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…

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…