Chef Manish Mehrotra on the hard times and helming the ‘Best Restaurant in India’ : The Tribune India

Bindu Gopal Rao

Last March, Chef Manish Mehrotra had just returned from a food trip to Mumbai with his daughter and was all set to take his food pop-ups to Spain, Mexico and Tokyo, when Covid-19 struck. The pandemic brought the world to a halt and shut businesses, restaurants being among the worst hit. When things started opening up, restaurants limped back to life too and Mehrotra’s restaurant Indian Accent has now won the Best Restaurant in India award at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, the list published by UK-based William Reed Business Media, seventh time in a row.

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Fusion India in Southlake offers traditional dishes

Two types of paneers, an Indian-style cottage cheese, •palak ($12.99) •and •butter masala ($12.99)•, are served with naan. (Photos by Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

In Indian culture, no guest can leave on an empty stomach, said Ashok Anchuri, co-owner of Fusion India in Southlake.

“[Whenever] guests or anyone comes [in] …at minimum, they have to drink water,” he said.

Fusion India opened in March 2018 and is owned by Anchuri and Naveen Ganga. The restaurant offers traditional dishes and authentic flavors from regions all over India.

“Every region has different tastes, different foods, different items,” Anchuri said.

Fusion India is

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