Yellow Brick Road: From the Archives

A mere year-and-a-half after it  opened its doors to Delhi’s public, Hotel Ambassador’s Yellow Brick Road, the brightest, sunniest coffee shop hereabouts, has acquired a cult status among its patrons. This tiny 48-seater has a distinctive personality, the best cold coffee in town, and an eclectic menu. It has taken the city by storm for its novel rendering…

Al Karam of Old Delhi

There is very little in the way of Mughlai food in Gurgaon. This is the venture of a Gurgaon-based entrepreneur with a taste for the culinary treasures of Old Delhi. Atmospherics: on the ground floor facing the road is this modest sized eatery with a bhatti and a tandoor outside. It looks contemporary enough but…

Lavana

Lucknavi with fairly grand, all-mirror interiors. Atmospherics: Hyatt Regency Gurgaon is brand new. It is situated almost at the toll plaza that enters Gurgaon from Manesar, so that, while it is dauntingly far from Delhi, it is still a good proposition for residents of Gurgaon. The hotel is situated close to the industrial area of…

Aquum

;Aquum (pronounced Acume) is run by the Qureshi brothers, offspring of the legendary Imtiaz Qureshi of ITC Welcomgroup fame. It has a heavy, dark look at lunch time, but sparkles at night. And though the kebabs run the gamut from barely passable to good, the curries are the best in their category anywhere in the…

Blue Ginger

I’ve been to Blue Ginger three times since its inception last year. Once when the first pair of Vietnamese chefs were in the kitchen, then when a sous chef of Indian origin was handling operations, and most recently after the new pair arrived. I can safely say that the standard is uniformly high. In particular,…

Ca Va

All denizens of Kolkata who come to Delhi to visit or work start scouring the city in search of a European restaurant. Kolkata’s Park Street is full of European restaurants, most of them in the mid-range. Delhi, on the other hand, has very pricey restaurants serving European food and little in the middle range. I…