Everyone perceives India to be a ‘Developing country’; however, this list surely strikes a question in our mind pertaining to the amount of wealth generated by the rich in our nation. The slow escalation of wealth amongst the Indian gentry has gladly paved way for a dramatic change in the country’s culinary world. From Thai, Japanese, Italian to Mughlai and Afghani cuisines, these restaurants cast an inviting, sensational spell on the extravagant pallets served here, which, if I may add, have the full potential to burn a rather large hole in our pockets! Presenting to you, Top 20 most expensive Indian restaurants-
1 Wasabi by Morimoto, the Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba, Mumbai
This is a premier Japanese restaurant and was even rated in San Pellegrino’s list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, 2013. What makes it stand out amongst the rest is that Chef Masaharu Morimoto, also known as the Iron Chef, inspires all the dishes served here. Moreover, every ingredient used is specially ordered from Japan itself. The cost for two can easily amount to Rs. 12,000.
2 Orient Express, Taj Palace, New Delhi.
This award-winning restaurant is based on the theme of the renowned Train, Orient Express that travels across Europe. All the dishes listed in the menu are symbolic of the countries the train passes through. Remarkably, even its setting is akin to a compartment of the said train. From hors d’oeuvres, entrees, sorbets and desserts, it serves one of the best European cuisines in India. The average cost for two is Rs. 12,000.
3 Bukhara, Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi.
The North-West Frontier has always been at the helm to relish us with its succulent tandoor-cooked kebabs, bread and vegetables. This phenomenal cuisine can be best enjoyed at Bukhara, which is a six-time winner of the ‘Miele Asia Award’ for being one of the Top 20 Restaurants in Asia. The interior adds to the rustic-ethnic feel of the cuisine, where the display kitchen forms a part of the restaurant. Interestingly, the menu is painted on a wooden block and earthenware crockery is used. This outstanding experience comes at a price of Rs. 8000 for two.
4 Yuuka, Palladium Hotel, Mumbai.
Another restaurant known for its Japanese cuisine, this one is the creation of internationally awarded chef, Chef Ting Yen. The restaurant not only provides intelligently crafted, fine culinary masterpieces accompanied by sakes and Japanese beers and malts but also is also well acclaimed for its luxurious setting and origami-patterned decor, which overlooks the Arabian Sea. Average price for two can exceed Rs. 10,000.
5 Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs, ITC Windsor, Bengaluru.
The feel, dining style and cuisine of The British Raj can be lavishly experienced at Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs. This extraordinary Anglo-Lucknowi restaurant has been a six-time winner of the Times Food Guide for the Best North Indian Restaurant. The flavoursome aroma of the Mughlai Khana paired with a rich ambience adds to a pleasant evening. Average price for two may amount to Rs. 5000.
6 Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad.
If you are someone, whom palaces and royalty then this one enthrall will definitely top your bucket list! Adorned with life-size portraits of the Nizams of Hyderabad, the restaurant offers a magnificent selection of regal platters. The breathtaking Royal interior tempered with a contemporary touch makes this place one of a kind. The dining restaurants namely Adaa and Celeste providing fairytale ambience and impeccable service amount to Rs. 8,000 and Rs. 7,000 respectively.
7 Italia, The Park Hotel, Chennai
Italia offers classical Italian cuisine in an elegant yet casual setting. It boasts of being associated with Chef Antonio Carluccio and Chef Rajesh. This contemporary restaurant offers individualistic spaces. With a brilliant service, Italia will bestow delicious Italian memories upon you for two, at a price of Rs. 5,000.
8 Zen, Leela Palace, Bengaluru.
Zen is an exotic restaurant in the city, which introduces its patrons to the splendid world of Asian cuisine. The restaurant has mastered the art of Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines and presents a calming, peaceful ambience. Their signature prawns, bamboo shoot dumplings and barbeque pork buns are immaculate in taste with one of the best Teppanyaki and Yakitori kitchens. All this comes at a price of Rs. 5000 for two.
