Cafe Delhi Heights

Still reeling the crowds in Serves Indian, western snacks and one-dish meals Atmospherics: When this, the very first branch of Café Delhi Heights, opened, it took the city by storm with its wildly alternative appeal and its bold menu that dared to be different (read: cater to a demographic that was hitherto ignored). Then, there…

Indigo Deli

The old Deli has moved to Cyber Hub Serves Western Atmospherics: Walk down the length of Cyber Hub and you just cannot miss Indigo Deli, now with prominent signage and an attractive patio area. In that respect, it is as far removed from the dark corner it used to occupy in its previous location in…

Wok Art

Serves Chinese and Thai A surprising island of excellence in an unexpected location Atmospherics: There are a few sectors in Noida that were built exclusively for the armed forces. You can always spot them by the adjoining markets: whereas other markets have grown hip and happening, those attached to the forces’ sectors have remained resolutely…

Ananda’s

If ever a restaurant gave off mixed signals, it would have to be Ananda’s in Sunder Nagar. Reportedly set up by one of the partners in Nathu’s Sweets on the ground floor, it could have easily been a less than classy venture by a halwai. One look at the menu, though, and you’ll change your…

Chalchitra

Even if you are never going to visit Chalchitra, take time off to check out its superb retro façade from the outside. Wait for the sun to set, and look at the lights as they twinkle. Everything – the lettering, the colours and the movement of the lights – call to mind the 1960s. As…

Chateau de Pondichery

A piece of the French colony in our midst Serves: Tamil and French Atmospherics: On the main Aurobindo Road, down a little cul de sac, opposite the Hero Honda showroom, you step into another world: a spacious, two roomed place, where you’ll be transported to a world away from the snarling traffic of Delhi, into…

Ikk Punjab

History lesson, living museum and restaurant rolled into one Serves the food of Undivided Panjab Atmospherics: One of the more seasoned restaurateurs of West Delhi, Rajan Sethi took several years to piece together the trimmings of Ikk Panjab. The unusual spelling is because his research showed him that the state was always spelled with an…

Desi Roots

A playful, unpretentious approach to desi dining Atmospherics: On the ground floor in the mall mile of Saket, just next to the eye-popping Harley Davidson showroom, your car can drive up right to the front door of this brand new restaurant. It is composed of three sections: the lounge that looks like drawing-room, a narrow…

Pintxo

Serves: Spanish The smallest restaurant in the NCR No fuss, no pretensions .  Just small plates in unassuming surroundings Atmospherics: It is not easy to find your way around Galleria. Café Coffee Day is a convenient landmark: Pintxo is just above it. Just 18 seats and a tiny open kitchen. The walls are brown, giving…

Chang’s

You have probably been to a branch of Chang’s without even knowing, because this Delhi family owns a whole line of them. There’s Fujiya, Chungwa, Ginza and several more, but the family is a low-key one and their restaurants, wherever in the city they are located, are popular because they cater to the public palate.…