Pintxo

Serves: Spanish The smallest restaurant in the NCR No fuss, no pretensions .  Just small plates in unassuming surroundings Atmospherics: It is not easy to find your way around Galleria. Café Coffee Day is a convenient landmark: Pintxo is just above it. Just 18 seats and a tiny open kitchen. The walls are brown, giving…

Chang’s

You have probably been to a branch of Chang’s without even knowing, because this Delhi family owns a whole line of them. There’s Fujiya, Chungwa, Ginza and several more, but the family is a low-key one and their restaurants, wherever in the city they are located, are popular because they cater to the public palate.…

Amaretto Café

Blurb: A little trattorio in the midst of Golf Course Road Cuisine: Italian Atmospherics: I am not one of those who love loitering in malls: I find the one-size-fits-all sameness dreary in a country like ours where difference ought to be celebrated with elation. That said, South Point Mall is one of my favourite malls:…

Olly

New improved version of the Olive Bistro of yore Serves Modern world cuisine Atmospherics: A large, light filled space with floor to ceiling windows on two sides, Olly is a clean, modern space with indoor plants, books to browse through and a single page menu that has non-fussy, healthy, tasty food that begs to be…

Bo Tai

Zorawar Kalra strikes again Serves Modern Thai Atmospherics: On the second floor of a building that overlooks the Qutab Minar,  in line with the fashion district of Delhi, Bo Tai is the latest brand from Massive Restaurants, this one being a modern Thai restaurant with the bar as a focus. The space is filled with natural…

Basil & Thyme

Cuisine: European Blurb: At 23 years and one relocation, it’s still going strong. Atmospherics: One of the rare restaurants in the NCR that is owned and run by a family, the original was in Santushti Complex for 23 years till it moved to Sunder Nagar a couple of months ago. The interiors – and the…

Charcoal Tandoor and Grill

Blurb: Modern interiors and peg and leg to your heart’s content Atmospherics: Right opposite the Deer Park in Safdarjung Enclave, the temperature drops a couple of degrees. The little market, for long, a strictly neighbourhood joint, has metamorphosed into a restaurant hub, Charcoal being the only Indian option. It has contemporary, no-fuss interiors, seats 24…

Chopaan Kebab

A little piece of India’s North West neighbours in Lajpat Nagar Serves Afghan, Uzbek, Iranian food Atmospherics: there is a lane in Lajpat Nagar which those in the know refer to as Little Kabul. Bread bakers, money changers and chemist shops with signs in Pashto, even a beauty salon or three with the menu in…

L’Angoor

One underrated gem in Millennium City Serves American, European, seafood Atmospherics: I have been visiting this restaurant cum wine bar ever since its inception 11 years ago and one puzzle, whose answer has eluded me, is why it has remained so consistently under the radar. After all, Gurugram has frenetic bars for the young and…

Khyen Chyen

Blurb: a piece of the Valley, in Gurugram Cuisine: Kashmiri wazwan mostly Atmospherics: This snappily named little ground floor eatery looks like a piece of Kashmir with its exposed brick and wood interiors and lattice screens. All the items of décor: part of a hookah, a rice winnower, copper service- and table-ware, are items of…