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Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Bukhara’s hands-on success

Mar 29, 2024 04:00 PM IST

Bukhara, possibly the most famous Indian restaurant in the world, is 45 years old. No rice or cutlery, huge kababs and legendary dal. How do they pull it off?

Bukhara, which will begin celebrating its 45th anniversary this weekend, is now the most famous Indian restaurant in the world. Nearly every US President since Bill Clinton has eaten Bukhara’s food. Clinton called it “a meal of a lifetime” (He ate a lot.) So have many British Prime Ministers, including Tony Blair, who praised the kababs. Bukhara claims that even Prince Philip, hardly my idea of a global gourmet, liked the murg malai tikka.

The signature Dal Bukhara is the most copied restaurant-style dal in the world. (ITC Maurya)
The signature Dal Bukhara is the most copied restaurant-style dal in the world. (ITC Maurya)
Indian restaurant Bukhara at the Delhi’s ITC Maurya has fed presidents, princes and pop stars. (ITC Maurya)
Indian restaurant Bukhara at the Delhi’s ITC Maurya has fed presidents, princes and pop stars. (ITC Maurya)
Bukhara still serves a raan large enough to sink a battleship. (ITC Maurya)
Bukhara still serves a raan large enough to sink a battleship. (ITC Maurya)
Heston Blumenthal loved the giant naan.
Heston Blumenthal loved the giant naan.
The idea with Bukhara was for guests to leave their sophistication and eat with their bare hands. (ITC Maurya)
The idea with Bukhara was for guests to leave their sophistication and eat with their bare hands. (ITC Maurya)
Anil Chadha runs ITC hotels and is personally involved in all major F&B decisions. (ITC Maurya)
Anil Chadha runs ITC hotels and is personally involved in all major F&B decisions. (ITC Maurya)
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