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PUNE Zam­bar

The dhow boats with tables nes­tled co­zily inside urge you to em­bark on a culi­nary jour­ney of South In­dia at Zam­bar, which serves a smat­ter­ing of tra­di­tional dishes of the four south­ern states. A take on the fa­mous south In­dian dish, samb­har, this res­tau­rant set up by the Delhi based Lite Bite Foods chain, brings you the best of Chet­ti­nad and Mal­abar cuisines with an influence of the kitchens of Andhra Pradesh. The chef dishes out tra­di­tional del­i­ca­cies like puttu and idi­ap­pam which are dif­fi­cult to come by at other restau­rants. The Mal­abar veg­e­tar­ian stew here is the per­fect com­fort food. The high­light of Zam­bar is that the cui­sine from the four states are dis­tinct and stand out from each other. To main­tain au­then­tic­ity, the spices are ground fresh, ev­ery morn­ing, on stone slabs. Even the cook­ware comes from the var­i­ous re­gions that the res­tau­rant rep­re­sents to en­sure a home- style touch. The sig­na­ture drink here is the rasam shot— the spicy curry- drink is served as an ap­pe­tiser in shot glasses to kick start the meal. The food is de­li­cious and the in­te­ri­ors are taste­fully done with a small boat- shaped sofa in the cen­tre. Av­er­age meal for two Rs 1,200 plus taxes At East Block, Amanora Town Cen­tre, Hadap­sar- Kharadi By­pass Tel 020 67267831

DELHI

Rara Avis

Tucked away in a crowded mar­ket, in a cosy nook lies a quaint lit­tle French bistro that takes its food rather se­ri­ously. Sim­ple, com­fort­able in­te­ri­ors, a charm­ing ter­race which is per­fect for breezy evenings and an open kitchen im­me­di­ately draw your at­ten­tion to the food. The menu at Rara Avis is ex­otic, filled with the men­tion of es­car­gots, duck, morels, cham­pagne sauce, crepes and baguettes— all French as French can be.

Start your meal with the es­car­gots ( snails) in le­mon but­ter gar­lic sauce— once you get over the ini­tial ap­pre­hen­sion of eat­ing snails, you’ll be­gin to ap­pre­ci­ate the faint metal­lic taste of the snail, off­set per­fectly by the acid­ity of the sauce and bal­ance of the baguette. For main course, we in­sist you skip the Duck with Orange Sauce, and or­der the Filet de Beouf in­stead. Not only is this one of the few restau­rants in Delhi that uses real beef steak ( not buf­falo); they also know how to cook it to pink per­fec­tion. Av­er­age meal for two Rs 2,000 with­out al­co­hol At M- 27, 2nd Floor, M Block Mar­ket, Greater Kailash Part 2 Tel 011 41085544

Mai Tai

Mai Tai, the lat­est ad­di­tion to the in­ter­na­tional res­tau­rant chain, Trader Vic’s, of­fers sump­tu­ous drinks along­side lip smack­ing Poly­ne­sian food. Try the ‘ Scor­pion Bowl’— a fes­tive blend of rum, fruit juices and brandy with a hint of al­mond that serves up to four peo­ple or the ‘ Trader Vic's Rum Cup’— a com­bi­na­tion of some fine rum, orange, le­mon, lime and liquors. Malaysian Chicken Skew­ers, Maui Fish and Chips or Jalapeno Cheese­balls are rec­om­mended bites here. Av­er­age meal for two Bri­gade Orion Mall At Bri­gade Orion Mall Tel 080 22682038

Mon­key Bar

The new­est ad­di­tion to Ban­ga­lore’s pub scene, Mon­key Bar is a no- frills joint, serv­ing tasty food and quick drinks in a laid back en­vi­ron­ment. The menu is a mish­mash of var­i­ous dishes, and you’ll find galouti ke­bab shar­ing space with peri peri prawns and nim­boo pani listed along­side mar­gar­i­tas! The burg­ers de­serve a spe­cial men­tion though, since the pat­ties are finely minced, and then grilled over a wood fire to op­ti­mise flavour and juici­ness. The mu­sic is loud and all— en­com­pass­ing, and the base­ment is set up with foos­ball and snooker tables, ideal to catch a quick game. Av­er­age meal for two 1,500 in­clud­ing taxes At 14/ 1, Wood Street, Rich­mond Road Tel 080 41116878; mobar. in

Body­craft

Body­craft’s fran­chise out­let now has an ex­clu­sive skin and hair clinic as well as cos­metic surgery fa­cil­i­ties which have been set up in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ci­ty­based der­ma­tol­o­gist, Dr Shetty. Ser­vices of­fered here will in­clude bo­tox, mi­cro­der­mabra­sion and chem­i­cal peels among oth­ers. Where Sec­ond Floor, An­nex­ure Build­ing, 10/ 1 Mariyappa Road, Jayana­gar First Block Tel 080 40933371

MAN­DAR DEOD­HAR/ www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com

VIKRAM SHARMA/ www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com

BAN­GA­LORE

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