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…

Of Fan, Khajla and Puffs

Light as air and as flaky as a snowdrop – that’s fan for you, never mind the curious name. They’re made by traditional bakers in pockets of Old Delhi, almost always by the Muslim community, and tend to be concentrated in Muslim-dominated localities – Kallan Masjid near Turkman Gate, Pahadi Bhojla and Matia Mahal. They…

Mumbai versus Delhi

Food writer Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi once wrote a piece in Mumbai Boss, a blog about that city, about why she thinks Delhi’s food scores over Mumbai’s. Well, guess what! Here’s why I think Mumbai’s food scene is streets ahead of ours in Delhi. I’m going to have to name communities, but it’s not because I’m…

Yellow Brick Road

Twenty years old and still going strong Serves: The food of the Raj Atmospherics: It was a sensation twenty years ago, when the coffee shop of The Ambassador Hotel came to life. Who had ever heard of a young, vibrant space that celebrated life? Other coffee shops (as all-day diners used to be called) were…

Dining with the Jalalis

“Our food has influences from Delhi and Lucknow, Rampur being equidistant from both cities,” Osama Jalali greets us at the door of the restaurant where his festival is in full swing. The Jalalis are from the principality of Rampur; in fact, Osama’s wife Nazia Khan is a Rohilla Pathan, a community well represented in the…

The Hong Kong Club

A cross between dining and nightclub Serves Cantonese, with a twist Atmospherics: One would not have thought that the great civilization that China is, would be up for a bit of tweaking of its food, but that is exactly what is happening in Delhi. The good news is that it is barely 5% of this…

Ziu Revisited

If only all Delhi’s restaurants were this inspired Serves Modern Thai Atmospherics: In an ideal world, all restaurants would be built to accommodate only as many diners as the chef felt capable of cooking for, and all chefs would own their restaurants, besides heading the kitchen. That is what the chef-owner of Ziu does: manages…

Tres: The Second Coming

Effortless excellence in this chef-led restaurant Serves European Atmospherics: A bar with high chairs around it, a private dining room, an open-air enclosure near a tree, regular tables, chairs and sofas – and all this is on the ground floor. The music – Spanish and Portuguese ageless classics – and the fact that at least…