Did you know seven Indian restaurants made it to the list of the world's 150 most legendary? Our culinary heritage is taking the globe by storm! From Kerala's iconic Paragon, where biryani reigns supreme, to Lucknow's melt-in-your-mouth Tunday Kababi, each bite is a passport to a unique culinary story.
Buckle up! Because we're taking you on a mouthwatering journey across India, where history simmers on your plate and every bite bursts with flavors bolder than Holi hues - fuel your adventures with legendary eateries that are destinations in themselves!
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This 84-year-old Kerala gem isn't just a restaurant, it's a temple to the legendary Malabar Biryani. Imagine layers of fragrant rice, succulent meat, and spices whispered down generations, all bursting in your mouth with every bite. No wonder it's ranked 11th in the world's most legendary eateries!
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Specialty: Keralan cuisine, known for its fresh seafood, coconut milk, and spices. Some must-try dishes include Malabar fish curry, Paragon biryani, appam (rice pancakes), and banana fritters.
Price: Budget friendly (around ₹500-₹700)
Dive into the heart of Old Delhi and prepare to be swept away by the aroma of slow-cooked kebabs at Karim's. This legendary haunt has been tantalizing taste buds since 1913, with their melt-in-your-mouth mutton burra and creamy tandoori chicken tikka being the undisputed stars. Don't forget the crisp rumali rotis to mop up all that gravy!
Specialty: Mughlai royalty in a bowl - melt-in-your-mouth kebabs, creamy butter chicken, and legendary Nihari.
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Prepare for melt-in-your-mouth magic at Tunday Kababi, the 12th most legendary restaurant globally. Their melt-in-your-mouth Galouti Kebabs, made with 16 spices and as delicate as a feather, are legendary for a reason.
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Specialty: Awadhi cuisine, known for its melt-in-your-mouth kebabs, aromatic biryanis, and flavorful curries.
Price range: Mid-range
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This culinary powerhouse reigns supreme as India's #1 restaurant, and for good reason. Chef Manish Mehrotra reinterprets Indian classics with global influences, creating dishes like the iconic blue cheese kulcha that'll blow your mind.
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Specialty: Modern Indian magic - traditional flavors reimagined with innovative techniques, plating that's a feast for the eyes, and a culinary journey that will leave you breathless.
Price: High-end (think ₹5,000+ per head), an investment in an unforgettable experience.
Michelin Stars: Two, a global icon of Indian cuisine.
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Step back in time at Peter Cat, a Kolkata institution since 1830. Ranked 17th among legendary restaurants, it's where Chelo Kebabs, a Persian-inspired dish, stole hearts (and stomachs) for centuries. The old-world charm and legendary flavors are an experience in themselves.
Specialty: Dive into colonial charm with Chelo Kebabs and Mutton Cutlets, washed down with refreshing Anglo-Indian cocktails.
Price: Mid-range (think under ₹1,000), history served on a silver platter.
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Get whisked away to a Burmese feast at Bomras. Led by the charismatic Chef Jap, this Goa gem serves up dishes like the signature tea leaf salad and Kachin chicken that'll transport your taste buds to Southeast Asia.
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Specialty: Goan sunshine on a plate - vibrant seafood curries, tangy vindaloo, and crispy recheado, all served with heartwarming Goan hospitality.
Price: Mid-range (₹1,500-₹2,500), a taste of paradise without breaking the bank.
Calling all paratha lovers! This 23rd-ranked legend in Murthal is your one-stop shop for crispy, golden-fried parathas that'll leave you licking your fingers. From classic Aloo Parathas to adventurous fillings like Paneer and Keema, get ready for a carb-tastic feast that'll warm your soul.
Specialty: This large dhaba offers a variety of Indian, Chinese, and Continental dishes. However, their signature dishes are Punjabi staples like parathas, lassi, and butter chicken.
Price range: Budget-friendly
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Prepare for a journey of hyperlocal ingredients at Masque. Chef Varun Totlani and his team scour India for the freshest, most unique flavors, transforming them into fine-dining masterpieces like Lonavala chocolate fudge with kachampuli ice cream.
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Specialty: Modern Indian cuisine with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients. They offer a tasting menu that showcases the chef's creativity and skill.
Price range: High-end
Michelin stars: One Michelin star
Tip: Craving more Mumbai magic? Check out The Bombay Canteen, O Pedro, Veronica's, Americano, and Izumi Bandra.
South Indian cuisine gets a modern makeover at Avartana. Think lamb brain fritters, infused tomato rasam, and idiyappam with asparagus and coconut stew – a symphony of tradition and innovation that'll redefine your South Indian food experience.
Specialty: A fusion fiesta - Indian ingredients reimagined with global influences, plating that's a work of art, and a dining experience that pushes the boundaries of flavor.
Price: High-end, an ode to culinary creativity.
Michelin Stars: One, a star for the adventurous palate.
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This Kolkata gem is a "bajaar to table kitchen," where the local markets inspire European and East Asian dishes with a distinctly Bengali twist. Bhetki fish and paccheri pasta in seaweed butter, anyone?
Specialty: This cafe offers a mix of European and Indian dishes, along with coffee, tea, and pastries. Their menu is known for its fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Price range: Mid-range
This is just a taste of the culinary treasures waiting to be discovered! So, pack your appetite, ditch the guidebooks, and let your taste buds be your compass. Every legendary eatery in India is a story waiting to be savored, bite by delectable bite.
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