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Following a refit, Michelin-starred Trishna’s famously minimalist dining room has taken on some added warmth and grown-up luxury in the shape of pale-blue timber panelling, brass pendant lights, an antique mirror and grey velvet banquettes. There have also been some additions to the menu: alongside vividly spiced coastal favourites such as Dorset brown crab with butter, pepper and wild garlic, you will now find ajwaini salmon tikka with dill raita, tandoori John Dory and a complex dish of lobster with Goan xacuti, lobster kathi roll and lobster samosa. Meat eaters also get a look-in (duck keema naan is another new arrival) and there is plenty of creative stuff for veggies too. Co-owner/sommelier Sunaina Sethi has also restructured her fascinating wine list, with well-considered food matches and a renewed emphasis on bottles from emerging regions.

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 13 May 2014

    The Hungry Porker :: Trishna

    For most of us Indian food means a chicken tikka masala straight from the microwave or with plenty of pints of Cobra in the curry house next to the local pub on a Friday night. It has become one of our national foods. Something we stole, ruined and now churn out across the country in an array of fluorescent colours. This means Indian food and fine dining rarely go hand-in-hand. A few years ago I would have been one of these very people washing down bright orange masala sauce late at night, and if you’d told me I’d be sipping a cocktail and eating lightly spiced soft shell crab in a Michelin star Indian restaurant in Marleybone, I’d have laughed it off. But tonight it was Trishna, the older sister of Gymkhana, and that is exactly what I was doing.

    Set just off Marleybone High Street, Trishna has an unassuming frontage that is matched by the simple interior of painted white brick walls, warmed by a few touches of artwork and the dark wood furniture. It’s at once stylish and comfortable, and for Michelin star dining about as laid-back and unpretentious as you can get...
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  1. It was Sunday night, and what's the best thing to do on a Sunday? Go for a curry! But this was a curry with a difference.

    In Marylebone, one of London's foodie hubs, lies Trishna, a gorgeous Michelin Star restaurant offering South West Indian cuisine. The restaurant has recently been refurbished and features an informal dining room with blue brick walls, antique mirror walls and slouchy banquettes...
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  1. Trishna in London is an offspring of the famous Trishna in Mumbai and in 2008 Karam Sethi and Ravi Deulkar set foot to pamper Londoners with their exciting, fresh and fragrant take on South West Indian Coastal cuisine.

    We (or let’s be correct, the male part of the table) decided for the Koliwada Menu which consisted of the following 7 courses...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 5 October 2013

    ReneRates :: Trishna – Restaurant Review

    Whenever my father comes to London, we always embark on a culinary journey that is definitely calorie packed, belt burstlingly filling, and always delicious. His passion for food (if possible) even exceeds my own. One of his all-time favourites is Indian, so it was no surprise that for his birthday meal he gave me three Indian restaurant options to choose from – from these three I simply narrowed it down by the menus. The winning selection for the variety and good old favourites on offer was Trishna (it was seeing a delicious looking paneer starter that sold me). Situated on a gorgeous street in the lovely area of Marylebone, I wasn’t surprised to discover this up-class eatery had been awarded a Michelin-Star. I usually shy away from very fancy Indian food...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 18 May 2013

    edge and spoon :: Trishna

    On the whole, the Michelin guide is a safe place to consult when looking for somewhere to eat out. For a consistently good meal, forget twos and threes, and stick with the cheaper, humbler one star. Undoubtedly, the ‘little red book’ gives preference to European food, so when South West Indian seafood specialist Trishna gained a star (and subsequent blog appeal) in October 2012 for its foodie fireworks, I felt I ought to give it a try...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 10 November 2012

    samphire and salsify :: Trishna

    It’s got to be said, we rarely go out for an Indian. If I remember correctly, the only time we have been for one was at a not so charming Indian restaurant above a pub in Borough High Street, and my gentleman companion ordered an insane amount of food and only ate a third of it.

    When we saw that Trishna (based in Marylebone right next door to Roganic) had recently received a Michelin star, we thought the time had come to try some fine dining Indian style.

