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|Address:||15-17 Blandford Street, London W1U 3DG|
|Tel:||020 3589 2113|
|Price: £46.00||Wine: £23.00||Champagne: £49.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-2.45pm 6-10.45pm Sun 12.30-3.15pm 6.30-9.45pm|
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Having read mixed reviews about Trishna and now having visited it, it's clear that there is a divide amongst diners about its merits as an ‘indian’ restaurant. as I walked in and took an eyeful of the clean and crisp scandinavian inspired interior I could see this was going to be a different dining experience to my local tandoori and accepted that as a refreshing change, perhaps this is where some people are going wrong, like the group of gentlemen seated nearby, quibbling over the price of the signature lobster dish.
I actually found it quite funny having read one reviewer's comments on the food not being indian at all; at what point do clean presentation, edible portions, delicately balanced ingredients, spicy flavours and good wine not constitute an indian experience? Because to me these are the most important dimensions to a good indian meal as opposed to oily batches of pre cooked curry you get on the high st – which is not indian cooking at all let me tell you. Where Trishna fails is not in its cuisine, which is flavoursome and generous, it is it's inability to overcome diners' preconceptions of what ‘real’ indian food should be. If you understand that Trishna is not representing the whole of India and not even a region but a distinct style of cooking a particular food (in this case seafood) in a specific district of the country, you will enjoy your experience as I did.
As for comments on the vegetarian range, I myself have in the past been vegetarian and have friends who are vegetarian and we would all think it common sense not to go to a seafood restaurant for a decent vegetarian meal! Specialist restaurants are not obliged to offer vegetarian dishes and Trishna's are certainly not branded as meals but accompaniments to the mains to enhance and balance the flavours. Anyone complaining about these being afterthoughts are plainly not able to appreciate a finer cuisine.
All in all, a well thought out restaurant with a good select blend of seasonal dishes, a superbly cooked succulent seabass market curry and good helpful service. If improvements were required it would probably be a slightly bigger space (though we went on a quieter Tuesday night, I can imagine it gets busier on weekends and would hope this doesn't cause pushy table turning). Definitely one to add on the ‘go-to’ list.