Treating clients for a new business deal? Celebrating a new set of wheels? Looking for a new swanky place to show off on social media? Make that big impression in the country’s some of the most expensive restaurants to indulge your senses. If you don’t mind splurging, you can really get the best that only a few can afford to experience. And that is what draws the super-affluent to these restaurants time and gain. Here’s our list of top seven restaurants worth trying at least once in your lifetime.  

  1. Chef’s Studio by Taj, Mumbai – Meal for two at Rs 1.5 Lacs only

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Taj Mumbai is known for creating unique experiences for the lovers of fine dining. Chef’s Studio offers private dining in mesmeric settings, with handcrafted menus and impeccable service. A truly mesmerising experience to engage all your senses with the restraurant’s finely curated dining experiences. Guests get to experience meals being crafted especially for them by a master chef in the private kitchen with bespoke customization. This offers a distinct dining experience combining gourmet cuisine with warm and personalized service. This personalised dining marvel will set you back by Rs 1.5 lacs for two.

  1. Le Cirque, Leela Palace, New Delhi – 130$ for a steak

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Concocted by the noted and celebrated chef and restaurateur Sirio Maccioni, Le Cirque is the perfect place to dine at for an intimate dinner. The most sought-after dining experience, one can savour French-Italian cuisine in settings that make guests come back for more.

Embark on a culinary journey with Chef Matteo’s 6 course tasting menu. Enjoy the best the restaurant has to offer with an exclusive walk-in wine cellar, a personal chef’s table, the most prestigious show kitchen and super private dining rooms. The restaurants’ signature dishes include The 1001 Night of Pan Seared Scallops, Red Beetroot Tortelli Filled with Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese, Ravioli Stuffed with Barolo Braised Duck Leg, Quail and Wild Mushroom Risotto with Black Truffle. The best reserved for the last is the dish that is worth trying for sure if your palette is up for it. The Grilled Angus T-bone steak served with a side of creamed spinach, potatoes and black pepper will set you back by about Rs 9100 ($130).

  1. Zanotta, Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon – A Brunch for two at Rs 20,000

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Another Leela property on the list, this hotel boasts of a brunch menu that only a few restaurants have ever dared to create. A 36-course brunch tasting menu that is worth every penny. Each course is freshly cooked, with dishes that tantalise every taste bud. Zanotta offers the perfect ambience for a wonderful dining experience. The restaurant even boasts of a collection of over 1500 wines from across the world. Relish signature dishes like the selection of Salamis and dry meats with focaccia and Carasau bread; the Truffle Cappuccino with caramelized pumpkin and nuts. With live kitchen action that adds to the experience, the 36-course tasting menu is worth the attention that it truly deserves.

  1. Wasabi By Morimoto, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai – Cost for two 20,000 Rupees

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Wasabi by Morimoto is an award-winning restaurant which is thronged by celebrities and influencers time and again. Recognized by San Pelligrinoas as one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Wasabi by Morimoto offers its guests authentic Japanese culinary treasures. The Iron Chef Morimoto has crafted the menu with ingredients including seafood and Wasabi, specially flown in from Japan. Signature dishes include White fish carpaccio, Black cod miso, Wasabi Cremebrulee, tomato carpaccio with yuzu and soy dressing amongst the ever-growing list of mouth-watering dishes in the menu. Wasabi also boasts of a superb list of Japanese whiskies, sake and plum wines, and a great range of Japanese teas as well.

  1. Celini, Grand Hyatt, Mumbai

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A truly traditional Italian restaurant that is a wonder for the taste buds, the menu boasts of conventional recipes and presents it in a modern twist. A graceful ambience takes every guest on an amazing culinary journey. The restaurant boasts of a wood-fired pizza oven, rotisserie and charcoal grill built into the show kitchen which adds a certain exuberance to the experience. The menu is seasonal and signature dishes include antipasti, risotto, fresh pizzas and pasta. The restaurant also boasts of an immaculate list of wines which includes Chateau Mouton Rothschild, a taste of which comes at Rs 18,000. An average meal for two not including taxes can easily rack up to Rs 20,000.

  1. Casablanca Room, Souk, The Taj Mahal Hotel

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Guests looking for that luxe experience can head on to the Casablanca room in the Souk at Taj Mahal hotel. Hidden away within the famous restaurant, the table for two scenario is perfect for an intimate dining experience with the view of the gateway of india and the arabian sea as the perfect backdrop. The chef’s select 9 course menu will set you back by Rs 50,000 not including taxes and is the perfect way to celebrate those special moments. Counted amongst the finest of private dining, Chef Simoun Chakour customizes a handcrafted, nine-course Mediterranean meal complete with delectable appetisers, mains and sinful deserts. And yes it comes with a range of exquisite wines. Versace crockery & glassware, designer candles and a very discreet service complete the luxurious experience. However unlike other restraurants, this one is by chef’s invite only.

Not everything is about money but the dining experience at any of these restaurants is worth the money and much more. Each of these places offer the best of ingredients sources locally and internationally, the best of chefs in the world who create personalised menus and service that only a few get to experience in their lifetime. For the right connoisseur, the experience is what that matters.

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