Food; Glorious food!

When The Custom Of Tipping Was Seen As A Violation Of Democracy

The Practice Of Tipping Was As Contentious In The Past – As It Is Now.

Originally published in Scroll.in on Jan 07, 2017

Goa Restaurant: Thalassa

Serves The Best Greek Meal East Of Mykonos.

Originally published in Outlook on Jan 18, 2016

Thinking Global, Eating Local

Tapri’s USP Is Its Surprisingly Extensive Chai Menu, Covering Over 40 Different Varieties

Originally published in Outlook on Nov 09, 2015

Slurping And Schlooping

Good Old Spaghetti Is Probably One Of The Most Sensory And Pleasurable Eating Experiences In Any Culinary Language.

Originally published in Outlook on Sep 21, 2015

In A Lagan Nu Custard

This Is A Place Designed For Only One Thing, And That Is The Serious Enjoyment Of Food.

Originally published in Outlook on Jul 27, 2015

In Amitav’s Thriving World

Kim Ling’s Food Is Reminiscent Of The Theme Of Ghosh's Ibis Trilogy, Being A Cultural Collision Of Chinese And Indian.

Originally published in Outlook on Jun 29, 2015

A PP Meal For Our Ex-Ed

Vinod Mehta Was A Champion Of Small, Unpretentious, Bullshit-free Eating Joints...

Originally published in Outlook on Apr 20, 2015

Multi-Cuisine A La Mode

Johnathan's Kitchen Is Essentially What Used To Be Called A 'multi-cuisine' Restaurant, Except That They Do It With Style.

Originally published in Outlook on Mar 23, 2015

A Cantata For Cantare

A Charming Joint Housed In An Old Portuguese-style Home, Down The Lane From Where Artist F.N. Souza Once Lived.

Originally published in Outlook on Dec 23, 2014

Pilgrimage To Triplicane

The ‘Crown Of South India’ Is A Sprawling Two-storey Maze Of Eating And Cooking Spaces, Wafting The Fragrance Of Masalas And Drumsticks

Originally published in Outlook on Jul 07, 2014

Pasta La Vista, Baby!

Goodbye Pasta, Farewell Salad—Steakhouse Is Strictly For Carnivores Only.

Originally published in Outlook on May 12, 2014

Not Without A VS Vada

Veena Stores Started Out In The ’70s, Selling Murukku, And Then Graduated To Serving Tiffins

Originally published in Outlook on Mar 10, 2014

Maha Thali, Maha Cuisine

Why Is It That We’re Familiar With The Gujarati Thali, But Have Probably Never Tried A Maharashtrian Thali?

Originally published in Outlook on Dec 16, 2013

Mum Knows Best

No Trip To Goa Is Complete Without A Meal At Mum’s Kitchen: One Of The Last Places Where You Can Get To Enjoy Authentic Goan Food

Originally published in Outlook on Oct 28, 2013

Afternoon With Vanjiram Curry

It’s Almost Too Good To Be True: A Rustic Palm-thatched Shack, Run By A Mom-and-pop Team

Originally published in Outlook on Sep 30, 2013

Ranna, Reinvented

“If You Think Bengali Cuisine Is Only About Bony Fish And Mustard, Think Again”

Originally published in Outlook on Jul 29, 2013

Ducks To Die For

A Tour Of Asian Cuisines¬¬—Thai, Chinese, Japanese—with Stopovers In Myanmar, Malaysia And Korea.

Originally published in Outlook on Mar 04, 2013

With The Monk’s Blessings

Food You Would Expect From A Fine-dining Restaurant, But Without The Fine-dining Prices.

Originally published in Outlook on Dec 31, 2012

Turban Legend

Thalapakatti Means ‘the One Who Ties A Turban’, And The Restaurant Takes Its Name From Its Founder

Originally published in Outlook on Nov 12, 2012

Delizioso

A Park Hyatt In Hyderabad Is Perhaps An Indication Of How Much Money Is Sloshing Around In The City

Originally published in Outlook on Aug 06, 2012

Lip-Smacking Legacy

Not As Fancy As Some Of Mumbai’s Other Chinese Joints, But It’s A Place That Many Serious Foodies Swear By.

Originally published in Outlook on Dec 30, 2012

Road To Yekstasy!

That The World’s Best Dosas Are Found In Bangalore Is A Given. The Only Question Is, Which Are Better: The Ones At Vidyarthi Bhavan Or The Ones At Sri Sagar?

