For most of us, a family reunion during Diwali means days of feasting over delicious food. No wonder why then dining at the best restaurants tops everyone’s list at this time of the year. The festival of lights is also the perfect occasion to go back to our roots and gorge on traditional delicacies. This Diwali, book your festive dining calendar as GourmetItUp brings you some of the top Indian restaurants to eat out in the city.
Peshawri: The slow-cooked meat, the Daal Bukhara and the finest selection of kebabs make Peshawri at the ITC a popular name in the city’s dining scene. Although heavy on the pocket, its lightly-flavoured preparations doesn’t leave you feeling full otherwise associated with North Indian cuisine.
Neel: If you were wondering what makes Neel a favourite pick among traditional Indian food lovers, then you have to check its extensive kebab menu. With 30 non-vegetarian and 20 vegetarian options to choose from apart from its Haleem, Nalli Niharis and Taar Korma, Neel remains one of the best Indian restaurants in the city.
Make a reservation for the 5 Course Royal Indian Experience at Neel
Copper Chimney: Many of us remember eating at Copper Chimney as a child. Looks like nothing has changed since then! With its authenticity and legendary menu intact, we can go back for their lip-smacking kebabs, vegetarian staples and fragrant biryanis any day.
Trishna: If you are craving crabs, prawns and lobsters cooked in the South Indian way, then Trishna is where you should be dining this festive season. Tucked away in one of the bylanes of Kala Ghoda, enjoy some of the best coastal fish curries here.
Kebab Korner: What happens when recipes are passed down through generations of family chefs? You get Kebab Korner! Popular for their North Indian recipes, the restaurant located at Hotel Intercontinental is worth a visit this Diwali with your family.
Try the Fiery 3 Course Experience at Kebab Korner
Masala Library: Make way for molecular gastronomy and ‘progressive Indian fare’ at Masala Library, brainchild of Jiggs Kalra, the Czar of Indian cuisine. Watch out for liquid nitrogen, dry ice and anti-freeze mixtures served with popular Indian dishes here; this one is sure to brighten up your Diwali dinners.
Maya at The Trident: From Bengal to Rajasthan and Karnataka to Kashmir, Maya is the true celebration of what Indian cuisine has to offer that too under the same roof. Indulge in their coastal fish curries from the south and bhaapa (steamed) fish preparations from Bengal amidst a classy ambience.
Enjoy the Shahi 3 Course Experience At Maya, Trident BKC
Gulmurg: Gulmurg at The Shalimar Hotel is your best bet if you are looking for Indian food that is moderately priced. Right from their starters to shorbas, biryanis and daals, here is a restaurant that will leave you happy and satiated.
Book a table for Gulmurg’s 3 Course Indian Experience
Jewel of India: Another old establishment, Jewel of India has been wooing diners with their exotic kebabs and Indian specialities for years. Celebrate your Diwali with their fabulous menu and wonderful selection of cocktails.
Masala Bay at The Taj Lands End: Light yet flavourful, is how one would describe the food preparations at Masala Bay. A modern approach to Indian food, this contemporary restaurant has takers because of its beautiful ambience overlooking the sea link!