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Rude Drink by Vir Sanghvi: A stirring in our spirits

India drinks more whisky than any other country. But most of it has been flavoured neutral alcohol. The real stuff, made from grain, is now brewed locally, and has fans the world over. Pour a large one and cheer

Scotch is usually made from barley. And McDowells’ new single-malt is a step up from the usual flavoured spirit.
Published on Apr 18, 2024 10:51 PM IST

The Taste by Vir Sanghvi: Should hotels run restaurants?

One reason why Indian hoteliers think they have to run four or five restaurants at every property is because they have been brought up on this model.

The Taste by Vir Sanghvi: Should hotels run restaurants?(Freepik)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 09:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Luxe, delicious, bold and Indian

Indian food is hitting new highs in New York, Bangkok, London and beyond. The food is top-class but diverse. The chefs humble yet brave. It’s a moment to savour

The new Gaggan at Louis Vuitton is an elegant restaurant of 40 covers, run by Gaggan Anand. (Louis Vuitton)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 07:39 PM IST

The Taste by Vir Sanghvi: Indian chefs need to have discerning palates

Does this matter? Should we want to serve the best carrots? Or should we just accept that our food is about spice and not the quality of ingredients?

Why French chefs are a lot better at tasting than our Indian chefs(Freepik)
Published on Apr 09, 2024 09:57 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Hallyu Korea. What’s cooking?

Korean cuisine is replacing Japanese at restaurants around the world. Cool locals, however, are enjoying global flavours, with a traditional twist

Seoul’s Gucci Osteria serves food with traditional Korean twists.
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 04:59 PM IST

Taste By Vir: Are Indian restaurants taken more seriously globally than before

Nobody disputes that Indian food is now taken more seriously globally. But what about Indian restaurants? That’s a tough one but my instinct is to say ‘yes’.

The Taste With Vir Sanghvi: Are Indian restaurants taken more seriously globally than ever before? (Pixabay (Representative Image) )
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 03:09 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Bukhara’s hands-on success

Bukhara, possibly the most famous Indian restaurant in the world, is 45 years old. No rice or cutlery, huge kababs and legendary dal. How do they pull it off?

The signature Dal Bukhara is the most copied restaurant-style dal in the world. (ITC Maurya)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 04:00 PM IST

The Taste by Vir Sanghvi: Birkin bag, the most coveted bag in the world

The article narrates the tale of the Birkin bag, a symbol of understated elegance and timeless luxury.

The Birkin bag - it is a phenomenon like no other in the world of luxury.(Unsplash)
Updated on Mar 26, 2024 01:09 PM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Source from farm and wide

India’s super-rich vegetarians want more than paneer. So, high-end chefs now offer exotic mushrooms, creamy cheeses, hard-to-find veggies and more

Mushrooms are finding a new audience with younger vegetarians. (Adobe Stock)
Updated on Mar 22, 2024 04:07 PM IST

The Taste by Vir Sanghvi: The story of Rathikant Basu

The article traces the story of Rathikant Basu, one of the most under-appreciated pioneers of the Indian television industry.

The Taste by Vir Sanghvi: The story of Rathikant Basu and the Indian television industry(Unsplash)
Published on Mar 19, 2024 10:18 AM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The good ’wich of the East

The hero of modern Japanese cuisine is not sushi, ramen or tempura. It may be the convenience-store sandwich: Cheap, mass produced, high quality and delicious

How do the Japanese turn a mass-produced sandwich, with white bread and inexpensive ingredients, into a gourmet experience? (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 15, 2024 04:27 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: Delhi restaurant misuses the Michelin logo and its ratings

I have written many times about Michelin stars and how they are misused in India that it annoys me to repeat some of the points I have made so often before.

Apparently the menu had been created by ‘Michelin starred chefs’ and the food included ‘Michelin star dishes.” Obviously, whoever runs this place is a little obsessed with Michelin.
Updated on Mar 12, 2024 03:49 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The real problem with processed food

We know intuitively that packaged foods, from bread and pasta to sausage and sauces, can’t be a good thing. But is it actually bad for our health?

The problem with food made in large quantities is that it is pumped with chemicals so it stays fresh. (Adobe Stock)
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 03:40 PM IST

The Taste by Vir Sanghvi: Chefs deserve to be honoured and remembered

There were chefs in India but mostly, there were cooks. Very few standalone restaurants had proper chefs till the 1980s.

The Taste by Vir Sanghvi: Chefs deserve to be honoured and remembered(Unsplash)
Published on Mar 05, 2024 11:47 AM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Know chalk from cheese

The crackdown on non-dairy cheese is all over the news. But McDonald’s is hardly the only brand passing off a substitute for the real thing. Posh hotels do it with cream, mozzarella on cheap pizza is rarely made with milk. Have you noticed?

The Maharashtra government’s regulators have acted against McDonald’s for allegedly using cheese-less substitutes. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 01, 2024 07:47 PM IST

The Taste by Vir Sanghvi: Key codes and secret doors; antithesis of restaurants

In the era of key codes and secret doors, the article explores the true definition of hospitality and the joy of eating in restaurants.

