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…

DEL

So close to T3 as to be part of its lounge International cuisine Atmospherics: the very last hotel in Aerocity, closest to the International Airport, someone has very craftily designed not only the space but the menu too. The space is vast, disappointingly monochromatic, and as comfortable as a business lounge: upholstered chairs, squat sofas…

The Family Pot

Lucknow’s Qureshi family were butchers who have evolved into the country’s finest chefs The rise of north India’s first family of food can be traced to one man alone: master chef Imtiaz Qureshi of Dum Pukht, the signature restaurant at Maurya Sheraton Hotel and Towers in New Delhi. Chef Imtiaz started his career in the…

Ranveer Brar

For the sixteen or so years that I have known Chef Ranveer Brar, I have always exhorted him to go in for plastic surgery. As soon as his contours are re-moulded to incorporate a pot-belly and his eyes have acquired bags underneath them, he will be taken seriously as a chef. Until then, he will…

What’s Cooking in Kerala

With 360 miles of coastline and over a thousand miles of backwaters, Kerala is something of a paradise for seafood aficionados. There are reminders everywhere: Rows of giant Chinese fishing nets are poised at the edge of the water near the port of Kochi and fishing boats with foamy piles of drying nets idle at…