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…

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…

King Kebab

From nawabi to five star kitchens, the king of meats has come a long way. Now chefs and hotel consultants are uncovering recipes lost for centuries, including many from the royal kitchens of the Mughals, giving King Kebabs  a new lease of life. Most people read The Mahabharata for ancient wisdom. When Salma Hussain reads…

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…

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…

Lajawaab Zaika

  Zaffrani Zaika serves classic Indian food without any newfangled twist My heart sinks every time I visit a new Indian restaurant, because I’ve noticed that in the recent past, our great cuisine has been hijacked by a bunch of upstarts who try — without much success — to reinvent the wheel. Fortunately, Zaffrani Zaika…

Vinita’s Kitchen Of Plenty

My children, like most children everywhere, get tired of the same food with dismaying frequency. One of the few exceptions — that is, besides the eternal Maggi noodles — are the kebabs made by a lady who operates from her kitchen at home. We first heard of Vinita’s Kitchen at a dinner party where bite-sized…

Bombay Brasserie

Hits the jackpot on every count Serves: Regional Indian Atmospherics: This part of the Outer Circle has no hassle parking, especially at dinner time. A lift takes you to the first floor. The best part about the décor is that the bones of the original structure has been retained: flooring has been kept simple, there…