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Diwali Gifting Issue: The foodie

This Diwali, gift your friends and family a great meal. We shortlisted some options for you

Mumbai

Nico Bombay

With fresh burrata cheese and duck fat-infused bourbon, the random Rhye song and crystal glasses, Nico Bombay is the new lovely in town. Follow this pecking order and you won’t be disappointed: Enzo flat bread, pulled-goat meat, veal tenderloin, vegetarian ravioli and chocolate fondant.

A meal for two is 3,500 with one drink each. 105, Mubarak Manzil, Bombay Stock Exchange, Bombay Samachar Marg & Apollo Street, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. For details, call 22624466.

Ellipsis

The BLT Benedict at Ellipsis
The BLT Benedict at Ellipsis

A meal for two is 3,500 with one drink each. B-1, Amarchand Mansion, Madam Cama Road, Colaba, Mumbai. For details, call 66213333.

Kanika Parab and Mansi Poddar from Brown Paper Bag.

Suzette Bandra

The Bandra outpost of the charming French crêperie serves a late (from 9am) and leisurely breakfast. Our menu picks include the oeufs en cocotte or baked eggs, which you can get with ham and mozzarella ( 150), creamed spinach ( 140), or smoked salmon ( 220); the ham and Emmental omelette ( 150); and the peach smoothie ( 200). If you order just one thing, make it their superlative dark Callebaut-lavished hot chocolate ( 157).

A meal for two is 1,000. St John Street, opposite Gold’s Gym, Pali Naka, Bandra (W), Mumbai. For details, call 26411431.

Pali Bhavan

In this sepia-walled Bandra restaurant, mildly spiced pan-Indian fare is presented in dainty portions on mismatched vintage plates. Head here for a gratifying lunch of rich nalli nihari ( 645); fragrant wild rice and pine nut pulao ( 345); and velvety galouti kebabs ( 625).

A meal for two is 2,500 (without alcohol). 10 Adarsh Nagar, near Costa Coffee, Pali Naka, Bandra (West), Mumbai. For details, call 26519400.

Kombava

The café offers a quiet setting, polite service and a special tea menu that includes Almond tea ( 140), South African Rooibos ( 140); and an aromatic in-house blend of Kaffir Lime and Lemon Grass ( 130). For an early evening snack, order the buttery Mushroom Leek and Zucchini quiche ( 300); or even better, the silken Chocolate Mousse garnished with crunchy pistachios ( 210).

A meal for two is1,500 (without alcohol). The Art Loft, 37, Waroda Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai. For details, call 9819132958.

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Nido

With its over-the-top decor, the all-day Nido in Bandra has dominant shades of white and beige, stuffed figures of birds and bunnies, blown-glass light bulbs and the look of a stately English home. Its ripe, sweet watermelon starter balanced by a mix of Cajun spices, goat cheese toffee, liquid olives, nuts and seed emulsion, the Ahi Tuna, with haricot beets, cherry tomato, and eggs poached for 2 hours and the Atlantic Salmon, with beet, fennel, gherkin and rocket hash make for a stylish meal out.

A meal for two is4,000 (without alcohol). 21, Union Park, Khar, Mumbai. For details, call 67706336.

Masala Library

Masala Library’s Bhel on the Go

A meal for two is3,500 (without alcohol). First International Financial Centre, opposite. Sofitel hotel, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai. For details, call 66424142.

Yauatcha

Rupee for rupee, dimsum for dimsum, this is the best Asian restaurant in Mumbai. Now over two years old, Yauatcha, with its mix of casual elegance, trendiness, and cool ambience, makes for a memorable evening out. Its Chicken Char Sui Bun, Pork Bun, Gai Lan, Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf and Spicy Vegetarian Fried Rice are just some of the dishes in an extensive menu. The cocktail Lalu, despite its uninspiring title, is as wicked as its political namesake.

A meal for two is 3,000 (without alcohol). Ground floor, Raheja Towers, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai. For details, call 26448888.

Arun Janardhan

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Delhi

Uzuri Deck

New on the scene with enough buzz surrounding it, Uzuri confirms its gourmet status right at hello. Muted murals of African landscape and tribal-inspired tapestry reflect the African-European menu without being over the top. Uzuri has a downstairs formal dining room, but we suggest you sit on the pretty rooftop and quickly order the 48-hour slow-cooked lamb starter; followed by the duck confit; and end with a delicious dessert plate of pickled grapes, boozy truffles, vanilla ice cream and chocolate soil.

