Dum Pukht is one of India’s best restaurants and often attracts the most powerful people in the country like big industrialists, politicians, and Bollywood stars. Dum Pukht means ‘to breathe and cook,’ a cooking technique inspired by the kitchens of 18th century Awadh. The food is cooked in the traditional method in a clay pot, this process helps the meat to cook in its own juices which intensifies the flavors. The regal décor coupled with the excellent presentation evoke a sense of royalty and old world charm.
Indian Accent is a brilliant fine dining restaurant tucked away in Friend’s Colony inside a luxurious boutique hotel, The Manor. It has won several awards including the San Pellegrino Best Restaurant in India by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Chef Manish Mehrotra has designed a groundbreaking contemporary Indian menu ,where old recipes are revived with contemporary style cooking using seasonal and organic ingredients from across the world.
Friends colony West, New Delhi, Delhi, India +91 11 2692 5151
Dakshin is the best restaurant to enjoy the most authentic and luxurious South Indian cuisines. They serve foods from all the South Indian states: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. The ambience of the restaurant is reminiscent of the temple influence, prevalent in southern India. You can find traditional brass lamp (Velaku) and the Urli (vessel) with flower petals floating in water (the presence of a water body in temples is a must in south India). Each item on the menu is cooked in its own distinct spices and style and the restaurant also champions a few lesser known dishes alongside the famous Idli and Dosa. Do try the home-style Kerala stew.
District Centre, Saket, New Delhi, Delhi, India +91 11 4266 1122
In India, you can’t talk about seafood without mentioning Bengali cuisine. Oh! Calcutta celebrates the gastronomic delights of Calcutta, a city whose food and cuisine has been influenced by various other cuisines over time like Chinese, Lucknowi and Continental. Oh! Calcutta has a variety of seafood, and is a must visit during the monsoons, when they hold a special Illish festival.
Varq refers to the beaten gold/silver edible leaf which adorns many a dessert and sometimes savoury dishes in the Indian subcontinent. This restaurant is indeed golden, it is said to be symbolic of preciousness, luxury and elegance. The ambiance is stunning. Art work by celebrated Indian artist Anjolie Ela Menon adorn the walls, and the private dining room is adorned with stunning artwork. Varq retains the Indian traditional way of cooking while using exotic ingredients like sea bass, sand crab, black cod, morels and Iranian berries. It is one of India’s finest restaurants and the face of India’s changing and revolutionary food scene.
The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road, New Delhi, Delhi, India +91 11 6656 6162