How you see Machan depends on how old you are. If you are above 30 you probably remember its original avatar, which was a much-loved Delhi institution. For over a decade, Machan has been the only hotel restaurant in Delhi to be run like a standalone by Chef-Manager Tapas Bhattacharya who knows every regular by name. Younger guests and out-of-towners may be less nostalgic and judge it on its own terms: as a smart hotel coffee shop with no pretensions about its purpose. There is a popular lunch buffet but the restaurant really comes into its own on Sundays when it hosts a lavish oysters and caviar brunch.