What is a Michelin star? The ultimate hallmark of fine dining, this honor is for those restaurants that have excelled in all aspects of gourmet food- innovation, flavor and experience. The famous tire company has a long history of reviewing restaurants and based on the advice of anonymous critics who visit the restaurant, the establishment can earn upto three stars for criterion like quality of the products, mastery of flavor and cooking techniques, the "personality" of chef in his cuisine, value for money and consistency between visits.
Craving for a Michelin star experience? Here are 9 options in India where you can experience exquisite food from Michelin restaurants all around the world:
1. Megu, Delhi
Where: The Leela Palace, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Expect: Located at the grand Leela Palace, this restaurant boasts of stunning interiors and enthusiastic service. The food cooked with the bincho-tan technique is not only scrumptious, but refreshingly unique too. The New York branch of Megu is a proud recipient of the Michelin star.
Price: Rs. 8000 to Rs 10,000
Must Try: sake wine and lobster sushi roll
2. Yauatcha, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore
Where: Delhi- Level 2, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
Bangalore: 1 MG Road Mall, MG Road, Bangalore
Mumbai: Raheja Towers, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Expect: The London original of this restaurant has earned a Michelin star in 2005 and it’s easy to see why; an ambiance like none other you have ever experienced and food that is made with finesse, Yauatcha is a class apart. Be prepared to be floored with the hospitality and the settting.
Price: Rs 1800 for two people
Must Try: Dimsums and Blood Orange Cake
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3. Akira Back, Delhi
Where: JW Marriott New Delhi, Asset Area 4, Hospitality District, Aerocity, IGI Airport, New Delhi
Expect: From the imposing sake wall to the interior that reflects the personality of the pro-snowboarder owner, this restaurant rattles your mundane expectations and gives you a reason to visit again and again. The staff is courteous to a fault and the ambiance is truly out of the world. Back won the first Michelin at Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Price: Rs 5000 for two people
Must Try: Tuna Pizza, Yellowtail Jalapeno Carpaccio.
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4. Le Cirque, Delhi and Mumbai
Where: Delhi :The Leela Palace, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Mumbai: The Leela, Andheri-Kurla Road, Sahar, Mumbai
Expect: The same legendary ambiance and food that the New York franchise of this restaurant is famous for, Le Cirque has gone all out to ensure that you have a memorable experience. The Le Cirque at Bellagio, Las Vegas has won a Michelin star. The view of the Delhi skyline is simply outstanding.
Price: Rs. 5000 for two
Must Try: black truffle risotto and crme brulee.
5. Kai, Delhi
Where: Proposed at Hotel Dusit Devrana under the name Chi Ni, this restaurant will be located on the New Delhi-Gurgaon highway
Expect: Chinese food in its most unadulterated perfection. For a marvelous al fresco experience, Chi Ni is slated to be a promising restaurant that combines delicious food with unflinching hospitality. It’s London counterpart Kai has won a Michelin star for its balance between comfort recipes and modern interpretations.
Price: Not declared yet
Must Try: N/A
6. Hakkasan, Mumbai
Where: 206, Krystal, Waterfield Road, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
Expect: Serving contemporary Chinese cuisine, expect a world class ambiance that is understated yet classy. Having earned Michelin stars across the world, Hakassan sure knows how to please its patrons.
Price: Rs. 3000 for two people
Must Try: Dimsums, Mock Duck Salad
7. Ziya, Mumbai
Where: The Oberoi, Nariman Point, Mumbai
Expect: Vineet Bhatia’s Michelin starred handpicked menu serves eclectic Indian cuisine that is sure to surprise your taste palate. The presentation of the food is unique and something to look forward to. The view of Marine Drive is like an exciting aperitif to the meal.
Price: Rs. 4500 for two people
Must Try: Kolhapuri jheenga, masala cheese naan and gulab jamun.
8. Wasabi by Moritomo, Mumbai
Where: The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai
Expect: Michelin star chef Moritomo impresses with his sheer panache and comfort with Japanese cuisine. He completely reinvents the classic dishes and makes them his own signature style. Wasabi lives up to every bit of its avant garde reputation and then some.
Price: Rs. 12,000 for two.
Must Try: Sashimi platter, soft shell crab.
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9. Arola, Mumbai
Where: JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai
Expect: This restaurant has been conceptualized by the two-michelin star chef Sergi Arola and serves the best kind of Spanish food you will find in this part of the world. The décor is in keeping with the theme of the restaurant; classy yet chic.
Price: Rs 4000 for two
Must Try: Patatas Bravas, Gazpacho and Paella.
The culinary scene in India has come a long way and has reinvented itself to world class levels. Now, you don’t have to go too far for Michelin perfection as these restaurants offer you the best of international cuisines right here in India. Put on your classiest outfit and build up a grand appetite, there’s something exciting cooking right next to you!
List Of 9 Restaurants That Offer You A Michelin Star Experience In India
|Restaurants||Location||Price For Two|
|Megu||The Leela Palace, New Delhi||INR 8000-10000|
|Yauatcha||Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore||INR 1800|
|Akira Back||JW Marriott New Delhi||INR 5000|
|Le Cirque||Delhi and Mumbai||INR 5000|
|Wasabi by Moritomo||The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai||INR 12000|
|Arola||JW Marriott, Mumbai||INR 4000|