You can never get buggered of burgers in Delhi

When I was growing up in Guwahati, Assam, more than 30 years ago, the burger was a good-old dish that didn’t had much fan following. That was a time when Mc Donalds and KFC had not touched the shores of India. When I came to Delhi in 2002, I found burgers and patties being widely…

If Karim’s is Goliath, then Naim is David

Just past the Karim’s at Gali Kebabiyan in Shahjahanabad/ Old Delhi lays Naim’s haleem counter. Gali Kebabiyan is a narrow lane, which has become synonymous with the now world famous Karim’s brand, but there is more to it than just Karim’s. I have been told by the Qureshi brothers, the one, who sells mouth-watering butter-dripping…

The new molecool menu of Molecule

Sometimes, I wonder what makes us go to a pub or a fine-dine restaurant. Obviously, not to pay a higher price for the usual food and drinks. Perhaps, we go expecting better taste and ambience. The present fab is molecular food. But, the trend that is mostly catching up with many pubs is to serve…

Polish celluloid treat for Delhittes

If you are a movie buff, and if you come across a proposition that says, ‘Martin Scorsese presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema’ than it’s hard to resist. The Polish Institute New Delhi is organising the fourth edition of its annual KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival Habitat Centre in New Delhi from November 17 to 30. This…

Matchbox cooks up a Naga storm

Other than the Northeast restaurants in Delhi, Matchbox at Hauz Khas Village and now at Gurgaon has been one brand in the pub segment that makes a conscious attempt to promote Northeast food and music. It is perhaps the first in its segment that went out of their regular menu, and did an Assamese food…

Life in a Delhi local

 Every city has its lifelines. If Mumbai has local trains and the famous dabbawalas, Kolkata has its metro rail since the 70s and 80s, and Delhi has its famous Ring Road and the DTC buses. By the way, Delhi also got metro rail some years back, and it rapidly became the National Capital’s lifeline. Have…

Matchbox strikes a new light in Gurgaon

Many years ago, a mail was forwarded to me by my editor. The mail contained two restaurant reviews done by a blog, and he advised me to review the places. I called up at both the places, one responded, and another didn’t. The one who responded they went to become very good friends, and the…

Milk the goodness of Desi Cowboys

Childhood memories are always special. Among all other things that form our childhood memories, one can never forget the pestering of our mothers to drink milk. My mother was a little fortunate as I have a love for milk. Today, I may be a Delhiwalla, ballooning, drinking the rich buffalo’s milk, but as a kid…

Add a spoon of good taste and comics to your life

Eating out is just more than enjoying the food; it is an experience, and the challenge in the hands of today’s restauranteurs is choosing a theme for their restaurants or cafes, which offers an enjoyable experience to the guest. Somewhere the choice of the theme or how the interior of the restaurant has been done…

Time to park your palate at The Bikers Cafe

On an early Friday evening, if there is a waiting for a table in a cafe which is themed on automobile, located in a semi- residential and commercial area beside the Golf Course road in Gurgaon, you know that there is seriously something good about the place. The place in context is The Bikers Cafe….

Why Afghan cuisine is a large-hearted cuisine

Going by my love for different cuisines, from time to time, I feel I must have been born in that land to which the cuisine belongs in one of my past lives. At times, I strongly feel, I must have been a Tibetian for my love for momos, sometimes Italian for my love for penne…

Tea seller Mr Pandey’s gift to a daughter, whom he never met

The parking area on the road leading to Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi is mostly empty during the day, and if it is a public holiday, the parking lot ticket collectors are also nowhere to be seen. On one such day I met Praduman Pandey, a tea seller in that parking area. My meeting had…