Instapizza

The term ‘value for money’ was coined here Serves pizzas Atmospherics: There are a few high tables and high stools inside Instapizza. Should you want to sit outside (a good idea in pleasant weather) there are regular chairs and tables, but the tables look a bit grubby, perhaps because of the material they are made…

Kerala Fish Curries

Last week, within the space of five days, I had tasted close to thirteen fish curries. I’m sure I haven’t plumbed the depths of all the fish curries in God’s Own Country: it is just that time and my appetite conspired against deeper ‘research’ into this fascinating subject. It all started in Radisson Plaza, Kumarakom,…

Yeti – the Himalayan Kitchen

Some of the old magic still lingers Serves food from Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan Atmospherics: When it burst upon the scene a few years ago, it was further down the main ‘road’ of Hauz Khas Village, in a large, airy, well-lit room. Always packed to capacity with the range of humanity that you would never…

Namak Mandi

The first family of Lucknavi food open a restaurant, Cuisine: Lucknavi Atmospherics: an open kitchen, well-appointed if compact eatery that is packed to the gills every day at meal-time. With Imtiyaz Qureshi’s sons running Namak Mandi, (the name of a popular Lahore market), the food is a no-brainer. However, there’s a rider: the vegetarian options…

China Club

Gracious dining amidst a rash of cacophony Serves authentic Sichuan Chinese Atmospherics: kudos to the management of this 14 year old restaurant that is as pristine today as the day it opened its doors. It has always had three Sichuan chefs in the kitchen. The tastes are closer to our desi palate than many other…

Coffee and Tea Bars

Many years ago, when Aharnish Mishra and Manideep Chhokra chucked up lucrative jobs in a software company, their plan was simple: they were going to set up a coffee roasting facility. Common enough in the south, it’s virtually unheard of in Delhi. Today, Finca Specialty Coffee supplies freshly roasted beans in a choice of five…

Christmas, Desi Style

Roast turkey, plum pudding, mince pies and Christmas carols may be a part of Christmas in England. And closer home, hotels that advertise their Christmas dinners stick to the traditional roast. But who do they target? In a nutshell, those who don’t celebrate the 25th of December as a religious belief, but want to participate…

Sunday Brunch

Few things are as pleasant as sitting out under the sun on a Sunday afternoon in winter, sipping champagne and going through the one meal of the week that doesn’t have to be hurried. It’s what residents of other metros like best about Delhi – winter, and our determination to enjoy it to the fullest.…

IHOP

International House of Pancakes comes to our neighbourhood Serves American breakfast Atmospherics: in the perpetually bursting-at-the-seams Cyber Hub, the newest entrant is causing waves: no mean feat. Whether or not you have managed to bag a table at IHOP is determined by your luck. I was curious enough about this phenomenon to check it out…