Best restaurants in India

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mumbai (Bombay)

    Peshawri

    Make this Northwest Frontier restaurant, outside the international airport, your first or last stop in Mumbai. It's a carbon copy of Delhi's famous Bukhara, with the same menu and decor. Folks flock here for the buttery dhal bukhara, a 24-hour simmered black dhal (₹945), but don't miss kebabs. Try the Murgh Malai (marinated tandoor-grilled chicken) and raan (impossibly succulent slow-roasted lamb hock).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kochi (Cochin)

    Kashi Art Cafe

    Fort Cochin's original (and best) art cafe, this fashionable, natural-light-filled space has a Zen vibe, a creeping vertical garden and stylish wood tables spreading out into a courtyard dotted with contemporary artwork. The coffee is strong, organic ingredients are used wherever possible, and the luscious breakfasts and lunches are excellent (French toast, home-baked cakes, creative salads).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Sunder Nagar, Nizamuddin & Lodi Colony

    Indian Accent

    Inside luxury Lodhi hotel, though privately run, Indian Accent is one of the capital's top dining experiences. Chef Manish Mehrotra works his magic using seasonal ingredients married in surprising and beautifully creative combinations. The tasting menu is astoundingly good, with wow-factor combinations such as tandoori bacon prawns or paper dosa filled with wild mushroom and water chestnuts. Dress smart. Book ahead.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

    Karim’s

    Down a narrow alley off a lane leading south from Jama Masjid, Karim’s has been delighting carnivores since 1913. Expect meaty Mughlai treats such as mutton burrah (marinated chops), delicious mutton Mughlai, and the breakfast mutton-and-bread combo nahari. Numerous branches, including at Nizamuddin West, but this no-frills, multiroomed courtyard location is the oldest and best.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

    Sita Ram Dewan Chand

    A family-run hole-in-the-wall serving inexpensive portions of just one dish – chhole bhature (spicy chickpeas, accompanied by delicious, freshly made, puffy, fried bread with a light paneer filling). It’s a traditional breakfast in Delhi, but many people are partial to some at any time of day. There are no seats; instead diners stand at high tables to eat. Lassis cost ₹40.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in New Delhi

    Cafe Lota

    Bamboo slices the sunlight into flattering stripes at this outdoor restaurant offering a modern take on delicious Indian cooking from across the regions. Sample its take on fish and (sweet potato) chips, or palak patta chaat (crispy spinach, potatoes and chickpeas with spiced yoghurt and chutneys), as well as amazing desserts and breakfasts. It's great for kids.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in New Delhi

    Naturals

    Founder Mr Kamath's dad was a mango vendor in Mangalore, which apparently inspired his love of fruit. He went on to start Naturals, with its wonderfully creamy, fresh flavours, such as watermelon, coconut, (heavenly) mango and roasted almond.

  • Restaurants in New Delhi

    Hotel Saravana Bhavan

    Delhi’s best thali (₹230–320) is served up in unassuming surroundings – a simple Tamil canteen on the edge of Connaught Place. There are queues every meal time to sample the splendid array of richly spiced veg curries, dips, breads and condiments that make it onto every thali plate. The dosa are very popular too.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Greater Delhi & Gurgaon (Gurugram)

    DLF Cyber Hub

    This is a food court par excellence, and you'll find any type of cuisine you fancy here, from Indian street food and Tibetan momos (dumplings) to high-end European and chic cafe bites. Tables spill out onto the large plaza; there's also an indoor 1st-floor food court with some cheaper options.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mumbai (Bombay)

    Bohri Kitchen

    Served up in a family home, this weekend-only pop-up dining experience was cooked up by former Google employee Munaf Kapadia. It showcases both the spectacular home cooking of his mother, Nafisa, and the unique cuisine of the Bohra Muslim community, which draws on influences from as far afield as Yemen and Gujarat.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Lucknow

    Tunday Kababi

    This is the cleaner, more tourist-friendly outlet of Lucknow's renowned, 100-year-old, impossible-to-find kebab shop in Chowk, where buffalo-meat kebabs go for ₹20 a plate. Here the prices are higher, but the staff put on quite a show streetside for to-go orders, while the proper restaurant behind dishes up scrumptious plates of mutton biryani, kebabs and tandoori chicken for throngs of carnivores.

