The Drunken Botanist

The Drunken Botanist A failsafe formula Serves Modern Indian Atmospherics: a surprisingly large space for Cyber Hub, this one is accessed from the entrance of building no. 10 but is also not far from entrance No. 1. Do be informed that it is a considerable distance from entrance no. 2, the most popular entry point…

Civil House by Hemant Oberoi

A match made in culinary heaven Serves: western Atmospherics: I had visited this pleasant (if unexceptional) eatery a few months ago, little realizing that it was to be the classic case of the mouse that was about to roar. A month or so ago, celebrity Chef Hemant Oberoi joined hands with the management, and things…

Dining in Dubai

Travel around Manila in the Philippines and you’ll be struck by how many branches of Jollibee Burgers there are. It’s a brand you are unlikely to encounter elsewhere in the world, because the rather sweet sauce that is Jollibee’s trademark, is a Philippine brand. If you visit Mumbai, you are like to be surprised by…

Samarkand

One of the rare landmark restaurants in Noida Serves North Indian Atmospherics: Twenty years ago, when I first started visiting Noida, there was just one full-service restaurant and that was Samarkand in a ‘fauji’ market. There were a few others, but they have all fallen by the wayside, since then. Two years ago, a bright…

Masala Klub

It is possible to get a fabulous Lebanese meal or an authentic Chinese experience in India. But a meal that takes a fresh look at Indian food? Nyet. One of the reasons is that Indian diners, who have, after all, been eating dal, sabzis and chicken curries all their lives, have a very clear idea…

The Wine Company

Sarah Todd has hit the jackpot! Serves Mostly Indian flavours Atmospherics: Ever since its inception, The Wine Company has been known for its superior, user-friendly wine list with unbelievably value-for-money pricing, but except for its famous karari roti, as large as a sombrero, nothing on the menu was particularly noteworthy. Suddenly, in comes Sarah Todd…

Zanotta

Serves: Italian Cuisine The most glamorous Italian restaurant in Gurugram Atmospherics: Zanotta is open only for dinner, except on the weekends when there is a famous buffet-at-the-table on Sunday lunch (Saturday has a truncated version). If you are planning to visit on Sunday afternoon, a booking is necessary: the cost to benefit ratio makes it…

Pirates of the Grill

Tremendous value for money Serves Indian, grills, western, oriental Atmospherics: In a mall that has seen better days, Pirates of Grill is the lone outlet that is crowded during operating hours. The reason is not hard to seek. One person can eat to their heart’s content, consuming up to 50 dishes (soup, salads, appetizers, kebabs,…

Frontier

It’s neither hot nor happening, but Frontier at The Ashok has something that few other Indian restaurants in the city can boast of: a signature menu with dishes that have been more or less invented in its kitchens and served nowhere else for decades now. Like its distant country cousin, Bukhara, most of the food…

Chi

Chi is the latest restaurant to hit town. In the popular Safdarjung Development Area market, next to Masala Junction, it is a cool hangout place with a South East Asian menu serving meals and snacks. Noodles and noodle soups are what their claim to fame is, but there are starters and main courses too for…