Spice Art, Greater Noida

Serves: North Indian One of the finest Indian restaurants in the NCR Atmospherics: Rare is the Indian restaurant with two master chefs, one from Punjab and the other from the fabled Qureshi family of Lucknow. Hardev Singh is more or less the sole repository of all the most famous dhabas in Amritsar, as he has…

Red Fort

It takes a special genius to dream at a desk, from 9 to 5, especially if that desk is in a telecom office. It is even more remarkable when you stare at a British-built army barrack and are able to conceptualize the grandeur of the edifice that stood there before being torn down to replace…

Flavours of The Med

  If a prize was being awarded to Delhi’s ugliest restaurant, I’d nominate The Med. Vast and cavern-like, its look has barely changed from the days when it was known as Italianni’s. Pink granite flooring and yellow walls, fluorescent lighting —there’s nothing to evoke the mood of the Mediterranean. Fortunately, though, the food more than…

New Town Cafe

Somehow, the idea of a beautifully designed restaurant in a surprising location that runs without PR hype vastly appeals to me. That is what New Town Café is all about. Located in a largely residential part of Noida, it has an international feel, is home to swarms of westerners who feel comfortable in its all-white,…

Chillies and Porridge

What is the first thing that you think of when the word ‘food’ is mentioned? Your mother’s cooking, the gourmet delights of travelling, five star dining, street food, the ghastly fare dished up by your office canteen-wala or all of the above? This remarkable volume, Chillies and Porridge, Writing Food, edited by Mita Kapur, published…

Ivy: Creeper Capers

This brand new eatery is probably the glitziest looking restaurant in the NCR — as opulent as Veda, if not more so, and a lot more user-friendly: you can actually read the menu without peering at it in the available light, the chairs are supremely comfortable and you don’t have to shout over the music…

Mr. Choy

Four times the size of the tiny original Serves: Dimsum and oriental Atmospherics: Whereas the original was on the ground floor, it was altogether too tiny for its popularity. And its size did not warrant a bar licence. So, the proprietors (the same as for Townhall and Public Affair) moved it to a bigger venue,…

Lajawaab Zaika

  Zaffrani Zaika serves classic Indian food without any newfangled twist My heart sinks every time I visit a new Indian restaurant, because I’ve noticed that in the recent past, our great cuisine has been hijacked by a bunch of upstarts who try — without much success — to reinvent the wheel. Fortunately, Zaffrani Zaika…

Padmanabham

A spanking new restaurant with the lowest pricing! Serves: vegetarian food from the four southern states Atmospherics: All things considered, this is one popular eatery, crowded to capacity whenever I have visited. During meal-times, be prepared to wait outside the door for a table. There is no sharing of tables and although service is fairly…

Nege & Ju

Learn some Afrikaans and Japanese here Serves: European and Japanese Table talk: On the ground floor is this remarkable restaurant with a never-seen-before concept. In the daytime, Nege is a European restaurant that serves food with a modern, slightly unusual touch.  Off-white upholstery, white table-cloths, sunlight streams in from the glass doors, while at the…