India’s Best Restaurants

Agashiye, Ahmedabad
‘Agashiye’ in Gujarati means on the terrace. Agashiye is a stunning Gujarati Thali restaurant and spreads over two huge terraces interconnected by a smaller one that houses a wooden cottage. It celebrates gujarati food, the most varied vegetarian cuisine in India.
Agashiye is ranked as one of the top restaurants in Ahmedabad by Zomato, India’s leading restaurant search and discovery service and as one of the ‘ten best restaurants in India’ by both Trip Advisor and NDTV.
The menu changes daily at Agashiye. The food is served in a Kansa (an alloy) thali and the meal starts with a choice of Indian breads and ends with rice. Service is unlimited and the friendly and discreet staff is sure to win your heart. Recently, Agashiye has introduced buffet lunch and dinner with Agashiye Express Thali.

Amber, Kolkata
Amber, Kolkata Old is gold they say. Amber Restaurant is one of the best restaurants from 1990s and it still maintains the charm of an elite 90s restaurant through its decor. If you are at this place then you will have nothing to complain about food or service. It offers its customers some quality time with family in an old world charm.
This diner is an old Kolkata favorite and enjoys a loyal clientele. It has an extensive menu and the focus is on tandoori dishes.

Annalakshmi Restaurant, Chennai
“Annalakshmi” – Named after the “Goddess of Food”, is a Chennai-based restaurant serving Vegetarian cuisine with LOVE! Hotel Annalakshmi has been set-up by a service-oriented organization called “The Temple of Fine Arts”. The restaurant is done up with ornate carvings and paintings giving you the feel of an Indian heritage walk. To sum it up in one word, it is traditional to the core.The ambience will definitely bowl you over. The setting is straight out of a rock cut temple, it is a perfect place for families with kids and of course for the professional people who would like to give their foreign colleagues a true taste of India.

Antares, Goa
Chef Sarah Todd at Antares Goa has created a 250 seat Australian themed restaurant to experience casual dining. The cuisine is quite simple which includes fresh ingredients, exotic flavors, and classic cooking techniques with an injection of flavour on a charcoal grill.
Sarah has collaborated with India’s most ethical and sustainable growers to source ingredients that result in delicious organic and pesticide free produce. The menu is healthy and flavorful, drawing inspiration from the Australian cuisine with a hint of Asian influence. Sarah has a vision to deliver contemporary, inspiring and seasonal cuisine that’s accessible and affordable.

Aaheli, Kolkata
Bengalis are known for their love for good food, especially non-vegiterian dishes. When it comes to authentic Bengali cuisine, there’s no place better than Aaheli, which serves dishes from all over Bengal. It has become extremely popular not only with the locals but also among international visitors, who flock to the place for the delicious food and the traditional Bengali ambience. The ambience and the decor is remarkable. All women are clad in their traditional white red border saris and men here wear Kurta and dhoti. Food is served on Kansa plate, a bronze alloy.

Akira Back JW Marriott, Aerocity, Delhi
‘Akira Back’ is the first Indian restaurant by Korean-American celebrity Chef, Akira Back at JW Marriott, Aerocity Delhi. When Akira Back, a Michelin Star fame chef for his restaurant the ‘Yellowtail’ at the Bellagio in Vegas, decided to set foot in Delhi’s gastronomic space, it had to create a stir. Abuzz with the city’s page three personalities, this restaurant has surely made its presence strongly felt. An absolutely luxurious, classy, true fine dining experience, it’s actually a leap into a world class contemporary gastronomic experience. Set within the modern, gigantic, exquisite four wall of the newly built JW Marriott in Aerocity, the Akira Back manages to make one feel intimate and warm despite all the high show.

Arsalan, Kolkata
To get the real taste of authentic mughlai cuisine, one has to visit Arsalan at the heart of the city of joy. ARSALAN incorporated on October 2002, has been serving the food loving people of Kolkata with a variety of mughlai dishes starting from a range of tandoors, kababs, biryanis, rotis to choose from.
Recently, they have come up with a branch in Mumbai at Khar, where one can expect the actual taste of mughlai fare with ecstatic aromas and flavors. Arsalan’s Biryanis is a must try dish to satisfy your taste buds. It lives upto the reputation of being one of the most popular restaurants serving Kolkata style biryanis.

6 Ballygunge Place, Kolkata
The city did not boast of a single standalone eatery way back in 2003 specializing in Bengali cuisine which is much more varied than many other Indian cuisines. After a thorough research into cook books spanning different eras, including Thakurbarir khabar, the owners came up with their hallmark restaurant, 6 Ballygunge Place, at a bungalow of a former Rai Bahadur, at Ballygunge Place.
Over the years, it’s become a brand Calcuttans reckon with and is a must-visit restaurant in the city. Among the glitterati who have patronized 6 Ballygunge Place are luminaries like Rishi Kapoor, Asha Bhonsle, Sourav Ganguly, Nasiruddin Shah, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu, Twinkle Khanna, Shaan and many others.

Artusi Ristorant E Bar, M Block, GK II, Delhi
There are no twists, no fusion, and no short-cuts at ARTUSI, a fine dining restaurant located in south Delhi. Instead their single-minded objective is to serve the very best Italian food. The cuisine is specific from the Emilia- Romagna region in northeastern Italy. The owners and the chefs hail from Italy and they focus on what they truly love and do best. Highest quality ingredient, artisanal food all prepared by hand, Italian food is served here. They are famous for their handmade pastas. At ARTUSI Ristorante, every day, they make an absolutely amazing array of hand-woven pasta from scratch, using highest quality and mostly imported ingredients. The atmosphere in the dining room is sophisticated, but never too formal, and on a busy and noisy night there is a celebratory mood in the air. The excitement is palpable and people love it!

Bademiya, Mumbai
Bademiya is an iconic food stall and restaurant chain in Mumbai. It was established in 1946 by Mohammad Yaseen as makeshift seekh kabab counter. The counter has now branched out into several restaurants, takeaway joint and a permanent food stall at the original location. The restaurant is a popular landmark and a touristic attraction of Mumbai. Today, BadeMiya’s legacy has been carried on by the sheer effort and zeal of his five sons. They collectively follow the very same routine of Bademiya, from personally sourcing the fresh meat and raw materials on a daily basis to first-handedly following the same secret marinations and techniques of their father; so as to retain the same old magic in their cuisine which has awestruck numerous gourmet palates world over.

Bukhara, New Delhi
Bukhara is exceptional in every sense; not only has it fed millions over the years, but it has done so with the same relatively concise tandoor-based menu throughout. The open kitchen – long before the concept became a norm in top-end restaurants across the world – has been overseen by chef JP Singh for almost a quarter of a century. The bulk of the menu, however, is cooked in the traditional tandoor. Located within the capital’s ITC Maurya Hotel, Bukhara is a beacon of culinary excellence across the globe and the undisputed pride of India. Bukhara has won innumerable accolades over the years, making it the only globally recognized Indian restaurant and the preferred dining destination of gourmets for over 35 years.

Bar-B-Q, Kolkata
Bar-B-Q in Kolkata is one of the oldest family restaurant cum bar serving chinese and north Indian cuisines. Its interiors and ambiance will always give you a feel of the heritage and culture of Kolkata. The interior is attractively done up in wood. If you want something sweet after a sumptuous dining experience, you can relish 50 different flavors of ice creams. The resto-bar provides separate smoking and non smoking areas. Services for customers include take away, waiter service and music. Bar-B-Q is a 50-year old restaurant and given the experience it has, you can be rest assured of quality food and service here.

