Dhaba by Claridges

Fuss-free Punjabi The full house from morning to night tells its own story about the popularity of this brand I have visited the branch at the DLF Place in Saket more than once. It is the one restaurant that is consistently full, which says something about the unbeatable combination of realistic prices plus choice of…

Spice Art

In the days of yore, when all four and five star hotels were situated in Central and South Delhi, the Indian restaurant was usually given the least amount of attention. Now that hotels have sprung up in Rohini, Pashchim Vihar, Mayur Vihar and Janakpuri, hotels instinctively realize that to capture the local crowd, the Indian…

Guppy by ai

Ai moves across the city in a new, playful avatar. Colourful interiors; great food Most restaurants grow older with the passage of time. Guppy (formerly ai) has grown visibly younger. Having the corner plot in the Lodi Colony Market means that the area comprises a courtyard, a bar and the restaurant. The bright, cheerful colours…

En Stylish Japanese Dining

Japanese A stylish Japanese restaurant in the shadow of the Qutab Minar Whether you want a spicy “Japanese curry”, a teppanyaki grilled chicken or a delicate chawan-mushi, it’s all here. In a spacious heritage building with an immaculate lawn and a sprinkling of designer shops on the ground floor, En is pure zen with its…

Yum Yum Cha

South East Asian with a twist So soon on the heels of Tian at ITC Maurya, it seems that modern S.E Asian has become a trend It is the tiniest little eatery in this – or any other – mall but so cleverly has the theme been executed and so intelligent the planning of the…

Hinglish

If you live in Delhi, chances are that you’ve thought in Hindi and spoken in English. Or thought in both languages and spoken in both. In the same sentence of course. You may have eaten a desi breakfast and an Italian lunch. Or vice versa. That is the spirit that Hinglish celebrates: the crossover between…

Mister Chai

Fusion reaches new heights Tea bar with Indian street snacks One or two experiments with the genre of ‘modern Indian’ and suddenly, it has taken a whole new turn. It is my belief that corny name apart, the menu of Mister Chai is the new trajectory that modern Indian food is going to take. Street…

Zingo Star

Cuisine: American-style bar snacks Atmospherics: The quintessential neighbourhood bar where friends gather to meet. It has all the fixings: the interiors are all-wood, rugged and the chairs are mis-matched. The drinks may be the reason why the place is so crowded, but the food is more than adequate too. I went with suitably low expectations…

Zambar

At the outset, let me tell you of a few of my pet hates. I am not a proponent of making fun of someone else’s accent, especially when it is the name of an establishment. I am not, therefore, a fan of the name Zambar (zany south-speak for sambar). Then, I believe in a certain…

Bagel’s Café

Bagel’s Café, a cheery café in Gurgaon is a piece of Netherlands in the NCR. Owned by a Dutch lady, the menu features the bagel in its many avatars but doesn’t stop there. There are other dishes as well but it is clear that the star of the show is the bagel. The bagel itself…