Fat Butterfly

Serves Western-style café Utterly charming, owner-run space Atmospherics: What do you get when you cross a home baker with a gal who is obsessed with butterflies? You get a cosy café on two floors that excels at cakes and waffles, called FatButterfly. Vidyun Tewari has transferred her joie de vivre from the customized cakes created…

Too Indian

​It was love at first sight for me Serves Indian Atmospherics: Every time you think that Rajouri Garden is too full of eateries for another one to crop up, another one crops up! This latest has a snazzy name and unique concept. Too Indian is a café,  retail store and bar (which also serves hookahs).…

Coast Cafe

An authentic Kerala meal with café snacks too Serves South Indian, western-style snacks Atmospherics: On the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building that houses Ogaan, the fashion store, Coast Café is a recent addition, being a mere three years old. It is obvious that at least one chef is from Kerala, because the entire…

Delhi Club House

Serves food of the clubs across India Blurb: Continental-style of old, regional Indian, chatpat Chinese – it’s all here Atmospherics: There’s just one thing you need to know: the nearest air-conditioned space outside the restaurant. Because that is where you are likely to have to wait for a table. In the couple of weeks of…

Jims Jungle Retreat

The evening was so silent that I could hear my heart slamming hard against my rib-cage. I was sure the animal that was a few metres away could hear it too. I was sitting on the open first floor terrace of the café in Jim’s Jungle Resort, at the very edge of the 16 acre…

The Bikers’ Cafe

Nothing macho about this place! Serving One plate meals: Indian, western, oriental Atmospherics: When you see the signage outside the building, it feels like it would be on the mezzanine or first floor. It’s not: it is on the ground floor and the entrance is directly under the escalator. I visited on a Sunday afternoon,…

Jamies Italian

Serves Trattorio-style Italian Blurb: Tuscany via London Atmospherics: In a mall that has had its share of ups and downs, Jamie’s Italian is so large that when it was initially set up, everyone wondered whether optimism had won the day over caution. Two years later, the crowds still gather here for an evening of fun…

Narendra Bhawan

To put it in a nutshell, the city of Bikaner was a destination waiting to happen. Quite apart from its position on the Jaipur-Jodhpur-Bikaner circuit, it has superb infrastructure for hotels, all the best ones being heritage homes, where real palaces have been converted. The oldest one is Lallgarh, followed by Laxmi Niwas and then…

Chin Chin

Serving almost authentic Chinese An unpretentious dwarf in a giant’s playground Atmospherics: Chin Chin checks a few boxes simultaneously. It has been around ever since Sector 29 came into existence, but has always been resolutely under the radar, catering to loyalists. It does not have the authenticity of a China Club on the one hand,…