The Capital’s food buffs helped themselves to a big serving of glitz and glamour as the third edition of annual reader-voted HT CITY Crystals 2011 People’s Choice Awards culminated in a glittering ceremony at ITC Maurya on Sunday night.
Our readers voted in lakhs, and based on their judgment, the awards honoured Delhi’s 10 most loved eateries and the best nightout destination, from 120 nominees."What makes the Crystals different is that it’s the people’s choice, and therefore the most democratic verdict. It’s very encouraging to win the award," said Akassh Kalra, owner, United Coffee House, voted the Best Café (stand alone).
Atul Kapoor, whose restaurant Q’BA won the Best Multicuisine award, said, “It means a lot to me because it’s the people’s choice. It’s a great feeling to be appreciated by our guests.” La Pizza chef Alessandro Sandrolini of Hyatt Regency, whose restaurant clinched the Best Italian award, said, “Our team is honoured by the verdict. Thank you Delhi by choosing us as your favourite Italian restaurant. The food Oscars will always be a great motivator for us.” Vaibhav Singh, general manager, Setz, which walked away with Vir Sanghvi’s Multi-Cuisine Restaurant of the Year award, said, “It’s a great honour to receive the award. I guess it’s our consistent standards that made it possible.”
While stand-up comedian-emcee Papa CJ kept the audience in splits, it was international percussion group Urban Drum Crew that stole the show with an interactive act that had everyone tapping their feet. For art lovers, there was painter Vilas Naik, who drew an on-the-spot portrait of the legendary Indian villain, Gabbar. Those seen enjoying the event included the who’s who of Delhi’s social circle.