Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s Delicious Food Awards 2019 showed the Capital a great time at The Imperial last Saturday, while felicitating the best culinary experiences across India. From releasing T+L’s A-List Advisory Board 2019 and honouring leading chefs and restaurants, to riveting performances and the best tipples, it was a night to remember.
If the incredible Indian culinary scene has gifted us something, it is great choices. From indigenous food and modern cuisines to restaurants with bespoke services, the list is endless. So, when it came to picking the best of the best this year, T+L let its discerning readers decide who would win the gastronomy game at the Delicious Food Awards 2019.
Glittering Victorian chandeliers above, blooming white orchids for décor, a grand stage ahead, and a sprawling dessert station—the iconic Royal Ballroom of The Imperial played the perfect venue to the second edition of the Delicious Food Awards.
The host for the night was the stunning Aahana Kumra, who opened the show by inviting Travel + Leisure’s Editor-in-chief, Aindrila Mitra on stage to welcome guests, and unveil the much-awaited Travel + Leisure India’s A List 2019—a set of go-getters from different walks of life who are coming together for the most amazing and fun collaborations for the year. The list includes ace director, Imtiaz Ali; celebrity chef, Anahita Dhondy; renowned restaurateur, Zorawar Kalra; executive vice president of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Saurabh Rai; ace photographer, Rohan Shreshtha; founder of Rare India, Shobha Mohan; fashion designers Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukreja; wildlife photographer, Sudhir Shivaram; adventurer and Padma Shri awardee, Ajeet Bajaj; Bollywood publicist, Rohini Iyer; and celebrated author, Siddharth Shanghvi.
The big reveal of The A List 2019 was followed by a quick talk by Björn Rettig, CEO of Burda Media India, who then invited Vijay Wanchoo, General Manager of The Imperial, to address the guests and open the awards night.
Divided into three categories, the awards started with the Restaurant Category, honouring different restaurants across the country with a number of titles including Best Ambience, Best Cocktail Bar, Best Farm-To-Table, Best Service, Best Sunday Brunch, Best Theme and many more. Phase one of the event wrapped up with an enchanting performance by the multi-genre band, Parvati La Cantante, featuring vocalist Parvati Mohanakrishnan, Rythem Bansal on piano, Aditya Dutta on drums, and Shashank Das on the upright bass.
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The second phase of the night was all about the best cuisines, and the third included the Jury Awards, which included categories like Best New Restaurant in East & West, and in North & South. But the star title of the night, the ‘Restaurant of the Year’ was bagged by Baoshuan of The Oberoi, New Delhi.
As the Delicious Food Awards 2019 came to a close, guests headed to the wide delectable dinner spread prepared to perfection at The Imperial’s kitchen. And each guest was handed over a bag full of goodies from gifting partners, Seer Secrets and Baked By Ratna Saluja.
The winners of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s Delicious Food Awards 2019:
Best Ambience: Yi Jing, ITC Kohenur and The Hong Kong Club, Andaz Delhi
Best Café: Elan, The Lodhi, New Delhi and Le Café, Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre
Best Cocktail Bar: Rockpool, W Goa and The Reservoire, Bengaluru
Best Farm-to-table: Haveli, Alila Fort Bishangarh and Tres, New Delhi
Best Patisserie: The Chocolate Box Lounge, Radisson Blu Hotel Noida and Le15, Mumbai
Best Rooftop Bar: Tiamo, Conrad Bengaluru, and KYLIN SKY BAR, New Delhi
Editor’s Choice: Cirrus 9, The Oberoi, New Delhi
Best Service: The Flying Elephant, Park Hyatt Chennai and eau de Monsoon, Le Meridien New Delhi
Best Sunday Brunch: The Café, Hyatt Regency Pune and Machan, Taj Mahal, New Delhi
Best Themed Restaurant: Kheer, Roseate House New Delhi and Lavaash By Saby, New Delhi
Best Chinese Cuisine: Tao of Peng, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram and The China Kitchen, Hyatt Regency Delhi
Best Continental Cuisine: Aqua – The Park, New Delhi and Nostalgia at 1911 Brasserie – The Imperial, New Delhi
Best Desserts: Gourmet Store, Grand Hyatt Mumbai and Daily Treats, The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace
Best Veg Cuisine: Royal Vega – ITC Grand Chola and Burma Burma Restaurant & Tea Room, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon
Best Italian Cuisine: Le Cirque Signature – The Leela Palace Bengaluru and Sorrento, Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi
Best Japanese Cuisine: Megu, The Leela Palace New Delhi and Akira Back, JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity
Best Mughlai Cuisine: Daniell’s Tavern, The Imperial, New Delhi and Chulha, Grand Hyatt, Goa
Editor’s Choice: ITC Maurya for Dum Pukht-Awadhi-The Grand Cuisine, New Delhi
Best Pan-Asian Cuisine: Mikusu, Conrad Bengaluru and MKT, The Chanakya
Best South Indian Cuisine: Malabar Café, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty and The Eatery – Four Points by Sheraton Kochi Infopark
Best Thai Cuisine: Neung Roi – Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport and By The Mekong, The St. Regis Mumbai
Restaurant of the year: Baoshuan – The Oberoi, New Delhi
Best New Restaurant of the year North & South: Soul Pantry – Andaz Delhi (North) and GYLT Bar, Bengaluru
Best New Restaurant of the year East & West: Farzi Café, Jaipur and Mustard, Worli