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…

My Last Supper

If you feel sad when nice guys finish last, the reverse must also be true: that you become ecstatic when nice guys finish first. Chef Amit Chowdhury, Executive Chef of Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, is one of the nicest chefs I know. Completely non-political and with a disposition that would give a ray of…

Delhi’s Eating Scene, Down the Ages

The restaurant-scape of Delhi Today’s Delhi encompasses Gurugram and Noida in its wake, and all three go to make up what is one of the largest food cities in the country. From strictly neighbourhood to completely international; from vegan, gluten-free, organic, locavore menus to pages and pages of seafood flown in from all over the…

Steamed Fish Custards

I seem to be in a minority of one. My belief is that chawanmushi, hormok and dab chingri are all related to one another. Everyone else that I have spoken to about my pet theory has heaped scorn on me and told me not to be a fool. ‘Everyone’ includes chefs from the Far East,…

Crepes

One of the joys of our city is stumbling upon a tiny gem of a restaurant where you least expect one. No PR hype, no raised expectations, but when you reach there, you find great food. Crepes are the focus of this tiny little place that is accessible from the middle lane of Khan Market.…

The Grammar Room

The charming greenhouse at 1 Style Mile comes into its own Serves bowl meals, café bites Atmospherics: At last the promotors of Olive have given the greenhouse its rightful place in the sun. It is now a more or less independent entity with a lively buzz all through its opening hours, with an irresistible sun…

Khaaja Chowk

Khaaja Chowk One of the most quirky eateries in the mall Serves North Indian Atmospherics: This is one of Gurugram’s oldest mall restaurants, having opened its doors well before the present stampede for eateries started. Khaaja is the name of the little fried papdis made of what is essentially flaky pastry and what the restaurant…

Cafe Delhi Heights

Still reeling the crowds in Serves Indian, western snacks and one-dish meals Atmospherics: When this, the very first branch of Café Delhi Heights, opened, it took the city by storm with its wildly alternative appeal and its bold menu that dared to be different (read: cater to a demographic that was hitherto ignored). Then, there…