4 scrumptious restaurants in India worth travelling for

Most of us have had some experience with Indian food – butter chicken, tandoori bread, dal and rice – to name a few of the better known dishes. And most of us tend to have preconceived ideas about what Indian food is.

But if you are about to travel to India, especially to its major cities, set aside what you think you know about Indian food and be prepared to let your taste buds and senses be dazzled.

One thing we have noticed over the decades we have been travelling to India is how much food and dining out has changed. India now has a thriving, vibrant and modern culinary scene that’s changing how we think about Indian food and certainly how we experience it. Cities like Delhi and Mumbai especially now boast many outstanding restaurants and bars, with high-end restaurants and world-renowned chefs preparing contemporary fare.

Here are four of our favourite restaurants in India to tantalize you with. They should be on everyone’s list of places to eat when in India and can be included in our themed culinary journeys. Make sure you reserve ahead as these restaurants are creating a name for themselves and tables are hard to come by at times.

Ziya, Oberoi Mumbai

Ziya is the elegant, formal dining restaurant at the Oberoi in Mumbai. The hotel is an oasis of cool and calm away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai and dining here certainly feels that way. Ziya is sophisticated, with a light filled interior, a glass-enclosed show kitchen and amazing views of the ocean. Lamb marinated overnight in Indian spices with tadka dahi and roomali roti are among the signature dishes prepared by Ziya’s Michelin starred chef Vineet Bhatia.

Ziya

Agashiye, Ahmedabad

One of our favourite places to eat – dining at Agashiye is an experience as well as a pleasure due to both the food and the atmosphere. It’s here you can experience one of India’s most distinct cuisines – Gujarati food tends to be slightly sweet in taste, rich in ghee and vegetarian. The meal begins with a welcome drink served inside the beautiful tented, colourful lounge, before you dine under the stars on the open terrace restaurant. The meal is served as a thali – on a round plate with many dishes.

Agashiye

Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, Mumbai

Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra embodies how we see Mumbai – it’s new, it’s glitzy, modern and has the wow factor. The menu here uses traditional recipes of India combined with molecular gastronomy. So be prepared for foams, sorbets and the like with your Indian dishes. We recommend the tasting menu – it guarantees you the full experience of what the chef can do and gives your palate so much to sample! Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra is an outstanding culinary experience and has got to be a top contended for one of India’s best restaurants.

Masala Library

Indian Accent, Delhi

Already crowned India’s top restaurant and one of Asia’s best in some forums, Indian Accent is the major force that’s putting Indian cuisine on everyone’s radar with its contemporary take on traditional dishes. Headed by chef Manish Mehrotra and with a sister restaurant in New York, securing a table at Indian Accent should be as important as seeing the Taj Mahal on a tour of India. We recently devoured the tasting menu pared with wines and were wowed at every course by the dishes presented.

Indian Accent

Lincoln Harris is Founder at India Unbound.

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  1. Deborah says:

    I did a backpacking tour through India with some friends in the nineties, and were wowed by the various cuisines we experienced, all so different, in the different regions: I remember, for example, the meals we ate in Kerala were so different from those in Kolkata, and not a tikka masala in sight! The Gujarat thalis were especially scrumptious, so Agashiye would definitely be my top choice, but all these restaurants sound amazing…

  2. Shaishav Sarang says:

    Aghashiye is overrated but I understand where people are coming from regarding this. Most of people who have enjoyed food have no clue nor have they tasted real Gujrati food hence they just give the biggest possible applaud. Aghashiye could have more points on decor and ambiance but over friendly service gets annoying. We surely could enjoy food if waiters back off and stop standing over shoulder.

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