Originally published in Outlook on Apr 20, 2012

Sunset Grill

This Is One Of The Best Places I Can Think Of To Sit And Watch The Sunset.

Originally published in Outlook on Jan 16, 2012

Mirpakaya Mango Moghuls

Hyderabad To Vijayawada, It’s A Trip From Tangy To The Fiery-hot

Originally published in Outlook on Jan 09, 2012

A Puree Of The Global Desi

If You Come Here, Make Sure You Arrive With As Open A Mind As Possible

Originally published in Outlook on Dec 19, 2011

In Colloquial French

According To The NYT, Gregory Creates “authentic French Fare With A Unique Flair”: Eating Is Believing.

Originally published in Outlook on Nov 21, 2011

The DIY Tea-Taster

One Of Those Rare Places That Not Only Sells Tea By The Kilos But Also Serves It By The Cup...

Originally published in Outlook on Oct 17, 2011

Where’s My Curd-Rice?

Despite India’s Rousing Story, Southern Family Businesses Will Stay The Course

Originally published in Scroll.in on Sep 26, 2011

That’s Idlicious

The Ancient Tamil Poets Sometimes Compared The Idli With The Moon, And That’s What Murugan’s Idlis Remind You Of

Originally published in Outlook on Aug 29, 2011

The Aperitif Made Redundant

This Little Churchgate Joint Is A Miniature Social History Of Mumbai.

Originally published in Outlook on Jul 25, 2011

Lunch With Husainsaab

Taj Is One Of Hyderabad's Oldest Restaurants, Known For Sixty Years For Its Tiffins And Frothy Cups Of What Was Called 'l-o-o-o-ng Coffee'

Originally published in Outlook on Jul 11, 2011

From Our Own Farm

Anokhi Cafe Bears John And Faith Singh's Inimitable Stamp Of Authenticity And Style

Originally published in Outlook on May 30, 2011

East Of Awadh

Some Biriyani Joints In Calcutta Have Acquired Cult Status. This Is Our Favourite.

Originally published in Outlook on May 02, 2011

One Degree Above

At 211 Degrees F, The Water Is Merely Hot; At 212, It Boils; It’s That One Degree That Makes All The Difference.

Originally published in Outlook on Apr 04, 2011

Pet Puja

Hidden Away In A Maze Of Tyre Shops And Transport Companies Is A Tiny Place That Serves The Best Marwari Food This Side Of Jaipur

Originally published in Outlook on Feb 07, 2011

What’s Your Poison?

What Makes A Great Bar? Outlook’s Pocket History Of Our Date With Drink.

Originally published in Outlook on Dec 27, 2010

The Ultimate Dosa

Where Can You Find The Best Dosa On The Planet? Guess?

Originally published in Outlook on Nov 29, 2010

On The Beach

There’s Nothing Like The Taste Of Fresh Seafood, Simply Cooked, Eaten On The Beach...

Originally published in Outlook on Nov 15, 2010

Third Degree Burns

One Of The Few Restaurants We’ve Found That Offers Real Rayalaseema Food

Originally published in Outlook on Aug 30, 2010

Bhojan Bhajan

A Cult Eating Joint, Hidden Deep In The Gullies Of Kalbadevi: The Kind Of Place That Everybody’s Heard Legends About, But Hasn’t Got Round To Visiting Yet.

Originally published in Outlook on Aug 09, 2010

Licking Our Fingers

You Can Spot A Veritable Who’s Who Dining Here, From Ratan Tata To Vijay Mallya

Originally published in Outlook on Jun 28, 2010

Across To Pleasure

Prices Are Steep, But It’s Worth The Splurge. BY ANVAR ALIKHAN MAY 31, 2010

Originally published in Outlook on May 31, 2010

Before You Die

The Only Way To Get The Real Thing Is To Get Invited To An Old Hyderabadi Home...or To Order From Mrs Hassan.

Originally published in Outlook on Apr 04, 2010

Six Degrees Of Michelin

Probably The Only Restaurant In The World With An Attached Travel Agency - A Small, Alfresco Place That Serves Great Mediterranean-fusion Food.

Originally published in Outlook on Mar 08, 2010

Speciali-Tea

The Chai-khana Is An Age-old Institution Of Hyderabad, Frequented By Rickshawala And Poet Alike.

