FINE DINING WITH AN INDIAN ACCENT
Chef Mahish Mehotra earned his stripes in New Delhi, then opened the first branch of Indian Accent in New York and has now brought the concept to Mayfair. It is, as you would expect in this location, smart, hushed, formal – and fabulous! Our cocktail preferences were taken very seriously, resulting in a Proper Copper for me (vodka, honey, rose) and a specially designed whisky concoction for my husband. We each loved our own and disliked each other’s, which is about right as our tastes are so very different. A couple of amuse bouches (or the Indian equivalent) from the chef (blue-cheese-filled mini naan and pumpkin veloute – off the scale delicious) and then we were into four courses of the most inventive Indian cooking I’ve had in London since I first visited (and fell in love with) Gymkhana.
Kashmiri morels (very unusual mushrooms) with walnut powder and parmesan papad were divine. Smoked eggplant bharta, duck khurchan and chicken khurchan were three cute little cones with complex, delicious fillings. Then we had tandoori prawns and sweet pickle pork ribs with sundried mango and onion seeds. Next up, a dhosa with mushrooms and water chestnuts, a stunning sea bream with asparagus and kerala coconut sauce and then, best of all, ghee roast lamb which came with lots of little pots filled with with pancakes and various chutneys plus black dairy dal and butter chicken kulcha (mini naan) on the side.
To finish we simply could not resist the makhan malai – saffron milk, rose petal jaggery brittle and almond. Basically like eating a sweet cloud! We also tried the aamras, which is mangoes, cardamom, summer berries – gorgeous summer dessert.
I had a glass of Greek white wine – so underrated and rarely available on menus in London.
Three courses and one accompaniment £55. Additional dishes £10. You could just have four or five dishes between two – portions are quite large. Expensive but worth it.
Beautiful restaurant, beautiful food, beautiful service. It’s opening in Dubai next, but we are lucky enough to have it in this incredible city of ours.
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