Abha Kohli

The advantage about being a cake- chocolate- and cookie-maker who works flexi-time from the house is that there are no overheads and consequently, no compromises in quality or menu. Abha Kohli of Vasant Kunj is one of these. Her perfectionism comes through clearly, her menu is intentionally small and her prices unbelievably reasonable. She bakes…

Ano Tai

Cuisine: Chinese Blurb: The Real McCoy. At last. Atmospherics: Ano Tai has been around for a long long while, but so timeless and ageless is its décor that it was never ever trendy and it is now not old-fashioned. Plus, the huge glassed-in show kitchen is a beehive of activity and if you have a…

The Drunken Botanist

The Drunken Botanist A failsafe formula Serves Modern Indian Atmospherics: a surprisingly large space for Cyber Hub, this one is accessed from the entrance of building no. 10 but is also not far from entrance No. 1. Do be informed that it is a considerable distance from entrance no. 2, the most popular entry point…

Civil House by Hemant Oberoi

A match made in culinary heaven Serves: western Atmospherics: I had visited this pleasant (if unexceptional) eatery a few months ago, little realizing that it was to be the classic case of the mouse that was about to roar. A month or so ago, celebrity Chef Hemant Oberoi joined hands with the management, and things…

B Bar

Cuisine: Modern Japanese Blurb: The ambience is deadly and you certainly don’t feel that you’re in a mall, but the food is a shade better than the decor Atmospherics: The music – Asian underground – is one of those love it or hate it things. I personally found it too Indian inspired. The decor on…

Samarkand

One of the rare landmark restaurants in Noida Serves North Indian Atmospherics: Twenty years ago, when I first started visiting Noida, there was just one full-service restaurant and that was Samarkand in a ‘fauji’ market. There were a few others, but they have all fallen by the wayside, since then. Two years ago, a bright…

Ar Razzaque

Cuisine: Mughlai Intro: A modest eatery in Zakir Nagar with a great chef at the helm Atmospherics: Those who have been dining at Made in India in MBD Radisson, Noida may know Chef Shams Parvez. He has recently left the hotel to start up his own venture. Zakir Nagar is not known for fine dining…

Asia 7

Chinese and other Asian cuisines A few changes in the kitchen, and a butterfly has emerged from the chrysalis Asia 7 has been long in finding its feet, but now with a Chinese chef at the helm, it has hit on the winning formula: authentic Chinese food that appeals to the local palate. Atmospherics: Asia…