9 Travertino, The Oberoi, New Delhi.
This is your go-to place for traditional Italian cuisine in New Delhi. This sophisticated, formal Italian restaurant is a collaboration between Rome’s Hassler Hotel and the Oberoi. Additionally, it also provides for a varied collection of wines and cheese. The patrons root for classy ambience and unparalleled cooking at a cost of Rs. 4,000 for two.
10 Royal Afghan, ITC Windsor Hotel, Bengaluru.
This restaurant has filled the hearts (and stomachs) of its visitors with excellent services and sumptuous North Indian and Mughlai cuisine. It also allows for a marvellous outdoor seating arrangement accompanied by the candle-light decor and an à la mode bar. This comes to a price of Rs. 5,000 for two.
11 Celini, Grand Hyatt, Mumbai.
This restaurant features top-notch Italian cuisine with elegance and simplicity. Chef Alessandro Persico’s Italian wonders are a delight for the customers; moreover, it also displays a charcoal grill, wood-fired pizza oven and a rotisserie. It also provides various seating options such as a lounge, booth and so on. The average cost for two amounts to Rs. 6,000 for two.
12 Ottimo at West View, ITC Maurya, New Delhi.
It is a fine-dining place for the ones who prefer to adhere to their favourite cuisine; their most favoured dishes include Tiramisu, Brunch Menu, Eggs Benedict and Minestrone Soup. The wow factor of this restaurant is its decor, which presents a picturesque view from its rooftop setting. It also has a live grill and an attentive service. Dining here can cost up to Rs. 6,600 for two.
13 Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel, Bengaluru.
Karavalli, which means ‘land by the shore’, is known for the finest Coastal-Sea food dining experience in Bangalore with a variety of cuisines such as the Mangalorean and Konkani. The ambience includes pathways, which lead to this marvellous structure where Mangalore tiled ceilings, lamps of brass and wooden furniture can be seen. It also has a lotus pond with croaking frogs adding its country charm. Cost may reach to Rs. 4,000 for two.
14 Bayview, Vivanta by Taj Fisherman’s Cove, Chennai.
Bayview is the restaurant to visit if you want to be entertained by live music on the seaside while sipping on your favourite beer. No wonder it gives off a ‘Romantic vibe’. It is popular for its seafood cuisine whereas Crab Cake and Grilled Tenderloin are it’s most sought after dishes. Dining here may amount to Rs. 4,200 for two.
15 Eden Pavilion, ITC Sonar, Kolkata.
ITC Sonar’s posh 24-hour fine dining restaurant Eden Pavilion offers a marvellous spread of inventive international cuisine. The signature dishes are Kosha Mangsho and Lucchi and Pavilion Fish & Chips. The average cost for two amounts to Rs. 4,500.
16 Le Cirque Signature, The Leela Palace, Bengaluru.
Le Cirque Signature is revered by critics of New York City for its menu, which provides for delectable, creative Italian and French cuisine, accompanied by a repertoire of select wines. The intimate decor displays a backdrop of a stunning glass arch, which offers a panoramic view of the palace’s lush greenery and grand architecture. Facilities for private dining and dining in the lounge are also available. It costs Rs. 6,000 for two people.
17 [email protected], The Westin, Pune.
[email protected] is the perfect restaurant to hang out with friends for cocktails and for some light gossip. It overlooks the beautiful Mula Mutha River and offers a wide range of martinis, mojitos and wines to be cherished with amazing light snacks. It costs Rs. 4,000 for two.
18 Baan Thai, The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata.
The very name of the restaurant evokes images of peaceful Thai smiles and flavoursome Thai cuisine. The meticulously prepared menu offers enriching vegetarian delicacies along with meat delicacies popular seafood. The average cost for two may reach up to Rs. 4,000.
19 China XO, the Leela Palace, Chennai.
Known for it’s authentic Chinese and Japanese cuisines, China XO’s opulence and grandeur take luxury dining to the next level! Dim Sum, Sunday Brunch, Fried Rice, Crispy Prawn, Hakka Noodle are its most notable preparations. A meal for two can cost up to Rs. 4,000.
20 Masala Kraft, the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai.
The name ‘Taj’ itself defines the extravagance and perfection the restaurant must offer. It serves North Indian food with a twist and makes one feel at ease with its fine decor. The cost for two may amount to Rs. 6,000.