360 degrees

An old favourite gets a makeover World food Atmospherics: The Oberoi’s recent refurbishment has affected all its areas and 360 degrees is no exception. Not only has its interiors changed, but the spelling of its name has become, for an entire group of journalists and bloggers, much simpler: now, ‘360’ is written in figures instead…

Canton Capers

Once upon a time, Chinese food meant chilli chicken and chicken Manchurian. Now, thanks to the growing tribe of chefs from China, it is possible to get a more authentic taste of what Chinese food is all about. By definition, Chinese food in India can never be really authentic: food in China is usually cooked…

Hidden Gems in Delhi

Some food joints deserve nothing but scorn, yet they are full to bursting at all times of the day. Others create great food but are never known beyond the immediate neighbourhood. We take a look at some of Delhi’s little-known gems. I was walking through the rather gritty area of Chitli Qabar, near the Jama…

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…

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…

Good Food at Urban Nomads

Urban Nomads in Nehru Place has three factors to recommend it: a well thought-out menu, astonishingly large portions at modest prices, and the excellent system of half portions. The restaurant also doubles as a store for high-fashion garments, but that may be to stand up and be counted among the rash of theme restaurants in…

Restaurants in the Time of Covid

Covid has turned the world upside down. It seems to have upset our hospitality industry, bringing many restaurants to closure. But, look more closely. Have restaurants really gone for a toss or have the rules undergone a change? I have been out of Delhi from the time the lockdown started, and had returned for a…

Spice Art, Greater Noida

Serves: North Indian One of the finest Indian restaurants in the NCR Atmospherics: Rare is the Indian restaurant with two master chefs, one from Punjab and the other from the fabled Qureshi family of Lucknow. Hardev Singh is more or less the sole repository of all the most famous dhabas in Amritsar, as he has…

Red Fort

It takes a special genius to dream at a desk, from 9 to 5, especially if that desk is in a telecom office. It is even more remarkable when you stare at a British-built army barrack and are able to conceptualize the grandeur of the edifice that stood there before being torn down to replace…