Spice up the Wok

A new chef successfully walks the tightrope between authentic Chinese cuisine and Indian sensibilities One dilemma that all authentic Chinese restaurants in the city face is the place of the Chinese chef. Hire one at great cost, and the food that he produces will probably not cater to the local palate. Get in a team…

Kashmiri Food in Xinjiang?

I thought I was going for a Chinese food festival. Instead, what I got was Kashmiri food. It was all rather disorienting till I made the Silk Route connection. Chef Li Peng, the hugely talented Chinese chef of Vasant Continental in New Delhi had put together a food festival of the Xinjiang region of China.…

Worth its SALTZ

A designer’s creations that are adventurous and appetising, though surprisingly affordable Vijay Arora’s Gelato Vittorio has a brand new café upstairs. Attractive all-white interiors with huge glass windows, the café may be tiny, but the menu is large and ambitious. What it serves is a range of salads, imaginative sandwiches, pastas and noodles as well…

Republic of Chicken

You’ve heard of a seafood restaurant. Now hear of a poultry restaurant, because that is exactly what Republic of Chicken is. It is the front face of a huge poultry company that processes chicken in more ways than the average delicatessen does. Some of the delicatessen products – mortadella, chicken sausage, chicken ham and chicken…

Oriental Trio at 19, Oriental Avenue

With a redefined Japanese, Chinese and Thai menu, this top-end restaurant has hit upon the winning formula For as long as it has been open, 19 Oriental Avenue, the Chinese-Japanese-Thai restaurant at the Shangri La, has been trying to get its act right. Finally, it has hit upon the winning formula. So, while there are…

Baluchi: A Culinary Gem

If you are looking for a delectable spread of authentic Indian cuisine, Baluchi is just the place to be Okay, so it’s not fashionable – the live music at dinner-time is a conversation stopper and children run riot in its homely interiors, but Baluchi at InterContinental The Grand serves some real gems. I challenge you…

Tasty Tangles

Reasonably priced, quality Southeast Asian fare in an informal setting  The crying need of the hour is for an informal restaurant — whether in a mall or outside it — with filling, tasty food at prices that don’t break the bank. I’m grateful that I was dragged by a foodie friend to Tasty Tangles. The…

Kebab Lounge in Jasola

Unknown to many, this hidden gem in a mall serves an authentic Indo – Pakistan menu Hardly anybody visits the Living Style Mall in Jasola, so not many people have heard about Faisal’s Kebab Lounge, which is unfair, because the tiny four-table eatery is one of the few places in our city to boast an…

Ignis

Ignis, the new restaurant in Connaught Place, offers good view, good food Rare is the restaurant that looks like a classic from the day it opens. Yet, that is exactly what Ignis looks like barely a week or two into its inauguration: an icon in the manner of United Coffee House. It has a touch…

From Tokyo, with love

Japanese restaurants will flood the market and Indian regional cuisines will be big If 2007 was the Year of the Chinese Restaurant, 2008 will be the Year of the Japanese Restaurant. Japan bites So far, almost every Japanese restaurant in India served either sushi, teppanyaki or both, but nothing more. Apart from Sakura in Delhi’s…