Beyond Wazwan

Is there a conspiracy against everyday Kashmiri cooking? It would certainly seem so — all that is known about Kashmiri food in general outside the state is a handful of dishes that are prepared for banquets, ristas and gushtabas among them. All Kashmiris, be they Muslim or Pandit, love their meat, and mutton appears daily…

China Club

In the 17 years since its inception, not once has China Club ever faltered or lost its stride. That says something for a brand in the lone-standing market, with no hotel guests to fall back on. It is probably one of the oldest restaurants in Gurgaon, built at a time when Gurgaon was a sleepy…

What Makes a Landmark Restaurants

What is common to Koshy’s Bangalore, United Coffee House Delhi, Mocambo Kolkata and Gaylord Mumbai? They’re all landmark restaurants. None of them are particularly old-fashioned, and certainly none are down at heel; rather, they wear the patina of timelessness. Is the cuisine excellent? In patches, yes, but it is not excellence all the way. Most…

Spiced Just Right

Subtly flavoured tandoori fare takes centrestage  at Magnolia The management of Magnolia, a slightly difficult-to-find restaurant in. Sector 29 of Gurgaon, is reported to be running a couple of high profile restaurants in Washington DC. You’d never imagine it going by the formulaic desi decor, but the menu is sophisticated and the food even more…

Sassy Begum

The flavours of Hyderabad delivered to your house Serves Hyderabadi cuisine Intro: Sassy Begum is as much about the micro flavours of one Hyderabadi family’s table as it is about the cuisine of the aristocratic families of Hyderabad. Sassy Begum refers to a particular lady who married into the well-known Hassan clan and who learnt…

Chef Julia Carmen deSa

Take the names of any three women chefs in Delhi, and Julia deSa will be among them. The wonder of it all is that she has just started living in Delhi for the last dozen years, but such has been the force of her personality and her cooking skills that she has the who’s who…