fits admirably into that space. You’ll find every demographic there, dining on the best kebabs you’ll get outside a…

Culture Cafe

The most unpretentious eatery in Crosspoint Mall Serves multi cuisine Atmospherics: if you are of a certain age, you probably look back with nostalgia at the restaurants that Delhi used to be graced with. Good old eateries where you would visit with your parents and order a mix of dishes, jumbled up across the continents.…

Kopper Kadai

Every gimmick in the restaurant industry Serves North Indian Atmospherics: Every time I visit Rajouri Garden, I am convinced that there is no more place for another restaurant, yet at the next visit, I see a few. Kopper Kadai is one of the newer entrants. Situated on two floors accessible by lift, it has paid…

Kheer

A celebration of India and its food Serves Indian Atmospherics: If you ignore the odd name, the space is huge and colourful with swirling Indian colours. Making a distinct statement against the current trend of serving modified Indian food in international surroundings, Kheer celebrates Indian design and the trademark ‘a little bit of everything’ to…

Dirty Apron

Serves: Eurasian 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 a…