Yo China Cafe

Young, trendy and though it’s not pretending to be authentic, the flavours are all spot on, albeit  in surprising combinations. Atmospherics: in a mall (whether that is a plus or a minus is your perception largely) with indoor casual seating and a charming ‘outside’ area that replicates the outdoorsy feeling of a terrace without actually…

White Waters Cafe

Multi Cuisine Centrally located hangout for the young crowd Atmospherics: Exactly opposite Odeon Cinema, up a flight of stairs that can be easily missed, Whitewaters Café has an attractive white and aqua colour scheme. It is ramped up with the blinds being down even when there’s bright sunshine outside, the better to maintain the underwater…

CODE

The more things change, the more they remain the same. After almost every major cuisine in the world has come to our city, the one that really rakes in the crowds is good old North Indian and that too, with not a particle to distinguish it from hundreds of clones. Code, which stands for Cuisine…

Chor Bizarre

Pan Indian cuisine In a recently renovated Bikaner House Atmospherics: Suddenly, the hottest new property in the capital is Bikaner House which all of us knew as the bus adda for Jaipur. Chor Bizarre is the lone restaurant in the premises and I must say, it is a fabulous fit in the newly refurbished surroundings.…

Masala Trail

Street food of India Shiv Sagar gives way to another cheap n cheerful option for the whole family Atmospherics: It is not every day that a member of the food writing fraternity becomes a restaurateur, so I would like to congratulate Osama Jalali on crossing over. The space is identical to the interiors of Shiv…

Tourist

Cuisine: world street food Of the party crowd, for the party crowd, by the party crowd Atmospherics: the good news is that the former dowager that Connaught Place was, has yet another party venue. Enormous and on two floors, there are semi-private areas, lounge corners, dining spaces and open terraces including one that is exclusively…

DEL

So close to T3 as to be part of its lounge International cuisine Atmospherics: the very last hotel in Aerocity, closest to the International Airport, someone has very craftily designed not only the space but the menu too. The space is vast, disappointingly monochromatic, and as comfortable as a business lounge: upholstered chairs, squat sofas…

Yellow Brick Road

When it came into existence some ten years ago, it became a sort of cult to be seen there. In the intervening years, Yellow Brick Road at the Ambassador Hotel has acquired a few more layers insofar as cuisine goes. Its sunny yellow interiors have worn well, and it still looks as fresh and chirpy…

Prankster

A modern take on soul food Modern Indian cuisine Atmospherics: Quite the largest restaurant, that too, on a single floor in the Sector 29 market, if not in the whole of Gurgaon. The theme is back to college, so the entire space has been broken up into verandahs and terraces, canteens and laboratories, class-rooms and…

Kurry Souk (Hidden Gems)

One of the most endearing facets of Delhi is how you stumble upon the most magical food in a seemingly uninspiring corner of the city. Though our neighbour Gurgaon does not share much with Delhi, it too has the same magic. Qutab Plaza in a largely residential area, DLF Phase I, doesn’t have much to…