Bawarchi, Hyderabad
Bawarchi welcomes its customers to a world of authentic and tasty biryanis and delicious north Indian cuisines. The biryani menu is well known among food lovers all over. Made with rich spices and the freshest ingredients, the menu guarantees incomparable flavours and a magnificent eating experience. The Bawarchi kitchen brings for its customers a huge variety of seafood delights and tandoori delicacies to brighten up the day. Craving an awesome barbeque preparation? Bawarchi offers a range of chicken barbeque, reshmi barbeque, tandoori barbeque and the list could go on and on.

Chefs Studio of Taj Mahal, Mumbai
Chefs Studio of Taj Mahal Palace and Tower offer a culinary experience of a lifetime. Grand corporate Chef Hemant Oberoi masterminds it all and the entire meal is cooked right before your eyes. High-tech cameras zoom into the minutest details and flash them on the plasma screen. You can create a special menu of your choice, by mixing and matching different cuisines from the Taj hotel restaurants. Chef’s studio serves up an eight-course menu (including a pure-veg one) paired with wines and champagne. Chef Oberoi allows you to choose any cuisine you want.
It offers a seating for maximum of eight. Food is served on Versace designed Rosenthal dinnerware and Ercuis cutlery and vermilion faceplates and long-stemmed glasses by Versace, Riedel wine goblets and Limoges porcelain.

Celeste, Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
One of the best places to visit, be it for the eye or the palate, is Taj Falaknama. The palace is an amazing structure and has a historical importance. Celeste is their speciality restaurant, where one would be captivated with the apt and artistic interiors. It is one of the few places where the entry is only by prior reservation. The fine pizzas and pastas, antipasti and cutlets are created with ingredients sourced from across the globe.
Celeste menu comprises of italian and some mediterranean cuisine. The berry bruschetta is an absolute delight to the palate, while the basil mango soup is flavorful. Overall, one can expect the highest level of hospitality and service, and be treated like a true prince. All good things come at a very hefty price.

Chi Ni Dusit, Devarana, Delhi
Chinese fine-dining establishment at the Dusit Devarana, Chi Ni, is finally ready to take orders. For the record, Chi Ni translates to ‘To Eat’.
Located within what is often touted as one of India’s best-designed urban resorts, the restaurant is easy on the eyes. Housed under a large tented canopy, the 140-seater space comes with two private dining rooms and an open kitchen. The ‘Chinese haute cuisine’ at Chi Ni is inspired in part by London’s Michelin-starred Kai and is loosely modeled on Kai Mayfair, an establishment that finds favor with wealthy Indians when they travel overseas.
In fact, Bird Hospitality’s Ankur Bhatia along with Bernard Yeoh, proprietor Kai Mayfair, has created this concept for Indians who love the orient. Kai is a Michelin-star restaurant but since the stars are not recognized in India, one can say that Chi Ni is Michelin-star level sans the actual star of course.

Dakshin, The Sheraton, Delhi
Dakshin offers “The Celebrated Tastes of Southern India” where Southern India’s rich culinary legacy comes to you, genuine and unimpeded from the heart of a vastly varied stretch of land courted by the sea. Savour unique seafood specialties from the Moplah community in Kerala or choose to enjoy the tradition vegetarian fare of the house of Iyers and much more; for Dakshin brings you an uncommon collection of southern India’s most enticing dishes from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. The use of vessels likes ‘Urli’ and ‘Adukku’ will kindle your imagination to a long-gone era in a setting that epitomizes the rich cultural heights of this part of the country.

DIVA, Delhi
Chef Ritu Dalmia’s Italian restaurant is an intimate space on two levels, with white tablecloths, plate-glass windows, and a wood-fired oven behind glass. Diva – The Italian Restaurant, the first of the DIVA family, began 13 years ago. Celebrating Italian fine dining in all its glory, the multiple-award-winning restaurant uses authentic ingredients, often flown in directly from Italy, to create modern Italian delicacies.
Wine with food is a way of life in Italy. Diva Italian takes pride in its extensive collection of award-winning wines – and even finer food! From handmade dough to handpicked herbs – every ingredient is given thought, making every dish special – be it an entrée, main course or dessert!

Casablanca Room Souk, Taj Palace, Mumbai
Another innovative dining experience is the exclusive Casablanca room which is hidden within the open kitchen area. This private space is a gallery with a table setting for two. Available only on prior reservation, the chef recreates a magical evening with specially designed menu and designer cutlery and crockery. The private room is fitted with mediterranean artifacts, designer crockery from the house of Versace, heart-shaped cushions, red roses and only candles for lighting to set the mood for the nine course dining experience. An extravagant rooftop affair, Souk at The Taj Mahal Palace ushers you into the ultimate middle eastern experience, complete with authentic, light eastern mediterranean dishes, and traditionally brewed teas and coffees. Savour the ambience and exotic panoramic views; and don’t miss the Sunday brunch with champagne.

Dum Pukht
Topping the list for India is New Delhi’s Dum Pukht, a restaurant that aspires to revive India’s royal culinary traditions. Celebrated as one of the world’s “best classic restaurants’’, Dum Pukht recreates in exquisite detail, a setting that befits its magnificent origins. The authentic flavors from the royal kitchens of the Awadhi Nawabs transport you to an era when food was not just a meal, but an elaborate feast.
Based on the technique of slow cooking called ‘dum’, involving dough-sealed vats of finely flavored meat, vegetable and rice preparation, this cuisine opens up a whole new world of culinary refinement. Discover the rich yet delicate flavors of this royal cuisine, at Dum Pukht. One of ITC Hotels’ most prestigious cuisine brands, Dum Pukht promise an unsurpassable dining experience in Mumbai.

Dome, Intercontinental, Mumbai
The Dome heightens the culinary experience with its contemporary cuisine inspired by the Asia Pacific Rim, accompanied with the finest and most sought after exclusive selections of spirits, wines and cocktails with the focus being on the beauty of the skyline, the clear skies and the water.
DOME has the most stunning and breathtaking views of Marine Drive in Mumbai coupled by an equally sublime food and beverage experience. It is also the only al fresco lounge bar in South Bombay, with ‘Live’ music all mingled and matched with exquisite wine, spirit and cocktail selections. The rouge bar which is a pink hued enclosed space done houses a DJ console and an island bar counter.
The Pool Deck-A nice spacious deck flanking the pool at a level above the Dome Terrace overlooking the famous Queen’s necklace and has a mix of seating that includes low poolside loungers and high cocktail tables.

Elma’s Bakery, Hauz Khas Village, Delhi
This delightful little bakery in Hauz Khas Village has a loyal following and is usually abuzz with activity throughout the day. The stacked pancakes and the waffles are very popular as is the breakfast. Its English tea-house decor is cosy and washed with natural light making it a place where one can linger for hours with a nice book. Elma’s – owned by The Living Room couple – has plenty of the owner’s personality stamped all over it, from the old-fashioned glass ‘conservatory’ windows that look out onto verdant tree-tops to a white piano and a couple of pieces of furniture that date back at least 40 years. The ambience has been painstakingly followed through, on the crochet doilies on the dresser, the bakelite switches and the telephone that everybody of a certain age would remember! There are four tables and an open kitchen, besides a glass counter with all manner of goodies being replenished at intervals of 15 minutes!

