Chicken tikka meatballs, green chilli cream, truffle butter
The Lodhi, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, 110003
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: Since 2016, New Yorkers have been able to appreciate Mehrotra's spectacularly presented fusion food at Indian Accent New York, which opened to critical acclaim. In 2017 Indian Accent also opened in London, with similar success among the British capital’s foodies.