Posts Tagged “Indian”

Kahani – Sloane Square

Kahani – Sloane Square

This was bound to be good. I knew the chef, Peter Joseph from a Michelin-star Indian restaurant, so I was expecting good things. The location held the promise of a smart venue. But I wasn’t prepared for the culinary joy and polished style of Kahani, near Sloane Square. This high-end Indian restaurant is in a…

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With Gousto and ready to go

With Gousto and ready to go

OK, I am a serious (sometimes) food writer, so you expect me to do everything long-hand and suffer for my art? But why? Who has time? We have Gousto! It’s easy to be a food snob these days. We are almost encouraged to be that way. Use the farmers’ market (if we have one), go…

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Vivek Singh’s Festivals

Vivek Singh’s Festivals

Vivek Singh’s Indian Festival Feasts is a vibrant cookbook from one of my favourite Indian chefs, who heads the celebrated and polished Cinnamon Group of restaurants in London and now beyond. Here Vivek presents recipes for celebrations. It is said that in India there is a festival every day of the year. Vivek Singh brings…

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The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant

The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant

The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant is a must-have tome from one of the most respected Indian food writers. It’s bound to spend more time in the kitchen than on the bookshelf. Vegetables are the essential element of Indian cuisine, so there is a tradition of making the very best of the seasons’ crops…

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Salaam Namaste – Indian restaurant review

Salaam Namaste – Indian restaurant review

Indian food has long been a favourite in the UK. Chicken Tikka Masala is said to be our national dish! But these days Indian restaurants fall into one of several categories. There are the high-end tapas-style of restaurants; we have Indian fine-dining; and we have those restaurants that offer a combination of both traditional and…

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Cinnamon Kitchen at Battersea Power Station – restaurant review

Cinnamon Kitchen at Battersea Power Station – restaurant review

Battersea Power Station has a profile instantly recognisable, to Londoners at least. It was a coal-fired power station, and it was originally two separate buildings, one built in the 1930s and the other in the 1950s. The two stations had similar design and the combination created the iconic four-chimney façade. The station closed in 1983,…

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Cinnamon Kitchen Opens at Battersea Power Station this March

Cinnamon Kitchen Opens at Battersea Power Station this March

From the man behind one of London’s most groundbreaking modern Indian restaurants, The Cinnamon Club, Vivek Singh announces the opening of his latest restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen at London’s iconic Grade II*-listed landmark, Battersea Power Station this March. The sleek, urban-inspired restaurant located within a quirky railway arch will be open for brunch, lunch and dinner…

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Baked Coconut Lentils

Baked Coconut Lentils

From Whole Foods Market   Serves 8 An Indian-inspired version of baked beans in which dates, coconut and spices give a rich and hearty flavor that intensifies during baking.   Ingredients 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1 pound lentils (about 2 1/4 cups) 1 cup…

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Sea Spice in Aldeburgh – restaurant review

Sea Spice in Aldeburgh – restaurant review

I have written a book about Indian restaurants but they were all in London. I review Indian restaurants almost every month but I have never reviewed one outside the UK hub of Indian food – our capital city. But here I was in a traditional English seaside town and a long way from home, and…

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Jamavar comes to Mayfair – restaurant review

Jamavar comes to Mayfair – restaurant review

The original Jamavar opened in 2001 at The Leela Palace Bengaluru in India and was named among the World’s Top 10 Power Dining Spots by Forbes USA. Over the next few years it expanded to other internationally acclaimed Leela properties in New Delhi, Chennai, Goa and Mumbai. Jamavar London is the first overseas branch. The…

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Benares for dinner – restaurant review

Benares for dinner – restaurant review

Situated in the heart of Mayfair, Benares serves Michelin-starred modern Indian cuisine and is famed for doing that. This is fine dining and gives other such restaurants a run for their culinary money, and that’s restaurants of any gastronomic persuasion. Named after India’s holy city, Benares, this restaurant offers only hints of its ethnicity in…

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Anise Bar at Devonshire Square – bar review

Anise Bar at Devonshire Square – bar review

One might not have heard of Anise Bar but it’s likely the discerning diner will have heard of Cinnamon Kitchen by Vivek Singh. Perhaps one might not have heard of Devonshire Square but everyone has heard of the City of London. There are associations with India in the very fabric of the buildings here. Between…

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Talli Joe, Shaftesbury Avenue – restaurant review

Talli Joe, Shaftesbury Avenue – restaurant review

The name had me curious from the start. There is an explanation, however. Joe is a ‘regular Joe’ indicating a casual inclusiveness and he could be from anywhere and going anywhere. That just about sums up London. The restaurant describes the Talli element thus: “Talli /T-uh-li/ tipsy (adjective), a happy intoxicated state of being, often…

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Lotus, London – Fine Indian Dining – restaurant review

Lotus, London – Fine Indian Dining – restaurant review

The Charing Cross Road near Leicester Square Underground Station has not been famed for quality Indian restaurants. I confess I had never heard of Lotus but I arrived with high expectations as I had done my homework. This is a neat 65-cover contemporary restaurant in sophisticated grey tones. It’s in the heart of the West…

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Cinnamon Collection Masterclasses – restaurant review

Cinnamon Collection Masterclasses – restaurant review

It seems a bit early for pondering Christmas presents but, trust me, it’s not. If you have a passionate food lover in your near vicinity you might want to ditch the summer holiday brochures for half an hour and consider a masterclass. There is a compelling reason why your Christmas (or birthday / anniversary /…

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Sindhu by Atul Kochhar, with Head Chef Gopal Krishnan – restaurant review

Sindhu by Atul Kochhar, with Head Chef Gopal Krishnan – restaurant review

I first met Chef Gopalakrishnan when he was working at a Michelin-starred restaurant in London; a smart and charismatic young man who is known by his friends simply as Gopal. He was born in a small village called Sholingur in Tamil Nadu, 100km from Madras (now Chennai) into an orthodox Brahmin family who were vegetarian…

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Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen, Broadgate – restaurant review

Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen, Broadgate – restaurant review

Here is a man to follow and a restaurant to watch. This new venture, Darbaar with Abdul Yaseen at the helm, has pedigree and polish and it’s no surprise! Located in the heart of London’s City square mile, Darbaar is rather conveniently situated. Not far from the travel hub of Liverpool Street Station and with…

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Haggis Bhajis

Haggis Bhajis

From BBC Food   Haggis works particularly well in these crispy onion bhajis.   Ingredients For the bhajis 2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for deep-frying 3 onions, sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 red chili, chopped 200g/7oz cooked haggis 250-300g/9 oz-10½oz gram flour   For the dip 300ml/10fl oz orange juice 100ml/3½fl oz white…

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Gymkhana London – restaurant review

Gymkhana London – restaurant review

Gymkhana is an Indian word which originally referred to a meeting place. These days it tends to be an equestrian day event put on by posh pony clubs; but not in this case. Gymkhana in London does fit into the ‘meeting place’ category and it does have the feel of a nicely appointed casual club,…

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Bombay Brasserie – Cool and contemporary – restaurant review

Bombay Brasserie – Cool and contemporary – restaurant review

Bombay Brasserie and Bar, Gloucester Road, South Kensington has been an A-lister for the great and the good as well as the just famous and now it has adopted a new, cool ivory-coloured persona in place of the Rajesque opulence it once flaunted. The restaurant has undergone a couple of transformations since it opened in…

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