EDO Japanese Restaurant & Bar, ITC Gardenia, Bangaluru
Inspired by the ancient name of the city of Tokyo, EDO is a signature Japanese restaurant. Edo showcases the Izakaya style of dining and an abiding talent of merrymaking that originated during the Edo period. The restaurant offers a spectacular array of sushi, sashimi and Japanese grills along with efficient service in a relaxed ambience, perfecting the art of the ‘Japanese after hours’.
This 81-seater Japanese resto-bar celebrates the revival of the spirit of the EDO period with the culinary indulgence of a style of dining that is a popular trend in present-day Tokyo. Deviating from the tradition dominated Kaiseki style of dining, EDO promises to bring alive fun rituals that engage and enthrall guests, in a relaxed ambience.

Guppy By AI, Delhi
Guppy by ai, the contemporary Japanese bar and kitchen is located at the Lodhi Market, New Delhi. The ambiance of the restaurant is quirky, vibrant and eye catching. Every element has been carefully designed with original custom fabrication by artists and vendors from around India. It has a live sushi counter and a bar overlooking a delightful courtyard. The area also boasts of two specially sculpted metal lion fish lights and Japanese Kokeshi dolls, metal stacked tiffin boxes, vintage cameras and more such Japanese stuff picked from antique shops. Under the flagship AD Singh brand, Guppy by ai has an array of delicious Asian/Japanese food with an emphasis on freshness and quality of ingredients. At the helm of Guppy is award winning Chef Vikram Khatri, who always believes in freshness, hygiene and technique. Most of the dishes, from mains to the condiments are made from scratch in the Guppy kitchen.

Gulati, New Delhi
Gulati seems to have a larger band of devotees than neighbors in the Pandara Market and getting a table can take some time if you don’t reserve in advance. The murgh tikka and tandoori murgh are two best-selling starters, while murgh makhni, gosht achari and magaz masala are popular main-course choices. Nothing can beat good old hearty North Indian food when it comes to indulgence. The food at Gulati is delicious and sinful. They do not spare the cream or the ghee and thus the curries and daals are heavy, though delectable.

Golden Dragon, Mumbai
Golden Dragon has an illustrious 40-year history of serving fine Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine in Mumbai since 1973. Under talented Chef Shi Xi Lin and Chef Wen Dong, the Golden Dragon features an elaborate a la carte menu, provincial specialties and a Sunday Dim Sum brunch buffet containing extensive varieties of Dim Sum.
The restaurant is particularly noted for its live kitchen plating delicious steamed seafood, peking duck, and authentic beggar’s chicken which is prepared over 24 hours of slow marinating and cooking. Today, it still wins plaudits for the complex flavors of its Chinese and Cantonese cuisine.

Farzi Café, Delhi
This is Zorawar Kalra’s second Farzi Café after the success of the Cyber Hub original. Cyber Hub is a newly created restaurant district while Connaught Place is the original heart of Delhi and is now undergoing a major renaissance. Kalra has allowed guests to open their windows and look out to get their fill of the view. And the space is supremely atmospheric. The food retains many of the original Farzi favourites and the central theme of making Indian food fun has been retained. But this is a more mature menu, free of some of the gimmicks that seemed fresh in the original Farzi. The food is outstanding, easily the best to be found in the Connaught Place area.

Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Chennai
Hotel Saravana Bhavan is one of the largest vegetarian restaurant chains in the world, founded in 1981 offering south Indian cuisine. It was opened primarily to bridge the gap of the non-existence of a quality vegetarian restaurant. They have more than 33 outlets in India and 47 around the world including Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the United States, and the Middle East. Hotel Saravana Bhavan has never compromised on quality and taste which in turn has won many awards and accolades like The Best Restaurant for the Year 2006 – Muscat and many more.

Imperial Garden, Delhi
Imperial Garden is an award winning traditional Chinese restaurant in New Delhi, India that has been successfully serving customers over last 26 years. The restaurant is famous for its soothing, calm, romantic and relaxing ambience along with its authentic Chinese food. Friendly and warm customer service is another feature for which Imperial Garden restaurant is highly accredited for.
The restaurant boasts of the Chinese wait-staff along with the cooks who all have been serving since the establishment of the restaurant. Imperial Garden restaurant is also known for offering gift certificates which are perfect for friends, family, co-workers and even neighbors. You can easily pick a gift card for your loved ones that will make it a memorable moment for both of you.

Indigo, Mumbai
Nested in a quiet lane near the Gateway of India in Colaba, Mumbai, is Indigo, a fine-dining restaurant that combines old-world charm and delectable food with the finest selection of wines. Indigo was born in 1999 in a colonial bungalow, lovingly restored to exude warmth and style. The food speaks for itself, as it surprises the palate with an ever-changing menu of eclectic modern European cuisine. The aura of hospitality, restrained elegance and refinement is punctuated by sun-lit spaces and chic interiors. One of India’s finest restaurants, Indigo was started by Rahul Akerkar, driven by his passion for food, warm hospitality and an eye for detail. To spend a few indulgent moments here is to experience the best of what modern India has to offer.

Indian Accent, New Delhi
Indian Accent – Overlooking the garden, this fine-dining restaurant specializes in fusion cuisine and serves light fare. Guests can also enjoy drinks at the bar and happy hour is offered. A children’s menu is available. The only restaurant from India to feature in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016, Indian Accent has been awarded the San Pellegrino Best Restaurant Award in India by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 for the second consecutive year. It has also been rated as the No.1 restaurant in India by Trip Advisor for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Indian Accent showcases ingenious Indian cuisine by complementing the flavors and traditions of India with global ingredients and techniques.

Italia, The Park, Chennai
Authentic Italian cuisine is offered in this hip, highly stylized and sassy restaurant. Interiors are a startling mix of pop art and stark sophistication. Red carnations float lazily in a stone urn. Shiny lacquered black tables feature Thomas Keller’s Point crockery from tabletop specialists, Raynaud and Reidel glassware.
The striking deep red screens for the private dining area are designed by Rajesh Pratap Singh. The outdoor strip is enclosed by glass and open to the sun. Uber-posh Louis Ghost chairs are by French designer Philippe Starck.

Kababas & Kurries, ITC Hyderabad
Kababas and Kurries presents a superlative menu of array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian kebabs and curried dishes cooked to perfection in myriad ways – in sealed deghs and copper handis, in clay and iron tandoors, and on angethis and tawas. Enjoy the finest Indian culinary experience in Hyderabad at the award winning Kebabs & Kurries, ITC Hotels. Show kitchens visible from all corners is the highlights of the restaurant where the sights and smells of cooking seduce your senses. The interiors reflect the evocative beauty of north Indian forts. A brass-motif engraved at the wooden entrance, Dholpur stone flooring and carved wooden pillars create a look of rugged earthiness.

K&k, ITC Gradenia Hotel, Bangaluru
Sophisticated and elegant, the interior glistens with rich details on dark wood and iconic architecture. The cuisine at K&K is a coming together of ancient culinary secrets, long forgotten herbs and exotic flavors to pamper the palate. The menu includes a selection of Muqawwiyat – the fabled Indian cuisine designed for health and pleasure. Partake of the finest Indian culinary experience in Bengaluru with this award winning cuisine in the warm, inviting interiors of K & K, for a taste of ITC Hotels’ finest signature dishes.