    The restaurant was split into two sections and we were seated in the second room which was bright and airy. White painted brickwork with bright framed posters made for a simple but pleasant dining room...
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  1. Published : Monday, 29 October 2012

    LONDONcalling :: Trishna

    I always look forward to the new Michelin guide being released. On the whole I trust the judgement of this foodie bible and relish any new entries in the star listings, as in the main I have eaten at most of the existing ones and thrive on the thought of trying new places.There are only five Michelin starred Indian restaurants listed in the last Michelin UK guide so I was pleased to see Trishna listed with a star in the new one.The only thing that I knew about this place was that it is right next door to double Michelin starred chef Simon Rogan's London pop up Roganic. Floating around in my head was some other connection but for the life of me I could not remember what.Now then, like most people I suspect, me and my wife have eaten some pretty dull Indian food. Most of it very samey even though two or three dishes from the same restaurant should taste of the different areas that they should represent there seems little variation in flavour. In our experience at the top level of Indian cooking every dish should be different. We were hopeful Trishna would deliver that difference.The interior is fairly basic with white painted brick walls, wooden floors, Ikea-ish tables and chairs, and eau de nil  wooden panelled wallsThere are a multitude of menus covering lunch, evening and  early evening. There's a carte, Xmas, express lunch, lunch bites, and various tasting menus. If you look carefully though quite a few dishes cross from one menu to another.Unbeknownst to me at the time Trishna have a mother ship restaurant in Mumbai which seems to have a very good reputation. It specialises in seafood. The Marylebone offshoot perhaps lists as many meat options as fish and features cuisine from the coastal region of South West India.  I suppose that means down from Mumbai, through Goa and to the tip of Kerala.What followed was quite a handsome feast between the two of us, and each dish did remarkably taste different.Roasted poppadoms with some excellent chutneys. The chutneys were easily good enough for commercial marketing. Beating anything that we have tried in recent times.A very generous helping of crispy Quail with a mango coriander chutney.Chicken Pepper fry, Keralan spices, black pepper, curry leaf. Aubergine chat, peanuts, tomato, coriander. Trishna Seafood Salad. Generosity again, especially considering the quantity of tiger prawns and queen scallops. Also in the dish was some Goan sausage which tasted very much like chorizo.Hyderabadi dal. Very tasty but a little on the thin side.Spinach, Corn.Seafood Biryani, with Sea Bass,  Prawns, fresh herbs and cucumber raita.Dorset Brown Crab ( butter, pepper, garlic) Ever so rich. My wife loves crab and she devoured most of this offering.Fish Tikka, with a black pepper turmeric crust, and a dill raita.Tandoori Baby Chicken with a herb chutney.Bread basket.All of the savoury courses were finished, so we had just the one dessert to satisfy the sweet tooth craving.Cardamom kheer. A pleasant almond pistachio topped rice pudding. As simple as you like.A little surprise at the end was a couple of sweets which we could not resist.To sum up then. An amazing array of food. We ate here at lunch and chose the remarkable value Lunch Bites Menu a two, three, four of five course choice which is served with extras such as the breads, dal, spinach.We went for the five courser (£24.50) which we knew by half way through the meal was going to overwhelm us, and we were right, it was a mountain of food. We were happy with all of the dishes except perhaps the Fish Tikka. We just though that the spicing overpowered the delicate fish somewhat. The rest was most enjoyable. The quail, chicken, aubergine, and especially the seafood salad were most relished. As I have already stated each dish had its own identity, some were subtly spiced others were more in your face but the fact remains that this cooking is more than a couple of steps up the ladder in comparison to most Indian places that we have eaten at.By its very spicy nature eating this type of meal can induce a thirst and if you enjoy alcohol the extremely good value food can be lost in the bill if you indulge in the alcohol. Think £5 (inc service charge) for a small bottle of beer and £6 plus for the cheapest glass of wine. From memory our bill for two lunches @ £24.50 each, plus two beers, three glasses of wine, tap water, no coffees, service charge was about £90. If your on a budget, (and without alcohol) you can easily eat here at lunch for about £20 pp including service charge.Very good value indeed for the quality of food.Go(an) thenGed it ? (winks)Trishna15-17 Blandford StreetMarylebone VillageLondonW1U 3DG0207 935 5624. 
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  1. It was cold and raining and I’ve just finished sipping on cocktails and gambling away in the hippodrome casino waiting for my table at their restaurant Heliot. Come 5:30pm I suddenly get a call from the hostess telling me that unfortunately the restaurant will not be opening this evening. Very frustrated I go on an aimless walk around Soho looking for an alternative. Thirty minutes later and I’m on Marylebone high street still no better off. Then i stumble upon the recent michelin star awarded Trishna, somewhere I have been meaning to try, so why not now?...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 14 April 2013

    [FEAST to the world] :: Trishna, London

    I first heard of Trishna while dining next door in Roganic. A couple of diners came in hoping for a table were sadly turned away but not before they were kindly directed to Trishna by the restaurant manager of Roganic who was singing praises of their food. This has not gone unnoticed and I swiftly added this onto my ever growing must-go list. And then, upon hearing that they were awarded a Michelin star last September, gave me that little added nudge to bump them up the list...
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