5 Best Restaurants In India That Serve Modern And Traditional Indian Food

Aside from the beautiful and world-famous Taj Mahal, India is also known for its diverse cuisine.
Aside from the beautiful and world-famous Taj Mahal, India is also known for its diverse cuisine. (Photo: By Mohans1995 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Aside from the beautiful and world-famous Taj Mahal, India is also known for its diverse cuisine. It is a culinary paradise for food lovers, as it cookery differs from state to state. It is also the home of some top restaurants in the world by making it to the various, prestigious list. So if you want to taste both of modern and traditional Indian food, here are the best five restaurants in India that you need to visit.

The Bombay Canteen

The Bombay Canteen adapts modern India by going out of the box and presenting something new. Here, tourists and locals alike can both experience the fun of the modern world, while also learning the country's history.

This place has a seasonal changing menu, a cocktail book that is inspired by Mumbai's Art Deco architecture, cinematic history, and constantly changing things up. It is also praised for its good service, as it has the warmest and friendliest staff.

Indian Accent

Indian Accent is considered as one of the most prized restaurants in India. Chef Manish Mehrotra perfectly cooks different Indian dishes with a modern touch but retains its original taste.

This restaurant is famous for its butter chicken kulchas, naans, dals, and inventive desserts. But the vegetarian ghee roast soya boti with roomali roti pancakes remain to be a fan-favorite, along with its meaty version, ghee roast mutton boti, per CN Traveler. After you devour all this food, you can wash it down with its signature sparkling wine or Indian Accent's classic cocktails.

The Table

The Table differs from other restaurants on the list. It has a strange menu and features plate sharing. Its food takes inspiration from all the countries around the world, allowing Chef Divesh Aswani to play with its cooking style, modernizing traditional recipes, and experimenting with ingredients.

Some of the famous dishes here are the boneless chicken wings, Table Salad, which all ingredients come from its farm, yellowfish tuna tataki, and avocado toast served on sourdough from its sister restaurant, Magazine Street Kitchen. It is also supporting sustainable sourcing, which can be seen on its soft-shell crab with nam jim and mixed-herb salad as its ingredients are all locally sourced.

Masala Library

Masala Library offers fine dining experience at its finest. It will take you on a culinary journey like no other. According to Trip Savvy, it focuses on molecular gastronomy that uses scientific principles to serve classic Indian dishes in unconventional ways.

Indian food columnist, author, gastronome, and food consultant Jiggs Kalra started this business in 2013. However, it is located in a suburban commercial office complex that is hard to find. But, food lovers may make an extra effort to have a different food experience.


Gaylord is one of India's oldest, but still famous restaurants in India. It started in the business in 1956 and is also the first restaurant in the country that has an open-air bakery.

It serves both Indian and Continental food. Its place features an old-world outdoor garden patio and a wide indoor air-conditioned space. Some of the favorites here are buttered chicken, rogan josh, and lasooni fish tikka.

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