THE ACCENT IS ON INNOVATION
Offering an inventive approach to fine dining Indian cuisine, Indian Accent delivers path-breaking menus
The feeling is one of home. A warm bonhomie, as you relax amidst cushioned sofas, books, deep wood colours and flickering flames of fire in the courtyard. When you have had a drink over conversation, you are escorted to your table at Indian Accent .. and left to enjoy a splendid 7- course tasting entirely at your own pace and time. I enjoyed two separate tastings on different days...a lunch by Manish Mehrotra and a dinner prepared and presented by Claude Bosi that left me with a firm belief that understanding the goodness of food is what great cooking is all about.
LUNCH AT INDIAN ACCENT BY MANISH MEHROTRA Indian Accent showcases inventive Indian cuisine by complementing the flavours and traditions of India with global ingredients and techniques. Opening to global accolades and appreciation, Indian Accent, in Lodhi Hotel, New Delhi, is the only restaurant in India to feature in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 and the recipient of the San Pellegrino Best Restaurant Award in India by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 for the third consecutive year. It has also been rated as the No.1 restaurant in India by TripAdvisor, for three years in a row.
Says Restaurateur Rohit Khattar, Chairman of Old World Hospitality and the creator of Indian Accent, “My over riding belief in life has been that it takes many years to get it right and till such time that you do, you must keep trying. The idea is to create new concepts, and to have fun doing so. I always had the idea of Indian Accent and when I saw the beautiful greens of The Manor, it clicked. I decided to entrust the kitchen to Manish Mehrotra.” Thanks to the creative genius of celebrated Chef, Manish Mehrotra, Indian Accent has upped its ante where fine dining is concerned, in terms of featuring inventive, adventurous new menus. Mehrotra reinterprets memorable Indian dishes of the past with his customary ingenuity and openness towards global techniques and influences.
Featuring Delhi’s famed ‘puchkas’, five waters along with a paired veuve clicquot ponsardin brut as a starter, the menu showcases duck khurchan cornet, herb yogurt, chilli chutney with a fine banfi chianti classico, 2014, Tuscany, Italy. Mehrotra does a great take on dishes like baked fish, amritsari masala butter, mint boondi, white bait papad; meetha aachar pork spare ribs, sun dried mango, pickled kohlrabi interspersed with a fresh anar and churan kulfi sorbet; and house-made chicken curry, turmeric rice, preserve onion. Creatively presented is the smooth daulat ki chaat, roast almond, rose petal chikki or a choice of winter carrot halwa crumble and fig and whisky ice cream. Not surprisingly, Mehrotra has been honoured by American Express as the Best Chef in India and the Vir Sanghvi Award in 2010 and 2012.
DINNER AT UPSTAIRS BY INDIAN ACCENT Based on the Old World Hospitality concept, the restaurant has also introduced another name to reckon with – the renowned 2-Michelin starred chef, Claude Bosi, at Upstairs, Indian Accent. The intimate dining space for 30 (located a floor above Indian Accent) will continue to host leading global chefs and in future, feature adventurous new flavours. Claude Bosi presented a seven course vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu at dinner, both paired with wines, which were selections from La Cave. He was assisted by his chefs as well as the chefs at Indian Accent.
The menu featured intricate dishes, including Warm Beetroot Terrine Feta Cheese and Passion Fruit; Kanyakumari Crab, Apple and Nimbu Lemon; goat, black lentils, coconut and coriander and Szechuan Pepper Parfait, pineapple, amongst other dishes. Present during the tasting, genial host Khattar shared, “Upstairs at Indian Accent is a unique space, with its own kitchen, where we want to experiment with different menus. We are delighted to inaugurate the space with Claude Bosi and look forward to welcoming diners to this culinary experience.” Bosi held 2 Michelin stars at his restaurant Hibiscus, in London. He recently took over the Bibendum restaurant at Michelin House, where he again achieved 2 Michelin stars – a rare feat, within just a few months of opening. Thanks to his creative take on classic French cooking, Bosi is known as one of the greatest chefs in UK today.
On his experience with the Indian flavours, Bosi shared, “New Delhi is an exciting, vibrant place and home to so many unique flavours and tastes; I am hugely looking forward to this opportunity, and to learn from the heritage of the city.”
INDIAN ACCENT CONTINUES ITS GLOBAL JOURNEY The original restaurant in New Delhi opened in 2009, at The Manor, New Delhi, earning significant acclaim for its innovative approach to contemporary Indian food. The restaurant recently moved to The Lodhi Hotel and its menu continues to explore progressive global influences for Indian cuisine while maintaining traditional integrity. Indian Accent, New York, opened in 2016, at Le Parker Meridien, to critical and popular acclaim. The restaurant also made its debut in Mayfair, London, recently, on December 2017, with the aim to introduce locals to its signature blend of global desi flavours.