Posts Tagged “Indian”

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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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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Gaylord in Mortimer Street – restaurant review

Gaylord in Mortimer Street – restaurant review

This is one restaurant that I have visited and wondered why I had not done so long before now. Gaylord Restaurant was established in 1966 so I would have had plenty of time. Its location couldn’t be more convenient, being between two Underground stations and near shops and theatres. I guess that it has become…

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Wine & Spice Series 2015 at Cinnamon Club – restaurant review

Wine & Spice Series 2015 at Cinnamon Club – restaurant review

It’s without doubt one of the best Indian restaurants in London. It’s housed in a historic grade II listed building near Westminster Abbey. It was once a library and evidently a striking one. Many original features have been retained, giving this unique restaurant a calming and timeless ambiance. Now Cinnamon Club is hosting wine evenings….

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Carom Indian Restaurant, Soho – review

Carom Indian Restaurant, Soho – review

Carom the restaurant: named after the Indian spice. Carom seeds have a taste similar to thyme and are popular in Indian savoury snacks, so even the restaurant’s name invites the visitor to expect something delicious. Carom is a part of the D&D London restaurant group. They operate over 30 leading restaurants in London, Leeds, Paris,…

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Dishoom, Kings Cross – restaurant review

Dishoom, Kings Cross – restaurant review

The area now known as King’s Cross is approximately 2 km north-west of the original Roman settlement of Londonium, and it’s thought to have been the site of a crossing of the Fleet River. It is also believed to be the location of the battle between Queen Boudicca and the Romans. Monks arrived in Essex…

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The New Zaika, Kensington – restaurant review

The New Zaika, Kensington – restaurant review

The name Zaika means ‘fine flavour’ in a South Indian dialect, and this restaurant has been known for that since its opening in 1997, although now the owners, chef and managers have all changed. It’s a Grade II listed former bank building which would be described as having “many original features, with a striking dining…

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Cinnamon Club – Game High Chai – restaurant review

Cinnamon Club – Game High Chai – restaurant review

I am spoilt. It’s true, I have marvellous invitations to eat, sample, savour the most delightful foods across the globe. Spicy dishes from Asia, decadent plates from Europe, comfort food in the USA.  Yes, the best of everything has been generously offered and greatly appreciated. But then there is culinary tradition – and that’s another…

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Arun Kapil – Green Saffron – interview

Arun Kapil – Green Saffron – interview

It’s possible that the names of both Arun Kapil and his company Green Saffron will be new to you but it’s likely that over the next year or so they will become, if not household, at least kitchen names. The man and the company are carving out a respectable place for themselves in Ireland and…

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Fresh Spice by Arul Kapil – review

Fresh Spice by Arul Kapil – review

We in northern Europe have had a long and delicious relationship with spice. We tend to think it’s just been this modern era of the local curry house that has developed our taste for food with spice and colour. But consider those old recipes that predate the high-street Taj Mahal, those that go back further…

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Ma Goa, Putney – dinner on your doorstep – restaurant review

Ma Goa, Putney – dinner on your doorstep – restaurant review

Perhaps ‘dinner on your doorstep’ is, for most of us, a bit of an exaggeration, but if you live in Putney it’s a fact and you will likely be grateful for that Ma Goa proximity. It has that comfy and cosy neighbourhood ambiance that is missing in some Central London restaurants, which have a local…

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Imli Street, Soho, for Lunch – restaurant review

Imli Street, Soho, for Lunch – restaurant review

The untutored might not know that Imli Street is part of the celebrated Tamarind Collection which includes the world-famous Tamarind restaurant with Executive Chef Alfred Prasad at the helm, and Tamarind of London in Newport Beach, California. Imli Street is the casual-dining face of the group but the quality remains the same. Imli Street in…

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Spices and Seasons by Rinku Bhattacharya – review

Spices and Seasons by Rinku Bhattacharya – review

Indian is perhaps my favourite cuisine. To be honest though, saying that one is going out for an ‘Indian’ tonight is as ridiculous as saying one is going out for a ‘European’ tonight. Think about the size of that country and you will realise that there must be many cuisines with their own characteristics and…

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Atithi, Twickenham – restaurant review

Atithi, Twickenham – restaurant review

Atithi devo bhavah is part of a Sanskrit verse and means ‘The guest is God’ or ‘Guest become God’. It’s a thoughtful phrase and indicates that the team here have considered even the name of the restaurant carefully. I hoped it would be an indication of the general ethos …and it was. We arrived on…

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Trishna – Michelin in Marylebone Village – restaurant review

Trishna – Michelin in Marylebone Village – restaurant review

Trishna was awarded its first Michelin star last September but to those in the know it’s always been special. Yes, special’s the word, but in a subtle and understated fashion. This is as far from your old-fashioned stereotypical Indian restaurant as you could imagine. It spans the temperature spectrum for ambiance, being cool in both…

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The Dal Cookbook by Krishna Dutta – review

The Dal Cookbook by Krishna Dutta – review

We have always had those little red lentils on supermarket shelves. They seemed to be the only ones available when I was growing up. Mum would put them in a beef stew with half a cardboard tub of yellow ‘curry powder’ and call it ‘Indian’. We would eat that with mashed potatoes, as rice was…

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