Wendy’s

Wendy’s The newest burger in town is square Cuisine: burgers Atmospherics: Every time a chain from the west enters the country, everyone waits with bated breath to see what compromises they will make to the food. Out goes beef and in come (usually strange) vegetarian options. None of this is true for Wendy’s. Though there…

WTF Cafe

WTF were exactly my words while I climbed up the steps to Café WTF one rainy evening. The waterproofing of the ceiling is less than perfect, so the staircase has rain pouring incessantly. Defence Colony Market wins the prize for ‘shortest shelf life of a restaurant’. Café WTF is in the fun mould for youngsters…

Yauatcha

Cuisine: Chinese/Dimsum An international, upscale brand comes to town There is a remarkably high degree of standardization between the food in the Mumbai outlet and the Delhi one. I visited both in the space of four days. Atmospherics: Not nearly as plush as the Mumbai branch vis a vis décor, the Ambience Mall branch is…

My Browsing History

Everywhere I travel, I like to see the fruit and vegetable markets, the motor spare parts shops, the back streets where printers have their presses and the second-hand clothes and books bazars. For, much more than the manicured centre of town, it is these areas, with their hair let down, that you will get the…

All Things

Have you ever gnashed your teeth, wondering why we in India cannot get great chocolate? Luscious, dark chocolate, made of real couverture with no compound (vegetable oil), wrapped beautifully. For years, it has been but a dream. Until a couple of bars landed up at my door last Christmas. At first, I assumed it to…

Sorrento

Blurb: The best Italian restaurant in the NCR, to date. Cuisine: Italian Atmospherics: Shangri-La can be said to be a slow starter here in Delhi, but it’s fast gaining ground. Sorrento has a patio that feels like Italy, indoor seating that has nooks and corners, a wine cellar, and an open kitchen. Few restaurants outside…

Shang Palace

Blurb: Delhi’s first foray into Modern Chinese Cuisine: Chinese Atmospherics: Shang Palace is the signature Chinese restaurant of the Shangri-La world-wide. The de facto cuisine of all the branches is modern Cantonese. In the case of Delhi, a smattering of Yunnan and Sichuan has been added, so that, though the template is Cantonese, die-hard fans…