New Delhi, India
Winning recipe: Now in its seventh consecutive year as The Best Restaurant in India, Indian Accent continues to excel through a combination of creative modern dishes and warm hospitality. However, it never rests on its laurels. Season after season Chef Manish Mehrotra’s inventive tasting menus add an international accent to his country’s cuisine by mixing in global ingredients and techniques.
What to eat: The chef’s tasting menu is a colourful procession of small bites of flavour such as pulled pork phulka taco with chutney and warm doda burfi treacle tart, while a vegetarian version features pulled jackfruit tacos and wild mushroom kulcha with truffle oil. The degustation offers the full experience, but there’s also a comprehensive à la carte option and a three-course lunch.
Dough of dreams: Bread is anything but an after-thought at Indian Accent and there’s even a dedicated bread bar with 10 different types. Snack on tandoor-fired blue cheese naan served with pumpkin and coconut shorba or try applewood-smoked bacon kulcha with smoked butter.
Meet the chef: Passionate and generous, Mehrotra cut his teeth in Mumbai at the Thai Pavilion of the Taj Hotels and has now been with Old World Hospitality for 20 years. In recent years he has opened several restaurants around the world, including two highly successful outposts of Indian Accent in New York and London, the latter of which is currently seeking a new location after shuttering in 2020.