Originally published in Outlook on Feb 08, 2010

Mirchi Maestros

Andhra’s Is A Tale Of Two Cuisines: One A Product Of History, The Other Of Geography

Originally published in Outlook on Jan 11, 2010

The Road To Mandalay

Considered By Some Well-travelled Foodies To Be One Of The World’s Best Burmese Restaurants, Alongside Places Like Washington’s Myanmar And London’s Mandalay.

Originally published in Outlook on Dec 21, 2009

Flavours Of The Past

Going To Dorabjee’s Is Like Stepping Into The Pages Of A Farrukh Dhondy Short Story

Originally published in Outlook on Dec 07, 2009

Currying Flavour

Saffron Serves An Eclectic Selection Of Regional Indian Foods, From Daab Chingri (prawns Cooked In A Coconut Shell, Bengal Style) To Chicken Chettinad.

Originally published in Outlook on Nov 16, 2009

Chicken Natwarlal

What Does A Bowl Of Curry For Rs 6,000 Say About Today’s India?

Originally published in Outlook on Nov 02, 2009

Man Bites Shark

Founded In 1957, It Was Originally A ‘hospedaria’, Or Inn, In The Old-word Portuguese Quarter Of Fontainhas

Originally published in Outlook on Oct 26, 2009

Phosphate In My Soup

Did You Know That Butter Chicken Is A Source Of Thiamine And Niacin? Or That Biryani Is Rich In Riboflavin, Phosphorous And Folic Acid?

Originally published in Outlook on Oct 05, 2009

Eating My Words

When It Comes To The Actual Kathi Rolls Themselves, None Of Nizam's Imitators Can Quite Match The Taste Of The Original

Originally published in Outlook on Sep 14, 2009

Myth # 65

The Popularity Of ‘Chicken 65’ Is Quite Amazing; Perhaps The Only Other Dish That’s Caught On As Rapidly Is Nelson Wang’s ‘Chicken Manchurian’.

Originally published in Outlook on Aug 10, 2009

Heaven's Larder

Amber Is To Calcutta What Moti Mahal Was To Delhi. Still Going Strong, Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary This Year. BY ANVAR ALIKHAN JUNE 22, 2009

Originally published in Outlook on Jun 22, 2009

Naqli Hyderabadi

What Hyderabad Needs Is A Version Of Calcutta's Bhojohori Manna, Serving Authentic 'ghar Ka Khana'—preferably At Ghar Ke Prices BY ANVAR ALIKHAN MAY 25, 2009

Originally published in Outlook on May 25, 2009

Insiders' Hangout

You Could Probably Make A TV Soap Opera On Cavala, And Its Cast Of Characters.

Originally published in Outlook on Apr 27, 2009

Persian Cat

Only This Dimly-lit, Old-world Park Street Eatery Has Made A Success Of Chelo Kabab In India

Originally published in Outlook on Mar 30, 2009

Vegetarians Please Excuse

Run By Veteran Chef Shankar Krishnamurthy, It's One Of The Few Restaurants In Town With A Consistently High Standard

Originally published in Outlook on Mar 02, 2009

Utterly Butterly

Yazdani Was Founded In The 1920s, And Is Run By The Third Generation Of The Family, In The Same Historic Premises.

Originally published in Outlook on Jan 19, 2009

East Of Suez

Posh Is One Of Goa's Newest Restaurants, Set In A 150-year-old Goan House And Garden With Three Dozen Coconut Trees

Originally published in Outlook on Dec 29, 2008

Business As Usual

I Invited Him To The Oberoi. He Looked Unhappy. When I Asked Where He'd Like To Go Instead, He Said, "Leopold Cafe!" BY ANVAR ALIKHAN DECEMBER 22, 2008

Originally published in Outlook on Dec 22, 2008

Defying Tyranny

What Makes People Shun The Pleasures Of Chicken And Chocolate And Voluntarily Go On Diets Of Sugarcane Juice And Green Idlis Made Of Sprouts? Ashwini Sukthankar Meets Some Of Mumbai’s Food Faddists And Finds Out About This New Health-food Trend

Originally published in Outlook on Nov 04, 2021

On The Chai Trail

Over A Cup Of Suleimani, Anvar Alikhan Meets Up With New Yorkers Zach Marks And Resham Gellatly At The Chai Shop At Taj Banjara And Discovers That They Know More About The Chais Of India, Real And Mythical, Than Most Of Us.

Originally published in Outlook on May 01, 2014