L’Angoor

We cannot quite figure out why the owners of this sleek wine bar with great food to go with it has such a mischievous name, but rest assured: there’s no monkey business here. L’Angoor is a wine bar with a restaurant attached. No detail, however small, has been spared. The result is a refined space…

IT

Why would somebody spend lakhs if not crores on setting up an Italian restaurant in their hotel, complete with pizza oven, sophisticated wine rack and open kitchen, and then spoil it all by naming it IT? I haven’t a clue as to whether the name is It or IT either. However, if you look on…

Burmese Kitchen

It is surprising that out of all the cuisines that exist in Delhi, most come from far away geographically. Italy is hardly a close neighbour; even Thailand is a 5 hour plane ride away. We have never tried to explore the cuisines of our immediate neighbours, so although Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Myanmar have cuisines…

Iram

Omer Khushro has inherited his mother’s catering business. Like the best food anywhere, the late Mrs. Khusro did it strictly as a hobby, rather than out of economic necessity. The family is originally from Hyderabad and it is the food of that city that Iram prepares. There is a bunch of cooks, one or two…

Side Wok comes to Connaught Place

It would appear that Connaught Place is the latest address to be getting a makeover. A slew of new restaurants are making their appearance, the latest (and most glitzy) of which is Side Wok, of Khan Market and Malcha Marg fame. The good news is that the Madras Hotel block is now filled to bursting…

Amaranta

It doesn’t look particularly Indian, and that is precisely the intention. Amaranta (amaranth or Ram dana) has an intensely desi soul, but its outer garb is international. Look at the neutral interiors, and you won’t know whether you are in an Indian or a western restaurant. That’s why you will be thrown off balance when…

threesixtyoneº

It doesn’t rain but pours. To have two high profile hotels opening in the same week is a windfall indeed. Who is going to win the food sweepstakes? Let’s wait and watch: the Leela Palace hasn’t yet opened its two restaurants that boast international tie ups. The Oberoi Gurgaon has two restaurants, both of which…

Kishi Arora / Foodaholics

Who makes the best cheesecake in town? Foodaholics. And who makes the deadliest Mexican food in the city? Foodaholics again. Foodaholics (www.foodaholics.in) is run by young Kishi Arora, a 20-something bundle of energy and initiative who has passed out from the Culinary Institute of America after a two year programme. Rather than work for a…

Earthen Oven

A wave of nostalgia washed over me when I visited Earthen Oven. Here is a restaurant (inside a Fortune Hotel, a sub brand of the ITC Welcomgroup) that is not trying to reinvent the wheel. It serves Punjabi food, it has an open kitchen and it even has a wood board with a modest-sized menu…

Eest

Eest in Westin Gurgaon embodies the eternal dilemma of international hotel chains in India. Whether to have expatriate chefs or Indian for their Chinese/oriental restaurant. And if the former, whether to take the cuisine to stratospheric levels or keep it suitably dumbed down for the local palate. Eest has not one but five expatriate chefs…