India is not just the land of spices, there is a brewing culinary talent that is reflective of the cuisine of our country. Not just the popular main course, but essentially Indian fiery snacks and fritters or even street food and traditional beverages have crossed time zones and geographical boundaries over the decades. And now, Indian cuisine is officially an embedded part of restaurants worldwide. The Michelin star rating system that assigns honor to recipes, cultures they are attached too and connoisseurs of the culinary industry, includes few Indian restaurants abroad, in its coveted Michelin star restaurants list.
This restaurant is a novel take on the Indian style of cooking, named after the holy city of India – ‘Benares’. Introduced by Atul Kocchar, he became the first ever Indian chef to receive a Michelin star. Started in 2003, ‘Benares’ became to attract crowd soon enough and became quite famous in the British capital. With great food and exquisite interiors, it is one of the finest Michelin star restaurants you can find in London. Koftas, kebabs, and many other specialties of the Indian cuisine can be tasted here. The setup of this restaurant is a fine Indian- British fusion and is counted among the top 15 best Indian restaurants in London.
This restaurant re-invents, re-creates and re-defines Indian cuisine for you. Located in Singapore, this restaurant headed by chef Mural Manjunath is counted among the top restaurants of Singapore. Opened in 2006, The Song of India is the only Indian restaurant to receive a Michelin star in Southeast Asia and it took 10 long years to bag the Michelin star. Popular specialties of the ‘Song of India’ are – wazwan style lamb chops, traditional Indian kulfi, fish cooked in mustard sauce, etc. If you are looking forward to an Indian dish served in a Singaporean style or vice versa, this might be just the catch.
Well, who isn’t aware of the popular and dashing celebrity chef Vikas Khanna. An author, an influencer, and a demi-god in the kitchen- Indian chef Vikas Khanna’s brainchild, ‘Junoon’, is placed in New York City. The striking décor and beautiful interiors makes this restaurant even more endearing. Started by Vikas Khanna in the year 2010, the restaurant won a Michelin Star the very next year and continued to be in the winner’s block of Michelin Star restaurants list for the next five years. The cocktail list at this restaurant is quite quirky and inspired by flavours of India itself. From Tandoori Tequila to Mumbai Margharita, these guys will simply win you over. You can enjoy bliss at ‘Junoon’ in the form of Eggplant Chaat, Chilli Murgh Tikka, Beet Papdi, Paneer Koftas, and Murgh Lababdar.
The name might not be inspired by India, but the food sure is. Campton Place is located inside the Taj Hotel at 340 Stockton St., San Francisco and is lavish and boastful with serious formal decor. Amidst the posh backdrop, the flavors here are a unique mixture of Indian and local flavours of California. One of the top rated Michelin star restaurants, the head chef here, Srijith Gopinathan introduces a brilliant seven course vegetarian and a separate non- vegetarian palate as tasting menus that serve as the most ideal introduction to the Indian menu. Changing the architecture of Californian cuisine by infusing India’s multifaceted regional dishes, an extraordinary experience awaits you in the Campton Place.
Buffets are a popular thing in the Indian setup and gatherings and this restaurant draws the idea from the heart of Indian weddings, parties, and get-togethers. Located in Macau, The Golden Peacock is quite a hit among food critics and is listed in the Hong Kong Tatler Best Restaurants guide for 2016. Featuring a glass window kitchen, the striking ornate interiors draw direct inspiration from contemporary Indian culture. The lunch follows the buffet concept, while the dinner is individualistic and elaborate. Some of the signature dishes of ‘The Golden Peacock’ are ‘Chandani chowk raj chaat’, ‘Kumarakom tiger prawn’ and ‘kandari Murgh tikka’.
These Indian Michelin star restaurants are your top pick if when you are desiring boastful Indian cuisine in fancy settings.