Khyber, Mumbai
Nostalgia and seductive antiquity slowly surround you as you enter through a wooden door decorated with Urdu couplets. Khyber welcomes you with its rugged frontier charm, old oil lanterns and frost weathered woodwork; definite gateway to India’s rich heritage infused with all modern day comforts. As you sit surrounded by huge urns and pictures ancient Mughal royalties on the walls, you are served authentic Indian cuisine which can be easily coined as Ambrosia – the food of the Gods.
The flavors and aroma have seduced many for years in this equally intriguing city, Mumbai. Thumris and ghazals softly playing in the background inspire your appetite for some of the most exotic delicacies prepared from fresh and select ingredients with great care and passion.

Koh by Ian Kittichai, Mumbai
Koh by Ian Kittichai is Mumbai’s first signature Thai restaurant that opened at the InterContinental Marine Drive in August 2010. Koh presents celebrated Thai Chef Ian Kittichai’s signature cuisine, cooked using traditional methods blended with contemporary international styling. Koh houses the ritzy and chic, Koh Bar, which serves signature cocktails with a fresh Asian twist on the classics.
Koh by Ian Kittichai is among the first few restaurants in Mumbai to have launched an interactive I-Pad menu and allows the guests to browse through it for both food and beverages, making it easier to search for the diverse meals available, along with information on each dish, varietal and price too.

Karim’s, Old Delhi
In 1913, Haji Karimuddin established the Karim hotel in the midst of the food-paradise Chandni Chowk.
Just opposite the gate no. 1 of Jama Masjid, this place has been providing the most mouth watering and delicious food since ages. It is one of the best north-Indian restaurants in Delhi.
A visit to Delhi without a meal at Karim’s would be incomplete. From seekh kebab’s to butter chicken, the food here is to die for. One of the most popular names in the Chandni Chowk area, this restaurant has truly lived up to its name in all these years and continues to be the hot-favourite of all meat lovers. Karim’s has bagged many awards and accolades.

Karavalli, Bangalore
Feast of South Indian coastal food in a pleasant ambiance is what Karavalli Bangalore gives you. Karavalli is reputed to have the most well researched authentic recipes from home in the regions where the dishes are originated. It is one of the most visited restaurants in Bangalore for every foodie. Sea food served at Karavalli is fresh and stylish. There are certain signature dishes that make different one from its competitors. The ambiance of Karavalli Bangalore is dedicated entirely for the comfortableness of its guests. Karavalli has earned numerous awards, including (on three separate occasions) the prestigious H & FS Award for the Indian restaurant of the year.

Mainland China, Calcutta
The art of Chinese cooking is shrouded in mystery. The answer lies in the narrow paths of China. Contrasting flavours and spices are combined to bring out a sense of balance on the plate, a concept of Yin and Yang. You can feel the flavours; textures and the aroma intermingle and form the perfect blend of heavenly taste at Mainland China. Sauces, ingredients and spices are handpicked from provinces such as Guangdong, Hunan and fresh markets of Beijing, after which masterchefs scout for original recipes and new methods to add more to your meal. Speciality Restaurants Group, started by Anjan Chaterjee, launched its flagship brand Mainland China by 1994. It is India’s most awarded c uisine.

Leopold, Mumbai
Leopold, as it is popularly referred to be one of the oldest restaurants in Mumbai. It has created its own heritage and legacy into the food business since ages. It was founded in 1871 by Iranis and uses a Achaemenid Persian Lion Rhyton as a part of its logo to indicate its Zoroastrian affiliation.
Leopold is open from 7:30 AM till midnight and it boasts of a varied and eclectic clientele. The interiors are very much like a European cafe and the food is so scrumptious and delicious that you’ll want for more and more and more!!!!

Le Cirque, The Leela, Delhi
New York’s legendary restaurant, Le Cirque, is now also in New Delhi. You will get the same contemporary French-Italian dishes, only the seating changes. Eat at the bar, the main seating area or outside overlooking the city skyline. Take any of the dining rooms over-looking the show kitchen, or book a sought-after place at the exclusive Chef’s Table.
Signature dishes that the chefs at Le Cirque recommend include Heirloom Tomato Mozzarella, Chicken Al Mattone and Pumpkin Tortelloni. The food here comes with untold stories. So rest assured the customers experiences will extend beyond what’s on the table.

La Piazza, Delhi
La Piazza, best Italian restaurant in Delhi, exudes warmth in its rustic surroundings that recreate the atmosphere of an Italian grotto. The overall feel of the restaurant is enhanced by the stone floor, wooden tables, white stippled walls, brick and wood ceilings. This award-winning restaurant offers a selection of oven-fresh pizzas, al dente pastas and fine wines. Sunday brunches with Chef Alessandro Sandrolini are a lavish affair at La Piazza. Guests can enjoy chef’s tailor-made menu tastefully paired with red or white wine, prosecco and Belvedere Martinis. As one of the first Italian trattoria-style restaurants in the city with a live kitchen, La Piazza is also one of the first to import Italian products, as well as the first to introduce customers to little known Italian wines then.

Malaka Spice, Pune
Malaka Spice – an award winning restaurant – dishes out some great South East Asian inspired cuisine by celebrity Chef Cheeru. Food, ambience and more, Malaka Spice started in 1997 Koregaon Park is a chic and happening restaurant, where you can steal some wonderful moments from time. The artworks out there will never go unnoticed and so not the south-east Asian food. The experience that you will get here will be satisfying the senses of taste, aroma, texture and colour.

Mostly Grills, The Orchid Ecotel
Mostly Grills is an open-air fine dining restaurant on the roof top of The Orchid Hotel, Mumbai. It has an idyllic setting with the pool on one side and a birds’ eye view of the airport on the other. Mostly Grills is set in a Mexican village right out of the wild west but the cuisine is nouvelle and truly international.
It is a fusion barbeque restaurant serving new range of delicacies. Chef has ensured that the vegetarians too have their choice of grilled delicacies and don’t get a raw deal. The beautiful ‘Taverna’ bar serves a variety of spirits, wines, liqueurs and exotic cocktails along with snacks.

Masala Library, Mumbai
Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra aims at showcasing the epicurean lineage of Ancient India, representing culinary excellence from across the geographical landscape of the country. The menu has dishes prepared in their traditional avatar, using original recipes from the era, presented in a contemporary style. Masala Library a magnum-opus of The Czar of Indian Cuisine & Tastemaker to the Nation – Mr. Jiggs Kalra, aims at showcasing the epicurean lineage of ancient India, representing culinary excellence from across the geographical landscape of the country. The Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra experience is showcased through its unique spread represented by dishes from the key provinces of the country, each elucidating the rich cultural heritage flown down centuries. Each region, represented in the vast menu, is prepared & presented by Chef’s with extensive experience and expertise in the cuisine from the same.

Neel, Mumbai
At Neel, the specialty Indian restaurant that opened at the ground level of Tote in 2011, it’s all about paying homage to the rich and evolved cuisine of old Nawabi families from Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Kashmir. Neel’s offering of delicately crafted, Awadhi gastronomy is as exhaustive, with over fifty unique kebabs to choose from. The food, while embracing traditional flavors and cooking technique, is expressed with a healthy dose of modernity. It is fresh, clean and prepared with great care. Herbs and spices are carefully used to enhance the natural flavors of the food – not overpower them. The cuisine takes a modern approach to classic flavor combinations, creating sophisticated dishes that emphasize purity, simplicity, and seasonal flavors.

