12 Indian Michelin Guide restaurants in the US

Distinction: Bib Gourmand

An Indian gastropub where “the bi-level dining room and tiny kitchen are as colorful as the cuisine”, reads the Michelin Guide. Chef Pawan Mahendro’s menu is stacked with traditional and fusion dishes: think Homestyle Punjabi Sabzi, Goan pork curry and Konkani fish curry, alongside butter chicken-stuffed Punjabi samosa and the Badmaash Broccolini (marinated in mustard oil and garlic, dusted with spiced chickpea flour and roasted crisp). The guide highlights the Macchi Amritsari, the Badmaash Fried Chicken dusted with paprika masala and served with serrano-cream sauce, and above all, the Chicken Tikka Poutine, that the restaurant describes as “Canadian masala fries topped with cheese curds, doused in piping- hot beef gravy, all topped with tandoor chicken tikka and cilantro”. website.

Cardamom, New York

Distinction: Bib Gourmand

Chef Alwyn Gudinho draws on his mother’s and grandmother’s recipes for the extensive Indian menu at Cardamom, which ranges from Goan staples like prawn balchao to Indian regional classics from peeli dal to veg jalfrezi. “This charming Indian restaurant gem, set on a quiet Sunnyside street with a flashing neon sign and bright orange awning, is bound to become a neighborhood essential” notes the Michelin Guide, which steers patterns towards the Indo-Portuguese section (lamb vindaloo, Goan fish curry) and the tandoori lamb chops, after checking with the server about spice levels. Also don’t miss the chef’s special Goan tandoori shrimp cooked in a clay oven. website.

Daru, Wash.

Distinction: Bib Gourmand

Dante Datta and chef Suresh Sundas met at the James Beard award-winning chef Vikram Sunderam’s Rasika in Washington DC. Their inventive Indian restaurant and cocktail bar serves up Black Dal Burrata, Wild Mushroom and Za’atar Olive Naan alongside a Chai-Teani cocktail with Old Port rum, masala chai, cardamaro and cacao cream. The guide recommends the Blue Cheese Reshmi Kebab served with sour cherry reduction and cashews, the Bison Momo with Szechuan peppercorn, and the Nariyal Lamb Shank prepared with saffron, Kashmiri chili and coconut and served with basmati rice. website.

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Karma Modern Indian, Washington

The Lobster Masala at Karma Modern Indian. Made with fresh lobster, green and red peppers, and garnished with a beetroot poriyal.Karma Modern Indian/Facebook


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