For more than thirty years Shakahari has been one of this city's most innovative restaurants.
Eschewing compromise, Shakahari has maintained a firm
commitment to two fundamentals of its cuisine. It is completely vegetarian and it uses only fresh,
natural ingredients. Menus are always changed quarterly to take full advantage of seasonally available
fruits and vegetables. There are no artificial ingredients or colourants used in any dishes.
Shakahari has pioneered other fields in its fascinating development. Beginning in the early '70s by
introducing ideas from Japanese, Chinese and Thai culinary traditions. In style Shakahari's cuisine
has all along been East-West even before this term became the familiar way to describe cooking which
uses Asian ingredients and skills in a European context.
Today this restaurant's wide appeal rests on its expertise in creating meals which are light but
satisfying, natural but attentively detailed in their preparation and colourful presentation.
In keeping with its original Indian inspiration, Shakahari's interior design uses basic village
tones and simple furnishings. It's only indulgence are two magnificent cloth paintings of the
19th century Nathvara (Rajasthan school, and a series of the earliest devotional posters from
the Ravi Varma Steam Press, Poona. The name Shakahari, incidentally, is the Hindi word for "vegetarian".