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The Gamechanger?

As the exclusive New York brand Megu opens its first outpost in India, will it redefine luxury dining – and service– in India? Last week saw the opening of what is certainly going to be one of the most high-profile restaurants in the country for a while. Megu, the exclusive, New York-based contemporary-Japanese diner made [...]

The perfect trout and my Kasauli holiday

I love fish, but let me confess: I am scared to death, like a good, land-bound north Indian, of the bones. So, I always opt for sea fish over fresh water, shell fish over any fish and fillet over a jhol. But the trout mmm, the trout, when it arrived on the table, did away [...]

Hilton comes calling in Janakpuri…

… but it’s strictly average—except for the staff By Anoothi Vishal The determined onslaught by foreign hospitality chains into the Indian market means that the industry is currently abuzz with who is moving where. Amongst the biggest players to have entered Delhi this year is the Hilton—the US-based brand founded by Conrad Hilton (whose great [...]

Monsoon cuisines of India

Curating a monsoon food and art festival at The Park New Delhi has been fun and a good learning experience. I discovered the importance of seasonal foods in our cooking traditions… Seasonal diets have always been an intrinsic part of Indian regional cuisine(s). While we may not have had codified “kitchen literature”, and recipes and [...]

Wine bar, bread bar, Baluchi bar bar

An old Delhi restaurant gets a spanking new makeover— successfully By Anoothi Vishal Growing up in Delhi, one restaurant that I frequented more than any other was Baluchi at the then hotel Intercontinental. Part of an older genre of “Indian” restaurants, this was a family favourite, as much for its tikkas and curries as for [...]

Get, Set, Games: Sneak peek into prez suite at Ashoka Hotel

Delhi’s preparation for the Commonwealth Games may be sorely behind schedule but some projects have got completed. The sprawling, government-owned Ashoka Hotel, occupying prime real estate in Chanakyapuri, was scheduled to get a makeover from its smelly, dingy ways to designer-fitted look and some designers had already been booked to do up each of the [...]

Heritage Tourism: The Royal Heritage Tripura Castle

If you don’t want to do the usual touristy trail in India—Agra, Jaipur, Delhi in the north; or then again Mumbai and Pune, or Kerala and Goa – an interesting region to explore is north-eastern India. Usually considered cut off from mainstream culture and society — even within India – the region’s pristine beauty, mountains, [...]

Waters of the sun god: In Suraj Kund, at the new Claridges hotel

For as long as I can remember, Suraj Kund (“the sun’s pool”), on the outskirts of Delhi, has been known for its crafts fair every February. Sponsored by the tourism authority of India, this is when regional craftsmen from all corners of the country gather to sell art and furniture, embroidered fabric, hand-made fans, marble [...]

The world’s only all-vegetarian hotel

Despite the prevalence of “Jain” Chinese and Thai (particularly in Mumbai), Udupi restaurants, Gujarati thalis and Vaishnav Bhojanalays, it is a truth universally acknowledged that vegetarians do get a raw deal when eating out. The easy availability of more exotic vegetables and ingredients today — morels and truffles, for instance are much more expensive than [...]

India’s Top Chefs rate their Peers

We asked the country’s top chefs to rate their top chefs (excluding themselves). Manjit Gill, Corporate Chef, ITC 1. Rahul Akerkar, Indigo, Mumbai 2. Ananda Solomon 3. Imtiaz Quereshi Criteria: A chef’s primary job is to cook. He should be able to put a meal together himself. He should be a good human being, not [...]