Burma Burma

It is not often that a non-Indian vegetarian restaurant is this brilliant Serves Burmese vegetarian Atmospherics: this is the second Burma Burma in the NCR. Both outlets have similarities as well as differences: this one has the theme of the various tribes in that country. The wall sculptures, wooden dolls, lacquer and bamboo pagodas that…

Gourmet Vegetarian Food: an Oxymoron?

It’s easy enough getting vegetarian options in an Indian restaurant: there’s paneer, dal, vegetables and snacks galore. But, how about vegetarian options in a non-Indian cuisine? That’s a tough one. Some cuisines such as Lebanese and Italian do have interesting vegetarian choices. Others like Chinese lack the basic concept of what vegetarianism is, while still…

Swagath Janpath

When Swagath opened its doors almost a decade ago, there were plenty of concessions to the local palate. Several branches later, the restaurant has perfected its recipe to cater to our collective palate. Today, there’s no need to go to Mumbai for Gomantak food – it has come to our city. There’s Goan, Malabari, Chettinad…

Embassy

The winner of the CP dowagers’ marathon Serves unashamedly multi cuisine Atmospherics: In the beginning, there were a dozen or so gracious restaurants dotting Connaught Place, the only venue that was deemed fit to host restaurants that catered to western and Indian tastes, with a bit of Chinese thrown in. Some have downed their shutters…

Instapizza

The term ‘value for money’ was coined here Serves pizzas Atmospherics: There are a few high tables and high stools inside Instapizza. Should you want to sit outside (a good idea in pleasant weather) there are regular chairs and tables, but the tables look a bit grubby, perhaps because of the material they are made…

Kerala Fish Curries

Last week, within the space of five days, I had tasted close to thirteen fish curries. I’m sure I haven’t plumbed the depths of all the fish curries in God’s Own Country: it is just that time and my appetite conspired against deeper ‘research’ into this fascinating subject. It all started in Radisson Plaza, Kumarakom,…

Yeti – the Himalayan Kitchen

Some of the old magic still lingers Serves food from Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan Atmospherics: When it burst upon the scene a few years ago, it was further down the main ‘road’ of Hauz Khas Village, in a large, airy, well-lit room. Always packed to capacity with the range of humanity that you would never…

Namak Mandi

The first family of Lucknavi food open a restaurant, Cuisine: Lucknavi Atmospherics: an open kitchen, well-appointed if compact eatery that is packed to the gills every day at meal-time. With Imtiyaz Qureshi’s sons running Namak Mandi, (the name of a popular Lahore market), the food is a no-brainer. However, there’s a rider: the vegetarian options…

China Club

Gracious dining amidst a rash of cacophony Serves authentic Sichuan Chinese Atmospherics: kudos to the management of this 14 year old restaurant that is as pristine today as the day it opened its doors. It has always had three Sichuan chefs in the kitchen. The tastes are closer to our desi palate than many other…