The interiors at the majestic Chokhi Dhani in Battersea are inspired by the grand maharajahs of Rajasthan in India. Already successful around the world, the hospitality group’s first London outpost serves traditional Rajasthani thali and celebrates its heritage through the collection of authentic artworks that fill the building, many of which are available to buy.
We’d recommend Chokhi Dhani for intimate events when you still want to pack a powerful punch. Upon entering the main dining room, guests are greeted by a two-tonne, 14-foot bronze elephant (the work of artist Vivek K Agrawal), which acts as an introduction to the opulent surrounds.
Chokhi Dhani’s private dining room is equally as eye-catching – full of character, the space features intricate wall carvings, original artwork and glittering chandeliers. Guests sit on one long polished table, with the room able to host seated dinners for up to 14 people. Alternatively, the space can accommodate up to 30 guests for a standing cocktail and canapé reception.
The room is well-suited to a variety of events, including business meetings and corporate dinners, while there are some fun touches too – a magician visits the restaurant a couple of times a week.
Chokhi Dhani’s menu majors in theatrically presented signature dishes, alongside classic Rajasthani small plates and grills from the tandoor. Highlights include kadak momo chaat (a deep-fried potato basket filled with crispy vegetable dumplings and spicy chickpeas laced with tangy tamarind sauce) and chicken thighs cooked to perfection on the tandoor.
Guests can quench their thirst with Indian-themed cocktails and an interesting wine list, while the restaurant’s riverside views are a further draw.