Chi

Chi is the latest restaurant to hit town. In the popular Safdarjung Development Area market, next to Masala Junction, it is a cool hangout place with a South East Asian menu serving meals and snacks. Noodles and noodle soups are what their claim to fame is, but there are starters and main courses too for…

Choko La

I’m going to resist the temptation to write (yet again) about Choko la’s pastries, chocolates and chocolate drinks. They’re not only the best in the city, the chocolate drinks are more or less unique. However, I’ve always had a problem with the food that both branches of Choko la served – to me, the food…

Japanese at threesixtyone⁰

Quite simply, the finest Japanese chef in the NCR Serves Japanese (besides other cuisines) Atmospherics: Surrounded by a cerulean pool of water to cool even the most torrid temperatures, threesixtyone⁰ serves a variety of cuisines, but Japanese is your best bet. Chef Hiroshi Kagata is a powerhouse of talent. There is a work station of…

A Ta Maison (ATM)

Part private club; part restaurant Serves: European Atmospherics: Like a few other bars and eateries in this group, ATM was once a private club which admitted members only. Today, they have an eminently sensible policy: the first floor (no lift) is for guests and the second floor is for members only. The second floor has…

Fat Butterfly

Serves Western-style café Utterly charming, owner-run space Atmospherics: What do you get when you cross a home baker with a gal who is obsessed with butterflies? You get a cosy café on two floors that excels at cakes and waffles, called FatButterfly. Vidyun Tewari has transferred her joie de vivre from the customized cakes created…

Too Indian

​It was love at first sight for me Serves Indian Atmospherics: Every time you think that Rajouri Garden is too full of eateries for another one to crop up, another one crops up! This latest has a snazzy name and unique concept. Too Indian is a café,  retail store and bar (which also serves hookahs).…

Coast Cafe

An authentic Kerala meal with café snacks too Serves South Indian, western-style snacks Atmospherics: On the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building that houses Ogaan, the fashion store, Coast Café is a recent addition, being a mere three years old. It is obvious that at least one chef is from Kerala, because the entire…

Delhi Club House

Serves food of the clubs across India Blurb: Continental-style of old, regional Indian, chatpat Chinese – it’s all here Atmospherics: There’s just one thing you need to know: the nearest air-conditioned space outside the restaurant. Because that is where you are likely to have to wait for a table. In the couple of weeks of…

The Bikers’ Cafe

Nothing macho about this place! Serving One plate meals: Indian, western, oriental Atmospherics: When you see the signage outside the building, it feels like it would be on the mezzanine or first floor. It’s not: it is on the ground floor and the entrance is directly under the escalator. I visited on a Sunday afternoon,…

Jamies Italian

Serves Trattorio-style Italian Blurb: Tuscany via London Atmospherics: In a mall that has had its share of ups and downs, Jamie’s Italian is so large that when it was initially set up, everyone wondered whether optimism had won the day over caution. Two years later, the crowds still gather here for an evening of fun…