Megu, Delhi
Long regarded as the jewel in the crown of Japanese restaurants, Megu is located in New Delhi. It specializes in hand-made tofu, exquisite sushi and sumibi aburiyaki – a grilling technique using Kyoto charcoal known as bincho-tan. The wine list has 400 labels and you can experiment with 10 varieties of same. Enjoy exclusivity in addition to authentic Japanese flavours. Customers can find privacy, in the comforts of multiple dining rooms including the spectacular Buddha Hall. Enjoy a luxury dining experience in the Kimono, a private dining room seating up to eight guests. One can relish the chic Sushi bar to elevate dining experiences at the Megu. Signature dishes that the chefs recommend include Megu oriental salad, salmon tartare and Megu original crispy asparagus.

Neung Roi – Radission Blu Plaza Delhi
With a menu inspired by cuisines from the four distinct culinary traditions of Thailand and acclaimed as the Best Thai Restaurant in the Times Food Awards 2014 & 2015, Neung Roi offers an unprecedented dining experience that takes you on a unique voyage through Thailand’s gastronomic diversity. The regions represented on Neung Roi’s menu are Isan or the north-east, Lanna or the north, the Isthmus of Kra or the south and the central plains. To match this authentic Thai cuisine experience is a contemporary ambience with soothing colors and a restful atmosphere. It’s a place where you can let your soul stretch and relax. So, while our dishes indulge your taste buds, let the restaurant treat you and your loved ones to an unforgettable experience.

Oh Calcutta, Kolkata
Oh! Calcutta is an ode, a celebration to the romantic city of Calcutta and its gastronomic delights. It offers a diverse and traditional fare of authentic Bengali cuisine that is reminiscent of Kolkata as it once was. Oh! Calcutta manages to entice in Bengalis, thanks to its famed “Bhapa Hilsa”, “Smoked Bhetki” and “Mutton Rezzala”, while the non-Bengalis finally get a taste of the legendary Bengali cuisine. Revert to the lost culinary delights served only in the old Calcutta clubs, savour traditional Bengali, Nawabi and the colonial cuisine, which left the Indian land with the British. History awaits its customers at Oh! Calcutta.

Orient Express – Taj Palace, Delhi
The Orient Express, named after the world’s fastest train, offers food that meticulously reflects the cuisine of the country the train passes through. The dinner route is interesting and exciting, taking you through a journey of signature dishes of Orient Express with a blend of newly crafted dishes. Themed around the legendary train that travels across Europe, this award-winning restaurant serves up the best of European cuisine in a setting similar a compartment of the Orient Express. The menu consists of hors d’oeuvres, entrees, sorbets and desserts—cuisines of the countries that the train passes through. The interiors are also done accordingly. There are ‘bunkers’ to keep goods, the semi circular roof and coupes made within.

Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mumbai
The flagship Olive Bar & Kitchen started in November 2000 is something of a landmark. It is a place where the city’s happy people flock to dine well, to dip into an outstanding cellar, and to linger over laughter and conversation. Just like the city, Mumbai’s Olive is a bit of a chameleon: at Tgit Bar nights on Thursdays, the place explodes with music and high spirits. But visit for Sunday brunch, and its lazy laughter in a sunlit courtyard, where no one will hurry you from your table. It has become an overnight sensation and won recognition both across India and on an international level.

Oriental Octopus, India Habitat Center, Delhi
Oriental Octopus, as the name suggests, features cuisine from eight countries of the ‘East’ – China, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar Singapore. The art deco interiors are done in orchid and steel and the outlet plays a wide variety of Jazz. It is located at Habitat World at IHC which is open only to IHC members and their accompanying guests. It also has a branch in Lavasa, open to all.

Peshawri, ITC Maratha Mumbai
In an ambience evocative of the bucolic charm of dining, in the warmth of tents underneath starry sky in the cold desert terrain of the north west frontier, Peshawri brings you an award winning menu of delicacies cooked in the clay tandoor.
The wonder of this cuisine can only be experienced in Mumbai at Peshawri, with a lavish spread of delicious kebabs – vegetarian and non-vegetarian that are cooked in myriad ways, a range of Indian breads – from the extravagantly indulgent to light and fluffy breads and of course, the incomparable Dal Bukhara, that are paired with an exclusive collection of wines and other beverages.

Pinch of Spice, Agra
Pinch of Spice, part of Mehar Wing Services Pvt. Ltd., was incepted in 2003 with a vision to impart hospitality services under the leadership of Mr. Manpreet Singh. It is an elite fine dining restaurant with three outlets, two in Agra and one in Delhi. The company started its first restaurant in Agra with name – “Pinch of Spice” – a family restaurant at Agra’s commercial hub- Sanjay Place in 2007. After the success of first outlet, company started its second outlet overlooking Taj at Fatehabad Road in 2009, spread over three floors. Soon after that the company also opened its third restaurant in Delhi at a very famous market of Delhi – Rajouri Garden in 2011. ”Pinch of Spice” has now become a renowned brand in Delhi and Agra, due to the delicious cuisine and soothing ambience it offers.

Punjab Grill, Mumbai
Punjab Grill is an endeavor by Lite Bite Foods, to take you on a culinary journey into the grandeur of undivided Punjab. The Punjab Grill offers an experience of the wonderful diversity of the frontier food and the rich streams of Hindu, Sikh, Pathan and Punjab cuisines, a tradition flown downstream through the immigrants of West Punjab, who lovingly cherished and preserved it.
The company was founded in 2001 and has achieved new heights of success ever since. Amit Burman and Mr. Rohit Aggarwal have a rich experience in the Food & Beverage industry and an acute understanding of the global cuisines. Chef Gurpreet Singh is an epitome of positive energy and brings a fresh perspective to the cuisines as the corporate chef of Punjab Grill.

Pan Asian, Chennai
As you walk throgh the open kitchen of Pan Asian, you almost feel like walking through the markets of Asia as you watch the chefs in action.
Savour the delicacies of Asia in a culinary journey that begins with China’s fiery Sichuan Province, through to the remote and rustic land of Mongolia, the land of the morning calm – Korea and into the land of the rising sun – Japan, before coming down to the land of Dragons – Indonesia and culminating in an extensive tour of Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Red Hot Chilli Pepper, Calcutta
Red Hot Chilli Pepper opened its door on 20th September 1999, to successfully and effortlessly maneuver its way into the hearts of the Kolkatans. The packaged unforgettable experience of fine-dining, alternative ambience and delightful delicacies stirred quite some excitement amongst the locals in the city. In 2003, the company moved ahead to launch Red Xpress, its second outlet, in Sector V Salt Lake City – the information technology hub of Kolkata. The opening of Red Kitchen and Lounge in Alipore followed in 2007.There has been a recent spate of expansion, first with the Red Hot Chilli Pepper San Carlos, followed shortly by Red Hot Chilli Pepper, Guwahati.

Royal China, Delhi
Royal China, a fine dining Chinese restaurant and bar, situated at a height of 250ft above the ground offers a spectacular view of New Delhi including the Lotus Temple, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Delhi’s skyline. This restaurant also includes three courtyard terraces and two private dining rooms for private parties, conferences, kitty’s etc. with a customized menu for every occasion. At Royal China, experienced chefs combine the traditional and contemporary elements of Cantonese cuisines with modern twists. The first thought while creating this brand was to serve authentic Chinese food with a complete fine dining experience, keeping in mind the constantly evolving and emerging trends and taste from around the world. Using the freshest ingredients, the chefs prepare a stunning mouthwatering hot meal creating an appetite for a tingling cartedu jour amongst the guests.

