India shines in the list of 150 world’s most legendary restaurants

Not one, not two but seven Indian eateries made it to the list of the 150 most legendary restaurants in the world. Here’s what you need to know before visiting them.

TasteAtlas is an online travel guide which collects recipes, reviews of dishes and articles on food. It prepared a list of 150 most legendary restaurants in the world, seven eateries in India made it to the list. The list also had contained the names of the most popular dish in the places.

The list was created keeping in mind not only the food but the ambience of these places which along with the food are also famous for their ambience, which impacts the minds of the visitors and is sure to stay with them for a long time.

TasteAtlas stated, the eateries ” are not just places to grab a meal but destinations in their own right, comparable to the world’s most famous museums, galleries and monuments.”

Indian cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world and is very popular, owing to the wide variety of dishes, flavourful spices and the techniques of cooking which ensure a hearty meal.

In the past few years, Indian dishes are gaining the due recognition, in UK, samosas are very popular and they have now even created their own versions of it. Five Indian curries previously featured in the list which Taste Atlas previously released.

Shahi Paneer was at the fifth position with a rating of 4.7, Keema at the tenth position with a rating of 4.6, other dishes to feature in the list were Korma, Vindaloo, Pav Bhaji and Dal Tadka.

And now, let’s get to the seven eateries that you should plan a visit to and try their popular dishes-

Paragon Restaurants

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The restaurant in Kozhikode, offers authentic Malabar cuisine which promises to excite your tastebuds of all the foodies out there. The ambience cheers up the visitors and guarantees hygienic conditions and a pleasing interior design.

Price range may seem high but it is worth the quality of food and the service provided. The restaurant is located near Kannur Road near CH Over Bridge.

The preferred routes to the restaurant are from the Kozhikode Railway Station and KSRTC Bus station.

There is an outdoor area with seating arrangements where you can have a meal when the weather is pleasant. There is a separate counter for takeaway orders.

Chicken biryani is a must-try dish here, followed by fish pollichathu ( fish coated with spices is wrapped in banana leaves and cooked) and kavalum konch masala ( spicy prawn curry in tomato gravy and coconut milk).

The restaurant also offers a variety of beverages such as soft drinks, tea and coffee. It got the ranking of 11 on the list.

Tunday Kababi

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In 1905, Haji Murad Ali opened up a shop in the Chowk area of Lucknow. Till date, it is one of the places which draws visitors and locals too. The signature dishes, the kebabs still taste as good as they had always been.

The shop operated in the Chowk area for a period of nine decades, Ali’s grandson Mohammad Usman along with his father Haji Rais Ahmed expanded the business and opened up a restaurant in Aminabad in 1996. It was named as The Grandsons of Tunday Kababi.

Tunde ke Kebab , a patty at its most basic, as a recipe has not been revealed till now. As per popular belief, the dish makes use of about 160 ingredients, with sandalwood being the most important.

Other ingredients used are minced meat, lamb most of the times, grated ginger, crushed garlic, garam masala, plain yoghurt, cardamom, powdered clove, Bengal gram soaked overnight, melted ghee, shallots in circular form, dried mint, vinegar, lime and sugar.

Peter Cat

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This restaurant in Kolkata opened up in the early 60s and till date, continues to be a favourite of the crowd in the city. According to a story, the restaurant was named after a cat who was known by the name Peter and had made the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London its residence.

The interiors, the decor, are dimly-lit and are one of the highlights of the place. The menu, much to the delight of some people, is in the shape of a cat’s head.

Chelo Kebab is on of the most recommended dishes to have at the place. It is of Iranian origin and consists of kebabs that are baked and served with rice. Along with that, chicken kebab and mutton kebab too are served with it.

For vegetarians, Persian Pulao and Nentara ( a spiced vegetable curry), are must haves. The restaurant offers delectable sweet dishes such as fruit salad and cream, cream caramel and soufflé .

Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba

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The eatery was founded in 1956 by Sardar Prakash Singh, initially to cater to truck drivers. Later, his sons Amrik and Sukhdev took charge of it and this is how it got its name. The brothers added their own touch of splendor and kept up with providing the warmest of hospitality to the customers.

Along with bus and truck drivers, foodies from the nearby places such as Delhi visit the place to have the mouth-watering delicacies at the place.

The aloo parathas with dollops of butter prepared here are widely famous. Along with Indian food, you will also be presented with Chinese and Continental food.

You can also have flavourful beverages like coolers, pastry shakes as well as sweets such as Kulfi Falooda, Gulab Jamun and so on.

Mavalli Tiffin Room

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Mavalli Tiffin Room, popularly known as MTR, is located in Bengaluru. It is one of the city’s most oldest and renowned restaurants known for serving authentic South Indian food and breakfast.

It was founded in 1924 by Yajananarayana Maiya. It is situated in the neighbourhood of Basavanagudi, with locals and food enthusiasts making trips to the place.

In particular, the restaurant’s breakfast menu is a hit among the visitors. Rava Idli, served with chutney and sambhar is one of the highest rated dishes . Other items for breakfast consist of Masala Dosa, Pongal and Filter Coffee.

MTR has expanded the business and has now multiple outlets in Bengaluru as well as other cities in India.


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Karim’s, was firstly opened up in Old Delhi near Jama Masjid. It was founded in `1913 and serves Mughlai food.

Haji Karimuddin, founder of Karim’s, established the Karim Hotel in Gali Kababian, near Jama Masjid, gradually, the restaurant became popular with serving delicious Mughlai cuisine to the visitors.

People from all over India visit the place to have a scrumptious meal. Mutton korma and kebabs are among the palatable items to have.

Most of the items are cooked on coal which plays an important role in retaining the flavour of the food.

Ram Ashraya

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The restaurant was founded in 1939 in Mumbai and serves South Indian food. The place opens up at 5 am and is then mostly crowded.

Dishes such as idli, dosa, vada and sambhar are served here. There are a variety of dosas such as sada dosa, masala dosa, mysore dosa and onion dosa. The most recommended dishes to have are upma and sheera. The restaurant provides for a special sheera on a regular basis.

The locals still flock to the restaurants for a delicious breakfast to start their day with and the place continues to be a favourite among the crowd in Mumbai.

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