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The Crystals are here again. Get set for Delhi’s most exciting food awards...

india Updated: Sep 11, 2010 13:20 IST
Hindustan Times

Delhi foodies, brace yourselves! It’s going to be six weeks of eating out, drinking out and deciding the best restaurants and bars in the city. The HT City Crystals People’s Choice Awards 2010 begin today, with 200 nominees pitted against each other in 20 cuisine categories and 27 places vying for Best Bar. The second annual Crystals will be on a much bigger scale than last year, when 111 eating out and night out places competed for the top prizes.

Last year, over one lakh readers voted for their favourite restaurants and bars in 15 categories and the winners were declared at an exciting awards night. Winners included: The Love Hotel at ai (best Night Out Destination), It’s Greek To Me (Best Continental) and The Big Chill (Best Italian)

Like last year, you will decide who should walk away with the prizes. You can drop your vote in a box at each of the nominated restaurants, SMS or vote online.

The nominees have been picked by HT City and will feature in our 2010 Eating Out and Night Out Guides as the city’s Top Tables. The guides will be launched later this month.

Here’s how it works. Each week over the next five weeks, we will feature the nominees, along with our reviews and ratings. You can tell us your favourite in each category through three simple ways — by SMS, by logging on to our website, or by filling out a form and depositing it in a box at the nominated restaurants. Please note that voting will stop at midnight on October 10. It will all culminate in a sparkling awards ceremony in mid-October.

Delhi’s most exciting culinary awards are back, and this time it will be grander than before. Yes, it’s time for the HT City Crystals People’s Choice Awards 2010, the only awards in town where you, the reader, take on the role of food critic. 200 restaurants and 27 bars nominated by HT City will vie for the crown of Best Restaurant in 21 cuisine categories and for the ultimate accolade — being chosen by Delhizens as their favourite food and drink destinations.

The categories this year include Best North Indian (including Mughlai and North-west Frontier cuisine), Best South Indian, Best Pan Indian and Best Pan Asian. To reflect Delhi’s increasingly vibrant culinary and night out scene, we have added several new categories this year. So, for instance, last year’s ‘Best Continental’ category has been divided into Best European (French, Spanish, Portuguese), Best Mediterranean (Greek, Lebanese, Moroccan) and Best Central and South American. There is a new category for the top bistros, diners and delicatessens. The nominees have been picked out by the HT City team, headed by our food critic Jimmy Chew. The 200 nominees for Best Restaurant in the various categories and 27 nominees for Best Bar have been declared Top Tables in the 2010 Eating Out and Night Out Guides, that will hit bookshops later this month.

For the Crystal Awards, we ask you to choose the best of the best among them.

Here’s how it works. Each week over the next five weeks, we will carry a complete list of the 200 Top Table nominees and 27 Top Bars, along with their respective voting codes for your SMS votes. Each week, we will feature a few of the categories, along with our review for each nominee.

The categories features in a particular week will be highlighted in the panel of 200 nominees which you will find in the special Crystals pages.

You can vote for your favourite in three simple ways — by SMS, by logging on to our website, or by filling out a form and depositing it in a box at the nominated restaurant. See this page for details. Please note that voting will stop at midnight on October 10.

It will all culminate in a sparkling awards ceremony in mid-October. The countdown has begun…

Crystals awards 2010 nominees

North Indian
Moti Mahal, Daryaganj A1
Moti Mahal Delux, South Extension A2
Bukhara A3
Punjabi by Nature, Vasant Vihar A4
Baluchi A5
Dum Pukht A6
Masala Art A7
Pindi A8
Gulati Restaurant A9
Punjab Grill, Saket A10
The Great Kabab Factory, Radisson Delhi A11
Dhaba, The Claridges, Delhi A12
Karim’s Hotel, Jama Masjid A13
Park Balluchi, Hauz Khas Village A14
Pind Balluchi, South Extension A15
Pirates of Grill A16
Orange Hara, Rajouri Garden A17
Sagar Ratna, Defence Colony B1
Saravana Bhavan, Connaught Place B2
Andhra Pradesh Bhavan Canteen B3
Dakshin B4
Gunpowder- The Peninsular Kitchen B5
Naivedyam, Hauz Khas Village B6
Kaustubh B7
Zambar B8

Sattvik S1
Dwarka S2
Veg Gulati S3
Shudh S4
Tatva S5
Swagath, Janpath Hotel C1
Purana Villa C2

Pan Indian
Indian Accent D1
Varq D2
Fire D3
Monsoon D4
Kainoosh D5
Made In India D6
Saffron D7
Daniell’s Tavern D8

Oh! Calcutta E1
Chor Bizarre, Daryaganj E2
Rajdhani, Connaught Place E3
Zaffran, The Bristol E4
Gujarat Samaj Santushti E5
Suruchi, Karol Bagh E6
Bijoli Grill, Dilli Haat E7
The Oudh E8
Poppadom E9
Jakoi E10
Bernardo’s E11

Sakura, Gurgaon F1
Sakura, The Metropolitan F2
ai F3
Wasabi F4
TKs Oriental Grill F5
Izakaya F6
Tamura F7
Konomi F8

