The LF Epicurean Guild Awards 2020 has on its list the best of India’s food and drinks establishments! In a year-long arduous process that included research, background checks, jury meetings, and anonymous dining, LFEGA’s esteemed 19-member jury scoured the best of what India had to offer. From Kashmir to Kochi, the awards recognised the best of Taste, Innovation and People.
The four winning restaurants from Delhi are proof of how the city has been pushing the envelope in gastronomy, irrespective of the genre and style. Be it iconic eateries reminiscent of the Mughal era, restaurants focussing on international cuisine or cocktail bars with out-of-the-box offerings, here’s the best of what Delhi has to offer:
Dum Pukht, ITC Maurya, New Delhi
Dum Pukht has been at the forefront of reviving slow-cooking techniques such as the use of coal fires, from the first day it opened its doors in 1988. We’re talking tender Awadhi kebabs, robust qormas and more created from recipes as old as 200 years. Thanks to chef Imitiaz Qureshi, who has been instrumental in creating as a concept, and has since, artfully preserved and passed on his own family kitchen’s secrets. From sourcing sustainably and locally to using seasonal ingredients and artisanal cooking methods, Dum Pukht has been at the heart of reviving traditional food practices.
Dum Pukht was the recipient of Iconic Restaurant at LFEGA 2020.
Megu, The Leela Palace, Delhi
Specialising in authentic Japanese flavours, Megu has been offering a taste of Japan to gourmands in the national capital. At this award-winning restaurant, recipes are prepared using the Japanese sumibi aburiyaki grilling technique which uses of special bincho-tan charcoal from Kyoto and exotic ingredients sourced from the markets of Tokyo. Despite the reputation of being exorbitant, Megu’s dedication to sourcing authentic ingredients, location, wine list and authenticity justifies it all. Now, with Chef Shimomura Kazuya at the helm, the new menu at Megu will be offering a Japanese culinary experience that matches the Indian palate.
Megu was the winner of the Best Japanese Restaurant at LFEGA 2020.
Comorin combines an all-day restaurant, a coffee bar and an open bar offering artisanal cocktails, along with a retail zone for independent food brands and a coworking space—all under one roof. Named after Cape Comorin or Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India, the restaurant offers a vantage point from where one can look back at the flavours of the Indian peninsula in a contemporary avatar. Chef Manish Mehrotra’s inimitable style is reflected in Comorin’s take on regional Indian flavours, comfort foods curated to stir up nostalgia, presented in an aesthetic modern style. All in all, the decadent dishes created by chef Dhiraj Dargan and the home-made liqueurs and cocktails by Varun Sharma, help set the restaurant apart.
Comorin was the winner of Best New Restaurant at LFEGA 2020.
Award-winning mixologist and bartender Yangdup Lama’s Sidecar offers artisanal cocktails made with exciting ingredients and concoctions. Lama and his business partner Minakshi Singh named Sidecar after the century-old Cognac-based classic cocktail. At present, the two year-old bar offers 14 signature cocktails made with in-house flavour extracts, syrups, grogs and tinctures that add character of the bar. The food menu at Sidecar has been put together by chef Tarun Sibal, wherein ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world are brought together on one plate.
Sidecar was the winner of Best Cocktail Bar under Nightlife category at LFEGA 2020.
LFEGA 2020 is all set
to premiere on your TV screens, this Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 8:00 pm only
You can also catch the world digital premiere of the awards on March 14, 2020 at 9:00 am only on livingfoodz.com.