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…

Flavours of The Med

  If a prize was being awarded to Delhi’s ugliest restaurant, I’d nominate The Med. Vast and cavern-like, its look has barely changed from the days when it was known as Italianni’s. Pink granite flooring and yellow walls, fluorescent lighting —there’s nothing to evoke the mood of the Mediterranean. Fortunately, though, the food more than…

New Town Cafe

Somehow, the idea of a beautifully designed restaurant in a surprising location that runs without PR hype vastly appeals to me. That is what New Town Café is all about. Located in a largely residential part of Noida, it has an international feel, is home to swarms of westerners who feel comfortable in its all-white,…

Chillies and Porridge

What is the first thing that you think of when the word ‘food’ is mentioned? Your mother’s cooking, the gourmet delights of travelling, five star dining, street food, the ghastly fare dished up by your office canteen-wala or all of the above? This remarkable volume, Chillies and Porridge, Writing Food, edited by Mita Kapur, published…

Ivy: Creeper Capers

This brand new eatery is probably the glitziest looking restaurant in the NCR — as opulent as Veda, if not more so, and a lot more user-friendly: you can actually read the menu without peering at it in the available light, the chairs are supremely comfortable and you don’t have to shout over the music…