Culinary Culture Unveils India's First Restaurant Star Rating System

Culinary Culture Unveils India's First Restaurant Star Rating System

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Published on February 12, 2024

Culinary Culture, a leading name in India’s gastronomy scene, has rolled out the first-ever 'Culinary Culture Ultimate Restaurant Ratings'—a groundbreaking star rating system for restaurants across India. This innovative system marks a significant milestone, aiming to redefine standards of culinary excellence with a focus on authenticity, creativity, and quality. Backed by Lavazza, this initiative stands out as India’s most authoritative, independent, and unbiased culinary rating platform.

A New Benchmark for Culinary Excellence

For three years, Culinary Culture has meticulously worked behind the scenes, deploying anonymous food referees to evaluate over 3000 restaurants and taste more than 12,000 dishes across Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, and Goa. This extensive and impartial review process ensures that the stars awarded reflect the highest culinary achievement, free from any external influences or biases.


How It Works: A Multi-Tier Evaluation Process

The Culinary Culture Ultimate Restaurant Ratings employs a rigorous evaluation process:

Nomination: Culinary experts from the Culinary Culture Academy nominate standout restaurants.

Screening: Anonymous food referees verify these nominations through personal visits, paying for their meals to ensure unbiased reviews.

Debate: A comprehensive discussion follows to narrow down the potential awardees.

Distillation: The final step involves a detailed review to decide the ultimate star recipients.


Restaurants achieving these standards will receive 3, 4, or 5 Ultimate Stars, along with a plaque symbolizing their culinary prowess. This transparent, objective, and comprehensive coverage ensures that only the best of the best are recognized, spanning various cuisines and price points.

The launch event, set for 1st February 2024 in Mumbai, will be an exclusive gathering to unveil the first recipients of these prestigious ratings. Culinary Culture’s commitment to elevating India’s F&B industry is further underscored by strategic partnerships, including a significant investment from Diageo, highlighting a shared vision for promoting excellence and sustainability in the culinary world.

Founded by Vir Sanghvi and Sameer Sain, Culinary Culture stands as a beacon of culinary innovation and excellence in India. Beyond restaurant ratings, it celebrates the nation’s top chefs, street food vendors, and hosts global Culinary Exchanges with world-renowned chefs, fostering a vibrant culinary ecosystem.

With the Culinary Culture Ultimate Restaurant Ratings, India’s culinary scene is set for a transformative journey towards global recognition and excellence, offering diners an unparalleled guide to the country’s finest dining experiences.

The Lodhi Crowned Number One International Hotel for Food and Drinks

The Lodhi Crowned Number One International Hotel for Food and Drinks

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 27, 2024

The Lodhi New Delhi has garnered international acclaim, being named the Number One International Hotel for Food and Drinks by Food & Wine 2024 Global Tastemakers. This accolade underscores the hotel's commitment to culinary excellence and its position as a leader in the global luxury hospitality sector.

Abhimanyu Singh Lodha, General Manager at The Lodhi, expressed pride in the recognition, stating, "This prestigious accolade from Food & Wine is a testament to our team’s dedication and our continuous effort to set new standards in luxury hospitality. We are honored to receive this distinction which acknowledges our commitment to providing exceptional culinary experiences."

Food & Wine, known for its significant influence in the culinary world, recognized The Lodhi for its outstanding dining and bar experiences. The hotel's restaurants, including the acclaimed Indian Accent, offer a blend of global and local flavors that promise sensory surprises and innovative cuisine. The Safari Lounge and Perbacco are also highlighted for their unique offerings that complement the overall dining experience.


Chef Dharmen Makwana, Corporate Chef at DLF Hospitality, and Chef Vijay Thapliyal, Executive Chef at The Lodhi, shared their enthusiasm for the recognition. They credited their innovative culinary strategies and the collaborative efforts of the culinary team for setting The Lodhi apart in the international dining scene.

The Lodhi boasts a variety of dining venues, from the global flavors of Élan to the contemporary Italian offerings at Perbacco, and the nature-inspired Safari Lounge. Each restaurant aims to create unique dining experiences that cater to the sophisticated palates of their global clientele.

With this recognition, The Lodhi reaffirms its commitment to excellence and innovation in the hospitality industry. The hotel continues to attract guests from around the world, eager to experience its top-rated culinary offerings in the heart of New Delhi.

