Delhi Journals

Eating International in Delhi, Part 3: Others

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A May 2010 trip to Delhi by phileasfogg

AlaTurka Photo, New Delhi, India More Photos
Quote: Leaving aside Chinese and Italian - Delhi's most popular foreign cuisines - a bunch of lesser known cuisines that find a place in Delhi's restaurants. Some good, some bad, some downright ugly.

AlaTurka

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Restaurant | "Turkish on the Go"

AlaTurka Photo, New Delhi, India
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Select CityWalk Mall is one of a clutch of stylish malls in Saket, and this one—often considered Delhi’s best mall—has a range of eateries, from Italian (Spaghetti Kitchen) to Chinese (Joy Luck Moon, Chi Kitchen) to Indian (Sattvik, Punjab Grill) to coffee shop (Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf). AlaTurka, tucked away on the ground floor, overlooking the court outside, is easy to miss if you happen to enter through the escalators up from the basement. But take the trouble to step out onto the periphery of the mall, and you can be assured of a good, wholesome and inexpensive Turkish fast food meal.We’ve come on one of our frequent visits to Select Citywalk, and we’re looking for something that’s filling but...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2010

AlaTurka
G-64, Select Citywalk Mall, Saket
New Delhi, India

Chilli Seasonss

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Restaurant | "East Asian Spice and all Things Nice"

Chilli Seasonss Photo, New Delhi, India
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Before you get put off by the name of the restaurant, let me make a clarification: not everything here is full of chillies.Chilli Seasonss specialises in food from East Asia: from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, etc. The menu includes all the well-loved specialties of the region—the khaosuey, the dimsums, the spring rolls and satays, the hearty soups rich with kaffir lime leaves, basil and lemon grass and galangal; the nasi goreng, the stirfries and more... all of it mouthwatering. And really, not all of it spicy and hot.Chilli Seasonss stands at one end of the Defen...Read More

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Chilli Seasonss
47, Defence Colony Market
New Delhi, India
+91 (11) 2461 8358

Basil and Thyme

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Restaurant | "Great Continental food"

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Basil and Thyme holds a very special place in my heart (or should that be my stomach?)—this was the first good stand-alone Continental restaurant I ever went to in Delhi, in the early 90’s. In those days, good Continental food was to be had only in exorbitantly priced restaurants that were part of five-star hotels. Basil and Thyme was one of the first that wasn’t in a luxury hotel, and yet served good French and Italian food. In the 15-odd years since I first visited Basil and Thyme, many more such restaurants have cropped up in Delhi, and we’ve been trying most of them out. But it was high time we revisited Basil and Thyme, and I’m glad to say it’s just as good as when we first went.Basil a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2010

Basil and Thyme
No. 11, Santushti Shopping Complex, New Willingdon Camp, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi, India
+91 (11) 2467-3322

Karavan

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Restaurant | "Where Delhi’s Uzbeks Go Dining"

Inside Karavan Photo, New Delhi, India
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Okay, Delhi probably doesn’t overflow with people from Uzbekistan at any given point, but one taste of the food here at Karavan, and I can understand why an Uzbek visiting India wouldn’t like to eat any of the food that’s generally available in Delhi. This is very different, very lightly flavoured food, and in a completely different culinary style from anything I’ve eaten in Delhi.Karavan opened a few years back in Lado Sarai, a somewhat forgotten corner of Delhi. Some months back, they shifted to the very busy market of Defence Colony, a market that is full of eating places ranging from Chinese restaurants to doner and hot dog stalls. I’d read about Karavan in a newspaper, which desc...Read More

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Amigos

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Restaurant | "Very Avoidable Mexican Food"

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Delhi has never been good at doing Mexican, even though as a cuisine it should probably appeal to Delhiites—it has all the ingredients that North Indians like: chillies, beans, tomatoes, rice, meat, corn. And yet, Delhi keeps coming up with substandard Mexican restaurants that aren’t at all good. This one’s the latest, and as always, ever optimistic, we decide to give it a try. We don’t learn easy.At first glance, Amigos is a little astounding. The interior has a high black ceiling with unusual avant garde chandeliers (illuminated glass tubes of variegated lengths, all filled with something that my niece Neeti says "looks like Appy Fizz"—a popular carbonated apple juice drink). The chandeliers are ...Read More

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Latitude

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Restaurant | "French-Italian-Fusion, and Very Good too"

Inside Latitude Photo, New Delhi, India
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Khan Market is one of South Delhi’s poshest markets. There are bookstores; shops that sell art and antiques; showrooms of fashion designers; delis; and much more. One of my favourite stores for window shopping is Good Earth, at the far left corner of the market. Good Earth specialises in home stuff: linen, upholstery, furniture, bric-a-brac such as lampshades, pottery and dried flowers, dishware, and so on. All of it is earthy, unfussy and very attractive. If ever I have the money to redo my home completely, Good Earth is where I’d buy nearly all that I’d need.So, being such a fan of this store, I was even more pleased to hear that Good Earth had ‘acquired’ a café. Above the store, and approached t...Read More

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Fez

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Restaurant | "Moroccan, of Course—and Good"

Fez Photo, New Delhi, India
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Ever since a trip to Israel about ten years ago, I’ve been a fan of falafel, hummus, imam bayildi and other foods Middle Eastern and North African. Unfortunately, this is one cuisine for which there are surprisingly few eateries in Delhi (I say surprisingly, since the food, with its spice, its garlic, yoghurt and chapatti-like pita, would be expected to be a hit with most Indians). Till some years back, there was a Lebanese restaurant in Connaught Place—I’ve even forgotten its name—which served passable but invariably cold food. There’s also Arabian Nights in Basant Lok, which is mainly takeaway: doner and shawerma, all right but inconsistent. But that’s about it; no...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2010

Fez
3.48, Malcha Mark Shopping Centre, Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi, India 110021
+91 (11) 4606-8144