If you thought eating out in Delhi burns a hole in your pocket, this one might just make you faint. A new restaurant in town, touted to be the world’s most expensive Indian eatery, will make you dish out half a lakh for a meal for two, if you please.
Come December, and Lebua Hotels & Resorts, a leading international hospitality chain with properties in Bangkok and New Zealand, will open the door to its first hotel in India. Located in Sector 10, Dwarka, in the next couple of months it will house a yet-to-be-named Indian restaurant that’ll offer a limo pick-and-drop from your home to the restaurant, among other things.
Six three-Michelin starred chefs will helm the restaurant, and a Hollywood producer will choreograph the elaborate service ritual that the waiting staff will follow. "The restaurant will have no lights inside. Some 1100 candles will light up the place, and there will be a reflective ceiling and a large pond inside the restaurant that will reflect the images of burning candles," says Deepak Ohri, CEO, lebua Hotels & Resorts.
A meal for two, excluding alcohol and taxes, would make you poorer by Rs 40,000. Add booze and taxes to that, and you may end up shelling out Rs 70,000-80,000. The hotel will also bring to Delhi a bar named Sirocco II, set on the lines of Sirocco at Lebua Bangkok, which is the world’s highest rooftop bar.
So, is the city for ready to gulp that down?
“It may not suit everyone’s pocket, but it shows that Delhi is on its way to becoming an international city. We should not cringe at the prices, because just like couture, delivering a world-class dining experience demands a hefty investment,” says designer Rina Dhaka.
Fitness trainer Prachi Agarwal says, “It’s mindlessly exorbitant for sure, but it’s one of those 10 things I must do before I die. We spend on such restaurants abroad, so why not here?”
However, Alpana Khokhar, a social activist, says, “Almost 99% of Delhiites won’t come here even once in their whole lives. And thousands of those who die hungry in our country can be fed on the money one guest would spend on a single meal.”
Most expensive restaurants in Delhi so far
At Zanotta, The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon, an exclusive chef’s bench experience for two that offers a 36-course meal costs you Rs 20,000 without taxes
At the recently opened Le Cirque at the Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri, a meal for two costs around Rs 10,000. Add taxes and alcohol, and you are poorer by Rs 15-18,000
A meal for two at Orient Express at the Taj Palace costs approx Rs 7,000 without alcohol and taxes
A meal for two at Amaranta, The Oberoi Gurgaon, costs around Rs 5,000 without taxes and alcohol
At Bukhara, ITC Maurya, you shell out about Rs 4,000, without tax and liquor, for a meal for two