Mumbai 20th December: Seven iconic restaurants by Taj have been awarded in the first edition of Top Restaurant Awards, India’s definitive list of the country’s 50 finest restaurants by Condé Nast Traveller. The Taj Group emerged with the highest wins and the results were announced in the presence of some of the most prominent names in the hospitality industry along with food writers, critics, influencers, and opinion makers.

The seven awards were conferred to Karavalli at The Gateway Hotel, Residency Road in Bangalore; Adaa at Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad; Thai Pavillion at Vivanta by Taj – President in Mumbai; Wasabi by Morimoto at The Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi; Blue Ginger at Taj West End in Bangalore and Southern Spice at Taj Coromandel in Chennai. Wasabi by Morimoto at the flagship hotel The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai has been ranked 6th in the country for the Top Restaurant Awards this year. Wasabi by Morimoto, a multi-award winning contemporary Japanese dining destination in Mumbai and Delhi was created in collaboration with the globally renowned Iron Chef – Masaharu Morimoto. The restaurant is credited with introducing India to the flavours and intricacy of contemporary Japanese cuisine with inspiration drawn from China, France, Korea and other corners of the Orient. Authenticity is the hallmark for Karavalli at The Gateway Hotel, Residency Road in Bangalore where well-researched homemade recipes come together to offer an exotic fare with a unique compilation of vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies.

Ensuring an authentic meal experience, the dishes replicate mothers and grandmothers’ recipes by the chefs of Karavalli, who are trained in the kitchens of the traditional homes.

Adaa at Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad offers guests a carefully crafted slow-cooked Hyderabadi meal that recreates the wonders of the royal kitchens. With an ever-changing menu of contrasting sweet, sour and spice, Thai Pavillion at Vivanta by Taj – President in Mumbai sets the standards for Thai cuisine in the country with an interactive kitchen and an excellent pairing of food with a fine collection of young and vintage wines. Blue Ginger at Taj West End, Bengaluru has the distinction of being the first in India to serve exclusive Vietnamese cuisine, offering a unique dining experience with a Farm to Fork concept. Southern Spice at Taj Coromandel, Chennai brings the legendary cuisine experience from the 5 southern states of India, with an alluring presentation and extensive research on Mudaliar, Malabar and other region centric cuisines.

The nominations for the first edition of Top Restaurant Awards by Condé Nast Traveller were evaluated by a panel of more than a hundred judges, comprising of food writers, critics, food enthusiasts, and tastemakers.