Elan

Almost as good as your own dining room Formerly the Aman, the hotel has reverted to being the Lodhi. Elan is the dining room for Indian and western comfort food. For elegant dining there’s On the Waterfront near the entrance gate. The mood is cosy more than imposing – the diametric opposite of On the…

Zaffran

Zaffran is one of the few Indian restaurants in Connaught Place that does not date back to the 1950s. Consequently, the relatively minimalistic décor has more to do with the revamped Hotel Palace Heights of which it is a part, than the likes of Embassy Restaurant two doors away. Fortunately, the owners have decided not…

Smokey’s

Barbecue Grills What used to be Smokehouse Grill is now Smokeys Delhi was crying out for a New York style barbecue place. At last, we’ve been given Smokeys You know those dark, all wood, masculine interiors that you see in the movies? Well, they’ve been recreated here in GK 2 now. Retro music, a superbly…

Purani Dilli

It is not as well-known outside the immediate locality as, say, Karim’s is, but Purani Dilli is headed for its place in the sun. No artificial flavourings (like kewra or screw pine), no lashings of pure ghee. Just no-fuss surroundings in the heart of South Delhi, good biryani and down to earth prices. You’ll have…

Carnatic Cafe

The only known Karnataka restaurant serving home-style food of the Brahmin community. it is in the homely market that used to be Grandlay Cinema. Brick flooring, an open kitchen, cooks from villages in South Karnataka, prices so low as to be laughable and an owner who is in his restaurant from morning to night, going…

Karavan

Atop a flight of stairs from behind the Defence Colony market is a curious little restaurant. It’s a radical departure from the plush, impersonal eateries that typify those in this market. This one is run by the owner and her family: they take orders, clear plates, set tables and work in the kitchen. Not surprisingly,…

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…