Civil House by Hemant Oberoi

A match made in culinary heaven Serves: western Atmospherics: I had visited this pleasant (if unexceptional) eatery a few months ago, little realizing that it was to be the classic case of the mouse that was about to roar. A month or so ago, celebrity Chef Hemant Oberoi joined hands with the management, and things…

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…

Dining in Dubai

Travel around Manila in the Philippines and you’ll be struck by how many branches of Jollibee Burgers there are. It’s a brand you are unlikely to encounter elsewhere in the world, because the rather sweet sauce that is Jollibee’s trademark, is a Philippine brand. If you visit Mumbai, you are like to be surprised by…

The Clash of the Kashmiri Ladies

For the last three decades or so, Delhi has been exposed to the glories of Kashmiri food. Or, to be more specific, wazwan. It is a banquet conjured up entirely of lamb and it is cooked by a community of caterers called wazas. Usually eaten at weddings and other celebratory occasions, it consists of gargantuan…

Samarkand

One of the rare landmark restaurants in Noida Serves North Indian Atmospherics: Twenty years ago, when I first started visiting Noida, there was just one full-service restaurant and that was Samarkand in a ‘fauji’ market. There were a few others, but they have all fallen by the wayside, since then. Two years ago, a bright…

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…

Asia 7

Chinese and other Asian cuisines A few changes in the kitchen, and a butterfly has emerged from the chrysalis Asia 7 has been long in finding its feet, but now with a Chinese chef at the helm, it has hit on the winning formula: authentic Chinese food that appeals to the local palate. Atmospherics: Asia…

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…