It’s often said that London is the best place outside of India to try Indian cuisine. Thanks to restaurants by Camellia and Namita Panjabi, which have bought Indian food to the masses and made it upmarket, that is true. Today, no trip to London is complete without trying Indian cuisine. For a meal to remember, Chutney Mary gives you a taste of India in the heart of London.
Chutney Mary, which opened on the King’s Road in 1990, was awarded a Michelin star. Last month it moved to St. James’s Street, a short walk from Piccadilly Circus. The interior is tastefully decorated with paintings sourced by the sisters on their travels. Some areas have white tablecloths; others have patterned sofas with blue velvet cushions.
The menu has lots of fresh fish dishes, especially starters, such as Goa crab cake and the samosa, a popular Indian snack, that is updated with venison. The slow-cooked meat dishes are a must: the butter chicken doused in a caramelised tomato sauce is impressive, and the Hyderabadi lamb shank that has been cooked for six hours is a tender treat. For the real Indian experience, make sure you order the tandoori roti or garlic naan; the traditional breads are great for scooping up the curries.
While there is an extensive wine list, many classic cocktails have an Indian twist: the Pimm’s has spices, and the mojito comes with mango. With Indian food this good, it’s easy to see why it’s the national cuisine.
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Camellia and Namita Panjabi, plus Namita’s husband Ranjit Mathrani, have revolutionised Indian cuisine. Enjoy Michelin-starred food at Amaya, fine dining at Veeraswamy and affordable dishes at Masala Zone. A new addition to the group is Masala Grill, which is on the King’s Road in Chelsea.
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