Indian restaurant awarded Michelin star in UK

It is the only Indian restaurant in this year's list and ranks among the London's best, reports Vijay Dutt.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 15:48 IST
Vijay Dutt

The popularity of Indian cuisine and the world-class décor and service at Indian restaurants has been re-iterated with Rasoi, the popular restaurant of the India-born Vineet Bhatia getting the one-star Michelin award. It is the only Indian restaurant in this year's list and ranks along with famous and celebrity favourites like Nobu Berkley and Maze in Mayfair, London.

Bhatia's other restaurant Zaika in Kensington too won the star in 2001. He is the only one who has two chef-owned restaurants with Michelin awards. Rasoi, in Sloane Square, Chelsea, claims to represent the authentic Indian Cuisine, with a few delicacies of the north as well as south India.

He said, "Many of my influences in the creation of my recipes come from my mother. She had a fantastic imagination when it came to cooking and I have yet to taste food quite like it". He remembers his days in Bombay. "The wonderful thing about growing up in Bombay was the eclectic influence all around you. It is a melting pot of culinary delights from all over the many different regions of India."

Tamarind in Mayfair was the first Indian restaurant to win the prestigious French star rating when Atul Kochar was its chief chef. Kochar has moved on and opened his own restaurant Benares in the up-market Berkley Square.

There are now three Indian restaurants that can boast of having Michelin award given after anonymous visits and strict assessment of service standards, the way meals are served, décor and over-all ambience and of course the quality of food and hygiene. The three are Tamarind, Rasoi and Zaika, all in London.

This year 16 restaurants in England have been striped of their single Michelin star, but fortunately Indian establishments have survived the culling.

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 15:46 IST