The Springs @ Avenue Regent

During my five-day stay in Avenue Regent (about a month ago) in Pallimukku (Kochi in South of India), I had many meals in The Springs. They had a decent spread for breakfast buffet – omelette served with grilled tomato and spinach, appams and stew, dosas, piping hot idlis, upma and variety of fruits and juices…

Jom Jom Malay: Truly Malay!

Jom Jom Malay in Ansal Plaza in Andrews Ganj is the new restaurant in Delhi exclusively serving Malaysian cuisine. The restaurant name means ‘Let’s’ and does not indicate anything specific. It could be let’s have fun or let’s eat! Located on the ground  floor, the restaurant is sparsely decorated, but with a Malaysian twist. At…

Cocoa Tree – The Avenue Regent

Cocoa Tree in The Avenue Regent is one of the most happening restaurants in Ernakulam city (Kochi, Kerala). The restaurant is located on the ground floor, with industrial decor and plenty of natural light flowing in to the dining area through the glass wall. It is also stocked with interesting knick-knacks like miniature models of…

Frys: Traditional to the Core

Frys on Chittoor Road in Ernakulam is an iconic restaurant serving simple Kerala cuisine. I have visited this restaurant several times (about 20 years back or so). On my last day in Kochi, I decided to have lunch in Frys for sheer nostalgia. The experience turned out to be much more than that. We got…

Grand: Seafood Haven

Grand Hotel Restauarant is one of the culinary hotspots in Ernakulam (Kochi, Kerala). During my recent visit to Kochi, I dined at their revamped restaurant (I was visiting Grand after four years). The restaurant has now a hint of contemporary design, though the interiors largely reflect the old world charm it had in the yesteryears….

The Fatty Bao: Truly Pan-Asian

I had booked The Fatty Bao, when it had opened a few months back in New Delhi. And yesterday, I did visit this place for dinner. The restaurant which is located on the second floor of Sangam Courtyard, is spacious, colouful and marked in to multiple spaces so that one can dine without much intrusion…

Biryani by Kilo: Best in Noida

A discussion on biryani at a party or with a group of people will get you to more trouble than discussing about demonitisation in the current scenario. There is no other dish in India, like biryani, which has been debated on its origin, authenticity and quality. The top contenders in this list are the Lucknowi…

Desi Vibes: Indian All the Way

Dropped in for dinner here. I loved their Noida restaurant and the food they served. The Defence Colony branch Desi Vibes is bigger, spread over three floors. The decor is in similar lines to that of their other branches, rustic and provide an ambiance of the typical Punjabi pind. The mud covered walls, an old…

Café Rylands: Scones and Cream

Situated on Deansgate in Manchester City Centre, Café Rylands is located in one of Manchester’s most iconic venues within The John Rylands Library on Deansgate in the centre of Manchester. The John Rylands Library was Founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking…

Nando’s @ Milford Street, Salisbury

We were visiting the iconic prehistoric stone circle at Stonehenge, which stands on the grassland of Salisbury Plain and it was a delightful drive from London to the Stonehenge. By the time we finished our tour, the weather became gloomy and windy and we were also starving. We decided to grab our lunch from Salisbury,…

Pho: All the Way from Vietnam

This Vietnamese street food restaurant started by Stephen and Juliette Wall claims to be the London’s first Vietnamese street food restaurant and has over 12 branches in London itself. The first outlet of Pho opened in Clerkenwell in June 2005 after Stephen and Juliette travelled to Vietnam and fell in love with the food. They…

IKEA Manchester Restaurant

During my recent visit to Manchester, my brother asked whether I would like to try some Swedish food for lunch. I was all game and we headed for a long drive to IKEA (Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside), situated in the outskirts of the city. IKEA has successfully moved in to the food business and offers an appetizing…