Sakura, The Metropolitan Hotel, Nikko, New Delhi
Sakura is India’s first Japanese restaurant and is decorated in a modern-day Japanese manner, creating a visual effect of serenity and relaxation. Sakura, an award winning fine-dining restaurant, offers the best of Kaiseki cuisine – the formal royal Japanese cuisine – prepared by celebrated Master Chef, Tetsu Akahira, along with his team, from the freshest food flown in from Japan.
The ultimate expression of flavour, that’s the focus at Sakura’s Japanese Kitchen. Highly reviewed and greatly loved by its patrons, Sakura remains unparalleled for authentic, expertly executed Japanese fare this side of Tokyo.

Sagar Ratna, Delhi
The first name in south Indian food that comes to one’s mind is “Sagar Ratna”. The chain of restaurants is much-admired for its hygienically prepared authentic south Indian delicacies. Sagar Ratna started its first branch in the Defence Colony Market in 1986. The authentic South Indian delicacies, cooked fresh many times a day, worked well to increase the popularity of the brand immensely. Within a short span, it spread its wings far and wide. At present Sagar Ratna has established its presence in the National Capital Region (NCR) through company owned branches and beyond NCR through franchise outlets.

Romano’s, Mumbai
Romano’s is all about authentic, home-style Italian fare that will transport you to the heart of Sicily, Milan, Rome, Naple and Florence. Every dish is perfected by Romano’s passionate chefs, as they handpick fresh local, organic ingredients in collaboration with its environmentally conscious suppliers and home-made products from artisans, to ensure every dish is a masterpiece. At the heart of the restaurant is its beautiful open kitchen, designed to give its customers a scrumptious and regional fare amidst a warm and inviting ambience.
The restaurants electric Italian wines and exquisite cellar collection of premium wines from around the world, best compliment the striking flavors that pronounce Romano’s. here’s a slice of Italy that is sure to enchant its customers.

Saffron, JW Marriott, Chandigarh
Nestled in the heart of Chandigarh, JW Marriott is the perfect luxury destination for travelers who have a discerning eye for quality and detail. Saffron, an Indian restaurant at the JW Marriott, showcases sleek modern design, impeccable service and sublime Indian cuisine. Saffron is an Indian restaurant serving authentic northwest frontier cuisine where spices and herbs are blended together to give a rich culinary experience. It also offers unique flavors from the tandoor and charcoal grill. The interior sports a warm look. Their cuisine is outstanding with an exceptionally high standard of courtesy and assistance to the customer and they use only the finest and freshest ingredients.

San Gimignano, Imperial, Delhi
San Gimignano offers a scrumptious fare blending the delicate flavours of ingredients that are both procured locally or imported from Italy. It was awarded by Times Food and Nightlife Awards 2014 as the best Italian restaurant in the city.
In an endeavour to present only the best, San Gimignano sources the finest of balsamic vinegar, cheeses, pasta, risotto and olive oils. The restaurant boasts a premium selection of Italian wines and grappa that are a perfect match to the thoughtfully created menu. Specially selected wines, wines by the glass, San Gimignano’s very own ‘Vernaccia de San Gimignano’ produced by a century old traditional method that makes this place a everyday dining place in a romantic and relaxed setting.

Satsanga, Pondicherry
Satsanga aims to keep its guests happy and healthy through a delicious yet fresh menu. Located on La Bourdonnais Street, Satsanga grows their vegetables organically and serves the fresh catch of the day on their seafood menu. They believe in serving fresh, organic and flavorsome dishes. The large space allows the guest to linger in the courtyard garden, admiring the works that are displayed in regularly held exhibitions. Deservedly popular for its excellent Continental cuisine, Satsanga, like most places in this genre, offers a full Indian menu as well.

Sher-e-Punjab, Calcutta
Sher-e-Punjab, Calcutta, is basically a three-star dhaba conveniently located only three km from Kolkata International Airport on Jessore road. There are three styles of sitting arrangements: non air conditioned, air conditioned and open air. Watching planes take off and land is an added attraction here. It is a perfect place for hanging out with friends and family.

Sea Lounge, Mumbai
Sea Lounge offers a wide array of tea and coffee as well as mouth-watering pastries from its famous desert trolley. Guests can indulge in a lavish high tea with delicious savories and sweets from different Asian countries. The high tea includes hot snacks, dim sum, kebabs, scones and pastries. Chocolates, crepes and coffee also make a perfect accompaniment to an evening of live jazz from eight to midnight. Famous for its exclusive afternoon tea, the Sea Lounge at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, exudes old colonial charm accompanied by enchanting live piano music and spectacular sea views. Sample scrumptious English delicacies and Mumbai street food; sip on exotic teas and coffees; and unwind with champagne and cocktails in this uniquely lavish setting.

Smoke House Deli, Mumbai
Smoke House Deli (Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore) heralds the transformation of the refined Smoke House Grill into a chic cafe with the aim of becoming the number 1 European casual dining cafe in the country. Smoke House Deli opens early morning and works hard till late night offering everything from pancakes to noshes, pastas to burgers and desserts to cocktails. Daring to draw beyond the margins with painstaking detail, the decor takes an irreverent approach that comes together to create a quirky personality and an intimate environment.

Shree Thaker Bhojanalay, Mumbai
It’s Mumbai’s gem, which is hidden away deep inside the Dady Seth Agiary Lane in the congested Kalbadevi Area of South Mumbai. The well spaced Bhojanalay began way back in 1945 and makes no fancy pretences focusing only on the wholesome food as it should be. Waiters scamper around at high speed, serving crunchy, airy, soft, moist farsaans, including outstanding dhoklas (including palak dhokla). Colorful chutneys dot the thali (superb garlic one) and so do silken kadhi and delightful dal. The menu, which changes daily, offers buttery biscuit, named bhakri, as superb as ever and the puran poli plump with sweetness. Ghee drizzled on the rice and dal adds to its flavour as well.

Social, Delhi
Social is an unique cafe in Hauz Khas village having out-of-the-box seating arrangements and food. It is a space that blends the best of the office and a café. Combining work and play, it’s an urban hangout designed to take someone offline while keeping connected. Social is a collaborative work space, a hub for artists and innovators. The place is known for its nightlife, good music, party events, famous DJ’s, sophisticated ambience and not to forget delicious food. The Hauz Khas Social has a balcony which looks over the Hauz Khas Fort and its lake where couples enjoy having their meal.

Spice Route, Imperial Hotel, Delhi
The Spice Route is an architectural marvel that offers a unique dining experience in a distinctively beautiful setting. Heralded as one of the top ten restaurants in the world earlier by Condé Nast Traveler and proclaimed to be the only-one-of-its-kind, The Spice Route is poetry in design. The renowned South East Asian cuisine restaurant mesmerizes its customer’s senses with its sensuous exotica. It has been designed to reflect the journey of spices from the Malabar coast in Kerala through Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Indonesia to Thailand and Vietnam, put together in the world famous menu crafted by the President’s Awardee Thai national Chef Veena Arora.

Southern Spice, Chennai
Some places are good, some are great and a few rise upto being legends. The decor of this place is unique with uncut single pillars to silverware which will take you back to chettinad dynasty. It has a class and redefines itself. This award-winning restaurant at Taj Coromandel instantly transports you back in time. Rich interiors, along with an ambience that spells traditional grandeur, complement a exemplary South Indian menu. Satiate the gourmand in you with this distinctive and unforgettable Chennai experience.

