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Mehrotra leads Indian trio in Asia’s Top 50 Restaurants honours


India Accent is at #9, while Taj’s Wasabi by Morimoto & ITC’s Bukhara are at #44 & #45. Gagan Anand takes top honours for second consecutive year.

New Delhi’s Indian Accent took top honours among Indian restaurants at this year’s Asia’s 50 Top Restaurants. Led by Manish Mehrotra, the restaurant – at #9 – was the only Indian operation in the top 10, a list led once again by Bangkok-based Gagan Anand.

The other two Indian restaurants to be honoured are Wasabi by Morimoto at Mumbai’s Taj Palace at #44 and ITC Maurya Delhi’s Bukhara at #45.

Manish Mehrotra

Mehrotra’s food at India Accent is considered ‘modern Indian’, where his standout dish is the ‘Meetha achaar Canadian spare ribs with sun dried mango and toasted kalonji seeds’.

His citation read: “Hailed as one of the top chefs in India and even the world, Manish Mehrotra has helped put modern Indian food on the gastronomic map, with Indian Accent at the heart. While he is touted as a champion for this cuisine, he says it’s food, flavour and taste that are the true heroes.”

Amit Chowdhury

Placed at #44, Taj Palace’s executive chef Amit Chowdhury and with head chef Sachin Poojary lead the team at Wasabi by Morimoto, which first opened in 2004 and relaunched in 2010 after being severely damaged in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Described as ‘contemporary Japanese’ with ‘Avocado tartare’ as the standout item, the judges described the restaurant as “India’s finest Japanese restaurant. This stylish joint collaboration between ‘iron chef’ Masaharu Morimoto and the Taj Mahal Hotel’s now-retired Hemant Oberoi will please traditionalists and modernists in equal measure.”

“The omakase menu has a contemporary slant with dishes such as black cod miso, pork kakuni (braised belly) and wasabi crème brûlée, while there is also a range of innovative meat- and fish-free options including tomato carpaccio with yuzu and soy dressing.”

JP Singh

Legendary Indian restaurant, Bukhara, too is acknowledged for its ‘Rustic regional cuisine that’s never gone out of style’. Led by executive chef JP Singh, its standout dish is none other than the ‘Dal Bukhara’.

At #45, the pioneering restaurant at Delhi’s ITC Maurya, the judges praised Bukhara for its longevity and consistency. “Bukhara has introduced generations of diners to the rustic flavours of India’s North West frontier with a menu that hasn’t changed in more than 35 years,” the citation read.

See the full list of Asia Top 50 Restaurants


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