Meetha achaar Canadian spare ribs, sun dried mango, toasted kalonji seeds
77 Friends Colony (West), New Delhi 110065
+91 11 43235151
What makes it special: 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.
Typical dishes: The restaurant does Indian cuisine with a contemporary spin… or perhaps modern food with an ‘Indian accent’. Duck khurchan is presented in a cornetto-like cone with herb yoghurt and chilli chutney, while galautis is stuffed with foie gras. Other dishes include pulled pork phulka tacos and gongura masala prawns, butter popcorn upma and crispy curry leaves. There are also nine types of bread, including camembert and potato bhuna kulcha.
And to drink? Sip on something traditional with a twist like the street fruit chaat sangria or masala martini.
Celebrity bite: Mehrotra moved out of the kitchen and in front of the camera when he took part in – and won – the cooking game show Foodistan. Reality TV loved him and his chef stardom continued on the small screen with an appearance on MasterChef India.
Other ventures: Now New Yorkers can appreciate excellent Indian fusion food at Le Parker Meridien at Indian Accent New York.