Desi Roots

A playful, unpretentious approach to desi dining Atmospherics: On the ground floor in the mall mile of Saket, just next to the eye-popping Harley Davidson showroom, your car can drive up right to the front door of this brand new restaurant. It is composed of three sections: the lounge that looks like drawing-room, a narrow…

Pintxo

Serves: Spanish The smallest restaurant in the NCR No fuss, no pretensions .  Just small plates in unassuming surroundings Atmospherics: It is not easy to find your way around Galleria. Café Coffee Day is a convenient landmark: Pintxo is just above it. Just 18 seats and a tiny open kitchen. The walls are brown, giving…

Olly

New improved version of the Olive Bistro of yore Serves Modern world cuisine Atmospherics: A large, light filled space with floor to ceiling windows on two sides, Olly is a clean, modern space with indoor plants, books to browse through and a single page menu that has non-fussy, healthy, tasty food that begs to be…

Bo Tai

Zorawar Kalra strikes again Serves Modern Thai Atmospherics: On the second floor of a building that overlooks the Qutab Minar,  in line with the fashion district of Delhi, Bo Tai is the latest brand from Massive Restaurants, this one being a modern Thai restaurant with the bar as a focus. The space is filled with natural…

Chopaan Kebab

A little piece of India’s North West neighbours in Lajpat Nagar Serves Afghan, Uzbek, Iranian food Atmospherics: there is a lane in Lajpat Nagar which those in the know refer to as Little Kabul. Bread bakers, money changers and chemist shops with signs in Pashto, even a beauty salon or three with the menu in…

L’Angoor

One underrated gem in Millennium City Serves American, European, seafood Atmospherics: I have been visiting this restaurant cum wine bar ever since its inception 11 years ago and one puzzle, whose answer has eluded me, is why it has remained so consistently under the radar. After all, Gurugram has frenetic bars for the young and…

Khyen Chyen

Blurb: a piece of the Valley, in Gurugram Cuisine: Kashmiri wazwan mostly Atmospherics: This snappily named little ground floor eatery looks like a piece of Kashmir with its exposed brick and wood interiors and lattice screens. All the items of décor: part of a hookah, a rice winnower, copper service- and table-ware, are items of…

Will the Real Lal Maas Stand Up?

A while ago, the brilliant team behind EatwithIndia invited me to be on the panel of judges for a competition to judge the best lal maas, prepared by 11 different home cooks. The most vociferous on the panel of judges was Hemendra Singh of Bhainsrorgarh, an erstwhile noble state in Mewar. He was the only…

Kitchen of Awadh

Serves: Lucknavi food Blurb: a text book example of a perfect eatery Atmospherics: the ultimate neighbourhood market in this corner of Gurgaon, no shop of restaurant can be above a certain size, and Kitchen of Awadh fits admirably into that space. You’ll find every demographic there, dining on the best kebabs you’ll get outside a…