If food is a pathway to the sublime, restaurants too are a bit like temples. It’s the place that has aura, a sthala purana, a shared social memory accumulated through many personal pilgrimages. The restaurant business has high mortality levels the world over. So, to be around for decades, to be loved, to attain iconicity…it’s truly special, and takes more than just good food. An intangible X-factor that only few are born with. Here, Team Outlook digs into its epicurean side and home-delivers a list of India’s 75 Most Iconic Restaurants. The list is neither exhaustive nor definitive, and implies no ranking. But we hope it triggers many dinner conversations.