Stella, Mumbai
Situated on the eigth floor of The Leela Hotel, Andheri (e), Mumbai, Stella is a small restaurant that rose to fame for its authentic Italian servings and wine. Experience the luxury of fine dining, as Stella offers exquisitely simple Italian cuisine enthusing the senses with subtle flavors, creative flair and delicate finesse. The menu is based on regional dishes, authentic ingredients and the freshest seasonal items, complemented by a wide range of fine quality wines. The fine dining experience starts when you walk through the impressive floor to ceiling wine library housing a vast array of wines from around the world. Exquisite furnishings and stunning stellar artworks complete the ambience of the restaurant.

Travertino, The Oberoi, New Delhi
Menu of Travertino is cleverly composed of dishes that are common and of those which are unheard of. The patrons go for unparalleled cooking and classy ambience. The menu is compact and short listed with winning dishes. This sophisticated, formal Italian restaurant is part of collaboration between the Oberoi and Rome’s celebrated Hassler hotel. Don’t expect the usual pastas and pizzas that characterize Delhi’s Italian restaurants though. This is serious food ultimately overseen by the chef at the Hassler’s Michelin-starred Imago restaurant in Rome.

The Bangala, Karaikudi
The Bangala is a charming heritage boutique hotel located in the heart of Karaikudi. Meyappan, who is passionate about preserving the heritage of the Chettiars, runs it. The Bangala is a great way to experience the local culture whilst enjoying modern comforts. The food at the Bangala is a wonderful experience. Meyappan has taken authentic Chettiar recipes and adapted it to suit the western palate. Lunch is served in traditional banana leaves and consists of several varieties of rice, meats, seafood and vegetables.
Bangala is the ultimate destination for authentic Chettinad cuisine, with recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation, creating a dining experience that cannot be missed.

Tuscany Gardens, Candolim, Goa
Tuscany Gardens, takes pride in serving simple, delicious Italian food. It is the place to visit if one is tired of curries and Indian spices or have a craving for a decent thin-crust pizza or al dente pasta. This garden restaurant is one of the coziest in Candolim and provides a calm and romantic ambience. As the evening goes on, the area around the restaurant gets very quiet, providing a peaceful environment for its customers to enjoy their dinner and admire the beautiful little chapel opposite the restaurant. Combined with the Italian food and music, one might even forget that the person is in Goa for a little while!

Sunny’s, Bangalore
Sunny’s is a vibrant Italian cuisine with wooden seating arrangement. The very look of the restaurant invites you for an Italian treat. They serve variety of dishes and team it up with the perfect wine and liquors. The delicatessen is a haven for those who are accustomed to varieties of imported cheese and meats. The legendry pizza and pasta they serve some amazing authentic Italian cuisines such as the very famous baked creps and stuffed vegetarian cannelloni.

The Flying Elephant, Chennai
The Flying Elephant is a gala time for the senses in a culinary theatre that offers an array of experiences in a one of a kind vertical dining destination. The first of its kind in the country, it offers diners the flexibility of experience and cuisine from a selection of five live kitchens.
Designed by acclaimed designer, George Wong, The Flying Elephant offers a unique dining experience with delectable cuisines which include- Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, North Indian, Italian and Western. The Flying Elephant also offers a delectable sunday brunch.

Tamra, Ashoka Road, CP, Delhi
Award winning multi-cuisine restaurant, Tamra, is a vibrant, lively and fun space that is suitable for every dining occasions. Offering a blend of modern culinary styles with friendly and engaging service, it takes its inspiration from the early ages of culinary evolution, when copper (Tamra) vessels were used to create delectable wonders. The restaurant’s interactive kitchens are a tribute to the early marketplaces, where chefs presented their skills and produced culinary delights to sell to traders and visitors. Tamra is a depiction of a culinary expedition from around the world. It is a treasure trove adorned with quirky and strong design elements. The planter boxes lined with wheat grass that form the backdrop of the continental section, the canopy made from rolling pins, the rustic slated timber on the Japanese, Asian and Indian counter bulkheads and contemporary colorful tiles give the space an overall warm and plush ambience.

Thalassa, Goa
“Thalassa” is an acronym for the “sea” in Greek, and this Greek taverna offers stunning views of Goa’s thalassa. Perched on the edge of a high cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea in Small Vagator village, this open-air restaurant offers one of the most breath-taking sunset views in Goa and a fabulous evening ambiance.
The food is Greek and the plates are bountiful. From classic Greek appetizers, dips and salads, to melt-in-your-mouth meats from the grill and Greek main courses, the food here is simply delicious! With the azure waters of the Arabian Sea serving as the backdrop, soft lounge music wafting through the speakers and the attentive (and knowledgeable) staff, who magically appear whenever you need them, it is easy to see why this Little Vagator taverna is one of North Goa’s most adored restaurants.

Thai Pavilion, Mumbai
Widely accepted as the ‘it’ place for the best Thai food in town, you’ll find the Thai Pavilion in the Vivanta by Taj – President hotel. This restaurant is a feast for all the senses—intelligent interiors provide just the right atmosphere for wonderfully prepared and presented creations. Chef Ananda Solomon sources only the finest and freshest ingredients for his expansive menu, which features multiple vegetarian options.
After a dramatic makeover in 2007 by master Japanese designer, Noriyoshi Muramatsu, Thai Pavilion opened its doors once again. A move away from the conventional Thai décor, this is a contemporary version rooted in a sense of nostalgia. Witness an interactive kitchen, semi-private dining, and traditional sunken seating and scrap wood collages intricately carved with Thai motifs. The staff also recommends excellent pairing of food with a fine collection of young and vintage wines.

The Peshwa Pavillion, ITC, Mumbai
The atrium, with its cane and wood chairs, marble-topped tables and tall faux palm trees, seamlessly combines comfort with elegance and a glass dome brings the outdoors closer in ITC Maratha’s bustling 24-hour coffee shop. Situated at the heart of the hotel, The Peshwa Pavilion has the unique distinction of being connected to every floor of the hotel, by virtue of its soaring ceiling that creates an atmosphere which is at once inclusive and spacious. The gifted executive chef, Rajdeep Kapoor, has totally revamped and enhanced the buffets and introduced the Great Golden Brunch. At buffets, the highlights meander all around the interactive kitchen and even include a popular “homestyle Maharashtrian section”. The Peshwa Pavilion is the ideal all-time dining restaurant in Mumbai.

The Raj Pavilion, ITC Windsor, Bengaluru
Raj Pavilion is the 24-hour coffee shop by the poolside at the ITC Windsor. This glass domed, all-day restaurant is inspired by the 100-year-old Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. The Sunday brunch aka Windsor Habba is what it is well known for. What wins over your heart at The Raj Pavilion Bangalore, is the ambiance. The beautiful lighting, glass ceiling decorated with assorted flowers makes The Raj Pavilion, Bangalore, a welcoming place. They serve a trail of cuisines ranging from Lebanese, Western and Indian cuisine. The best served at The Raj Pavilion is the cheese platter, shawarma and crunchy “shahi turka”.

