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…

IHOP

International House of Pancakes comes to our neighbourhood Serves American breakfast Atmospherics: in the perpetually bursting-at-the-seams Cyber Hub, the newest entrant is causing waves: no mean feat. Whether or not you have managed to bag a table at IHOP is determined by your luck. I was curious enough about this phenomenon to check it out…

Cravity

A tiny piece of Paris in our city Café with patisserie and sandwiches Atmospherics: Every food critic dreams of walking through some random door and having the meal of their lives. Well, that wish was granted not too long ago, when I walked into a lipstick-pink door that said Cravity, and spent the next hour…

Townhall Gurgaon

Version 2 is every bit as good as the original Serves: sushi, South East Asian, pizzas, western, Indian Atmospherics: Unlike the Khan Market branch that sprawls across several levels, this one is far more compact and is arranged on a single floor, around a central bar. Seating is on sofas and comfortable dining chairs around…

Chi

Chi is the latest restaurant to hit town. In the popular Safdarjung Development Area market, next to Masala Junction, it is a cool hangout place with a South East Asian menu serving meals and snacks. Noodles and noodle soups are what their claim to fame is, but there are starters and main courses too for…

Choko La

I’m going to resist the temptation to write (yet again) about Choko la’s pastries, chocolates and chocolate drinks. They’re not only the best in the city, the chocolate drinks are more or less unique. However, I’ve always had a problem with the food that both branches of Choko la served – to me, the food…

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…