Chorizo Filled Ragi Dosa and Stew @Chikoo Tree Project, Goa
Vibrant walls, hand-drawn sketches and paintings, greenery, pretty bookshelves; bright lighting and relaxed seating illustrate this place. Food here is motivated towards café owner Trupti Wesley’s mothers cooking and the flavours that she grew up eating as a child, as well as her fresh travels to diverse parts of the world. The highlight on the menu is the House Speciality Ragi or Kaal Dosas, which are decadent to the core. They are best enjoyed with a stuffing of lamb keema or a chorizo and cheese amalgamation and come accompanied with traditional Kerala-style stew and straightforward coconut chutney.
Where: Dr Miguel Miranda Rd, Pajifond, Margao, Goa.
Call: +91 9920064597
Brie And Truffle Soufflé @Hemant Oberoi, Mumbai
If you look back into the culinary History of India, Chef Hemant Oberoi is remembered not just for reinventing cuisine but changing the way we eat. He is the one who introduced fine dining to the country! The pillowy, soft-as-a-cloud Brie and Truffle Soufflé is delicious in a surprising way, the flavour hits you right in time until it starts giving you an umami reading, and you certainly would not like to waste even a small speck. The accompanying brioche bread is perfect; to mop whatever is left on the plate into your mouth.
Where: 5, Ground Floor, Jet Airways Godrej Building, G Block BKC, Bandra East, Mumbai,
Call: +91 98199 34757
Buttery Tandoori Chicken @Buttery Delivery, Delhi NCR
This only home delivery brand is a limerick to all things butter. On offer on the menu are only 10 dishes, making it perhaps the shortest menu ever! The omnipresent butter chicken, dal makhani, paneer makhani are delicious, however what stands out is a distinct form of tandoori chicken made with butter. Blatantly high on calories but extremely friendly on the palate. Currently available in Delhi NCR, but it’s soon going to expand to nine major cities of India.
Where: Delhi NCR
Call: +91 9870587772
Shahi Nihaari @Dum Pukht Begum’s, Hyderabad
Feel like treating yourself to Honest Imperial cuisine? You are in great company! The interiors, in silver and purple, communicative of a previous era, stimulate a sense of the old-style charm. The menu is an echo of the lost recipes of Hyderabad as well the standard Dum Pukht favourites. Here every dish you share is part of a saga, and every recipe a piece of decadent history. However the piece de resistance is the Shahi Nihaari, a luscious lamb specialty.
Where: ITC Kohenur Hotel, Plot No 5, Survey No 83/1, HITEC City, Hyderabad
Call: 040 6766 0101
Beans on Toast @The Bakery Kolkata
To bring that relic alive the huge Side Flue bakery oven which was relieving the old bee hive oven has been recycled in parts and pieces in the current bakery at The Lalit Hotel to give the same visual feel.
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For illustration the mouth of the Bakery Oven is there to see precisely in facade of the arrival and the oven body structure has been used to experience a remote dining room where you actually sit inside the oven to enjoy the fresh bakery products. The Beans on Toast at the Bakery are hands down the best in Kolkata.
Where: The Lalit Great Eastern is at 1, 2, 3, Old Court House Street, Dalhousie Square, Kolkata
Call: 033 4444 7777
Champaran Meat, Sattu Paratha @Comorin, Gurugram
A relaxing all-day dining with a bar, cafe, and retail ingredients all in the same space. The ambience fusions retro-futuristic muses and modest old-style dashes to generate a stylish, contemporary and relaxed design. On offer is comfort food and unusual dishes from across India. The presentation of food here is half the fun, and the Champaran Meat, Sattu Paratha, and Ole Ki Chutney is the star of the show.
Speaking of ingredients, sattu made with roasted Bengal gram is literally the underdog but also the champ of Bihari cuisine. And this dish is a winning combination.
Where: 101, 1 Floor, Plaza Level, Two Horizon, Golf Course Road, Gurugram
Call: 0124- 4984224
Roasted Beijing Duck @Shang Palace, Bengaluru
No visit would be comprehensive minus sampling their roasted duck. By far the foremost mainstay Chinese restaurant in Bengaluru and the perfect place to go to if you are looking for a diversity of genuine Chinese. This chic restaurant features the most decadent spare ribs and fancy cocktails and the Roasted Beijing Duck here is always on my order list as their incredibly lavish variety takes this prevalent Chinese dish to another level. The duck comes with thin, handmade steamed pancakes, sweetened soybean dipping sauce and scallion strips.
Where: Shangri-La Hotel, No.56, 6B, Palace Rd, Abshot Layout, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru
Call: 080 4512 6100
Ragi Pancakes @Chidya Ghar, Rishikesh
The distinct gastronomy viewpoint at the resort spins largely around celebrating the rich and diverse produce developed and obtained from dissimilar parts of Uttarakhand. One experiences here a merger of native cuisine from the kitchens of Garhwali and Kumaon homes and innovative versions of global flavours and dishes using fresh, seasonal indigenous ingredients at this all-day dining. Don’t miss out on the yummy yet healthy homemade ragi pancakes with banana and a local jaggery syrup during breakfast or infact anytime of the day.
Where: The Roseate Ganges, Timli Kalthri, Rishikesh, Distt, Badrinath Rd, Shivpuri
Call: + 91 9319903388
Papad Ki Sabzi @Citrus Cafe, Alwar
Located minutes away from Bala Quilla, the celebrated Alwar Fort, and the City Palace, a 17th century architectural marvel, Lemon Tree Alwar is the immaculate stop to ascertain the distinguished forts and palaces of Rajasthan.
And definitely Rajasthan is also extremely regarded for its vegetarian cuisine as much it’s Laal Maas and the likes, and a generous use of spices really helps bring a dish to life. The Papad Ki Sabzi at the citrus café is one such dish and I can go back to Alwar just for this.
Where: Lemon Tree Hotel Alwar Mgb, Shanti Kunj, Alwar
Call: +91 144 2700600
Mix Grills @Syrah, Delhi
Syrah is a great example of old-style Arabic hospitality meets contemporary ambition. It has a Mediterranean feel with a pastoral charm emphasised radiantly with the turquoise blue-and-white and an interesting wave ceiling designed by the bright Dubai-based interior designer Michelle Evans. This is where we get a sampling of the effort behind the menu that touches on Middle Eastern cuisines, and a crowd puller is the mix grill. The meal experience is already an amazing one and I don’t even need to rebel.
Where: Hyatt Regency Delhi, Bhikaiji Cama Place, Ring Road New Delhi