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04th March, 2015

Perfume: The edible scent. 12 June 2015

Perfume: The edible scent. 12 June 2015

“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath in our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it” – Patrick Suskind, PERFUME. From the apothecary to […]

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12th December, 2013

Burns Night 2014, Indian Style

Burns Night 2014, Indian Style

“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great Chieftan o’ the Puddin-race! Aboon them a’ ye tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye wordy of a grace As lang’s my arm” These legendary words of Robert Burns are all but familiar during the month of January when we celebrate Burns Night. Whether you’re […]

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29th October, 2013

Indian Accents – November’s SupperClub Delights

Indian Accents – November’s SupperClub Delights

What a month! There’s Diwali, there’s Guy Fawke’s (although this year the two have happened at the same time and the result will probably be London’s loudest night for years, not to mention brightest with two celebratory fireworks occasions happening simultaneously. Then mid-month I’m taking part in Rumble in the Deli, a culinary boxing match of sorts […]

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12th September, 2012

Bombay Brasserie

Bombay Brasserie

Being one of the old world restaurants, Bombay Brasserie is a behemoth of a dining room, fitting in no less than 300 covers. The dining room in spite of its recent refurbishment to give it the visage of a grand Parisian restaurant stands out like a sore thumb as soon as one picks up the […]

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09th July, 2012

Vij’s, Vancouver

Vij’s, Vancouver

Whilst there was no shortage of great food on my travels through the Americas, the one bit of eating that is dire across South and North America is Indian. There seems to be a disastrous lack of quality Indian restaurants for the discerning diner. By quality, I naturally mean restaurants of a calibre we have […]

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17th March, 2012

Trishna: Marylebone, London

Trishna: Marylebone, London

Having walked by Trishna many times in Marylebone (most notably for dinner at Roganic) and having missed going to its original form in Mumbai, and then nearly going, but not, I finally made it one afternoon. Being one of the quieter Indian restaurants ticking away in London, its Mumbai counterpart is anything but short of […]

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09th March, 2012

Amaya, London

Amaya, London

Curry fact of the day…It was the Portuguese that brought chillies to India! On a slightly different matter, far from the shores of Goa and Lisbon, lies an upmarket, Michelin star Indian restaurant by the name of Amaya, sister of Chutney-Mary, just off a quiet street in Knightsbridge. Now, my quest for quality desi grub in […]

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05th January, 2012

Peshawri, ITC Grand Maratha, Mumbai

Peshawri, ITC Grand Maratha, Mumbai

As far as restaurants in India serving the cuisine of the Northwest Frontier (geographically, modern day Pakistan, Afghanistan and North India), there has, historically, been just one name – Bukhara. A restaurant of legendary proportions, having served presidents and noblemen alike. However, for seasoned gastronomes, the word is that Bukhara is now stale, having served […]

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04th January, 2012

Neel, Mumbai

Neel, Mumbai

The brief was simple. The need and urge for good Indian food was strong. The friend was  advised in advance, the ball in their court. The choice of court was blue. Blue as in Neel (or Indigo to be exact). Neel as in Mumbai. A restaurant on the racecourse. There seemed to be another. I […]

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15th December, 2011

Andhra Bhavan, New Delhi

Andhra Bhavan, New Delhi

Having spent a few years in the Indian capital, but mostly as a student, I faintly remembered a few of my favourite haunts that, many years ago made for some great eating. Whilst many of them I would probably not go back to, the memory of one came back as a strong urge to revisit. […]

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