A meal for two is 3,500 (without alcohol). M-40, Greater Kailash-2, M Block Market, Delhi. For details, call 41623623.

Kiyan, Dusit Devarana

Located at Dusit Devarana spa resort (the first of the famous Dusit Thailand chain hotels in India), this new restaurant will distract you with its pretty space—a massive tree, where birds sit, grows through its roof. Start with the Tomato Clementine Soup, a silken broth with a single basil crostini and young orange confit; move on to Thai Fish Cakes and save room for Kiyan’s signature Toffee Pudding layered with espresso shots and accompanied by an orange sesame crisp.

A meal for two is 6,600 (without alcohol). Kiyan, Dusit Devarana, NH-8, Delhi. For details, call 33552211.

Chashu Ramen at Guppy by Ai
Chashu Ramen at Guppy by Ai

Eat the delicious Snow Peas, Bean and Kikurage Salad under the bright lanterns at Guppy by Ai. The Signature Black Cod is the dish that’s not to be missed, with the right amount of flesh and a beautifully burnt tail. The best thing about Guppy by Ai? The waiters come over to your table and offer to teach you how to make an origami heart. Nothing says welcome to the fold like this.

A big meal for two is 5,000, but we overdid it. 28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony, Delhi (set box lunches are available for 900 per person).
For details, call 24690005/6.

Kanika Parab and Mansi Poddar from Brown Paper Bag .

Tres

Open tart of herb-grilled roasted vegetables with seasonal greens and rustic tomato basil relish at Tres

3,000 per person with alcohol, and 2,000 per person without (all inclusive). 17, Main Market, Lodhi Colony. Delhi. For details, call 24625520.

Blue Door Café

If you want something quicker, casual and comforting, get a burger and fries, and chat in-between humongous bites of Khan Market’s The Blue Door Café Hamburger with pork, smoked bacon, BBQ sauce, grilled pineapple, Cajun seasoning and melted cheddar topped with sliced jalapeno peppers ( 455). The Mono Chrome (Oreo Cream) Sinful Shake ( 245) helps wash that down.

66, Middle Lane, Khan Market, Delhi. For details, call 24640013.

Chanpreet Khurana

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Bangalore

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Chef Manu Chandra’s quirk-meets-concept restaurant in Whitefield is packed with happy-making surprises everywhere you look. The bright pastels in the decor—by designer Anshu Arora Sen—enhance the relaxed feel, the fun cocktails (a Grape and Goat Cheese Martini, anyone?) add to the never-know-what-you’ll-get sense of wonder. Chef Prashanth’s 8- or 10-course tasting menus are the perfect sublimation of the magical mystery tour: From the tuna tartare with smoked watermelon to the sublime pork belly, each course titillates, stimulates and leaves you wanting more. Finish with the Sunny Side Up, the perfect finale to a meal in which every course is a talking point.

An an eight-course meal per person is 1,750. 14/31A-Hagadur Road, Whitefield, Bangalore For details, call 65475610.

Kanua

If you don’t live in Sarjapur, Kanua could well be the only reason to visit that part of the city. Its dark wood interiors are a portal into another time and place, a sense underlined by the subtle music and the breeze that floats through the three-sides-open rooftop set-up. The food is Manipali and, most important, consistent. Though there’s lots of meat and seafood (and the chicken ghee roast is sublime), try the unusual dishes like the vali ambat (spinach) or the seasonal sweet mango curry. Wash it down with a peg of Amrut, thanks to their newly acquired bar licence.

A meal for two is 1,200 (without alcohol). 1, Survey no. 6/2, Kasavanhalli, Sarjapur Main Road, Bangalore. For details, call 65374471.

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Chennai

Flying Elephant, Park Hyatt

This restaurant lives up to its name as the grooviest place to dine in Chennai with its three-tiered restaurant that looks down at the bar below and six different live-food sections where you can try almost anything that you might want to eat. The live action kitchens showcase the food from Europe, the Middle-East and Asia. When tired of looking at the food, the punters are offered live action by the young and beautifully-turned-out staff, who break into an impromptu dance, Gangnam style.

A meal for two is 1,800 (without alcohol) and 2,500 (with alcohol). Park Hyatt, 39 Velachery Road, Chennai. For details, call 71771234.

Sumana Mukherjee

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