If caramelised paneer bruschettatopped with a dollop of pesto sauce can taste heavenly while also being presented like art on canvas, how can fusion not be in fashion? This culinary blending of cultures is more widespread than ever, presenting a trulygastronomical experience for food enthusiasts. ‘Go local to go global’ is the motto of this contemporary cuisine, celebrated among foodies all over India. And restaurants have been assimilating various traditions by using a balance of diverse cooking styles and reinventing golden dishes into something completely new.
Ready to sign up for a never-before culinary experience? The wait isover! Here’s our compilation of the 6 Indian restaurants that are taking fusion food to a whole new level.
1. FARZI CAFE, GURGAON
Cost for two: Rs. 2000 (approximately)
Ideal for: Post work drinks
Creativity has a new destination,and it’s called Farzi Cafe! Imagine French-inspired illustrations, all-woodedinteriors, molecular gastronomy on your plate and a stunning presentation. Yes, Farzi Cafe takes their diners on a gourmet journey with unmatched service,leaving them farzified (and satiated). Speaking of food, you’ll love their thirst for innovation, right from the Mishti Doi Amuse Bouche with reverses pherification to the sumptuous Candy Floss Paan. The restaurant uses sciencein the kitchen to enhance a few elements and create exciting dishes.
Chef Saurabh Udinia believes, “Being skilled in different cuisines, and experimenting with ingredients from all over the world, I was motivated to use them with an Indianised twist.”
Make sure you try their DuckSamosa and Goat Cheese Stuffed Tangdi Kebab (thank us later). Don’t forget to try their thrilling cocktails, each presenting a unique twist of its own.
2. PINK POPPADOM, BENGALURU
Cost for two: Rs. 2300 (approximately)
Ideal for: Romantic date
If the regular Indian cuisine seems too mainstream for you, then the brand new menu at this high-class restaurant raises the benchmark with its exciting gourmet food that’s sure to please your progressive taste. Think out-of-the-box cooking practises, exoticing redients and a plethora of enticing creations. Representing flavours rootedin years of tradition, the chef merges Indian palate with International cooking.
Featured attractions include an open kitchen, uptown modern vibes, all things pink, an extravagant layout; and a well-stocked bar comprising of a temperature-controlled wine cellar. Don’t forget to shuffle through their pre-set menu – it’s a feast for foodies and reinvents familiar flavors with cross-over Indian cuisine. We recommend their extra ordinaryBlue Cheese Naan, Mulligatawny Soup, Lobster Moilee, and Flambed Rasmalai BakedAlaska.
3. THE BOMBAY CANTEEN, MUMBAI
Cost for two: Rs. 2000 (approximately)
Ideal for: Hanging out with friends
At the Bombay Canteen, what appeals a modern day diner is the tasteful cooking of the celebrated Chef Floyd Cardoz. The interiors are designed to look like an archetypal old Bombay-style villa with an indulgence of patina mirrors, inducing nostalgia. Olde-worlde Hindi music soundtrack rifting through the air perfectly contrasts with the practical canteen ambiance.
Executive Chef Thomas Zacharias says,”We felt that a large part of Indian cuisine has not been explored and decided to go back to our roots. Typically restaurants here stick to theirmenus, but we love to innovate constantly.”
The Bombay Canteen also featuresa brief version of the menu available for lunch and an extensive one fordinner. We recommend their Seafood Bhel, Tandoori Pork Spare Ribs (topped with a spicy jaggery glaze and served with green beans) and a fresh take on EggsBenedict that they call Kejriwal Toast.
4. MASALA LIBRARY, MUMBAI
Cost for two: Rs. 5000 (approximately)
Ideal for: Family dinners and celebrations
Known for spicing things up, this classy restaurant believes in curating an illusion with its adventurous cooking styles. All about innovation, the kitchen at Masala Library brews dishes thatare a treat for your senses and are inspired from the streets of India, such asa shot of Thandai and Bun Maska or the bold appetizers like the Fried Dumpling Stuffed with Dal Chawal.
Covered with molecular magic, the dishes at Masala Library will explode in your mouth with a promise of things to come, narrating stories with scientific splendour. Their Wild Mushroom Chai and Jalebi Caviar will take your gastronomic escapade from insatiable toincredible, definitely making it worth the 2-week wait.
5. INDIAN ACCENT, NEW DELHI
Where: New Delhi
Cost for two: Rs. 4000 (approximately)
Ideal for: Festival dinners
Based on modern gastronomy,expect the unexpected at Indian Accent fine-dining restaurant with its progressive Indian fare and liberal spread. This ultra-modern eatery is nestledaway from the rush of the city life and presents a voyage into the diverse culinary flavours and spices.
With exotic ingredients and refined recipes, Indian Accent is known for lending a Delhi-touch to all of its generous platters. We recommend you to try their Chicken tikka masala, Peasoup, and Chilli Hoisin Duck Kulcha.
6. SOUL GARDEN BISTRO, CHENNAI
Cost for two: Rs. 1000 (approximately)
Ideal for: Quick brunch
Binge into the desi platters presented with a south Indian twist at this humble yet refined eatery in Chennai. The most celebrated dish at this restaurant is the goth burger called Madras Burger which gets its black color from the not-so-secret ingredient, coconut shell activated charcoal. The south Indian twist is that the patty is made of lentils and a generous serving of onion chutney. Other exciting gourmet delicacies to try at Soul Garden are- Pav bhaji fondue, Madras pizza, and Tamarind Maggi. If you’re looking for a healthy cheat meal, don’t forget to check out their low-carb KETO menu.
With our compilation of the best fusion food restaurants in India,you’re sure to go down an unparalleled gastronomic journey while spoiling your senses with refreshing flavours. Which restaurant are you heading to? Don’t forget to share your experience in the comments below.