Ar Razzaque

Cuisine: Mughlai Intro: A modest eatery in Zakir Nagar with a great chef at the helm Atmospherics: Those who have been dining at Made in India in MBD Radisson, Noida may know Chef Shams Parvez. He has recently left the hotel to start up his own venture. Zakir Nagar is not known for fine dining…

Silver Ornaments – A Buyer’s Guide

For long, silver was looked upon as being the poor man’s gold. Traditionally worn by communities who could not afford to buy gold, silver is increasingly being worn as a fashion statement by sophisticated city women. And, in what must be a unique reversal of trends, the most sought after pieces are the most traditional…

Bottoms Up

Cuisine: Gastropub / world cuisine Blurb: Punjabi Bagh’s Club Road comes of age Atmospherics: Bottoms Up encapsulates all that West Delhi stands for, and about time too! Being a Lite Bite Foods project, the promotors could have set up shop in any part of the city, including at the airport. But they decided on Club…

Café Shunya

Blurb: The café that is going to start a healthy eating trend Cuisine: vegan, healthy, locally grown, gluten-free options Atmospherics: as small as all the single units in Cross Point Mall, this one is run by an architect couple, which explains the abundance of natural light and the optimization of space. Plus, there is an…

Burbee’s

Cuisine: Café Intro: A cheery little home away from home Atmospherics: Today is the day of the impersonal restaurant, run by a bevy of hired staff. The owner is usually a business tycoon who wants a restaurant to complete his ‘bouquet’ of businesses! Well, young Lakshman and Kirti Singh are the complete opposite of that,…

Casablanca

Blurb: the NCR gets its first Moroccan restaurant Forget the relatively bland Lebanese cuisine that has done modestly well in our city. The real McCoy is the cuisine of North Africa, including Morocco and Tunisia. It is much closer to our palate and it is sure to be the Next Big Thing in food trends…

Masala Klub

It is possible to get a fabulous Lebanese meal or an authentic Chinese experience in India. But a meal that takes a fresh look at Indian food? Nyet. One of the reasons is that Indian diners, who have, after all, been eating dal, sabzis and chicken curries all their lives, have a very clear idea…

Faarsi

Iranian, Turkish, Lebanese Tiny, informal, inexpensive, surprisingly good, fills a need in HKV Atmospherics: Somewhere near the entrance of Hauz Khas Village, yet another rabbit has popped out of the never-ending hat. This one is called Faarsi, and if it is small, it has a well-thought out role. It comprises a take-away counter and a…

Espresso Grill

A surprisingly sophisticated eatery in Baba Kharak Singh Marg Atmospherics: Just above the most sophisticated car parking system in the country, Espresso Grill is a simply done up, smart casual space that serves world cuisine. It has an open kitchen, a few shelves on which ingredients are displayed (though it does not bill itself as…

Frontier

It’s neither hot nor happening, but Frontier at The Ashok has something that few other Indian restaurants in the city can boast of: a signature menu with dishes that have been more or less invented in its kitchens and served nowhere else for decades now. Like its distant country cousin, Bukhara, most of the food…