completely out of the blue, i have been thinking of good restaurants. i'd like some suggestions from people. i am a non-meat-eater, but i eat fish, so i am personally partial to fish places, especially those with spicy food.
has any of you been to the spice route at the imperial hotel in delhi? i was there perhaps 3 years ago, and the menu was a stunning mix of kerala, thai and indonesian dishes. so was the decor: kerala-style murals, thai woodwork, and balinese objets d'art.
the food was pretty impressive and the overall effect, even if it was a little dimly lit, quite good.
although i havent been there in some years, i used to find the karavalli at the taj gateway in bangalore to be really excellent for coastal (mangalorean mostly with some kerala) food.
some of the regional cuisines are getting more airplay these days in india, compared to the two kinds of indian restaurants that we find in the us:
a. north indian: punjabi mostly
b. south indian: udipi-style
andhra, chettinad, kerala restaurants are the ones that i have seen becoming more and more popular in the south. i have also seen a proliferation of gujarati restaurants. i wonder how things are in the north.
also, there has been a general explosion in hotel-building all over the country, i guess. especially after arun shourie sold off all those white elephant ashoka hotels. they are doing much better these days. the one at kovalam, trivandrum, is now a leela after having been a le meridien for a while. much improved service: not so many surly waiters.