From meeting friends over coffee, going on first dates over drinks, working virtually at cafes, or even enjoying a hearty family dinner together, restaurants have become an integral part of our lifestyles. Plus, part of the joy of travelling is sampling flavours and cuisines at restaurants local to the region. Understanding this, the third edition of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s readers’ choice Delicious Dining Awards thanked and awarded the best stand-alone restaurants in India for their stellar job.
Delicious Dining Awards (DDA) 2022, organised by Travel + Leisure India & South Asia, highlights, celebrates, and awards India’s best restaurants, bars, beverages, and personalities, as chosen by those who know the Indian culinary scene best—You! Over the years, the celebrations have seen the best restaurants from the culinary industry find a spot on the coveted list. This year, things were bigger, better, and fresher!
Delicious Dining Awards 2022 felicitated the best stand-alone restaurants as chosen by readers through an online voting process. The three-months-long cut-throat competition, however, was spearheaded by the diners themselves. Over the course of the voting period, readers and diners were given the opportunity to nominate and vote for their favourite stand-alone restaurants across categories. Readers could vote for stand-alone restaurants that push the envelope and provide the most innovative menu to its diners. They even applauded the stand-alone restaurants that took note of various dietary preferences — such as the Best Vegetarian Restaurant or Best Vegan Restaurant. With at-home dining seeing a surge, this year’s edition of Delicious Dining Awards also awarded the Best Takeaway. Some of the other categories were Best New Restaurant, Best Café, Best Farm-to-table, and Best Instagrammable Restaurant.
The fierce battle ended with a celebration and awards ceremony at Pullman New Delhi Aerocity on July 19. But who won and got the most votes? Check it out below!
Here is the list of the best stand-alone restaurants
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- Best Vegetarian Restaurant - Street Storyss, Bengaluru
- Best Vegetarian Restaurant - OMO, Soul Food Community, Gurugram
- Best Vegan Restaurant - People of Tomorrow, New Delhi
- Best Farm-To-Table Restaurant - The Table, Mumbai
- Best New Restaurant - Oh, LaLa, Goa
- Best New Restaurant - CHÔ, New Delhi
- Best Instagrammable Restaurant - Plum By Bent Chair, Aerocity, New Delhi
- Best Instagrammable Restaurant - Ivoryy Cocktail Garden, New Delhi
- Best Cafe - Di Ghent Cafe, Gurugram
- Best Innovative Menu - Bastian, Bandra
- Best Innovative Menu - Indian Accent, New Delhi
- Best Takeaway - O Pedro, Mumbai
Inspired by world street food, Street Storyss impresses foodies with their innovative vegetarian combinations. Curated by chefs Tarun Sibal and Nishant Choubey, the menu here features an interesting mix of local and global dishes. From hot plates such as pan-fried beetroot dim sum and mushroom Chettinad bao and handmade pizzas to fresh salads and soups, there’s a delectable variety of dishes to choose from. Painted in a teal blue colour, the bistro-like restaurant also charms with its easy-going vibe
The all-new OMO cafe in Gurugram’s Galleria Market highlights vegetarian European fare with a menu that ranges from Peruvian asparagus in white balsamic beurre blanc and roasted cauliflower aglio e olio to grilled kalari cheese rolls, pina colada desserts, and more. The restaurant takes its name from its three brand principles: Original ingredients sourced from farms, Maternal nourishment in every morsel, Omniscience about the botanical world. An earthy decor and minimalist design add to the soulful experience here.
A charming new entrant in Delhi’s hip Dhan Mill compound, People of Tomorrow inspires customers to eat and live mindfully. The plant-based restaurant serves a healthy variety of small plates, mezze platters, salads, pizzas, burgers, desserts, and tacos. An all-day dining cafe, it prides itself as a ‘vegan classroom’ featuring thoughtful elements such as compressed sawdust lamps and tabletops made of old railway sleepers. The establishment also collaborates with environment-friendly brands, who wish to retail at the restaurant.
From introducing the concept of small and large plates to providing a true farm-to-table experience with produce from its own farm, The Table has set a standard of its own. Serving globally inspired cuisine since 2011, the ingredientdriven restaurant is committed to simplicity and purity of flavour. From fruits and vegetables to meat and fish, the ingredients are locally procured based on the season to offer a dynamic dining experience at all times.
A boutique restaurant and lounge in the heart of Siolim, Goa, Oh, LaLa has become the talk of the town. Set in a sylvan setting surrounded by backwaters and lush mangroves, the venue has a boho-chic atmosphere. Besides food that is inspired by Goan, continental, and Italian cuisines, and theme-based nights, the look and feel of Oh, LaLa is a big draw. Think breezy verandahs, thatched roofs, canework lamps, lots of plants, and a boat that ferries you around
Nestled in a 160-year-old haveli in Mehrauli, CHÔ offers unfettered views of the Qutub Minar. The Vietnamese restaurant impresses with its reimagined versions of street food and regional favourites from the Mekong Delta and Nguyen Dynasty. An all-day kitchen and bar, the dining venue features vibrant wall art, handmade floor tiles and wicker baskets, and echoes the hospitable and tropical essence of a family cottage in Vietnam.
A one-stop shop that allows you to dine and shop, Plum by Bent Chair in Aerocity is an experiential dining retail restaurant in Delhi. Along with pan-Asian flavours, every Bent Chair product—from chairs to plates— that constitutes the aesthetic space is displayed for retail. Featuring a maximalist approach to decor—with colourful furniture, quirky crockery, and walls lined with photo frames—the venue is as pretty as the food is outstanding.
Offering a melange of Mediterranean, European, and Asian dishes, Ivoryy Cocktail Garden is a chic dining venue set in a verdant corner of Malviya Nagar, New Delhi. True to its name, the restaurant has a garden-like atmosphere that appeals to the eye—and Instagram. Complete with scenic gazebos, cabanas, lounging areas, and an ivory colour palette, it seamlessly transforms from a tranquil brunch space to a lively diner by the night.
Open from as early as 8 am every day, Di Ghent Cafe is the go-to place for comfort food in Gurugram. Be it a cup of hot cocoa, freshly brewed coffee, brunch platters, paninis, or lasagne, the cafe gives everyone a favourite thing to come back to. Combined with a laid-back vibe and modern ambience, it is a great place in the city for lazy weekends, mid-week meals, or even casual date nights.
A sophisticated restaurant in the heart of Mumbai, Bastian is a crowdpleaser thanks to its innovative dishes, especially seafood. From hearty Bastian bowls that are a lunch favourite among city dwellers, truffle oil and soy dashi ceviche to lobster rolls, scallops, and the zesty deshelled mud crab, Bastian serves everything in style. They also do limited-edition seasonal dishes— like a Prawn Mango Habanero this summer—to always keep things creative.
The critically acclaimed restaurant of chef Manish Mehrotra showcases inventive Indian cuisine by complementing the flavours and traditions of India with global ingredients and techniques. There is a six-course tasting menu, where each course is paired with a selection of wines from India and across the world. Think fig and goat cheese samosa; malai paneer, asparagus, and squash curry; potato sphere chaat served with white pea mash, and more avant-garde dishes. Housed within The Lodhi, it is a go-to for a luxurious dining experience.
Staying true to its tagline, ‘Made in Goa, for the city of Mumbai’, O Pedro serves lip-smacking Goan and Portuguese dishes. From fresh batches of poee and creamy egg tarts to fish cafreal, Panji green watna rassa, and more, the BKC restro-bar packs warmth and flavour in everything that it serves. In the middle of a packed day at home or after a long day of work, O Pedro delivers happiness to your doorstep.
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