While India is yet to receive its first Michelin Star, these restaurants come pretty close to offering a Michelin Star experience. By Satyaki Sarkar
Many consider a Michelin Star to be the highest recognition a restaurant or chef could get. One that makes you the envy of all others around the world. Simply because a Michelin Star restaurant sits a class apart, even among the elite. Now India hasn’t as yet made it to the coveted list. However, there are quite a few restaurants whose other branches in the world have received the recognition. These Indian outposts offer an experience that is different as it is exemplary. So dive in for an experience of a lifetime.
1. Megu, New Delhi
While the New York branch of Megu is incredibly popular for having earned a Michelin star, the one in Delhi certainly does an impeccable job of matching up to it, albeit without the certification. Chef Yutaka Saito, who is stationed here, is a seasoned veteran in both traditional and modern Japanese cuisine. He cooks using the traditional Japanese method of Sumibi Aburiyaki, using bincho-tan or white charcoal, which not only keeps the meat moist and tender, but also gives it a beautiful smoky taste. Our recommendation would be the lobster sushi roll, accompanied by Japanese Sake. A meal for two starts at Rs 10,000.
Where: The Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
2. Wasabi by Morimoto, Mumbai
The best thing about Wasabi, as the name suggests, is Chef Morimoto, who is one of the world’s most renowned authorities on Japanese cuisine, and a Michelin star chef himself. The ease and innovation with which he recreates popular Japanese dishes in a uniquely characteristic style is one that simply demands awe and wonder. While here you must try the delectable Sashimi platter and the soft shell crab. A meal for two starts at Rs 12,000.
Where: The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Colaba
3. Akira Back, New Delhi
The first thing that catches your attention when you enter is the impressive Sake wall and the beautifully grand interiors, which seem to channel the larger than life personality of Chef Akira Back, a pro-snowboarder who the restaurant is named after. The original Akira at the Bellagio in Las Vegas won its first Michelin certification, and the one in Delhi is a proud successor. It offers an impressive Japanese experience, amidst an ambience of complete serenity. And if the best of the best is what you’re looking for, then look no further than the Tuna Pizza and the Yellowtail Jalapeno Carpaccio, Akira’s best dishes. The price of a meal for two starts at Rs 5,000.
Where: JW Marriott, New Delhi
4. Ziya, Mumbai
If Indian food is what your taste buds crave and you wish to try some of the most impeccably prepared dishes that Mumbai has to offer, then Ziya is the place to go. Started by renowned chef Vineet Bhatia, the carefully handpicked menu serves an incredibly wide range of Indian cuisines which are as delicious as they are unique. Ziya translates to ‘return of the Prodigal son’, referring to two time Michelin star winner Vineet Bhatia’s triumphant return to India after 25 years. Try the mouth-watering Kolhapuri Jheenga and the Masala cheese naan, which are the restaurants specialties. The restaurant offers a breathtaking view of the Marine Drive, which further adds to its charm. A meal for two starts at Rs 5,000.
Where: The Oberoi, Nariman Point
5. Le Cirque, New Delhi
While it is the New York branch of Le Cirque that is most famous for its legendary ambience and ambrosial food, it was the Le Cirque at the Bellagio in Las Vegas that won the Michelin star. With a mesmerising view of the city’s skyline, the outpost in Delhi offers not only some of the most mouth-watering dishes to ever grace your palate, but also, in typical Le Cirque style, an ambience that makes the experience simply enthralling. While there don’t miss the Black Truffle Risotto and Creme Brulee. A meal for two starts at Rs 5,000.
Where: The Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri