Devi, an Indian-inspired restaurant in New York, has been awarded a Michelin star in the Michelin Guide New York City 2007.
A creation of Suvir Saran and tandoori master Hemant Mathur, Devi features in the second edition of the New York restaurant and hotel guide published by Michelin. The guide's restaurant ratings, using Michelin stars, are the most famous and influential gastronomic ratings.
"We are proud to be recognised by this prestigious organisation and to be the first South Asian restaurant in the United States to receive a Michelin star,"said Saran.
He and co-chef Mathur departed from the standard fare found at many Indian restaurants and introduced diners to pure flavours, unusual ingredients and original preparations.
This is a testament to how dramatically the American culinary landscape has changed over the past three decades, Saran noted.
"Devi is unlike any project I have ever been involved with," said owner Rakesh Aggarwal. A pioneer in popularising and elevating the standard of Indian cuisine, Aggarwal also owns Baluchis, a popular Indian restaurant chain in New York.
Opened in September 2004, Devi was named one of the Top Newcomers by Zagat Survey and Best Indian Feast by New York Magazine.
Saran¹s cookbook, "Indian Home Cooking" (Clarkson Potter/Publishers), has been widely acclaimed. It was also named by Newsweek as one of the Top 10 Cookbooks, in 2004.