As Corporate Chef for the Indian Accent group which has restaurants in New Delhi, New York and London, Manish Mehrotra divides his time between the three locations, developing seasonally changing menus executed to the highest standards. Each city has its own unique identity and exciting food scene, and here Manish has recommended his top two restaurants from each city.
The China Kitchen in New Delhi is the best known restaurant for dumplings, and my favourite place to catch up with friends over an authentic Chinese meal in Delhi. Over the years they have maintained their authenticity in the cuisine, and it always exceeds my expectations.
Make Sure You Order: A steamed dumpling of red chilli filled with coriander shrimp mousse and ginger soy. This is the perfect bite of soft sweet prawn combined with the spicy bite of chilli.
Where: Bhikaiji Cama Place, Ring Road, New Delhi, Delhi, India, 110066
This New Delhi restaurant is extremely close to my heart – I have been going there for years, and it is one of Old World Hospitality’s first restaurants. It serves authentic Kashmiri cuisine in a charming 90s setting, and I always know I’m going to have a great meal when I visit.
Make Sure You Order: Palak Patta Chaat – crispy spinach fritters laced with sweet yoghurt, tamarind and mint chutney.
It ticks all the boxes as the perfect dish for me in terms of its vibrant colours, great flavours and
Where: 4/15A, Asaf Ali Road (Near Delhi Gate), New Delhi- 110 002
Visiting the Nobu restaurants in London was my first experience of modern Japanese food and it definitely left an impression. The Black Cod was delicious, and really inspired me at a time when I was just starting out in the industry. Each experience I have there is captivating!
Make Sure You Order: The Miso Black Cod at Nobu is legendary for a reason. It melts in the mouth and is simply
Where: Various locations
This is such a fun place to go. The food is interesting and is extremely different from the rest of the places that I have tried.
Make Sure You Order: Shakshukit with beef, lamb, pistachio and pine nuts. The high-quality beef and lamb work
perfectly with the nutty tastes and textures. It’s like an incredible deconstructed kebab and the
flavours are perfect.
Where: 34 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 6DN
Truly a hidden gem in New York! Uncle Boons has such a pleasant ambience, with the perfect music playing in the background to set the tone for a memorable evening. The food is excellent!
Make Sure You Order: Kob Woonse: Garlic and soy marinated frog legs over glass noodles, lemon grass and Thai herb salad. This dish is so good: sweet, sticky, and spicy, it’s everything you want and incredibly moreish.
Where: 7 Spring Street NYC, USA
Sushi Nakazawa is my all-time favourite sushi place in New York. The service is always impeccable, and the food has a special personal touch by the chef. Every experience I have here is unique, and the presentation of the sushi is perfect.
Make Sure You Order: The tasting menu at Sushi Nakazawa changes daily dependent on what the fisherman have caught that day. One of my favourite dishes is the live prawn, where chef prepares it at your table – it’s one of the most delicious prawns I’ve ever had.
Where: 23 Commerce Street, NYC, USA