Zaffran Biryani

I’m quite fond of the eclectic mix of restaurants that form the Kasbah complex in New Delhi’s Greater Kailash, but it is usually Café de Paris that I head for. This time, however, I was warned by fellow foodies not to miss the biryani festival taking place at Zaffran, their North Indian restaurant. Presided over…

A Royal Repast

A decade ago, a publisher had contacted me. He wanted to do a book of recipes from a sprinkling of royal households. I raided my address book and those of my friends, to come up with names of princely states and small heritage homes who would part with a few recipes. Or, at the very least,…

Czech-ing into Prague

“I’ll never run into anyone I know,” I said to myself while packing my suitcase for a trip to Prague. Indeed, I had never even heard of the Czech Republic being touted as a trendy destination: all the glory seemed to belong to the other countries of Western Europe. By the first afternoon of my…

Japanese at threesixtyone⁰

Quite simply, the finest Japanese chef in the NCR Serves Japanese (besides other cuisines) Atmospherics: Surrounded by a cerulean pool of water to cool even the most torrid temperatures, threesixtyone⁰ serves a variety of cuisines, but Japanese is your best bet. Chef Hiroshi Kagata is a powerhouse of talent. There is a work station of…

A Ta Maison (ATM)

Part private club; part restaurant Serves: European Atmospherics: Like a few other bars and eateries in this group, ATM was once a private club which admitted members only. Today, they have an eminently sensible policy: the first floor (no lift) is for guests and the second floor is for members only. The second floor has…

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…