When it comes to gastronomy and restaurants, south of India has been an underdog but they’ve made big strides. Take for instance the three south Indian restaurants that won big at the LF Epicurean Guild Awards 2020—not only have they have been champions of regional and hyperlocal Indian cuisine but also indigenous produce. The icing on the proverbial cake is that the restaurants have revisited age old classics with great elan and contemporary approach.
Check out the three restaurants from Chennai and Bengaluru which stood out at LFEGA 2020.
Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel, Bengaluru
Karavalli bagged two awards at LFEGA 2020—Best Seafood Restaurant and Best Traditional Indian Restaurant. Spearheaded by chef Naren Thimmaiah, the restaurant takes pride in the authenticity and flavours of the food it serves. The menu reflects chef Thimmaiah’s 22 years of research on the home cuisines of various communities along India’s southwest coastal regions. You can expect delicacies belonging to the Mangalorean Bunts, Kodavas, Calicut Muslims, Syrian Christians of Travancore, and a few others.
Avartana, ITC Grand Chola, Chennai
Voted as the Best Progressive Indian Restaurant in India at LFEGA 2020, Avartana, one of the most popular restaurants in Chennai, is known for its south Indian degustation menu that showcases seasonal produce and fresh ingredients on your plate. Just imagine relishing idiyappam with asparagus and coconut stew, and fennel panna cotta in an ambience accentuated with banana flower-shaped lights and a beautiful mural of a Kerala canoe crafted in mother-of-pearl.
Toast & Tonic, Bengaluru
Better known as T&T, Toast and Tonic steals your attention with its East Village style décor, referencing the hip Manhattan neighbourhood known for its minimalist and clean aesthetics. As the name suggests, tonics are the highlight that are infused with flavours such as jasmine tea, elderflower, grapefruit, pomegranate, cinnamon and espresso. Meanwhile, chef Manu Chandra has designed the menu to highlight local ingredients but in dishes that are influenced by international cuisines. T&T, which is one of the most popular restaurants in Bangalore, won the Best Western-inspired restaurant award at LFEGA 2020.
Images: Karavalli (The Gateway Hotel, Bengaluru), Toast & Tonic, and Avartana (ITC Grand Chola)