Prankster

A modern take on soul food Modern Indian cuisine Atmospherics: Quite the largest restaurant, that too, on a single floor in the Sector 29 market, if not in the whole of Gurgaon. The theme is back to college, so the entire space has been broken up into verandahs and terraces, canteens and laboratories, class-rooms and…

Kurry Souk (Hidden Gems)

One of the most endearing facets of Delhi is how you stumble upon the most magical food in a seemingly uninspiring corner of the city. Though our neighbour Gurgaon does not share much with Delhi, it too has the same magic. Qutab Plaza in a largely residential area, DLF Phase I, doesn’t have much to…

Honk

Cuisine: South East Asian Blurb: Plenty for the desi palate in this stylish diner that has a unique selling point Atmospherics: dining tables and chairs, low squashy sofas with low tables, outdoor seating and bar chairs – you can visit Honk and have a different experience every time. But first, a word about the menu:…

Spicy Duck

Taj Palace gets a new Chinese restaurant Chinese from Guangdong (Canton) Atmospherics: Spicy Duck was born in a mighty hurry: Blue Ginger had barely closed when Spicy Duck opened unofficially. The upshot is that the décor is largely the same as the old restaurant, but the food could not be more different! The official date…

Tanddav

Cuisine: World food Blurb: I wanted to order nearly everything on this menu Atmospherics: What started out as Smoke House Grill and then Smokey’s, is now Tanddav. While the connection between Lord Shiva’s divine dance and a very comfortable, well-appointed, western-style restaurant with comfortable seating and low lighting is not apparent, the menu contains page…

Vintage 31 Bistro and Cafe

Vintage 31 Bistro and Cafe Cuisine: Mostly Italian Blurb: Treat yourself to two hours in this fairytale café Atmospherics: In that part of Meharchand Market that still has traditional mithai and general merchant shops, Vintage 31 is the hugely likeable venture of a couple whose passion it is. He cooks and she oversees the service.…

64/6

Indian, western, Lebanese vegetarian Blurb: An all vegetarian restaurant in an all vegetarian hotel Intro: India’s only vegetarian hotel is a 15 minute drive from East Delhi. The coffee shop serves all three meals buffet style only. Atmospherics: Being a Country Inn & Suites, this branch in Sahibabad is located on a main road and…

Ziu

Progressive Thai food Beautiful interiors and modern Thai is a winning combination Atmospherics: On the ground floor of Sangam Courtyard, tucked away in a corner, is Delhi’s latest Thai restaurant, with a difference. It is not just straight Thai food but has unique twists to each dish. The chef-owner is at the range every day…

Vega

Vegetarian dining It is not the most fashionable dining space in this day and age of PR-led restaurants. It is pure vegetarian to the extent that you cannot get onion or garlic while you’re inside. And the chaat alone is worth a visit, especially if you want the taste of chaat in the 1960s, when…

Uzuri

Delhi’s first restaurant with African flavours Intro: An exciting, unique blend of familiar flavours and completely unusual tastes in this carnivore’s paradise. Atmospherics: A lift from the ground floor leads you to the second and third floors where Uzuri is situated. The animal theme is all around you: on the walls as leopard prints, more…