The Teardrop-shaped Melting Pot

If you think of Sri Lanka as a minuscule island that lies to the south of India, you may be right, but if you think that it is too small to offer much diversity, you had better plan a trip there sometime soon. Because if indications are anything to go by, the somnolent country that…

Smitten Bakery and Patisserie

Mandakini Gupta gave up a career in television journalism to stay at home and bake cakes, breads, tarts and cookies to her heart’s content. As well known for her bran bread as for her chocolate zucchini cake, the cognoscenti of the city beat a retreat to her door come evening. That is when the day’s…

Sanadige

Coastal Karnataka Cuisine At last Swagath has a little brother Atmospherics: In the Malcha Marg Market, full as it is with eateries of all kinds, Sanadige can be said to have completed the bouquet of cuisines on offer. The décor is rather in your face and covers every inch of the floor, walls and ceiling.…

Circus

South Extension has just acquired a brand new restaurant Street food from around the world Atmospherics: What used to be China Doll has now become Circus, but there could not be a greater difference in the décor. Circus is exactly as its name suggests, with the drama and excitement of a real circus tent. There…

Arriba

For a spicy, gravy-based cuisine, it’s surprising that Arriba is only Delhi’s 3rd Mexican restaurant Cuisine: Mexican Atmospherics: For what must be a first in the restaurant industry, the major players who have owned the restaurants and bars in the Asiad Village have given a couple of eateries to others to run. This is an…

Chi Ni

A unique restaurant that gives the impression of being in a tent Cuisine: Chinese Atmospherics: Chi Ni is a sprawling restaurant that seems to have been located inside a tent. It is certainly one of a kind, though one wishes that the air-conditioning could have been a trifle more effective. Chi Ni has plenty going…

Ping’s

Blurb: The closest space Delhi has to a South East Asian hawker’s market Cuisine: South East Asian Atmospherics: The Ploof of old has been taken over by new management. The interiors are bright and colourful, there is an electric bell attached to an overhead light at every table: every time you want the attention of…

Burma Burma

Cuisine: Burmese vegetarian Blurb: a real temple, where the god is gastronomy Atmospherics: Myanmar is on the cultural, trade and culinary crossroads of Asia, so there are influences of India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia and all of these are observable in Burma Burma. It is not a rich country, however, so the vegetarian cuisine of…

Bunta Bar

A fun bar with a desi twist Cuisine: Indian Atmospherics: While the small shops on Janpath have never gone out of style, the ponderous office buildings on the opposite side of the road had started wearing a jaded look in striking contrast. In the last year, this side of the road is becoming a restaurant…