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…

Creating The Right Culinary Waves!

  Waves serves interesting, hearty food, more in the style of mainstream America than that of its westernmost state. It’s a large, airy, good-looking restaurant whose focus is a grill. The streak of brilliance in the vegetarian section is herb-grilled sweet potato with Cajun mayo. DELHI IS diametrically opposite California, geographically and gastronomically. Where Californian…

Spice up the Wok

A new chef successfully walks the tightrope between authentic Chinese cuisine and Indian sensibilities One dilemma that all authentic Chinese restaurants in the city face is the place of the Chinese chef. Hire one at great cost, and the food that he produces will probably not cater to the local palate. Get in a team…

Kashmiri Food in Xinjiang?

I thought I was going for a Chinese food festival. Instead, what I got was Kashmiri food. It was all rather disorienting till I made the Silk Route connection. Chef Li Peng, the hugely talented Chinese chef of Vasant Continental in New Delhi had put together a food festival of the Xinjiang region of China.…

Worth its SALTZ

A designer’s creations that are adventurous and appetising, though surprisingly affordable Vijay Arora’s Gelato Vittorio has a brand new café upstairs. Attractive all-white interiors with huge glass windows, the café may be tiny, but the menu is large and ambitious. What it serves is a range of salads, imaginative sandwiches, pastas and noodles as well…

Republic of Chicken

You’ve heard of a seafood restaurant. Now hear of a poultry restaurant, because that is exactly what Republic of Chicken is. It is the front face of a huge poultry company that processes chicken in more ways than the average delicatessen does. Some of the delicatessen products – mortadella, chicken sausage, chicken ham and chicken…

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…