Bombay Dux

Bombay may be india's hippest city, but until recently finding a decent international restaurant outside the top hotels was a challenge. Visitors wanting a change from local cuisine and hotel food resorted to fast-food chains or pseudo-Chinese diners, where the ubiquitous "Chicken Manchurian" provided a spectacular example of the perils of fusion cooking. But Bombay is now finally getting the culinary makeover it has long deserved. And what Bombay does, the rest of India follows. Here's our pick of the city's best non-hotel venues:

The first classy independent restaurant...

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