Oriental Trio at 19, Oriental Avenue

With a redefined Japanese, Chinese and Thai menu, this top-end restaurant has hit upon the winning formula For as long as it has been open, 19 Oriental Avenue, the Chinese-Japanese-Thai restaurant at the Shangri La, has been trying to get its act right. Finally, it has hit upon the winning formula. So, while there are…

Varq: Raising the Bar for Desi Dining

A new high-end restaurant that takes Indian cuisine to another level What would you call an Indian restaurant that doesn’t smell of pickle and that doesn’t have dal on its menu? You could call it Varq, for a start. The Taj Mahal Hotel’s latest offering is a restaurant that offers a complete reinterpretation of Indian…

Yi Jing

At last, a restaurant serving the real cuisine of China Serves: Chinese (Sichuan) Atmospherics: The Panasian of old has given way to Yi Jing, with a brand new, bold black, white and red décor and a chef from Sichuan. Recently married Chef Zheng Wei is extremely proud of his home cuisine, speaks fluent English and…

Baluchi: A Culinary Gem

If you are looking for a delectable spread of authentic Indian cuisine, Baluchi is just the place to be Okay, so it’s not fashionable – the live music at dinner-time is a conversation stopper and children run riot in its homely interiors, but Baluchi at InterContinental The Grand serves some real gems. I challenge you…

Yokoso

The second brand new rabbit from an old hat in this amazing hotel Serves Japanese Atmospherics: In what used to be the lobby level bar of the hotel, Japanese food is now served. The result is a trifle unexpected, because the interiors are a little dim and the seating is ideal for lounging rather than…

Tasty Tangles

Reasonably priced, quality Southeast Asian fare in an informal setting  The crying need of the hour is for an informal restaurant — whether in a mall or outside it — with filling, tasty food at prices that don’t break the bank. I’m grateful that I was dragged by a foodie friend to Tasty Tangles. The…

Kebab Lounge in Jasola

Unknown to many, this hidden gem in a mall serves an authentic Indo – Pakistan menu Hardly anybody visits the Living Style Mall in Jasola, so not many people have heard about Faisal’s Kebab Lounge, which is unfair, because the tiny four-table eatery is one of the few places in our city to boast an…

Ignis

Ignis, the new restaurant in Connaught Place, offers good view, good food Rare is the restaurant that looks like a classic from the day it opens. Yet, that is exactly what Ignis looks like barely a week or two into its inauguration: an icon in the manner of United Coffee House. It has a touch…

Laidback Cafe

Lebanese in a new address Serves Lebanese and Indian Atmospherics: Lebanese food in the capital has been something of a mystery. We seem to love it if it is presented in a certain ambience and in a specific style. Once it is found outside those circumscribed borders, we appear to lose interest. Even more peculiar…

Amaranta Revisited

Blurb: Fine dining at throw-away prices Cuisine: Peninsular India mostly Atmospherics: This column has reviewed Amaranta before. The menu now encompasses most of the country; not just the coast as it formerly was. The food has more emphasis on tasting menus rather than a la carte ordering (though there’s that too). However, what has brought…