India is a multi-ethnic nation, where every month at least one community celebrates a festival in some way or the other. If all the communities are accounted, then India spends close to 130 days of the year celebrating festivals! Each festival brings with it, a plethora of dishes. These dishes, although common among few regions, is prepared differently in different states. No wonder India was, and still is, the gastronomical capital of the world. For those who live to eat, we recommend they plan their holiday packages to India according to the places where they can expect the best food.
Our search for the most authentic Indian food eateries took us around the nations buzzing metros. Beginning from the national capital of New Delhi to the southern-most metro of Chennai, we bring you India’s top 10 authentic eateries:
1. Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi
This restaurant has hosted Presidents of foreign nations and so far has impressed everyone with their Indian platter: a collection of meat, lentils, and bread.
2. Koh, Mumbai
Koh is the best known Thai restaurant in the city. The restaurant has introduced Thai food with an innovative twist.
3. Travertino, The Oberoi, New Delhi
The specialty of this Italian restaurant is its wine cellar. The wine cellar opens in the dine room. This restaurant has an exquisite collection of wine and cheese. When at Travertino, try its signature truffle dishes and tagliolini with pancetta.
4. Zen, Leela Palace, Bangalore
Zen brings the Asian continent on a single platter. Its menu is filled with exotic dishes sourced from Korea, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, and Bali.
5. Wasabi, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai
Meet the Japanese masters of culinary art at Wasabi. This place is all about Japanese food mixed with whisky. Wasabi is famous for its chefs (who are indeed gifted with amazing talents) and Japanese beer or rice wine.
6. Villa 39, Mumbai
This restaurant unites Italian and Indian dining sensibilities. The fine Desi-European settings coupled with mouth-watering dishes make this place one of the best restaurants in town.
7. Karavali, Taj, Mumbai
This restaurant looks like a Mangalorean home. The setting is complete with wooden furnishing and antiquities. Visit this place to get the real taste of South India.
8. Italia, The Park Hotel, Chennai
This is one of the truly international restaurants set in the heart of Chennai city. The famous duo— Chef Rajesh and Antonio Carluccio bring you authentic Italian cuisine to your platter. This place is known for its baked asparagus and risotto with tiramisu and chicken.
9. Wharf, Chennai
This place offers exotic food where the sea food comprises of fishes caught right in front of you. This place is for all those who love steak. If accompanied by vegetarian friends, then you they can opt for corn steak.
10. Sakura, The Metropolitan Hotel, New Delhi
One of the top five Japanese restaurants in the world, located outside Japan, this place serves traditional but reinvented Japanese cuisine. To add to its authenticity, the restaurant imports almost all of their fishes from Japan. So expect food which is not available anywhere in India.