Qash Qai

The tiny, narrow staircase in the Outer Circle of Connaught Place, opposite Super Bazar, does not do justice to an interesting new restaurant cum club with a surprisingly high focus on food. The menu is a fresh look at the cuisines of the Mediterranean world, in which there’s conventional restaurant seating in one area, a…

Ladakh

Lakakhis are fond of comparing their cuisine with that of Tibet and they have a point. A huge range of soups, whose names change whether they have been made with barley and stock, plain stock, fortified with hand-made pasta or mince-filled dumplings; hardly any greens and just a few types of breads – it is…

Yo China Cafe

Young, trendy and though it’s not pretending to be authentic, the flavours are all spot on, albeit  in surprising combinations. Atmospherics: in a mall (whether that is a plus or a minus is your perception largely) with indoor casual seating and a charming ‘outside’ area that replicates the outdoorsy feeling of a terrace without actually…

Xiian

Xiian embodies the power of numerology. My first visit was when the spelling of the name was regular. At that time, the food barely passed muster. On my second and third visits, the food has been improving by leaps and bounds. Coincidentally, it is when the spelling moved to the extra ‘i’. Whatever it is…

White Waters Cafe

Multi Cuisine Centrally located hangout for the young crowd Atmospherics: Exactly opposite Odeon Cinema, up a flight of stairs that can be easily missed, Whitewaters Café has an attractive white and aqua colour scheme. It is ramped up with the blinds being down even when there’s bright sunshine outside, the better to maintain the underwater…

Hong Kong, the Fragrant Harbour

Its name translates as “The Fragrant Harbour” and depending on whether you love or hate the food in China’s newest state you’ll either agree vehemently or disagree strongly. Speaking for myself, I think that the finest food in China comes from Hong Kong, and there are a couple of reasons for it. During the Cultural…

CODE

The more things change, the more they remain the same. After almost every major cuisine in the world has come to our city, the one that really rakes in the crowds is good old North Indian and that too, with not a particle to distinguish it from hundreds of clones. Code, which stands for Cuisine…

Chor Bizarre

Pan Indian cuisine In a recently renovated Bikaner House Atmospherics: Suddenly, the hottest new property in the capital is Bikaner House which all of us knew as the bus adda for Jaipur. Chor Bizarre is the lone restaurant in the premises and I must say, it is a fabulous fit in the newly refurbished surroundings.…

Masala Trail

Street food of India Shiv Sagar gives way to another cheap n cheerful option for the whole family Atmospherics: It is not every day that a member of the food writing fraternity becomes a restaurateur, so I would like to congratulate Osama Jalali on crossing over. The space is identical to the interiors of Shiv…

Tourist

Cuisine: world street food Of the party crowd, for the party crowd, by the party crowd Atmospherics: the good news is that the former dowager that Connaught Place was, has yet another party venue. Enormous and on two floors, there are semi-private areas, lounge corners, dining spaces and open terraces including one that is exclusively…