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…

Konomi

Konomi, the month-old Japanese restaurant in Gurgaon’s Trident Hilton has the wow factor, in spite of being only 25 covers large. It is the only place in the country that actually serves the hideously expensive fresh wasabi. What is more is that the root is grated at your table, as many times as you require,…

Kumgang Gonie

Kumgang was the very first Korean restaurant in Delhi. The new version – Kumgang Gonie – still is streets ahead of the competition. There are two reasons for this. The first is that Mi Ran Lee, the owner, has been present at her restaurant during every single hour of operations. The second is that she…

Lajpat Nagar

In the lanes of Lajpat Nagar are plenty of options for Afghani, Iraqi and Iranian cuisines. They cater to the respective communities who visit or live in Delhi. Each place is meant to be cosy and unpretentious, where cooks of each country recreate the familiar tastes of home. Requests to Indianize/spice up the food may…

Olive at the Qutub

When Olive first opened its doors six years ago, it was known as the quintessential party place and was routinely slammed for its food. Now in its second innings, it is taking its food much more seriously. Does that mean that the old image of a party place will fade away? Even its name has…

MEGU

One of the biggest restaurant openings that the city is likely to see this year is MEGU, the modern Japanese restaurant at the Leela Palace New Delhi. Every Japanese restaurant that sets up shop in the city raises the bar considerably for the competition. MEGU has raised the bar to an absurdly high extent: the…

Iran Part Two

Aab gosht translates, less than fecilitously, to water meat. It is more descriptive of Iran’s meat, beans and potato dish than Kashmir’s far more refined lamb cooked in reduced milk, and no! It’s not just my prejudice. Iran’s homely dish is always cooked in a stone pot with a lid. The ones I saw in…

Iran Part One

Iran The only two cities I visited on my trip were to Mashad and Isfahan. Mashad is famous for two things. The shrine of the Eighth Imam of the Shia sect of Islam, Imam Reza, the only one out of all twelve Imams to actually be buried in Iran (all the others are buried in…