State of the Art in Kashmir

The story of art in Kashmir is bound inextricably with that of craft. While crafts – and by extension, craftsmen – are thick on the ground, art in the Valley is confined to a tiny school in capital Srinagar, which operates out of a rented building in a housing colony. While craftsmen have, by and…

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…

Chef Angela Hartnett

I’ve noticed that lady chefs always bring another dimension to their food than their male counterparts. Perhaps it has been entirely incidental, but when you hear Chef Angela Hartnett talking about shopping for food, you could forget that she has won two Michelin stars at The Connaught in London, where she manages a restaurant for…

Calligraphy

The recently concluded Islamic calligraphy exhibition held in New Delhi’s Iran Culture House was not the first of its kind – such exhibitions are held periodically. It’s another matter that calligraphers routinely outnumber audience. Nevertheless, the perseverance of the Culture House and the steadfastness of the calligraphers themselves are probably why the art itself has…

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…