Food and Drink

Mostly stories from my stint as food critic at Time Out Delhi, but a few other things too.

bpb Review: L’ Amour Fou Afghan

Originally published in Brown Paper Bag Delhi, January 18, 2017. Hidden in a quiet gully off Kalkaji’s main market, L’Amour Fou Afghan catches our eye for its location and its extraordinary name: Afghan eateries usually call themselves Balkh or Kabul or Mazaar, and cluster in neighbourhoods with settled patron populations, such as Lajpat Nagar and Bhogal.  The Fou Network In […]

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Published: 18. 01. 2017 | Comments: 0

bpb Review: Owl is Well

Originally published in Brown Paper Bag Delhi, January 12, 2017. The midnight burger has become an heir of sorts to the 24/7 hot dog, the first after-hours trend to help expand Delhi’s traditional late-night kebabs and parathas. A new fly-by-night specimen, operating out of GK-I, adds itself to the flock.  Knock Knock, Hoot’s There Steering clear of […]

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Published: 12. 01. 2017 | Comments: 0

Party Workers: Two New Services To Bookmark For Your Next Bash

Originally published in Brown Paper Bag Delhi, January 5, 2017. Whether the weather, the political climate, or the deep freeze of your finances, two start-ups from the greater Lajpat Area promise to improve matters by bringing the party to your doorstep this winter. (We were just motivated by desperation in the run-up to New Year’s […]

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Published: 05. 01. 2017 | Comments: 0

bpb Review: Kofuku, Ansal Plaza

Delhi’s Japanese dining scene may have a slight edge on Mumbai’s in terms of numbers, but with the novelty of Tsukiji-sourced seafood wearing thin in recent years, the arrival of Bandra’s Kofuku restaurant in the refurbished Ansal Plaza ought to rejuvenate this genre, with its casual approach to offerings that go beyond sushi and teppanyaki. […]

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Published: 02. 01. 2017 | Comments: 0

Neighbourhood Guide: Khanna Market

Neighbourhood Guide: Khanna Market ♦ Each of the four big markets in the quadrangle of land bound by Lodhi Road, Nehru Stadium, Aurobindo Marg and the railway line has its own special charm, from the leafy literary appeal of Jorbagh; to the sleepy specialty stores and restaurants of Lodhi Colony Market; to Mehar Chand’s mix of haute […]

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Published: 24. 03. 2016 | Comments: 2

Chukandar chop

Beetroot patties ♦ Here’s a beetroot, juiced for breakfast and its fibrous bits turned into patties for lunch. With lettuce and tomatoes from the veranda gamlas.Beetroot patties: Fibre of one beetroot (also happened to be two carrots, a cucumber, and mint in there, but only because this was all juice byproduct); 1 egg; bunch of […]

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Published: 12. 04. 2014 | Comments: 0

Scent of a season

Farewell to winter ♦ Winter ends as it began, its first and last trace a lingering scent, like the whiff of tobacco on a smoker’s shawl. All season, the city has mostly been a smudged landscape in indeterminate shades of grey, lifted from a palette of fog, smog, smoke, haze and mist. Hindi might have […]

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Published: 31. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0

Club Pangaea

Guilt plated ♦ Judging by the tremors Pangaea has caused in the lifestyle media with the news of its opening, the nightclub at the Hotel Ashok promises a seismic shift in the after dark life of the capital. The club aims to “redefine high-end entertainment”, said Spice Global chairman and owner BK Modi in Blouin […]

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Published: 11. 12. 2013 | Comments: 0

Saanuk Oriental Bistro & Lounge

Luxe Buddhas and a killer deal ♦ In the early days of Time Out food reviewing, there were no quaint little tea rooms or reservoir-facing bistros popping up every other week. You were lucky if you got to go to a hotel once in a while; otherwise, a high percentage of the free dining experience […]

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Published: 19. 07. 2013 | Comments: 0

Asharq Al-Awsat

A worthy detour on the road to Damascus ♦ We don’t often find ourselves in Sarita Vihar, but Surya Sweets – a restaurant run out of a budget hotel for Middle Eastern medical tourists – was always reason enough to navigate the truck traffic and the potholes. On a recent expedition to the rapidly urbani­sing […]

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Published: 10. 05. 2013 | Comments: 0