Old Delhi’s Bakeries

Light as air and as flaky as a snowdrop – that’s fan for you, never mind the curious name. They’re made by traditional bakers in pockets of Old Delhi, almost always by the Muslim community, and tend to be concentrated in Muslim-dominated localities – Kallan Masjid near Turkman Gate, Pahadi Bhojla and Matia Mahal. They…

Bengali Widows’ Cuisine

My best friend Raka has a maternal grandmother who is 96 years old. Today she lies infirm and barely coherent after a lifetime of eating what must rank as an extremely Spartan diet. The sheer wonder of it is that it was not economics that imposed the diet: it was a mixture of societal expectations…

Chaobella

Given Delhi’s predilection for Italian and Chinese food, it was only a matter of time that someone opened up a single restaurant serving both cuisines. The brand new Crowne Plaza Today Okhla (not to be confused with the similar sounding hotel in New Friends Colony) has done just that. Chao is the Chinese half of…

Dimsumbros

I may not be a fan of Yo China: it is a project that has outlived its use and hardly caters to the tastes (and price points) of today. The latest offering from the same stable is dimsumbros. and THAT is something that is all set to rock the NCR. A single restaurant has cleverly…

Magic Carpets

Buying a carpet is a life-long investment for most people. So, it is a trifle surprising that not many people know what makes a good carpet, or even what are the factors that affect the quality – and by extension price – of an heirloom that is passed on from one generation to another. There’s…

Emperor’s Kitchen

First the good news. Emperor’s Kitchen has an enviable location. It’s in the middle of Style Mile; being behind a major bus stop, it has much more parking than any restaurant in the vicinity. It has well-appointed interiors, a terrace with a dream view of the Qutab Minar, a part-Chinese part-Thai menu – two of…

Fu – Better Than Chinese

If you are in the Greater Kailash area, are hungry and don’t want to spend a bomb on a meal, where should you go? Try Fu. It’s right in the M Block Market – an area which  certainly deserves a newer, fresher crop of restaurants. And the prices are so low that you’ll wonder if…

The Olive Growing World

Spain has a population of 30 million people and 300 million olive trees, the highest in the world. Tunisia has a population of 10 million and 70 million olive trees. It is Greece that has the highest olive oil consumption in the world, because olive trees grow in all parts of the country: in Italy,…

Infusion

These days, whoever wants to set up an Indian restaurant does so with a twist: traditional Indian food appears to have gone out of vogue. Infusion (short form for Indian fusion) also have a point of view, but they’ve done their menu leaving choices for lovers of straight Indian food too, albeit with nouvelle presentations.…

Izakaya

DLF Promenade is fast becoming known as the restaurant mall, and not without reason. Besides a fast food counter on the ground floor and a food court, there is an endless row of restaurants on the 2nd floor, with more being added even now. The general level of restaurants is fairly high and the concepts…