Colonel Saab

Afternoon tea, Halal, Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian·
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SquareMeal Review of Colonel Saab

Holborn Town Hall is a vast and, some might say, tricky space to fill, a challenge that the team behind Colonel Saab have accepted with aplomb. The modern Indian restaurant is hospitality guru Roop Partap Choudhary’s UK debut, which he’s named after his father (Colonel Saab) who was a soldier in the Indian army. 

It’s impossible not to take stock of the striking décor as you enter the restaurant. Based on the living room Choudhary grew up in and designed in collaboration with his mother (the whole venture is very much a family-affair), we were welcomed by a swathe of burnt red walls which are only accentuated by high ceilings and extravagant crystal chandeliers. Choudhary explains that a lot of the artwork and furnishings are borrowed from his childhood home and jests that his mother wants some of them back! Beyond the interiors, though, is a real sense of warmth evoked by attentive and chatty staff.  

The menu is inspired by cuisines from all over India; some dishes feel street food-esque while others hark towards the lighter curries of southern India. We started with king prawns wrapped in crisp ribbons of kataifi pastry and served on a sticky layer of mango chutney. While from the ‘chaat bar’ we sampled Mall Road, another mellow dish featuring soft sweet potato, tamarind chutney and coriander. Notes of intense sweetness are a running theme throughout many of Colonel Saab’s dishes, sometimes cloyingly so, but it does score points for knowing how to combine different textures.  

From the mains, the vegetarian options caught our eye. Confit cauliflower in a creamy saffron sauce is the chef’s signature dish, while elsewhere adorable baby aubergines are stuffed with a surprise nutty filling and served in a tamarind curry leaf sauce. Aesthetically, these dishes are an Instagrammer’s dream and deliver on comfort and richness, although are slightly lacking when it comes to spice and heat. 

Not ones to usually order dessert at an Indian restaurant, we would actually recommend leaving room for something sweet. Taking classic puddings and adding an Indian-inspired twist, the milk cake with cardamom custard and the pineapple and chilli tarte tatin were totally worth the wait (guests are required to wait 25 minutes for the tart).  

One final tip: the dishes are expensive – with most mains starting from £16.95 - so if you want to pad out your meal on the (sort of) cheap, then sides are the way to go.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Afternoon tea, Halal, Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Fine dining, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Quirky, Romantic, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Celeb-spotting, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions

COVID-19 Update for Colonel Saab

Updated on 15 Sep 2021

Colonel Saab is opening on Thursday 30 September 2021, we are asking guests to book, however, we are happy to welcome walk-in diners. Colonel Saab is a new restaurant opening in London and we are working to the current Government Covid guidelines.

 

As a matter of precautions we will be taking the following actions -

Surfaces sanitised between seatings

Common areas deep cleaned daily

Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Contactless payment available

Waiting staff will wear face masks

Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers

Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Read more on their website

About Colonel Saab

Colonel Saab is an all-day modern Indian restaurant and bar in Holborn, the first UK opening for Indian entrepreneur and hotelier Roop Partap Choudhary. Found at the historic Holborn Town Hall, the restaurant is split between a dining room, mezzanine and two private dining spaces.

The dining room at Colonel Saab is luxurious in feel, yet still fun. The space features a riot of colours and fabrics, alongside red brick walls displaying Indian artworks, vintage Persian rugs lining the floors and a combination of modern and antique furniture, including a vintage Asprey drinks cabinet from Roop’s personal collection, dating back to the early 20th century.

Open seven days a week from breakfast through to dinner, the food menu at Colonel Saab features an eclectic mix of dishes from across India. At breakfast, try the likes of ‘Colonel Saab eggs Benedict’ (turkey ham with poached eggs, creamy korma sauce and toasted pau) or an Indian take on a classic fry up which features masala omelette, chilli chicken sausage and curried baked beans served with toast.

Later in the day, the menu expands to include dosas served with a choice of meat, seafood and veggies or rice dishes served in tiffins. At dinnertime, guests can order a mixture of small sharing plates or large individual dishes - think the likes of baby aubergines in a chilli peanut sauce or a chicken curry cooked to Roop’s mother’s own recipe.

After dinner, head to Colonel Saab’s dedicated bar, where you can find a list of punchy house made cocktails that have been designed to match and complement the food menu, alongside artisanal Indian-made gins, whiskies and rums. The bar also boasts a 1am late license on Friday and Saturday evenings, so is perfect for late night cocktails with friends or dates.

Colonel Saab Menu Highlights

Main Courses
Diwali Menu (from 1st to 6th November) - £55.00

Five courses: Bajjias and crispy snacks, poppadum and chutneys - Assortment of House chaats, lip smacking snacks served with tamarind and coriander chutneys - Malabar fish or paneer tikka - Memsaab’s creamy chicken curry or corn in a coconut sauce - Rose Gulab jamun with gold leaf - Indian sweet platter - Chai or coffe


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Can you book Colonel Saab?

Yes, booking in advance is recommended but walk-ins are welcome when there is space.

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Does Colonel Saab offer vegetarian options?

Yes, there are vegetarian options on the menu.

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You can book directly through Square Meal or call the restaurant directly

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Does Colonel Saab offer gluten-free options?

Yes - please ask your server before ordering

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What is the ambience at Colonel Saab?

The restaurant is beautifully decorated with Indian art and antiques, warm colours and stunning chandeliers creating the perfect back drop for your meal

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What is the menu like at Colonel Saab?

The menu reflects a blend of tradition from street food to home style cooking and includes dishes from royal kitchens. We offer traditional Indian food with a contemporary twist.

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What is the dress code at Colonel Saab?

Smart Casual -we kindly request that guests do not wear sportswear, beachwear, ripped jeans , flip flops, sliders or workout trainers. Fashion trainers are permitted.

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Are there vegan options on the menu at Colonel Saab?

Yes there are vegan options on the menu at Colonel Saab.

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Location for Colonel Saab

193-197 High Holborn, Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD

020 8016 6800

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-01:00
Tue 12:00-01:00
Wed 12:00-01:00
Thu 12:00-01:00
Fri 12:00-01:00
Sat 12:00-01:00
Sun 12:00-00:30

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Sara K

Amazing Ambiance Appetizing Food Attractive Cocktails
22 October 2021  

Thats what I call An A star restaurant... Being Punjabi, I always wanted to taste good North Indian food along with variety of drinks and I must mention this place is for all food lovers along with aesthetic architect. Soothing ambiance made our special day even more special. Thanks For this beautiful restaurant in Central London!

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