Outside Influences on Indian Food

In a country whose area spans 1.24 million square miles, it is a foregone conclusion that there have been, and continue to be, a multitude of influences from outside the country as well as from within, in terms of ingredients, preparations, vegetables, meats, combinations, spices and cooking methods. Furthermore, in our ancient civilization, the notion…

Kimono Club

All the trappings of a winner: glamour and location Serves: traditional and modern Japanese and Chinese Atmospherics: Whether you enter by the outside staircase that leads from the driveway or from the central lobby, down the stairs or the lift, the Kimono Club is a work of art: a backlit bar on one side and…

Mealability

Kashmiri food in sylvan surroundings Serves: the food of Jammu and Kashmir Atmospherics: though the address of J&K House is 5, Prithvi Raj Road, the entrance is from the Amrita Shergill gate. Whether you are allowed to park inside the compound or on the road is largely a function of the security ruling du jour.…

Cafe Lungta

  A would-be hidden joint in a neighbourhood market but for the attached bar Serves: Nepalese and Tibetan Atmospherics: Sector 15 has none of the cachet of say, Sector 29 in Gurugram. Electrical repair and dry-cleaner stores suggest that it used to be a strictly neighbourhood convenience for take-away joints and grocery stores. Seven years…

Diva Spiced, GK

Ritu Dalmia hits the bull’s eye Serves: South East Asian and Indian, the Dalmia way Atmospherics: Up a flight of stairs, beautifully decorated with wall-paper, Diva Spiced has moved some distance from its previous home in Mehar Chand Market to the far more accessible N Block Market (also known as the Fabindia Market!) Even in…

Punjab Grill, Khan Market

The brand that keeps reinventing itself Serves: North Indian food Atmospherics: The best decision that Punjab Grill made was to open a branch in Khan Market. Small and beautifully designed, with wallpaper that has a Jacobean appeal and tableware made of bell-metal, it is the only entirely Indian restaurant in the market. As a result,…

Searock Cookhouse

Peninsular cuisines have finally come into their own Serves Food of the southern states Atmospherics: Right next door to the gigantic Haldiram’s in the Outer Circle is this modest eatery. Nothing typifies the diverse ways of doing business in the opposite ends of our country than Searock and its neighbour. One has bright, well-lit signages…

Savya Rasa

The truest representation of the varied cuisines of all the South Indian states Serves South Indian cuisines Atmospherics: This modest-sized space is a game changer for South Indian restaurants. It has come to the NCR without a single false note or concession to the famously fastidious North Indian palate. There is a front door that…

The Great Indian Thali

Flip through Facebook, and you’ll see that the rules of the boasting game appear to have altered slightly. Instead of your friends crowing about the Sacher Torte they enjoyed in Vienna, now it is about a Sambalpuri thali from Orissa or an incendiary meal from Rayalseema. 2016 must go down in history as the year…

Alila Fort Bishangarh

Less than 200 kms from Delhi Airport is a tiny piece of heaven, especially for city-dwellers. Called Alila Fort Bishangarh, it was originally built 230 years ago by a member of the ruling Kachhawa clan of Jaipur. Bishangarh was just one of the forts that was strung out like a necklace around the precious Shekhavati…