Condé Nast Traveller India have hand-picked the 3 best restaurants in India, in collaboration with Himalayan Sparkling. Read reviews of the top 3 below, selected for impeccable service, game-changing chefs, sustainable sourcing and experimental ingredients – and keep scrolling for the full list of the top 3 best restaurants in India.
1. THE BOMBAY CANTEEN, MUMBAI
The thing about modern India is that it refuses to be put into a box. And that’s the thing about the food at The Bombay Canteen as well. Young and fun, yet rooted in traditions that span the length and breadth of this country, with all its varied topographies and cultures and histories, the Canteen experience is a party as well as a bit of a history lesson. Be it the seasonally changing menu (the Eggs Kejriwal Toast and arbi tuk are perennial favourites, but try the pork seekh kababs and the Canteen haleem this winter) or the cocktail books inspired by Mumbai’s Art Deco architecture and cinematic history, the restaurant is known to change things up. What doesn’t change, though, is the quality of what’s on your plate, and the warmth with which it is presented to you. The service deserves a special shoutout – staff here are warm and friendly, they really know the menu, and they will remember what you liked (and didn’t) the next time you visit. Because you will visit again.
2. INDIAN ACCENT, NEW DELHI
Indian Accent is one of New Delhi’s, in fact India’s most prized restaurants. Chef Manish Mehrotra expertly crafts Indian dishes so that they retain their original charm but also have a touch of modernity. Known for its butter chicken kulchas, melt-in-your-mouth naans, delicious dals and exquisitely plated, inventive desserts, Indian Accent is the place to be for a dinner to remember. For starters, the vegetarian ghee roast soya boti with roomali roti pancakes is a favourite, as is its meaty counterpart, the ghee roast mutton boti. Tandoori bacon prawns, soft-shell crab with tomato chutney and pork belly tikka are a few other incredible delicacies on the menu, but don’t miss the wasabi and cucumber raita, raw and ripe mango daulat ki chaat and of course, the special Indian Accent kulfis. Wash it all down with some sparkling wine or one of Indian Accent’s classic cocktails and top it all off with some carrot halwa crumble and whiskey ice cream.
3. THE TABLE, MUMBAI
When The Table first opened, its unusual menu and sharing plates immediately set it apart. Since then, the food has remained remarkably consistent, while evolving to reflect the growing bounty available at the restaurant’s namesake farm in Alibag. Dishes here take inspiration from countries from all over the world, allowing chef Divesh Aswani to play with cuisines, modernise traditional recipes and experiment with ingredients. Dishes that have become fixtures on the menu include the boneless chicken wings, the Table salad (for which all ingredients come from the restaurant’s farm), yellowfish tuna tataki and avocado toast served on sourdough from sister enterprise Magazine Street Kitchen. The soft-shell crab with nam jim and mixed-herb salad exemplifies the restaurant’s commitment to sustainable sourcing, with each of the ingredients that make up the hearty salad sourced locally.