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6 Indian Restaurants Make it to Asia’s 50 Best List

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Dignitaries in F&B were busy celebrating Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in Singapore’s Capella Hotel yesterday; we’re of course keener to toast to the six Indian fine dining avenues that made it to the list.

Sponsored by S Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, here’s some food for thought on where you should be making reservations for your next meal

PS: Responsible for 5 out of 6 on the list, ITC and Taj properties can take a bow

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Bukhara, ITC Maurya, New Delhi

Leading the Indian culinary brigade at No 27, this positioning makes Bukhara The S Pellegrino Best Restaurant in India.

While we’re sure you’ve dined here at least once already, the famed Dal Bukhaara and marinated succulent meat cuts never fail to impress now do they?

Sealed off by a contemporary twist on tradition, the décor is bustling with wooden stools, copper pots and urns, and earthenware crockery. Instalove!

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Indian Accent, The Manor, New Delhi

Keen to push traditional Indian culinary delights into the 21st century, their experimental menu serves up foie gras stuffed galawat, chilean spare ribs, warm doda burfi treacle tart… well you get the picture.

If you haven’t crossed this one off your list yet, the tasting menu (11 dishes) paired with five half glasses is a great way to get introduced to the ingenious palette of the restaurant that stands 29th on the Asia’s Best List.

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Dum Pukht, ITC Maurya, New Delhi

Well as far as North Indian delights go, ITC Maurya seems to have it in the bag. At No 30 is yet another dining avenue in the premises which revels in the regal heritage of the Nawabs that once ruled the place.

The cuisine finds its uprising in the deep-bottomed handis that are used to slow-cook Indian delicacies in herbs and spices for a flavourful punch.

The Dum Pukht Biryani of course is your go-to dish in this royal setting which boasts of crystal chandeliers and pristine white marble complete with gold leaf embellishments.

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Varq, The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi

At No 32, Varq is best described as an experience served up by chef Oberoi. On one hand there’s Indian food, and on the other there’s fine dining with a twist, served up at Varq between bespoke furnishings that overlook manicured gardens.

Think desserts paired with tea, your favourties made using organic produce, your local cuts replaced by global meats, and classic sweet dishes stirred up with contemporary flavours—paints a great picture doesn’t it?

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Wasabi by Morimoto, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

And if ITC is ruling the roost with all things North Indian, Taj is serving up yet another unconventional twist with their Japanese restaurant Wasabi—this time in Mumbai.

Even if you aren’t inclined to sample the cuisine, legendary chef Masaharu Morimoto will certainly change your mind.

Whether it’s his take on the age-old tempura and sushi, or the extensive list of Japanese sakes at the bar, the Iron Man is the reason why the restaurant is sitting at No 36.

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Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel, Bangalore

Finishing up the Indian list is Karavalli at No 49, which for more than a decade has been serving up the finest in South West coastal cuisine.

Food here is an outcome of extensive research and recipes passed down generations, making all the culinary delights highly authentic with a mild novel twist for the element of surprise.

Housed under the Taj brand of The Gateway Hotels, this is the ideal place for all things local—curries, grills, wood fired dishes and all.

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