Malaysian on wheels

I’ve always wanted some enterprising soul to open a Malaysian restaurant in Delhi. The cuisine has more affinity with the Indian palate than, say, Thai, with its many spectacular vegetarian dishes and plenty of spice. So when I was told about Kayalan, a takeaway place started by a Malaysian citizen of Indian origin, my joy…

Ambrosia Bliss

Cuisine: World food Intro: one of the largest restaurants in Connaught Place Atmospherics: whether you choose to sit outside on the two terraces, inside the large naturally lit all-white restaurant, at the bar, in the private dining area or in the nightclub, Ambrosia Bliss embodies the new wave of restaurants that have started to dot…

Amreli

Cuisine: Western, South Indian Intro: The Olive Beach of old makes way for the new kid Atmospherics: Have you ever laboured over a jigsaw puzzle for hours together, and still had a missing piece left over in spite of completing the picture? That’s how you’ll feel when you visit Amreli. It has reverted to Diplomat…

Of Fan, Khajla and Puffs

Light as air and as flaky as a snowdrop – that’s fan for you, never mind the curious name. They’re made by traditional bakers in pockets of Old Delhi, almost always by the Muslim community, and tend to be concentrated in Muslim-dominated localities – Kallan Masjid near Turkman Gate, Pahadi Bhojla and Matia Mahal. They…

Mumbai versus Delhi

Food writer Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi once wrote a piece in Mumbai Boss, a blog about that city, about why she thinks Delhi’s food scores over Mumbai’s. Well, guess what! Here’s why I think Mumbai’s food scene is streets ahead of ours in Delhi. I’m going to have to name communities, but it’s not because I’m…

B Bar

Cuisine: Modern Japanese Blurb: The ambience is deadly and you certainly don’t feel that you’re in a mall, but the food is a shade better than the decor Atmospherics: The music – Asian underground – is one of those love it or hate it things. I personally found it too Indian inspired. The decor on…

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…