How to score tables at the best restaurants in India for a steal

Rs 1300 can buy you dinner at the Indian Accent (Delhi) or at Hakkasan (Bandra) and Rs 900 is all you need to dine at the Flying Elephant at the Park Hyatt Chennai. No kidding!

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Restaurant Week India is back and if there’s a time you need to treat your friends or make a big impression with your boss it’s now. Over 100 restaurants in five cities at prices between Rs 700 and 1300 for a pre-fixe, three-course meal.

How does it work?: Head straight to www.restaurantweekindia.com and check the list of restaurants and time slots for your city. Block a table and secure your booking with a pre-payment. If you change your mind, make sure you do that 12 hours before your booking for a full refund.

Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Bengaluru (Xiaomi Mi5)

Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Bengaluru (Xiaomi Mi5)

So what’s the catch?: there’s a convenience fee of Rs 50 (That is not refundable even if you cancel on time) for each individual and the rates for each city don’t include taxes or service charges that vary from restaurant to restaurant. There’s also a small premium for signature dishes (Rs 100-200/apiece) if you’d like to opt for pricier dishes for each course.

Costs? Participating restaurants?:

  • Delhi and Mumbai restaurants come at Rs 1100 and 1300 for Lunch and Dinner respectively. There’s Dum Pukht (ITC Maurya), Olive Bar and Kitchen  (Bandra), Sassy Spoon (Nariman Point), By the Mekong (St Regis) and Yauatcha (Vasant Kunj)
  • Bengaluru restaurants are pegged at Rs 900 and Rs 1100 (Lunch/dinner). Shang Palace (Shangri-La), Benjarong, Italia (The Park) and Olive Beach (Ashok Nagar) are on the list.
  • It’s 750 for lunch at Chennai’s participating restaurants and Rs 900 for dinner, while restaurants in Kolkata are at Rs 900 for lunch and dinner. Prego (Taj Coromandel), Focaccia (Hyatt Regency) and Lotus (The Park Chennai) feature in the Chennai list while Souk (Taj Bengal) and Pan Asian (ITC Sonar Bangla) are among the top of the line restaurants in Kolkata.

Do the Restaurant Week Menus cover decent ground?

The Flying Elephant's signature Chocolate cake is on the menu (Xiaomi Mi5)

The Flying Elephant’s signature Chocolate cake is on the menu

I tried the Flying Elephant (Park Hyatt, Chennai) and their three-course Restaurant Week menu had quite a few of their signature dishes including their sinful, signature Chocolate Cake (my absolute favourite dish on their menu). Don’t expect the works but if you’re looking at a quick peek, there’s no better time.

Restaurant Week India is on until May 1, 2016 

 

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