Southeast Asian
Blue Ginger G1
Chilli Seasonss G2
Spice G3
Kumgang Gonie G4
Gung The Palace G5
Ego Thai G6
Thai High G7
Restaurant de Seoul G8
K2 G9

Pan Asian
Taman Gang H1
The Yum Yum Tree H2
19, Oriental Avenue H3
Kylin H4
Mamagoto H5
The Spice Route H6
Pan Asian H7
R.E.D. H8
Side Wok, Khan Market H9
Chi Kitchen & Bar, Saket H10
Ano Tai H11
Oriental Octopus, Noida H12
Asia 7, Clarion Collection H13
Red Zen H14

The China Kitchen I1
The Chinese I2
My Humble House I3
China Garden, The Ashok I4
China Garden, GK II I5
Jade I6
The Monk I7
Mainland China, Gurgaon I8
New World Mainland China, Saket I9
Taipan I10
Hao Shi Nian Nian, Gurgaon I11
China Club I12
House of Ming I13
Bonsai I14

Spaghetti Kitchen J1
Diva J2
Zanotta J3
Cibo J4
Baci J5
San Gimignano J6
La Piazza J7
Italia J8
Sartoria J9
Tonino Ristorante Italiano J10
Azzurro, Gurgaon J11
Travertino J12
56 Ristorante Italiano J13
FIO Country Kitchen & Bar J14

Olive Kitchen & Bar L1
West View - The Grill L2
Smoke House Grill L3
Sevilla L4
Lodhi L5
The Tapas Lounge L6
The Orient Express L7
Lodi — The Garden Restaurant L8
Casa Portuguesa L9
1911 L10

Central and South American
Sancho’s, South Extension M1
Ruby Tuesday, Connaught Place M2
Wild Fire M3
Rodeo, Connaught Place M4

Café (stand-alone)
The Big Chill, Middle Lane Khan Market N1
Market Café N2
Café Oz N3
Hard Rock Café N4
Mocha, DLF Place, Vasant Kunj N5
News Café N6
Amici N7
The Living Room Kitchen & Bar N8
Passion - My Cup of Tea, Vasant Vihar N9
Cha Bar, Connaught Place N10
Triveni Tea Terrace N11
Café Turtle, Khan Market N12
Café $tyle N13
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf N14
Urban Café N15
The Kitchen, Khan Market N16
Chalchitra N17
Latitude Khan Market N18
Costa Coffee, CP N19

All day dining/coffee shop (five star)
Eggspectation, Jaypee Vasant Continental O1
The One O2
Threesixty Degrees O3
1911 O4
The Pavilion O5
Mist O6
Aman Restaurant O7
Cilantro O8
Café, Hyatt O9
Spectra O10
Kafe Fontana O11
Oasis O12
Machan O13
Emperor’s Lounge O14
Café Uno O15
Baywatch O16

Choko La, Khan Market P1
Wenger’s P2
Angels in My Kitchen, Defence Colony P3
La Baguette P4
Open Oven, Greater Kailash P5
Ye Old Bakery P6
Sidewalk P7
The Old Baker, Jaypee Vasant Continental P8
The Chocolate Box, Radisson MBD P9
Gourmet Shop, ITC Maurya P10

Frozen Desserts
Gelato Vinto Q1
Baskin 31 Robbins Q2
Cocoberry Q3
Giani di Hatti Q4
Nirula’s Q5
Siyaram Nannumal Kulfiwale Q6
Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale Q7
KB Kulfi and Ice Cream Q8
Gourmet Ices Q9
Giani’s Q10
Haagen-Dazs Q11

Smoke House Deli R1
All American Diner R2
Basil and Thyme R3
The International Diner R4
Oberoi Patisserie & Delicatessen R5

Setz Restaurant & Bar T1
Q’BA, Connaught Place T2
Ignis T3
LAP Garden T4
Magique T5
Blanco T6
Sequel T7
The Odyssey T8
Drift T9

Olive Beach K1
Mashrabiya K2
It's Greek To Me K3
The Med K4
Maamouchee Kitchen & Bar K5
Shalom, Greater Kailash K6
best bars
The Blue Bar U1
F Bar & Lounge U3
Hard Rock Café U4
Flluid U5
Agni U6
Aqua U7
Shalom, Greater Kailash U8
The Tapas Lounge, Aman New Delhi Hotel U9
Rockman’s Beer Island U10
Howzatt U11
Café Morrison U12
Rick’s U13
Aura- the Vodka Bar U14
Capitol U15
Q'BA, Connaught Place U16
Rubicon Bar U17
Smoke House Grill U18
Izakaya Bar U19
Keya U20
Poison Ivy U21
Quantum U22
The Love Hotel U23
Polo Lounge U24
The Sports Bar U25
Insomnia U26
Vapour U27

Drop in
Drop boxes have been placed at each of the nominated restaurants. Simply head to any of them, fill out a form there and drop it into the box

To vote for your favourite restaurant, simply type - Vote <SPACE> <Restaurant code>, and send to 54242. For example, Vote A1

Simply log on to our website - and click on the name of your favourite place to vote

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First Published: Sep 10, 2010 17:34 IST