The Michelin Star is one of the most prestigious ranking systems for food establishments in the world.It focusses & concentrates only on food, its quality, mastery of technique and consistency. It does not takeinto account interior décor, table setting, or service quality. All stars are just about the food and nothing else
Michelin has 3 star system, and The stars, though awarded to restaurants, are a matter of pride for chefs. They are like medals of honour and the chefs actually display them with much delight.
The Michelin Guides and their star system have been around for more than 100 years and every restaurant has a desire to be in the list.The Indian restaurants and cuisines from India have not still made it to the list, although some super-chefs like Atul Kochhar and Vikas Khanna have been recognised and hold Michelin stars.
Atul Kochhar's restaurant is named Benares and is in London
Vikas Khanna's Junoon in New York.
Green Michelin Guide - India
These Michelin Guides are annual guides, which are available for countries and cities all over the world. India still does not have its own red guide but it does has a green Michelin Guide. A green Michelin guide ranks tourist destinations rather than restaurants.
The ranking system for both guides goes like this:
Only approx. 2060 restaurants/eateries have michelin star, imagine the standards that, only handful restaurants in 22 countries served by the Michelin guide..
How Michelin Rating is done
The Michelin rating process is very secretive. Michelin inspectors go to the same restaurants quite a few times, judging everything quietly and secretly.
Nuances the inspectors see in the food
Michelin Stars Indian Restaurants in Delhi & Mumbai
Unfortunately No Indian Restuarants has Michelin Star in India, Michelin team has not visited india so far.
Though restaurants in India have still not been ranked, How ever there are many Indian restuarants worldwide have rankings, few famous are as belwo
Michelin has also a guide known as Bib Gourmands, restaurants that give value for money. The perfect places to go to get an amazing plate of food at reasonable cost.
India - Delhi's Michelin-starred restaurants ( These restaurants are part of chains of their Newyork or London counterpart)
Megu - Leela palace - New Delhi
The famous Megu of New York was launched in Delhi at The Leela Palace. The restaurant specialises in hand-made tofu, exquisite sushi and sumibi aburiyaki- a grilling technique using Kyoto charcoal known as 'bincho-tan'. The wine list has 400 labels and there are also 10 varieties of sake (rice wine). There's also a huge bell above the crystal Buddha, that weighs almost 500 kg.
Price: Rs. 8000 to Rs 10,000
Must Try: sake wine and lobster sushi roll
Michelin star guide: The New York branch of Megu is the proud recipient of a Michelin star rating.
Le Cirque - Delhi and Mumbai
Where: Delhi :The Leela Palace, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Mumbai: The Leela, Andheri-Kurla Road, Sahar, Mumbai
New York’s legendary restaurant Le Cirque serves French-Italian dishes, you can book a spot at the exclusive Chef’s Table. The restaurant doesn't serve children under the age of 12.
Michelin star guide: The restaurant's branch at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas holds a Michelin Star rating.
Yauatcha - Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore
Where: Delhi- Level 2, Vasant Kunj, Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj - New Delhi
Bangalore: 1 MG Road Mall, MG Road, Bangalore
Mumbai: Raheja Towers, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Expect: The London original of this restaurant has earned a Michelin star in 2005 and it’s easy to see why; an ambiance like none other you have ever experienced and food that is made with finesse, Yauatcha is a class apart. Be prepared to be floored with the hospitality and the settting.
Price: Rs 5000 for two people
Must Try: Dimsums and Blood Orange Cake
Go here for some of the best dim sums in the country. The food has lived up to the standards of the London original and the ambience is supposedly better! Located at the Ambience Mall, it's got a large floor space, a great bar and fabulous dessert- try the Blood Orange Cake.
Michelin star guide: London's Yauatcha gained a Michelin star rating in 2005.
Akira Back - JW Marriott Hotel - Delhi
Named after the renowned Korean-American chef and former pro-snowboarder Akira Back, this restaurant is set at the JW Marriott Hotel in Aerocity. The two-level restaurant features an imposing sake wall which extends the height of both floors, filled with rare bottles of the Japanese rice wine. Must tries include the famous Tuna Pizza, Yellowtail Jalapeno Carpaccio in Yuja soy and Wasabi Pepper Tenderloin.
Price: Rs 5000 for two people
Must Try: Tuna Pizza, Yellowtail Jalapeno Carpaccio.
Michelin star guide: Back won his first Michelin star for his Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at the Bellagio in Vegas in 2008.
Kai - Hotel Dusit Devarna - New Delhi Gurgaon Highway
Set amongst lush greenery at the hotel Dusit Devarana located off the New Delhi-Gurgaon highway. It will serve Chinese cuisine. Kai's style of food is known for its balance between comfort recipes and modern interpretations of Chinese food.
Michelin star guide: It's London sibling, Kai Mayfair was awarded a Michelin Star in 2009.
Where: 206, Krystal, Waterfield Road, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
Expect: Serving contemporary Chinese cuisine, expect a world class ambiance that is understated yet classy. Having earned Michelin stars across the world, Hakassan sure knows how to please its patrons.
Price: Rs. 3000 for two people
Must Try: Dimsums, Mock Duck Salad
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Where: The Oberoi, Nariman Point, Mumbai
Expect: Vineet Bhatia’s Michelin starred handpicked menu serves eclectic Indian cuisine that is sure to surprise your taste palate. The presentation of the food is unique and something to look forward to. The view of Marine Drive is like an exciting aperitif to the meal.
Price: Rs. 4500 for two people
Must Try: Kolhapuri jheenga, masala cheese naan and gulab jamun.
Wasabi by Moritomo, Mumbai
Where: The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai
Expect: Michelin star chef Moritomo impresses with his sheer panache and comfort with Japanese cuisine. He completely reinvents the classic dishes and makes them his own signature style. Wasabi lives up to every bit of its avant garde reputation and then some.
Price: Rs. 12,000 for two.
Must Try: Sashimi platter, soft shell crab.
Where: JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai
Expect: This restaurant has been conceptualized by the two-michelin star chef Sergi Arola and serves the best kind of Spanish food you will find in this part of the world. The décor is in keeping with the theme of the restaurant; classy yet chic.
Price: Rs 4000 for two
Must Try: Patatas Bravas, Gazpacho and Paella.
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Only Indian Restaurant in South Asia - having Michelin Star
Song of India - Singapore
Song of India has become the only Indian restaurant to receive a Michelin star in the entire Southeast Asia. Chef Mural Manjunath heads the chefs at The Song of India restaurant in Singapore.
The Song of India is one of Singapore's top luxury dining restaurants. First opened in April 2006, The Song of India is now one of Singapore's iconic restaurants. Its site claims that they are "the ultimate in luxury fine dining for modern Indian Cuisine in Singapore."
Given their recent success, and after a closer look at the food they serve, we must say that this claim is totally justified. Under the guidance of the very talented chef Mural Manjunath, this restaurant serves clean, modern versions of everything from mustard marinated fish to lamb chops
Chef Mural serves traditional Indian dishes, like mustard fish & Wazwan-styled lamb chops. or Indian kulfi.
The restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star in 2016. The event took place at the Resort World Sentosa, where Chef Mural collected the award from the International Director of the Michelin Guide, Michael Ellis.