We simply cannot believe that one of India’s favourite local restaurants has now found an outpost in London! Indian cuisine combined with hints of French now awaits you next time you’re visiting the Thames. By Shikha Pushpan
Revered by Indian foodies for its expansive street-food options served in rustic, village-like ambiance, five-star Rajasthani restaurant and hotel chain Chokhi Dhani has opened an extravagant outpost in South London.
Located on the banks of the Thames, in the once off-limit Nine Elms area, the place has already registered its presence with its mural-infused interiors and traditional Indian thalis. A stone’s throw away from the US embassy, the restaurant is spread over two floors and offers a ground floor bar area and fine-dining space upstairs.
Chef Vishnu Natarajan, formerly of Soho’s Carom, is at the helm of the affairs in the kitchen here and the man behind the eclectic menu combing the traditions of Indian street food with a touch of high-end French cooking.
Shuruwat or starters include Khargosh, pulled slow cooked rabbit served with bhaang and roti; Recheado, baby squid stuffed with shrimps and king scallops; and Kadak Momo Chaat, crispy vegetarian dumplings served with potato and chick peas. The Tandoor section is tempting with Indian and French fusion dishes. On the menu are Chokhi Dhani Foie Grass with tamarind, pumpkin, cassava crisp, blue poppy, melon seeds; Shaturmurgh Tikka (ostrich meat) and Gosht Champien with cornish lamb cutlets with betel leaves. However, wait for the grand Rajasthani feast—the Maharani and Maharaja thalis have found their way overseas too, with 12 vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes on each. The favourite Daal Baati Churma, Gatta Curry, and Laal Maas are also on the menu.
Finish off the meal with the Baad Mein or the dessert menu, which includes Panna Cottam, Rose Crème Brulee, and Chocolate Sphere.
To top it all, the restaurant organizes a variety of events for entertainment during evenings, such as a magician, henna tattooing, and live music. Reports suggest the place may soon open a shisha bar outside.