<Sailesh Ghelani>

I love going out to eat and hopefully when things get better – and they will – we’ll do that all together again. The industry needs us and we need them to be part of a happier and healthier (mentally too) future for us all. Our special moments, times with friends, lovers and family have all been so much nicer and tastier because of the hotels and restaurants that have been there for us. Food is the music of our lives and we must eat on!

Here are some of the places I had the good fortune of experiencing on my recent trip:


DEL at Roseate House

An expansive and classy restaurant serving a variety of cuisines – Italian for me please – DEL at The Roseate is comfy and refined. The specially curated food served up for me by the talented Executive Chef Anuj Wadhawan was well-proportioned, tasty and authentic. I appreciated how it filled up my tummy but didn’t make me feel stuffed. The Truffle Goat Cheese Tart (on the multi-cuisine menu) was superb. The pasta was light and exquisitely flavoured. If you’re looking for a relaxing, charming and tasteful meal then DEL fits the bill.

Roseate House, Asset 10, Hospitality District, Aerocity, New Delhi 110037

Reservations: 011 7155 8825

Price for two: 2500 plus taxes (without alcohol)


Artusi Ristorante

I fell in love with the food the first time I ate at Artusi, a fine dining Italian restaurant in Gurgaon that serves authentic Italian food from a specific region: Emilia-Romagna (Bologna). The owner of Artusi, Oscar Balcon, is proud of his creation and the awards it has so deservedly won, chalking it all up to the high-quality ingredients and in-house handmade pasta that transports you to the warmth and comfort of your home. The taste of each dish is perfection with balanced flavours and the goodness of quality imported and local products. In these challenging times it’s the perfect ambience of classy and relaxing.

Plaza Level, Two Horizon Center, Golf Course Road,, Gurugram, Haryana 122002

Reservations: +91 99589 94888

Price for two: Approx. INR 3000 (without alcohol)


K3 at JW Marriott

Known for its brilliant brunches, K3 serves up a varied mix of marvelous delicacies from India, Asia and the Mediterranean. Three lovely chefs including Chef Sandeep Pande came out to greet me and served up some tasty treats in grand fashion. The place is usually buzzing with activity. Families, couples, solo travelers, businessmen all seem to enjoy the jubilant atmosphere of the live kitchens, music and great food at the award-winning restaurant. The food is lovingly prepared and made to suit your taste buds at the live counters by chefs who I saw mingling amiably with the guests.

The JW Marriott, Aerocity, Asset Area 4, Hospitality District, Near IGI Airport, Aerocity, New Delhi 110037

Reservations: 011 45212120

Price for two: Approx. INR 3500 (without alcohol)

Executive Chef Sandeep Pande at K3


MEGU at The Leela Palace

Such a majestic and delightfully decorated hotel deserves the best-looking restaurants. MEGU is one such fine-dining experience with its crystal Buddha perched atop a pool of water and sitting beneath a monolithic Japanese Bonsho bell suspended from the ceiling. Legend has it that if you pour water with the bamboo cups over a part of the Buddha that represents a part of your body that is ill, you will receive a blessing and your ailment will be cured. Steeped in such spectacular stories, this Japanese restaurant serves up Crispy Asparagus and Salmon Tartare with flair. The ambience is tranquil and traditional, transporting you to a transcendent space.

The Leela Palace, Diplomatic Enclave,  Chanakyapuri, New Delhi- 110 023

Reservations: 011 3933 1234

Price for two: Approx. INR 6,000 – 10,000 (without alcohol)



What a zen experience it was to dine at Kampai. Japanese specialties like Ramen, Sushi, Tempura, Udon, Tepenyaki and Yakitori await you in a serene eating space that has some private rooms and curtained areas for you to relax in. I found the place very calming. I had the Three Mushroom and Cheese Gyoza and Rainbow Roll (crabsticks with cucumber, salmon, tuna, shrimp and avocado) and Chicken Bao to start off with and they were all scrumptious. But the crowning glory was my Miso Ramen bowl. Never before have I felt such comfort tucking in to this delicious concoction of noodles and broth filled with all sorts of healthy and heart-warming treats. The service was attentive and quick, the perfect place to unwind and just chill.

Worldmark 1, G-02, Aerocity, Delhi 110037

Reservations: +91 9319274014

Table for two: Approx. INR 3000 (without alcohol)


Plum By Bent Chair

Ah what an oasis of greenery and lavish environs Plum by Bent Chair is. Plants hanging from the ceilings and a variety of fancy plates and furniture – not all the same – adorn the innards of this Pan-Asian cuisine restaurant. And did you know… you can buy most of what you see there from the crockery to the cutlery and chairs as well. That’s because of the unique tie-up with Bent Chair. The food is a spicy mix of Asian influences curated by Chef Sagar Bajaj. A lovely boutique restaurant that’s always a pleasure to dine at.

The Walk, Worldmark 2, Aerocity, New Delhi, Delhi 110037

Reservations: 07303156444

Price for two: Approx. INR 2200 (without alcohol)


Farzi Café

Zorawar Kalra’s internationally popular Farzi Café is a pioneer in molecular gastronomy in India, serving up fusion dishes with a magical and dramatic flair and a story behind every dish’s preparation. That’s what made it a talking and a tasting point for lots of hungry eyes and bellies. I tried something different, the Rajasthani Kadhi with Onion Rings and Ghee Pulao, which was the perfect comfort food I needed that day. Don’t forget to try their spectacular molecular cocktails.

Worldmark 3, GF 01 & FF 01, Aerocity, De­lhi 110037

Reservations: +91 9667260222

Price for two: Approx. INR 2000 (without alcohol)


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