Melting Pot

Sometimes, projects that are outside South Delhi hit the jackpot faster: you don’t have to cut through layers of pretence for one. Melting Pot is a new-look food-court atop a mall in Shalimar Bagh that includes a coffee lounge at one end, bar at another and a kids’ play area in a third. I visited…

Yum Yum Tree

Ignore the decidedly non-serious name. This stylishly appointed restaurant in the heart of New Friends Colony Market has a first to it: the cuisine is Singaporean Chinese, one of the few types of Chinese food that is consonant with our palate, yet one that frequently gets overlooked in favour of classical Cantonese. One of the…

Ahaar 2008 (equipment)

It is the largest hospitality industry trade show in North India, and it is a perfect mirror of the trends in the market. A couple of years ago, Ahaar was full of ice cream machines that had been made in India, inspired by Italian gelati machines. Every second stall showcased imported commercial gelati mixes. This…

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…