Yo China Cafe

Young, trendy and though it’s not pretending to be authentic, the flavours are all spot on, albeit  in surprising combinations. Atmospherics: in a mall (whether that is a plus or a minus is your perception largely) with indoor casual seating and a charming ‘outside’ area that replicates the outdoorsy feeling of a terrace without actually…

Xiian

Xiian embodies the power of numerology. My first visit was when the spelling of the name was regular. At that time, the food barely passed muster. On my second and third visits, the food has been improving by leaps and bounds. Coincidentally, it is when the spelling moved to the extra ‘i’. Whatever it is…

White Waters Cafe

Multi Cuisine Centrally located hangout for the young crowd Atmospherics: Exactly opposite Odeon Cinema, up a flight of stairs that can be easily missed, Whitewaters Café has an attractive white and aqua colour scheme. It is ramped up with the blinds being down even when there’s bright sunshine outside, the better to maintain the underwater…

Hong Kong, the Fragrant Harbour

Its name translates as “The Fragrant Harbour” and depending on whether you love or hate the food in China’s newest state you’ll either agree vehemently or disagree strongly. Speaking for myself, I think that the finest food in China comes from Hong Kong, and there are a couple of reasons for it. During the Cultural…

The Fight For The World Cup

WITH JAMAICAN, BRAZILIAN, KENYAN AND ETHIOPIAN ON OFFER, WHY IS JAVA’S KOPI LUWAK EVERYONE’S CUP OF TEA? What does the land of reggae have to do with a fine cup of coffee? For that matter, how does a weasel-like mammal improve the flavour of coffee? Or is it the musty winds of the south-western monsoon…

CODE

The more things change, the more they remain the same. After almost every major cuisine in the world has come to our city, the one that really rakes in the crowds is good old North Indian and that too, with not a particle to distinguish it from hundreds of clones. Code, which stands for Cuisine…

Secret Ingredients

Is it the recipe that is important or the writer ? A backlane in New Delhi’s tony Uday Park is where you’ll find the famous Ahad Waza of Kashmir. The cavernous commercial kitchen is the scene of unusual activity,  for alongside a team of assistants who work with the precision of an army, chopping onions…

Chor Bizarre

Pan Indian cuisine In a recently renovated Bikaner House Atmospherics: Suddenly, the hottest new property in the capital is Bikaner House which all of us knew as the bus adda for Jaipur. Chor Bizarre is the lone restaurant in the premises and I must say, it is a fabulous fit in the newly refurbished surroundings.…

Masala Trail

Street food of India Shiv Sagar gives way to another cheap n cheerful option for the whole family Atmospherics: It is not every day that a member of the food writing fraternity becomes a restaurateur, so I would like to congratulate Osama Jalali on crossing over. The space is identical to the interiors of Shiv…