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Given that this is a big restaurant within an international hotel, you might expect a combination of competent cooking and professional but faceless service. However, Quilon is full of Michelin-starred surprises. The kitchen focuses on the coastal cuisine of South India, a theme pointed up in the dining room where an undulating, wave-like ceiling, carved fish tiles and moody lighting turn what could be a gloomy space into something rather special. It’s an elegant setting for food with high levels of delicacy and spicy refinement, overlaid with on-trend presentation – from crispy fried squid with pounded shrimps and kokum, char-grilled scallops with mango relish or buttery lobster with pepper and garlic to stuffed quails’ legs with mustard sauce. The wine list accomodates both icon bottles and those more suited to the punchy, aromatic food.

Wine List of the Year Award Finalist

Working with consultant Peter McCombie MW, the team at Quilon deserve credit for really trying to make this list accessible to customers. Wines are split up into many small sections that can be stylistic (‘Fresh, Fragrant, Dry’) or varietal, pricing is fair, and a decent number are available by both the glass and the carafe. Clear, accurate and inclusive, many ethnic restaurants could learn from this.

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 13 August 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Quilon

    If the dubiously awarded Michelin star system is anything to go by, then it is clear that Indian cuisine seems to lag behind all others. In London at least, there are only a handful of Indian restaurants graced with this distinction. One of them includes Quilon, which has retained its single star since 2008 under the direction of head chef Sriram Aylur.

    Quilon creates a taste of Southern Indian cuisine, picking up traditional dishes from along the Keralan coast. The most familiar of these will possibly be the masala dosa, the Quilon variety served as a sweet miniature version with a moist potato masala...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 20 July 2014

    inher30s :: Quilon

    Quilon isn’t your usual option for Indian cuisine, it doesn’t feature any of the usual Indian options like Chicken Tikka Masala, Korma and Naan. Some may be familiar with the traditional South-Indian favourites like Dosas and Idli, but for the majority (including myself), that’s where my knowledge ends. Quilon, with it’s one michelin star, goes even further to extending our Indian cuisine knowledge base and is dedicated to the coastal cuisines of South India. Don’t know what that means or where that is? Neither do I, but I was in for a treat!

    To make sure we try a little bit of everything, we go for the...
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  1. There are only six Michelin Star Indian restaurants in London right now - a number which i expected to be a lot larger. I guess the main reason for there not being so many is because both service, and decor are sometimes not at the forefront of an Indian restaurants mind. Some however, like Quilon know that Indian food deserves this kind of environment and attention to detail. I’d been meaning to try it for some while so we decided to go along one saturday and try out their incredibly good value for money set lunch deal. A piggy bank savings worth of £24 will get you three courses, poppadoms and chutneys, amuse bouche,...
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Private Dining at Quilon

Quilon’s private dining room is a restaurant within a restaurant, boasting its own kitchen, plus a separate bar and entrance. Its statement decor includes a glass bar encasing an 8ft Indian fishing boat, a floor-to-ceiling wine wall, and bespoke silverware and crockery. Perfect for meetings, special occasions or private dinners, the luxurious space seats up to 18 people.

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