Indian cuisine is no longer a cuisine with an all-indigenous fan base. The raging global sensation that is our humble Indian cuisine always gives us a feeling of being our means to get a home away from home. Our beloved Indian food painstakingly alleviates the feelings of homesickness every time, even while exploring a somewhat foreign destination. And when we come across and experience familiar food being cooked, prepared, and presented in even more delicious ways than our home country- we are simply left awestruck! Here’s a list of ten such Indian restaurants that you should be ready to travel the world for.
1. Gymkhana, London
As we continue to be inspired by the British heritage, this restaurant is based entirely on the elite sporting and recreation clubs for gentlemen run in the times of our colonial masters. The décor of the restaurant too stands testimony to the bygone eras of the British Raj- through its polished oak wood panelling and antique furniture. Amidst rave reviews by Londoners and Indians alike, some things that are strongly recommended are the Pig’s Cheek Vindaloo, Muntjac Biryani with Pomegranate and Mint Raita, or even a Paneer Tikka with Cashewnut and Corn Chaat!
2. Junoon, New York
Known all around for being a place of business, and pleasure, this eatery is a must-visit when in the Big Apple. This is also where Vikas Khanna worked during his early years as chef. Junoon is one of the few exclusive restaurants on Madison Avenue to have earned a Michelin star, and rightfully so! Junoon is known for fusing traditional Indian dishes with the modern. Visit Junoon to discover passionately crafted dishes such as the Five-Pepper Scallop, the Thali Platter, and the Hyderabadi Chicken Korma.
3. Amal at the Armani, Dubai
A modern take on the traditional Indian cuisine, Amal is a class-apart with its grandeur and opulence. The Amal boasts of great Indian food, amazing live sitar music, and great desserts! What’s more- you get to enjoy your meal with a wonderful view of the Dubai Fountain, and the Burj Khalifa. The Amal offers a simplistic, yet divine take on dishes like the Murgh Makhani, Butter Chicken & Tikka. Not to miss their take on the delicious Raita!
4. Gaggan, Bangkok
Out of all the Indian restaurants abroad, Gaggan by Gaggan Anand in Bangkok is the most award-winning star of them all. Anand has taken the classic Indian dishes and given them a molecular twist to please the palettes of both Indians and Bangkok citizens alike. The dishes being made live further add a unique edge and appeals to all the senses. Be it the delicious cocktails, the Keema Pao, the Sali Boti, the innovative dishes such as Angry bird or the Made In Japan- you must visit Gaggan before it vanishes into thin air!
5. Jamavar, London
Jamavar in London proudly proclaims itself to be inspired from the Viceroy’s house in New Delhi as well as the intricate patterns and vibrant colours of the Jamawar shawls of India. Their set lunches are a bargain, as they let the food do the talking. Their Stone-Bass Tikka, pulled Butter Chicken, and Pepper Soft-Shell Crab are to die for.
6. The Song of India, Singapore
Set in a classic Black and White colonial Bungalow, this restaurant takes pride in its sophistication and stylish interiors. Just a stone’s throw away from the main shopping district of the city of Singapore, The Song of India uses both traditional methods of preparation and modern cooking styles. They boast of an interesting array of dishes including Prawn Curry, Aloo Gobhi, and Lamb Shank.
7. Bombay Club, Washington DC
The Bombay Club claims to be the most unique Indian restaurant on the Washington social dining circuit with a really impressive list of clientele from the who’s who of Hollywood to former US Presidents. Their Thalis, warm Truffle Naan and Tandoori Salmon are to die for. Also- don’t forget to try their Masala Chai and Gulab Jamun.