Destination: England: London
There is heated debate about whether Amaya or Benares serves the best Indian food in London, but neither place will disappoint in their sophisticated takes on traditional dishes from the subcontinent. Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar appears regularly on British food shows, including Saturday Kitchen, and is credited with elevating modern Indian dining. The tandoori cooked quail, chettiyar baigan (aubergine curry with star anise and cinnamon) and lobster mappas (lobster tails cooked in coconut milk and tamarind) are not to be missed. And for those who want to learn from the master, Kochhar opens his kitchen for students a few times a year and shares his skills, but classes fill fast so sign-up early.
Tip: If you cannot get a reservation in the main dining room, ask about booking a table in the bar. The music can be a bit loud but you can order from the new special bar tasting menu or the one from the main dining room.
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