The world of vegetarianism

The whole jigsaw puzzle about vegetarians and vegetarian food goes awry in India, more or less. You see, it’s like this: in every other part of the world, vegetarians are a tiny minority, and because of that, they are perceived as exotic birds who subsist on impossibly rare ingredients. Truth be told, they are privately…

Gujarat on a Plate

One can almost picture the Almighty plotting the geography of the state of Gujarat with a twinkle in His eye. “We have to balance the ingenuity of the people of the state with the topography of the land, so because We have endowed them with a fertile imagination, in compensation We can fob them off…

SmokeHouseDeli

Cuisine: Western Khan Market has become richer with the addition of a deli with great, no-fuss food The second Smokehouse Deli in town, this one is packed to the rafters at mealtimes. Atmospherics: The interiors are an accurate indication of the food served here. Smart, witty, unusual and with a personality of its own. The…

Rampur Kitchen

Cuisine: Rampuri/Mughlai Blurb: Homely, affordable and very well located in the middle of New Friends Colony It is not oily or overly spicy. In fact, it bears quite a lot of resemblance to the home food of the erstwhile princely state of Rampur. Atmospherics: Located in the old Grandlay Cinema building that has now acquired…

La Riviera

Cuisines of the French and Italian Rivieras A well-appointed restaurant with touches of genius in the French and Italian menu A young Indian chef with international experience, a show kitchen with a Moltini range (the Lamborghini of kitchen equipment that costs around the same as the car) and contemporary style. Atmospherics: Off the lobby of…

Zerzura

The very best food of the Middle East/North African region in the city. Intro: the most finely balanced menu featuring old favourites and never seen before delights from the MENA (Middle East North Africa) gastronomic area. Even the bread that comes to the table gratis is an epicurean treat with halloumi cheese and mint stirred…

Delhi Diner

Cuisine: North Indian Blurb: The cuisine of the whole of North India given a Punjabi tadka Intro: A regular Punjabi restaurant with a vast banquet hall and a 3rd floor drive through for cars, all in Pacific Mall, near Rajouri Garden. Atmospherics: If you are going for grand interiors, you had better look elsewhere, for…

Cafe Ludus

Cuisine: Mostly Mediterranean Blurb: Where the food and the interiors both try to make a difference Intro: In place of ai, the Japanese restaurant, MGF Mall has a new entrant. With spacious interiors (do check out the funky toilets) and a sprawling terrace, it is a treat to visit. Atmospherics: The term Ludus is supposed…

Mix by Brewmaster

Blurb: It has all the trappings of a beer brewery; all that is awaited is the licence. Intro: one of the few restaurants, that too in a mall, that has its own banquet hall attached, Mix by Brewmaster caters effortlessly to parties as well as to families who just want to visit a restaurant. One…

Lahori Shah

Blurb: Pakistani food as close to the real McCoy as possible Intro: LahoriShah is the closest thing we Delhiites have to a pop-up restaurant. It changes its name and cuisine every winter, but this time it appears to have hit the jackpot. Atmospherics: Into a car parking lot, right by auto workshops, while you’re wondering…