Grand Trunk Road

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The confident reach of high-end restaurants into suburbia continues apace in South Woodford. Hot on the heels of the debut of fine-dining hub The Woodford, restaurateur Rajesh Suri (best known for Mayfair’s Tamarind) has opened up Grand Trunk Road. Named after the famous South Asian trading route, the buzzy, intimate space immerses diners in traditional India, with a warm copper and cinnamon colour scheme. We kicked things off with spice-laden crusted scallops with roasted red pepper. For mains, there was a large helping of tender buttermilk chicken, served in a silky sauce of dry fenugreek leaves, honey and fresh tomato sauce. Sides of perfectly cooked pilau rice, and a thrilling mix of potato, cucumber, onions, tomato and spices ensured we were (almost) too full for dessert. The afters menu reinvents classic puds, such as rice pudding, and our serving of warm, deliciously rich cinnamon-infused chocolate cake brought things to a fantastic close. With a Mayfair standard of service and reasonable prices, plus a strong selection of Prosecco and wine, Grand Trunk Road is a welcome local and worth making the trip for.

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219 High Road, London, E18 2PB

020 8505 1965

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Tues-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6-10.30pm (Fri-Sat -11pm)

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4 Reviews 
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Vinny

Sunday Lunch.....
11 August 2019  

Early Birthday Lunch with my Mom @ GTR. Heard a lot about this restaurant and wanted to try it for myself. The selection was great on the menu and it was very difficult to decide what to order, hence we went for the Sunday Lunch Family Feast. Can not fault any of the dishes, everyone was delicious. Service was great, special mention for Kunal, who was very professional and attentive. The owner spent time with us talking about other top end Indian restaurants in Central London & I must say he has created a great top-end Indian restaurant here in the East End....Well Done & all the best for the future 

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Mr. Alex G

Grand Trunk Road: Make the journey
07 August 2019  

Just half an hour on the underground from Central London lies South Woodford, where some of the most exciting things in fine Indian dining are currently happening. Yes, you have read that sentence correctly. The team behind Grand Trunk Road has an enviable backstory. Without them and the people whom they trained, venues such as Tamarind, Benares, Gymkhana, Kahani, Kanishka among many others would not exist. Yet South Woodford is where the venue from where the owner of Grand Trunk hails, and it is to this part of London that he brings the laudable intention of delivering Mayfair-style dining without the associated price tag. This is a high-quality experience with impeccable attention to detail and utmost professionalism. That any venue can have 30-odd diners in it (many of whom were apparently regular visitors) on a midweek night in peak-holiday season August must speak to the fact the restaurant is doing something right. The thoughtfulness implicit in the restaurant’s ethos extends to the idea behind its naming. For those unaware, the eponymous road dates to the 16th Century and extends from Kabul to Kolkata. As part of the research prior to the opening of the restaurant, the owner and head chef spent some six weeks travelling the length of said road in order to understand its culinary diversity, where each region excelled, and which dishes were best combined. Back in London, the team then sourced the top ingredients (many of them from local suppliers) and – voila – you have some incredibly exciting dishes. Some of the approach is not rocket science, just superb execution. Take a classic butter chicken dish main (from Amritsar) and consider how commonplace is this offering. At Grand Trunk, however, the smoking of the meat in the tandoor and the intensity of the tomato in the sauce set it apart from many comparable dishes sampled elsewhere. The same could be said of the classic lamb curry, also executed in a flawless fashion. Beyond this, where Grand Trunk stood out was in the playful and the artful. A seafood cake starter looked deceptively plain, topped only with a dollop of roasted garlic and pepper chutney, but packed an intense punch of spice as well as subtly overlaid levels of prawn, crab meat and tilapia. Elsewhere, the combination of the humble okra with pickled onions in one of our vegetable sides was a notable masterstroke. Presentation throughout was superlative. Plaudits too for the novel cocktails (we loved their takes on both the traditional whisky sour and gin & tonic) and original wines (I had never before seen an Argentinean Torrontes paired – with effect – in an Indian venue). Visit now, before it becomes impossible to get a booking.    

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Mr. Kris D

The food is out of this world.... my new favourite restaurant!
03 December 2016  
Quite literally the best Indian food I've ever had. Everything about my visit gets 5 stars...... impeccable service, warm and inviting atmosphere, gorgeous cocktails and the unbelievably tasty food. I can't wait to go back again!
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Dr T

Authentic Notth Indian Punjabi cuisine in South Woodford
24 November 2016  
Authentic North Indian Punjabi cuisine; great flavours with excellent service! Well done Rajesh for bringing it to South Woodford!
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