A restaurant is about joy, about fun, perhaps (in a certain kind of restaurant) about elegance and service. (Unsplash)
Published on Feb 27, 2024 06:24 PM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Memory serves Vikas Khanna well

On the menu of Vikas Khanna’s new NYC eatery, Bungalow, is the food from his travels. At its heart is something more precious: An elegy to his sister, Radhika

More than any other chef in India, Vikas Khanna has travelled the country, seeking out ingredients and techniques.
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 05:14 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: Remembering Chef Imtiaz Qureshi's impact on Awadhi cuisine

Explore the culinary journey of Chef Imtiaz Qureshi, a pioneer in Awadhi cuisine, whose innovative creations left an enduring impact on Indian gastronomy.

Chef Imtiaz left an indelible mark, especially through the iconic Dum Pukht biryani, shaping the landscape of North Indian cuisine.
Published on Feb 20, 2024 06:11 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Spread those wings and fry

Cultures around the world have perfected their own recipes for fried chicken. It’s high clucking time that India got its own version, and shared the love

Khao Man Gai comes from China; most people now know it as Singapore Chicken Rice. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 03:55 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: Why do people go to restaurants?

There is one kind of restaurant I rarely find in India. My needs are quite specific: it must be comfortably appointed and the food must be consistently good.

To get the ambience right at any restaurant, you need to hire the best people, train them well and closely watch their performance.(Pexels)
Published on Feb 13, 2024 01:19 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: A crunchy controversy

Papad and poppadom unite India and the UK, but the two are not the same. There’s a potato involved and a legal dispute too

Papad unites India. Gujaratis won’t eat rice without papad to eat with it. Sindhis are known for their papad. (Adobe Stock)
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 05:35 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: Mumbai vs Delhi culinary showdown in the battle of palates

In this week's The Taste, Vir Sanghvi talks about Delhi's gastronomic pride at stake as Mumbai's culinary scene takes the lead. Who wins in the epicurean clash?

The Taste With Vir: Mumbai vs Delhi culinary showdown in the battle of palates (Image by Twitter/SuhanaTaste)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 08:08 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Guided by the stars

Michelin has been quietly reinventing itself even as it holds on to its feted (and feared) rating system. Here’s everything a good foodie needs to know

Over the last two decades, Michelin has changed. It launched a Japan Guide to rid of its Western Europe-focused image. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 04:13 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: 48 hours in Paris; a trip filled with challenges and delight

From navigating Parisian hotel rates during Couture Week to indulging in luxury dining, the 48 hours in Paris unfolds with surprises and culinary delights.

Venturing into Paris for just 48 hours unveils a tapestry of experiences, from navigating travel hurdles to savouring culinary delights.(Pixabay)
Published on Jan 30, 2024 08:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Rude Health by Vir Sanghvi: Winning a losing battle

Hollywood’s favourite weight-loss drug is now easily available on prescription in many countries. It will flood the Indian market soon. Is it worth it?

Semaglutide was meant to be a drug for diabetics and is now a global weight-loss rage. (Adobe Stock)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 06:16 AM IST

The Taste by Vir Sanghvi: Who should we credit for the invented dishes?

This article traces the dishes and the individuals who invented them. Are dishes invented by individuals or do they evolve over time?

The Taste by Vir Sanghvi: Who should we credit for the invented dishes?(Pinterest)
Published on Jan 23, 2024 02:03 PM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The new Gujarat titans

Gujarati food gets an unfair rap for being too sweet. And India has too few great Gujarati chefs to right the balance. It’s time to mix diversity into our menus

Even the new ITC Narmada in Ahmedabad doesn’t have too many Gujarati chefs. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 19, 2024 04:24 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: The rise of Udaipur as India's top luxury destination

Udaipur's rise as a luxury destination is driven by the opening of new hotels and the popularity of destination weddings, making it a top choice for travellers.

From a tranquil escape in the 1960s to the epitome of luxury and destination weddings today, Udaipur has undergone a remarkable transformation. (Unsplash)
Published on Jan 16, 2024 10:55 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Customs and my traditions

For gourmands, almost everything is available in India. Almost. Some foods are still worth the trip and worth stuffing the suitcase to savour back home

Customs officers no longer waste time on passengers bringing in foreign foods and green vegetables. (ADOBESTOCK)
Updated on Jan 12, 2024 03:25 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: Tourism and India-Maldives row over anti-Modi posts

The relations between India and the Maldives are deep and long-standing. It would be a shame if inexperienced politicians damaged those ties.

Contrary to what we think now, India never became a big source for tourists to the Maldives. For a start, there weren’t even enough flights. And because hotel rates were so high, Indians preferred to holiday elsewhere. (Instagram/@discoversoneva [Representation Image])
Updated on Jan 09, 2024 02:19 PM IST
By, New Delhi
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