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…

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…