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…

Chi

Chi is the latest restaurant to hit town. In the popular Safdarjung Development Area market, next to Masala Junction, it is a cool hangout place with a South East Asian menu serving meals and snacks. Noodles and noodle soups are what their claim to fame is, but there are starters and main courses too for…

Diva Kitsch

Blurb: South East Asian tastes without political boundaries Intro: Imagine flying east from India and reaching a land where all the food is light yet intensely flavourful; where jaggery and wasabi are part of the same meal: that is the essence of the newest Diva. Atmospherics: This is one restaurant for which you won’t have…

Dum Affairs

North Indian/Lucknow Blurb Forget the corny name: this menu concentrates on the finest from Lucknow Gourmet Gallery, never known for the excellence of its cuisine, has just acquired a new Indian restaurant. Award winning food, a steal at the price, its elegant surroundings embody five star comfort. Atmospherics: the small, elegant restaurant could give a…

Delhi’s Eating Scene, Down the Ages

The restaurant-scape of Delhi Today’s Delhi encompasses Gurugram and Noida in its wake, and all three go to make up what is one of the largest food cities in the country. From strictly neighbourhood to completely international; from vegan, gluten-free, organic, locavore menus to pages and pages of seafood flown in from all over the…

Crepes

One of the joys of our city is stumbling upon a tiny gem of a restaurant where you least expect one. No PR hype, no raised expectations, but when you reach there, you find great food. Crepes are the focus of this tiny little place that is accessible from the middle lane of Khan Market.…

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…