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A simmering summer Sunday afternoon and a family lunch outing in the works. After exploring, re-exploring our options, we decided to make that long-overdue pop in at Diggin Cafe at Santushi Complex in Chankyapuri. The place had been on our list for a long time, but kept getting pushed back because we like our weekend outings spirited and the place has a no-alcohol menu. Since this was a lunch outing, Diggin Cafe seemed like the perfect fit. And boy, it did live up to our expectations and how! The Ambience A spacious cafe with brick-walled interiors and large French windows, done up with potted plants, chinaware, books and quirky little decor pieces, all neatly arranged in large wooden racks, Diggin has an unmistakable old-school European feel to it. The seating, both indoors and outside, is casual, with a mix of minimalistic furniture. Despite the sun beating down in all its…

I’m a sucker for biryani. Monday blues? Biryani. Eating out? Biryani. Celebration mode on? Biryani. Don’t feel like ghar ka khaana? Biryani. This fragrant, rich preparation that has travelled from royal kitchens to our dining tables is my go-to choice of food, no matter what the occasion. My fixation with this dish often attracts disgruntled sighs and rolling of eyes from family and friends, especially the husband, who for reasons beyond my comprehension feels exactly the opposite way about it. But I manage to hold my own and eat biryani to my heart’s content, whenever I please (and that’s very often). Naturally then, I’ve eaten my fair share of biryanis. Since I’m also a stickler for how it should taste, more often than not, I come back disappointed. They either turn out to be too bland or the meat is overdone and chewy or the rice is either too stiff…

Capital Kitchen at Taj Diplomatic Enclave is an amazing place if there an important event. It is the little out of ordinary things that make special occasion truly special. So, when we headed to the Taj Diplomatic Enclave for a staycation to celebrate seven-year mark in our journey as man and wife, a dinner date had to be part of the otherwise non-existent itinerary. Our options were – fine dining restaurant Orient Express, Chinese restaurant Spicy Duck, North Indian restaurant Masala Art and the contemporary Capital Kitchen. The fine dining restaurant was eliminated for obvious reasons (ahem, too expensive!). I’m a sworn fan of Chinese cuisine and seafood, the man not so much, with a special aversion to seafood. The order of preferences is reversed when it comes to North Indian cuisine, while the man loves his butter chicken and paranthas, the sameness of the food we have grown up eating just…

If you are regular at Cyber Hub, Gurgaon, you are sure to have noticed a charming little cafe on the first floor of the premises that beckons even in midst of all the humdrum. I was surely left enamoured by the place at the first glance, and so, we decided to explore this quirky little Bistro on Christmas Eve. The Decor The most striking part about this place is hands-down its decor. The place has a nice laid back vibe to it, and the addition of chinaware chandeliers, white and brown theme and heavy use of wood in interiors make it look like a piece straight out of a fairy tale. The eclectic mix of tiles and perfect yellow lighting add to the overall appeal, lending the ambience a warm and fuzzy vibe. Since it was Christmas Eve, the place was all dolled up and you could easily mistake it…