Cravity

A tiny piece of Paris in our city Café with patisserie and sandwiches Atmospherics: Every food critic dreams of walking through some random door and having the meal of their lives. Well, that wish was granted not too long ago, when I walked into a lipstick-pink door that said Cravity, and spent the next hour…

Townhall Gurgaon

Version 2 is every bit as good as the original Serves: sushi, South East Asian, pizzas, western, Indian Atmospherics: Unlike the Khan Market branch that sprawls across several levels, this one is far more compact and is arranged on a single floor, around a central bar. Seating is on sofas and comfortable dining chairs around…

Chi

Chi is the latest restaurant to hit town. In the popular Safdarjung Development Area market, next to Masala Junction, it is a cool hangout place with a South East Asian menu serving meals and snacks. Noodles and noodle soups are what their claim to fame is, but there are starters and main courses too for…

Choko La

I’m going to resist the temptation to write (yet again) about Choko la’s pastries, chocolates and chocolate drinks. They’re not only the best in the city, the chocolate drinks are more or less unique. However, I’ve always had a problem with the food that both branches of Choko la served – to me, the food…

Zaffran Biryani

I’m quite fond of the eclectic mix of restaurants that form the Kasbah complex in New Delhi’s Greater Kailash, but it is usually Café de Paris that I head for. This time, however, I was warned by fellow foodies not to miss the biryani festival taking place at Zaffran, their North Indian restaurant. Presided over…

A Royal Repast

A decade ago, a publisher had contacted me. He wanted to do a book of recipes from a sprinkling of royal households. I raided my address book and those of my friends, to come up with names of princely states and small heritage homes who would part with a few recipes. Or, at the very least,…

Czech-ing into Prague

“I’ll never run into anyone I know,” I said to myself while packing my suitcase for a trip to Prague. Indeed, I had never even heard of the Czech Republic being touted as a trendy destination: all the glory seemed to belong to the other countries of Western Europe. By the first afternoon of my…

Japanese at threesixtyone⁰

Quite simply, the finest Japanese chef in the NCR Serves Japanese (besides other cuisines) Atmospherics: Surrounded by a cerulean pool of water to cool even the most torrid temperatures, threesixtyone⁰ serves a variety of cuisines, but Japanese is your best bet. Chef Hiroshi Kagata is a powerhouse of talent. There is a work station of…

A Ta Maison (ATM)

Part private club; part restaurant Serves: European Atmospherics: Like a few other bars and eateries in this group, ATM was once a private club which admitted members only. Today, they have an eminently sensible policy: the first floor (no lift) is for guests and the second floor is for members only. The second floor has…