Forbes published a list of the most expensive restaurants in India not too long ago. Do you think these restaurants are worth their prices? What about their wine lists? Would you recommend them? In Delhi Sakura (Nikko), Travertino (Oberoi), Dum Pukht (ITC Maurya Sheraton), Orient Express (Taj Palace) and San Gimigano (The Imperial) were included.
Mumbai was represented by Zodiac Grill (Taj Mahal Palace), Celini (Grand Hyatt), Pure (Taj Lands End) and Wasabi by Morimoto (Taj Mahal Palace). Zen (Leela Kempinski) from Bangalore was also included in the list. Pictured above is San Gimigano (The Imperial) which serves the hotel's own label.
India's newfound appetite for high-end cuisine is attracting the attention of A-list celebrity chefs. Two years ago, "Iron Chef" Masaharu Morimoto, the Japanese mastermind behind the global Nobu sushi franchise, opened Wasabi in Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace. And just last year, top Italian chef Antonio Carluccio, a perennial favorite on the BBC, designed the extravagant menu at Atrium, located in The Park hotel in Chennai.
Forbes.com's list of India's ten most expensive restaurants in India is based on recommendations from the country's top food critics, who insist the pricy menus are worth every rupee. Prices listed do not include taxes, and restaurants are listed in no particular order. This list is hardly definitive. Sushi has swiftly become India's cuisine of choice, and the crop of exorbitantly priced eateries catering to the raw-fish frenzy could easily have dominated this list.
Most of these restaurants are based in hotels, a testament to the role expense-account wielding travelers are having on the nation's food scene. In Mumbai's Taj Hotel, New York-based chef Michel Nischan helped open the city's first all-organic haute restaurant, with a menu that tips its hat to local appetites (try the Kaffir lime martini and the Tamari shrimp and scallops). Sakura, housed in New Delhi's Hotel Nikko, helped launch a spate of Japanese restaurant openings across the country. With its minimalist décor and serious sushi menu, it has become a favorite of India's Beautiful People and their minions.