  • Restaurants in Amritsar

    Crystal Restaurant

    Bossing this corner of Queen's Rd, Crystal has two restaurants here, as well as a kebab stand and a new lounge-bar. The original ground-floor restaurant has a fin de siècle air, with mirror-lined walls and ornate stucco trim, while the excellent menu is dominated by Mughlai favourites – the house speciality is the delicious murg tawa frontier (₹450), morsels of chicken in dense onion gravy.

  • Restaurants in Mumbai (Bombay)

    Miss T

    The Colaba Cartel, an impressive team of Mumbai foodies with a proven culinary track record including Pantry, Woodside Inn and Table, is the mind and manner behind Mumbai's coolest new restaurant. In a historic Mandalik Rd bungalow, Miss T's kitchen magicians include an executive chef from Hoi An (Vietnam) who draws menu inspiration equally from his neighbours (Thailand, Myanmar, Laos).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mumbai (Bombay)

    Bombay Canteen

    Bombay Canteen is one of Mumbai's hottest restaurants, courtesy of former New York chef and Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz, and executive chef Thomas Zacharias, who spent time at New York's three-Michelin-star Le Bernardin. India-wide regional dishes and traditional flavours dominate – Kejriwal toast, Goan pulled-pork-vindaloo tacos, mustard chicken curry – each dish an explosion of texture and flavour.

  • Restaurants in Chandigarh

    Sai Sweets & Bhoj Vegetarian Restaurant

    This clean and wholesome sweet shop below Hotel Satyadeep serves tasty mithai (Indian sweets), such as ladoo (sweet ball made with gram flour and semolina), gulab jamun (deep-fried balls of dough soaked in rose-flavoured syrup) and barfi (a dense, milk-based sweet). They are sold by the kilogram (₹300 to ₹550) or individually (around ₹30).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Agra

    Esphahan

    There are only two sittings each evening at Agra's finest restaurant, so booking ahead is essential, especially as non-hotel-guest tables are limited. The exquisite menu is chock-full of unique delicacies, with the modern fusion tasting menus and Indian thalis offering the best selection.

  • Restaurants in Mumbai (Bombay)

    O Pedro

    The first restaurant that makes it worth venturing into the Bandra Kurla Complex just to eat. The elevated Goan dishes are fantastic: spicy chorizo bhakri tacos, creamy seabass ceviche with tamarind, stir-fried prawn sukhhe with fresh coconut, Goa chillies and tamarind, fried rawas stuffed with green chilli-coconut chutney – it's all an explosion of flavour and spice and everything nice.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Varanasi

    Brown Bread Bakery

    This restaurant's fabulous menu includes more than 40 varieties of European-quality cheese and more than 30 types of bread, cookies and cakes – along with excellent pastas, sandwiches and breakfasts. Sit downstairs at street level or upstairs at the casual rooftop cafe, with seating on cushions around low tables and glimpses of the Ganges.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pune

    Malaka Spice

    Maharashtra's shining culinary moment is a fury of Southeast Asian fantasticness; trying to choose one dish among the delectable stir-fries, noodles and curries – all strong on seafood, vegetarian options, chicken, duck and mutton – is futile. Dine alfresco under colourful tree lights and relish the spicy and intricate flavour cavalcade from star chefs reared on a Slow Food, stay-local philosophy.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Alchi

    Alchi Kitchen

    Alchi Kitchen offers a rare chance to taste traditional Ladakhi foods made with a modern twist. The striking, mod-trad open kitchen runs out flavoursome skyu (vegetable stew containing something like a barley version of Italian orecchiette – pasta 'ears') and chutagi but there are also saffron paneer momos, stuffed khambir and kushi pheymar, a sweet and filling mix of barley and apricot flours with cheese and sugar that makes for a great trekking snack.