Extra Virgin Territory

The first trip I ever made to the olive growing world was to Andalusia in Southern Spain around five years ago. It was an eye opener. Along with 11 other media people from Canada, USA, Russia, Serbia, China and India, I visited olive groves, travelled through Andalusia’s trademark low hills covered with neat rows of…

Trishna

Atmospherics: Most Gomantak/Mangalorean restaurants serving seafood are of the strictly no-nonsense variety. However, you cannot be in 1 Style Mile and still be no-nonsense, so the interiors (after a slightly grungy entrance) are stylish without being fussy. There’s an extremely popular terrace with gazebos, a small dining room and tables under the trees. Downstairs is…

On the Waterfront

Flavour is the motif of this brand new restaurant Set’z has a new sibling and it is at the Aman Hotel. On the Waterfront is centrally located; as well-appointed as the original with an identifiably different menu, with the same broad divisions. Atmospherics: You can opt to be seated in a different area every time…

Rara Avis

No sooner than Chez Nini opened its doors, in another part of South Delhi is Rara Avis, with three partners, two of them French. Simple, fuss-free food without pretentious flourishes. Atmospherics: The second floor restaurant is approached by a typically Parisian lift with two grill doors that have to be opened and closed manually and…

Set’z

There’s a certain X factor at work in restaurants. Some restaurants try hard and never achieve it; others are blessed with it from the day they open their doors. Set’z is an example of the latter category. It has good to great food, depending what cuisine you choose, it has good service and the décor…

Chef Keisuke Uno

This young man, still unmarried, has sixteen years of experience in cooking. He passed out from cooking school in Osaka where he was required to study Japanese, European and Chinese food for one year, before specializing in one area. Uno decided to specialize in Japanese, French and – hold your breath! – vacuum packed food.…

Dilli 6

For the second time in as many years has Crowne Plaza Today in Okhla held a festival showcasing the delights of Old Delhi. It so happens that the postal address of Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid is Delhi 6, so the festival has been named Dilli 6. It has struck such a chord with Delhiites…

Suhail Waza

Suhail Ahmed Khosa, the new waza in town You can actually count the number of Delhi-based wazas or professional Kashmiri cooks on the fingers of one hand. There are only three in as many different hotels and the latest to join their brood is Suhail Khosa, fresh from the Valley. WelcomHotel Sheraton New Delhi prides…

Raas

The fun of going to Hauz Khas Village is discovering all levels of restaurants and bars, from the professionally run to mom’s kitchen, plus everything in between. Raas is one of the more professionally run. From the first floor, the view is of a tiny garden enclosed with an ancient wall. It is floodlit at…

Drool Kitchen

Cuisine: North Indian, Chinese Blurb The first full service restaurant in Dwarka Intro: It is surprising that Dwarka has had to wait for so long to get its first classy restaurant, but from the day it opened its doors, it has never looked back. Atmospherics: Part of the Metro Station in Dwarka Sector 10, Drool Kitchen…