The western Indian state of Maharashtra’s two biggest cities, Mumbai and Pune, are home to a number of stunning, contemporary restaurants putting the state firmly on the map as a premier dining destination. From exquisite Thai joints and award-winning European fare to authentic north Indian cuisine, check out our guide to Maharashtra’s restaurants you need to try.
A venture from world-famous chef Masaharu Morimoto, of Iron Chef fame, Wasabi by Morimoto is based at Mumbai’s luxury Taj Mahal Palace Hotel that for the last two consecutive years has been listed among Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Serving a menu inspired by chef Morimoto’s trademark sushi and Japanese cuisine, the restaurants’ signature dishes include white fish carpaccio, black cod miso and the wasabi crème brulee dessert, though in keeping with Mumbai’s vegetarian population a number of fish and meat-free options are also available like its spicy avocado or asparagus tempura sushi rolls. Dishes can be teamed with Wasabi by Morimoto’s extensive Japanese whiskey, sake and plum wine lists.
The recipient of a whole host of awards including the Times Good Food Awards’ Best European and Global Cuisine of 2013 and Best Restaurant in India from the 2014 TimeOut Food Awards, since opening in 2011 The Table has become one of the most popular dining destinations in Mumbai. A proud supporter of locally sourced produce, The Table grows much of its produce at its very own urban farm, while executive chef Alex Sanchez, a native of San Francisco and graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, crafts eclectic small and large plates like shiitake-asparagus dumplings and suckling goat with mashed potatoes, pumpkin, Swiss chard and green peas.
Widely regarded as one of the best Italian restaurants in Pune, Favola is one of several dining options at the classy Le Méridien hotel and with head chef Roberto Boggio, a native of Italy’s Piedmont region, at the helm, guests are ensured an authentic dining experience. Favola gets its name from the Italian word for ‘fable’ and its beautiful dining room – a mix of light wood floors, exposed brick and quaint floral upholstery – is certainly like something out of a fairytale. A mouth-watering, rustic Italian menu features plenty of thin crust pizzas, hearty pasta dishes, rotisserie meats and classic homemade desserts complemented by an impressive number of Italian and New World wines, is available all year round.
Favola, Le Méridien Pune, Raja Bahadur Bapat Road, Pune, Maharashtra, India, +91 20 2605 0505 ext. 37