Last night, India’s culinary best all came under one roof for the second edition of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s Delicious Food Awards 2019. Leading chefs, hoteliers, and food lovers from across the country flew down to New Delhi’s The Imperial for this special day. Read on to know which restaurants bagged the top spot, all thanks to the wonderful readers who voted for them! By Bayar Jain

It’s no hiding that Indians are known for their love for food. For us, food is more than a mere sustenance factor. It is also about the taste, looks, and the surrounding ambience. At the Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s Delicious Food Awards 2019, we celebrate each of these components. Over the past few months, readers were given the opportunity to not only vote for their favourites across 22 categories but were also allowed to nominate restaurants if they wished. The long-drawn battle finally culminated at The Imperial, New Delhi where the best were crowned with their respective titles. Patisseries, Cafes, Cocktail bars…each were given its due share.

The awards included a range of cuisines such as Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Continental, Mughlai and more. Even theme-based restaurants, Sunday brunches, and the best of vegetarian restaurants were awarded during the glitzy evening.

Check out the complete list of winners:

Best Ambience:

Yi Jing, ITC Kohenur

The Hong Kong Club, Andaz Delhi

Best Café:

Elan, The Lodhi, New Delhi

Le Café, Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre

Best Cocktail Bar:

Rockpool, W Goa

The Reservoire, Bangalore

Best Farm-to-table:

Haveli, Alila Fort Bishangarh

Tres, New Delhi

Best Patisserie:
The Chocolate Box Lounge, Radisson Blu Hotel Noida

Le15, Mumbai

Best Rooftop Bar:
Tiamo, Conrad Bengaluru


Cirrus 9, The Oberoi, New Delhi – Editor’s Choice

Best Service:
The Flying Elephant, Park Hyatt Chennai

eau de Monsoon, Le Meridien New Delhi

Best Sunday Brunch:
The Café, Hyatt Regency Pune

Machan, Taj Mahal, New Delhi

Best Themed Restaurant:
Kheer, Roseate House New Delhi

Lavaash By Saby, New Delhi

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Thank you @marryam ma'am! Your kind words, continue to motivate the team at @lavaashbysaby to bring forth the hidden gems of India's culinary map! • • • • • • • Earth Mother @meghakohli listens to the people in her kitchen. So, when her ‘boys’ sing praises of the mustard oil and sattu back home in Bihar, far from dismissing their conversation, she actually decided to hold a festival of Bihari thali. It is for gargantuan appetites: I couldn’t finish my try vegetarian thali. In particular, I loved the aloo chokha, perfumed with mustard oil from a staff member’s own fields back home and the besan gatta that was more robust than its Rajasthani cousin. The lauki raita too had a punch of mustard in it and the littis were baked in the traditional way, though where the restaurant obtained the wherewithal, I never discovered. It is on for this month, the Bihari thali, with weekly alterations. It is unvarnished with no concessions to the North Indian palate. On for lunch and dinner, vegetarian and fish/mutton/chicken variations. #lavaash #lavaashbysaby #biharithali #regionalcuisinesofindia #regionalcuisine #biharifood #thalisofindia

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Best Chinese Cuisine:
Tao of Peng, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram

The China Kitchen, Hyatt Regency Delhi

Best Continental Cuisine:
Aqua – The Park, New Delhi

Nostalgia at 1911 Brasserie – The Imperial, New Delhi

Best Desserts:
Gourmet Store, Grand Hyatt Mumbai

Daily Treats, The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace

Best Veg Cuisine:
Royal Vega – ITC Grand Chola

Burma Burma Restaurant & Tea Room, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon

Best Italian Cuisine:
Le Cirque Signature – The Leela Palace Bengaluru

Sorrento, Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi

Best Japanese Cuisine:
Megu, The Leela Palace New Delhi

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Thank you for sharing this wonderful review @top25restaurants #Repost ・・・ Megu at the Leela Palace New Delhi serves dishes prepared using genuine and fresh Japanese ingredients. Megu is highly rated in the Top 25 Restaurants in Delhi by Travelindex and the trusted Restaurant Rating Index. . Top 25 Restaurants now in 5 cities across Asia. Only the best restaurants in Asia for fine dining lovers. . ¤ Megu at the Leela Palace New Delhi ¤ . 🌏 🌏 . =============== #top25restaurants =============== #megu #bestrestaurantsdelhi #sushi #sashimi #toprestaurantsdelhi #eat #wheretoeat #instafood #iger #foodblog #recipes #topfood #india #newdelhi #top20bestrestaurants #top25 #topbestluxury #japaneserestaurants #leelapalace #leelahotels #cozyfinedining #michelinstar #combinations #indianfood #japanesedining #foodie #foody #foodie

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Akira Back, JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity

Best Mughlai Cuisine:
Daniell’s Tavern, The Imperial, New Delhi

Chulha, Grand Hyatt, Goa

ITC Maurya for Dum Pukht-Awadhi-The Grand Cuisine, New DelhiEditor’s Choice

Best Pan-Asian Cuisine:
Mikusu, Conrad Bengaluru

MKT, The Chanakya

Best South Indian Cuisine:
Malabar Café, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty

The Eatery – Four Points by Sheraton Kochi Infopark

Best Thai Cuisine:
Neung Roi – Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport

By The Mekong, The St. Regis Mumbai

Restaurant of the year:
Baoshuan – The Oberoi, New Delhi

Best New Restaurant of the year North & South:
Soul Pantry – Andaz Delhi (North)

GYLT Bar, Bengaluru

Best New Restaurant of the year East & West:
Farzi Café, Jaipur

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#Thankyou @hangry_guys for your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back soon • • • • • Farzi cafe located in MI road Jaipur has some amazing presentation of different dishes. Do visit the place for some refreshing stuff. . In frame 🖼 ~ Amritsari Cholle, bedmi poori puff Location 📍~ @farzicafe . Taste : 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Ambience : 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Presentation : 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Rating : 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌠 . . @hangry_guys @hangry_guys @hangry_guys . . #jaipur #food #cafe #desifood #foodislove #foodblogging #foodtalkindia #thefoodnetwork #jaipurcityblog #pinkcity #foodblogger #jaipurdiaries #jaipurblogger #foodphotography #jaipurfoodblog #indianfoodblogger #bloggers #vloggers #jaipurmag #tasty #foodie #foodgram #foodography #tasty #yummy

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Mustard, Worli

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