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Restaurants in India

Indian cuisine varies dramatically from state to state, so travelers here are guaranteed to enjoy a flavorful culinary experience.  In northern regions, you'll find more dishes highlighting meats (mainly lamb and chicken), as well as rich dhal, a wide variety of breads, and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian kebabs.

The cuisine of Punjab and Gujarat is what most foreigners know as "Indian food," with its gravy-based curries, while Hyderabad is home of the spice-packed biriyani rich dish, and the south—including states like Tamil Nadu and Chennai—is where you'll find spicy coconut-infused curries, lentil-based dosa and idili, and the use of fresh fish.

Many of the best restaurants in India are located in five-star hotels, and these eateries often help highlight dishes from different regions—and well as other countries. At 360 at the Oberoi New Delhi, an open kitchen lets you watch your pan-Indian and continental dishes be prepared, while, also in New Delhi, Bukhara features a dish named for a former U.S. President (because he enjoyed it so much). At Karavali at the Taj in Bangalore, rated one of the best of all India restaurants, you'll savor tastes like Coorg fried chicken and Alleppy fish curry.

  • Anant Ashram

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  • Badettu

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  • Beach House at Taj Holiday Village

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    The open-air, waterside setting at chef Urbano de Rego’s traditional Goan restaurant is not to be missed. Chef Rego was the first to bring Goan foo... More
  • Britannia & Co.

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    Dine on an aromatic mound of saffron-splashed rice laced with chunks of mutton kebab, elaborately decorated with fried onions and cashews, and acce... More
  • Bukhara

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    Yes, it’s touristy—Bill Clinton ate here, for crying out loud—but even local foodies agree this boisterous hotel restaurant serves Delhi’s finest, ... More
  • China House, Mumbai

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    Opened in May 2007, China House’s chic, ultramodern décor and multiple levels draw Bollywood’s A-list. Look out for Bipasha Basu or the Bachchans s... More
  • Dakshin

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    Entirely worth the 30- to 40-minute drive down from Connaught Place and central Delhi, this hotel restaurant has improbably become a haunt of in-th... More
  • Glenary's

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  • Henry Tham Chinese Restaurant

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    Henry Tham operates under a Zen philosophy: simple décor, authentic food, and great music. The restaurant specializes in modern Chinese cuisine and... More
  • Indigo, Mumbai

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    Mumbai mainstay Indigo’s lengthy wine list is famed. But the drinks are just the tip of this exclusive iceberg. The Euro-Asian cuisine includes dis... More
  • Kalluram Dubey

  • Karim’s

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Kewpie's Kitchen

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    Tuck into a plate of yellow lentils and the river fish called begti at this landmark restaurant in the southern part of town. More
  • Khan Chacha

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    Since 1968, Banda Hasan has been dishing up his famous char-grilled kathi rolls—thin roti roomali bread filled with minced mutton, paneer (cheese),... More
  • Koh by Ian Kittichai

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    In August of 2010, Thailand-born chef Pongtawat Ian Chalermkittichai (of New York's Kittichai) opened Koh by Ian Kittichai in Mumbai's InterContine... More

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