There’s always a tough competition between popular restaurants. It’s hard to choice to the best amongst the lot because good food is not the only parameter. There’s service, ambiance and vibe – all of them need to be taken into consideration for a great experience. Therefore, TripAdvisor left it upto their users to decide the best fine dining restaurants in India.
There are good restaurants, and then there are great ones. The good ones offer a pleasing experience and a tasty meal. However, just once in a while, you come across a restaurant which blows you away. You may not go there often, the last time you visited may be months back, but you will always end up raving about it to others in conversations about food.
In a country like India where we love our food and restauranteurs keep upping the game in the culinary arena, it is difficult to come up with a ranking of best restaurants. However, as they say – ‘Consumer is king’. The diner is the best critic and an amalgamation of these diner based reviews weeds out biases.
Here are Top 10 Fine-Dining Restaurants in India
10Indian Accent, New Delhi
The centrepiece of a quiet boutique hotel in South Delhi, The Manor, it doesn’t attract walk ins due to its location. However, its popularity crosses borders and reservations are highly recommended if you would like to experience a meal here. The food celebrates regional dishes from across the country and presents them in unique ways, playing with flavour combinations and textures.
The detailing is where the restaurant scores. The menu is printed on wooden blocks, the crockery is earthy and the decor reminiscent of the rugged northwest frontier. Diners do find the wooden stools a tad uncomfortable for languid meals though.
8Villa Maya, Trivandrum
Set in a painstakingly restored 18th century Dutch manor, the ambience speaks of timeless elegance. A variety of dining spaces are spread all over the bungalow, spilling into the picture perfect courtyard. The food however, is as contemporary as the ambience in nostalgic. The menu pays homage to countries that were involved in spice trade with Kerala like Morocco and Italy.
7Bukhara, New Delhi
The more popular cousin of Dum Pukht which sits in the same hotel as Bukhara, a meal at Bukhara is all about the experience. One does not feel like you are out only for a meal, you are treated like a king and for just a little while, this is your kingdom.
‘The House of MG’. If you’re in town and not staying at the haveli, you must make time to visit the restaurant for dinner. Though there is indoor seating, choose the terrace and sit back as you are served in traditional Gujarati style. The food is authentic and delicious. There is no a-la-carte menu, each guest is served an array of dishes from the region.
5 Khyber, Mumbai
A huge space that drips with old-world charm, it has Afghani tones to the décor and a laid-back ambience. The food too, is influenced by the cuisines of the North-West Frontier. A trip all the way to South Mumbai is recommended, so you can experience a meal here.
4 Malaka Spice, Pune
The dishes are authentic and flavourful. The restaurant is divided into various seating options. Malaka Art is about dining in the middle of a carefully curated art gallery. Malaka Classic is perfect for enjoying Pune’s weather in alfresco seating and Malka Street is the more informal space.
3Gulati, New Delhi
They do not spare the cream or the ghee and thus the curries and daals are heavy, though delectable. It’s usually overflowing with people and getting a table can take some time if you don’t reserve in advance.
2Pinch of Spice, Agra
A trip to the Taj Mahal may leave you in awe of the monument but there is another legend in town that you must not miss. Seeing this name in a list which has missed many iconic restaurants across the country like Masala Library, Dum Pukht, Indigo, Sevilla, etc., is a bit of a surprise. However, it’s always nice when the smaller towns start rubbing shoulders with their bigger cousins in terms of food excellence.
1Tuscany Gardens, Candolim, Goa
Gardens is a relaxed space serving non-fussy Italian food, much in line with the vibe of Goa itself. The food is authentic and simple, but then it is the simple things in life that often give us the most pleasure. You may sit indoor or enjoy the lovely alfresco seating area. The food is delicious and flavours, clean.