Casablanca meets Gurgaon

It’s a full-time job keeping up with the restaurant scene in the capital. No sooner than Afghan food begin to take root, when the cuisine of Manipur and Nagaland become popular in another part of the city. Perhaps one day there will be at least one restaurant for Russian, Peruvian and Nigerian food, but right…

Nando’s

Chicken Peri Peri meets Kukkad, Tandoor da in a burst of genius The long lines and thronging crowds at this outlet are a reality, but at the end of it, there’s some seriously good, spicy, succulent chicken with a tang. Even tandoori chicken is not this good! Atmospherics: Forget about the rather insipid interiors done…

100% Rock

After the iconic Turquoise Cottage moved out of its original location in Adchini, it has been renamed 100% Rock. It has just opened in Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, while outside Delhi it is in Jaipur. You can’t keep a good product down, as they say, and in spite of litigations and changes of name, the…

Chi Kitchen and Bar

Cuisine: Oriental Stylish surroundings, surprisingly authentic food and down-to-earth prices: a winning combination You don’t go to Chi for starters and main courses as much as their signature meals-in-a-bowl. Atmospherics: There are three branches, the most crowded being the one in Select City Walk and the most well-appointed being at the Eros Complex, Jangpura. This…

Ahhh Praaague

When my son (now in his 20s) was tiny, he had gone to see a film with his best friend’s family. I never did get to learn the name of the movie, but it had a scene in it, which, described by a 4 year old, consisted of a cupboard with a door. You walked…

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…