The Table, Mumbai
AT The Table, the team offers a unique cooking style with global accents and nuances. Its ingredient-driven cuisine focuses on simplicity and purity of flavor, a philosophy inherited from chef Alex Sanchez’s native place, San Francisco. The menu, comprises of small and large plates, snacks and sides, is intended for sharing and to encourage a lively social atmosphere. It expresses the finest available vegetables, meat and fish, nearly all of which The Table procures locally and at the peak of season. The Table draws inspiration from each corner of the globe, from America, Italy, and France, to China, Thailand, Japan, and beyond. Utilizing these influences, it offers a dynamic menu thus creating a diverse and exciting experience for its guests.

Trattoria, Taj Vivanta, Mumbai
Trattoria is an Italian speciality restaurant and isn’t just Mumbai’s favorite Italian eatery, but also the hot hangout for south Mumbaites. The restaurant is stylish and casual with a wooden floor, maple-veneered furniture, potted plants and chrome and brass balustrades. A vibrant mural depicting Italian festivities in rich colors dominates the far wall. Adding to the latest innovations in the restaurant is the open show kitchen where a brick-based Italforni oven bakes oak-flavored pizzas. This hip eatery serves up authentic fare under the watchful eye of celebrity chef, Ananda Solomon. The food is largely influenced from the southern regions of Italy. Find distinct flavors from regions like Sicily, Pescara, Potenza and Bari. The Italian sunday brunch features a huge array of antipasti, soups and mains along with a huge dessert selection complete with chocolate fountain.

Tian-Asian Cuisine Studio, ITC Maurya, Delhi
This grand, elegant eatery defies stereotypes. Five star dining with something for every taste, Tian has a stately bar with lounge seating, an expansive terrace and the dining room with two cozy semi-private tables. Chef, Vikramjit Roy, presides over the kitchen here. As a result, there is no expatriate chef, simply because the concept of Tian transcends such boundaries. It brings for its customers a rich and varied selection of on-table assembly, specially crafted ‘trailer’ menus, and seasonal a-la-carte. Soak in the elegant ambience replete with harmonious golden tones, an exclusive bar, live music and al-fresco seating, as the customers experience the capitals latest gourmet destination.

The China Kitchen, Delhi
The China Kitchen at the Hyatt Regency is one of the best Chinese restaurants in South Delhi, which also serves Asian, Oriental, Sichuan cuisines. As one of the top restaurants in Delhi, The China Kitchen offers fine dining, private gatherings, weekend brunches in a 5 star ambience. China Kitchen offers authentic tastes of the grace and subtlety of Chinese food. It provides a delightful albeit expensive alternative to the extremely popular Indian-Chinese cuisine, served at a dime a dozen restaurants all over India where the dishes are usually drenched in oil, gravies and heavy sauces.The restaurant comprises of four sections including an open kitchen that is encountered immediately on entering the restaurant, five skillfully designed private dining rooms, the wine wall and tea bar, and the dining area.

Villa Maya, Trivandrum
Villa Maya is one of the lovingly restored 18th century Dutch manor that once enjoyed the attention of the royal house of Travancore. In the good will of its noble heritage, it continues to emanate timeless grace through contemporary design and haute cuisine. Villa Maya is a treasure trove of delicate sensory delights; a theatre of the senses scrupulously crafted to offer its customers an escape into tranquility. Authentic traditional cuisines from around the world are exquisitely plated to harmonise with its classical architecture, minimal style and carefully selected art and craft pieces, creating an experience of beauty and grace. Villa Maya believes in the comfort, privacy and finesse and each of its varied dining spaces have been separately styled to suit its customer’s mood and celebration.

Time Traveller, Bangaluru
Time Traveller is a 24 hour coffee shop which serves an eclectic buffet and an a la carte menu with dishes from across the globe. The buffet for lunch and dinner features over 12 salads, soup selections, 18 main course dishes and over a dozen desserts. Apart from the buffet spreads, the restaurant features a menu which is truly global in its approach to fine vegetarian and organic culinary traditions. Some of the dishes featured in the menu span from Greece, Mexico, and Morocco.

Varq, The Taj Mahal, New Delhi
Varq is a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary sophistication. Visually spectacular in every way, this elegant Indian restaurant is located at the lower lobby level overlooking the hotel’s beautifully manicured gardens. Varq seamlessly married the traditional Indian themes with a simple palette of bespoke furnishings. Overlooking the Taj Mahal Hotel’s lush gardens, Varq reinvents Indian food with unusual creations and pairings. Showcasing works by celebrated artist, Anjolie Ela Menon, traditional Indian themes and modern oil paintings, carvings, antiques and sculptures, this New Delhi restaurant is a beautiful union of cuisine and art.

Wasabi By Morimoto, The Taj Mumbai
Legendary chef, Masaharu Morimoto, known to many as the Iron Chef, creates magic at Wasabi by Morimoto, his world-class contemporary Japanese restaurant. Age-old favorites like tempura, teppanyaki and sushi are turned into something new and surprising with fresh cooking techniques and unconventional sauces. Rated as one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 by San Pellegrino , Wasabi by Morimoto at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, is most famous for its Japanese dishes, sushi bar and teppanyaki counter. Every culinary masterpiece is ingeniously crafted with ingredients flown down from Japan.

Zen, Leela Palace, Bangalore
As the name suggests, Zen is the Pan-Asian restaurant at The Leela Palace. It is bliss from the Orient as it awaits the culinary traveler. A thorough blend of light, space, symmetry, color and movement, this Bangalore restaurant has perfected the art of Japanese, Korean, Thai and Chinese cuisines. Taking the art of fine-dining one notch up above any restaurant in Bangalore, Zen is the sum in many parts of the Teppanyaki and Yakitori kitchen on the mezzanine floor to the sushi and dim sum counters and Korean barbeque tables. Take a bite of serenity. Walk into one of the most calming culinary experiences in one of the best fine-dining restaurants in the city.

Yellow Brick Road, Delhi
Yellow Brick Road presents you a vibrant variety of North Indian, South Indian, Italian and Chinese cuisine. The stylish newspaper printed menu gives a distinct look for the restaurant. The place is well lit and bright lending an adorable look. The service is very appealing as the waiters always carry a smile on their face. Splashes of color, trendy furnishings, and artistic food presentations set the tone at this chic, the vibe informal place. Here’s where iconic dishes on the menu complement a lavish breakfast buffet. Not to be missed is Bull’s Eye. People drive miles and wait in the lobby for this rich warm chocolate dessert topped with vanilla ice-cream and also for the YBR Chicken. Whenever you need to eat, Yellow Brick Road is there with exactly what you need.

Zaffran, Hotel Palace Heights, Delhi
Zaffran is an excellent restaurant serving Mughlai cuisine, with a lovely, calm bamboo-shuttered, glass-covered terrace and plenty of light. This restaurant stands apart-the glass roof and walls give the place an outdoor feel, the live display kitchen with the master chef in action heightens your dining experience. To whet your appetite we serve a range of delicacies-succulent kebabs and tikkas from our tandoor and some of the most popular frontier and north Indian curries.

Zodiac Grill, Mumbai
Zodiac Grill is inspired by the beauty of heavenly bodies and the belief in zodiac signs which dazzles with the world’s finest service and chefs’ creative genius. To complement signature dishes such as New French Goose liver, and selections from the House of Caviar, we have the finest Riedel hand blown crystal from Austria, gilt-edged cutlery from Christofle of France, and the piece de resistance is the Bernardaud Porcelain from France. The Zodiac Grill is one of only eight restaurants in the world to use this brand.