Honk

Cuisine: South East Asian Blurb: Plenty for the desi palate in this stylish diner that has a unique selling point Atmospherics: dining tables and chairs, low squashy sofas with low tables, outdoor seating and bar chairs – you can visit Honk and have a different experience every time. But first, a word about the menu:…

Spicy Duck

Taj Palace gets a new Chinese restaurant Chinese from Guangdong (Canton) Atmospherics: Spicy Duck was born in a mighty hurry: Blue Ginger had barely closed when Spicy Duck opened unofficially. The upshot is that the décor is largely the same as the old restaurant, but the food could not be more different! The official date…

Tanddav

Cuisine: World food Blurb: I wanted to order nearly everything on this menu Atmospherics: What started out as Smoke House Grill and then Smokey’s, is now Tanddav. While the connection between Lord Shiva’s divine dance and a very comfortable, well-appointed, western-style restaurant with comfortable seating and low lighting is not apparent, the menu contains page…

The Kashmir Book Shop

The Kashmir Book Shop In the heyday of tourism in Kashmir, books were the last thing that visitors thought of buying. The 1970s and ‘80s were when silk carpets and woollen shawls constituted the main shopping of the tens of thousands of tourists that holidayed in the Valley. So, the two bookshops that stood opposite…

Five Food Trends in 2014

Go to Cyber Hub in Gurgaon, walk down the Singapore look-alike walkway with restaurants and cafes on either side, settle down in Sodabottleopenerwala for a Berry Pulao and Tamota Papeta Per Eeda (eggs poached on a bed of tomato and potato). You will have experienced two of the strongest food trends of 2014. The first…

Fat Guyy

The genial patissier, Chef Nitin Upadhyay, was always pleasantly plump and when he thought of opening his very own patisserie, the obvious name he thought of was Fat Guyy. It does call to mind a roly-poly baker, surrounded by couverture, croissants and cookies all wafting delicious fragrances from the oven. However, so stressful was the…

The Srinagar Conspiracy

It’s not that the author is a television journalist who has crossed the floor. It’s not that Kashmir is seldom used as a backdrop for novels. It’s not even that the thriller is a little explored genre in Indian writing in English. The Srinagar Conspiracy is a compulsive page turner because it’s that felicitous meeting…

Chicken 65

“Chicken 65 a typically Bangalorean dish,” restaurateurs of that city will tell you with supreme conviction, “called so because you ought to be able to cut the chicken into 65 pieces.” Hyderabadis, on the other hand, believe that Chicken 65 was born in their city. “65 is the number of spices that used to be…

Sweet Meats and Other Treats

A recent banquet that was hosted by Major SSH Rehman, Director, ITC Ltd., showcased the best of regional Indian food. Amidst the haleems and qaliyas, there was a curiosity counter. Its contents? Desserts made respectively from eggs, dal, lamb and chicken. Unusual? Most avowedly so. But was it good to taste? Yes, certainly, because the…

The wonderful world of recipe books

Enter any bookshop and you’ll invariably find that the most attractive section is the one on recipe books. Most cooks – amateur and professional – have an array of well-thumbed recipe books, which range from the strictly functional sort, with not a single illustration or photograph in it, to the glossy page variety, with one…