1 Mansingh Road
Named for the gold and silver leaf that traditionally adorn Indian festive dishes, Varq, in the Taj Mahal Hotel, gleams with a gilded coffered ceiling and an exquisitely painted wall of Mogul-inspired art. Celeb chef Hemant Oberoi, of Masala Klub fame, draws on India's regional cuisines: Calicut prawns with asparagus are inspired by Kerala, while coriander duck with roasted coconut curry takes its cue from Pondicherry. Vegetarian dishes are just as exciting; don't miss the Bhartha Three Wayseggplant, pumpkin, and tomato mashed with herbs and spices and gorgeously served up in their skins. End with refreshing tamarind sorbet, which arrives in a vented casserole spewing diabolical fumes of dry ice, and a silver leafcovered paan.
Tip: In addition to a tempting cocktail menu, there is a strong complement of virtuous Vedic tisanes ( entrées, $10$39).