About The Lodhi, New Delhi:

A Member of The Leading Hotels of The World, The Lodhi offers an urban oasis in the heart of New Delhi, near the historic Lodi Gardens. With a reputation for luxury and exemplary service, The Lodhi features spacious accommodations, world-class dining, and extensive leisure facilities. It remains a preferred choice for discerning travelers seeking a blend of luxury and comfort.

For more information or to make a reservation, please visit The Lodhi New Delhi.

Scuzo Ice 'O' Magic Launches First Lounge in Dehradun, Bringing Italian Delicacies and Healthy Desserts Together

Scuzo Ice 'O' Magic Launches First Lounge in Dehradun, Bringing Italian Delicacies and Healthy Desserts Together

By Shreenidhi Jagannathan

Published on May 26, 2024

Scuzo Ice 'O' Magic, India's fastest-growing popsicle brand renowned for its innovative live popsicle concept, is set to embark on an exciting new journey. The company will soon open its first lounge in Dehradun and Uttarakhand with its signature healthy desserts.

In the picturesque city of Dehradun, Scuzo Ice 'O' Magic is introducing a unique combination of healthy desserts and Italian cuisine. The new lounge will offer a variety of delectable options, including pizza, bruschetta, pasta, and more. This venture aims to create a welcoming atmosphere where customers can enjoy delicious food and socialize in a vibrant setting.


Gagan Anand, Founder of Scuzo Ice 'O' Magic, expressed his enthusiasm for the new launch, stating, "We are thrilled to open our first lounge and are passionate about crafting unforgettable culinary experiences. Our Dehradun location showcases our dedication to innovation and quality. We invite customers to explore the richness of different cuisines within a vibrant lounge setting. We are confident that our new venture will successfully expand to other cities like Delhi/NCR, Bangalore, Rajkot, and Hyderabad."

Scuzo Ice 'O' Magic's new lounge in Dehradun promises to be a haven for food enthusiasts. The fusion of 'Italiano Cucina' with healthy desserts will offer a unique dining experience. Whether you're in the mood for a classic pasta dish with a refreshing beverage or a slice of authentic Italian pizza, Scuzo ensures every aspect of your satisfaction is covered.

As Scuzo Ice 'O' Magic continues to grow, keep an eye out for updates on new locations. This summer, indulge in the perfect combination of pasta, pizza, and refreshing drinks at Scuzo's newest lounge in Dehradun.

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India Sweet House Opens New Store in Mysuru, Expands Presence

India Sweet House Opens New Store in Mysuru, Expands Presence

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 25, 2024

India Sweet House, a beloved name in traditional Indian confectionery, proudly announced the grand opening of its 26th store in the vibrant city of Mysuru on May 3rd. Located in the cultural heart of Karnataka, this new addition is set to become a local favorite, offering an exquisite selection of traditional sweets and snacks.

The inauguration event was honored by the presence of prominent figures such as Suttur Mutt Swamiji, Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, and Jagadguru Sri Veera Simhasana Mahasamsthana Mutt Suttur Srikshetra, along with Cine Artist Sri Sihi Kahi Chandru, the Brand Ambassador for India Sweet House.

Reflecting its commitment to cultural heritage, the new flagship store in Mysuru will feature the city’s beloved Ghee Jaggery Mysore Pak, crafted especially to celebrate the rich traditions of the region.

"We are thrilled to open our 26th store in Mysuru, a city renowned for its deep cultural and culinary heritage. This expansion is a testament to our dedication to making the finest traditional sweets accessible to everyone," said Shwetha and Vishwanath, Founders of India Sweet House.


The Mysuru store spans 1500 square feet, divided equally between two floors. The seating area on the first floor accommodates over 20 guests, providing a cozy space for enjoying the store’s culinary offerings. Furthermore, the brand also celebrated the opening of an India Sweet House Express at Paakashala on the Bangalore-Mysore highway in Channapatna, ideal for travelers, and is set to open another store on Kalidasa Road later this month.

India Sweet House is known for its commitment to quality, using organic ghee, khova, and fresh milk to craft its traditional delicacies. As part of the celebration, they are offering a special Buy One Get One free on chaats every Tuesday.

Visit India Sweet House in Mysuru:

Address: 26th Store, Heart of Mysuru, Karnataka

Website: India Sweet House

Special Offers: BOGO on chaats every Tuesday

Join the celebration of traditional flavors with India Sweet House in Mysuru, where every sweet tells a story of India's rich culinary arts.

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