THESE last two years have seen a change in everything, for everyone, everywhere, be it professional, personal, emotional, or mental,” says chef Manish Mehrotra, who saw more than his fair share of tragedy (having lost his wife) over that period, but remains as warm, generous and patient as ever, and his food, which has helped ensure Indian Accent’s position as Delhi’s top premier dining destination is still sublime.
“I always say that people don’t come to Indian Accent just for the food,” says the chef modestly. “They come for the theatre of dining, the drama of our presentation, the warm courtesy of our staff, the surroundings... That’s not something you can ever package into a takeaway order.” Indeed, even as 5-star hotels and other premier restaurants have tried, tested and sometimes delivered their food over the course of the pandemic, Indian Accent has eschewed that step. “My food is meant to be presented and served to a guest in a particular way, which cannot be replicated in a delivery format.”
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