Indian Accent

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Few restaurants have arrived in the capital as garlanded with awards as the London outpost of Indian Accent. The New Delhi original is the only restaurant in India on the World’s 50 Best list and is regularly voted the country’s top place to eat; similar plaudits have rained down on its New York sibling since it opened in 2016. Here in London, we’re a little more used to the idea of a high-end Indian restaurant and there was a danger that Indian Accent, which has taken over the old Chor Bizarre site in Mayfair, might feel a little late to the party, but chef Manish Methrota’s sure-footed updating of traditional Indian cooking – respectful of heritage while being unmistakably individual – is a very welcome addition. And at four courses for £65, it is currently a bit of a bargain for the quality on offer in this location. 

 

Highlights for us included soy keema mopped up with soft little pillows of pao buns (vegetarian options are excellent); tenderly succulent pork ribs, beautifully marinated with onion seeds; an Indian spin on crispy duck, with ghee roast lamb proving just as juicy; and smoked bacon kulcha that we would gladly have made an entire meal of, dipping into the deeply flavoured dal. Service (especially from those staff flown in from New York) is on the ball, eye-opening wine matching is a strength, and the room is a stunner, with striking green upholstery set against a marble and pearl backdrop that practically glows with the expense lavished on it. In short, this Indian Accent is well worth adopting.  

 

Good to know about Indian Accent

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Indian
Ambience
Cool, Formal, Glamorous, Quiet conversation, Widely spaced tables
People
Group dining [8+], Special occasions

Location for Indian Accent

16 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4HW

Opening Times of Indian Accent

Mon-Sat 12N-2pm (Fri-Sat -2.30pm) 5.30-10pm (Fri-Sat -10.30pm) Sun 12N-2.30pm

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Mr. Alex G

Talking my kind of language
02 January 2019
London does not lack for competition when it comes to high-end Indian restaurants, yet there is always room for more. When Indian Accent opened just under a year ago, expectations were certainly high for the venture, given the plaudits accorded to the original in New Delhi and its first offshoot in New York. Choosing to locate yourself on the same street as London’s Gymkhana is also tantamount to laying down a challenge; we can do at least as well, if not better than you. A recent visit saw both my dining comrade and I highly impressed by Indian Accent. Both of us are experienced eaters of Indian food and sceptics by nature, yet even with this context, it was difficult to fault Indian Accent, and certainly not in terms of food or pricing. The venue oozes grown-up sophistication and refinement in terms of the clean and minimalist décor, with dark green and gold dominating, marble flooring contrasting with wood finishing (note the marked contrast to the colonial angle pursued by nearby Gymkhana). In terms of the food, the idea at Indian Accent is one of progression: using modern techniques and innovative combinations to update the perhaps more conventional perceptions associated with Indian food. Dish six on the omnivores’ tasting menu best epitomises this idea: take a chicken tikka, but then add green chilli cream, sugar snap peas and summer truffle. Other dishes showed even greater panache and boundary-pushing. Stand-out in this respect was the Kashmiri morel served with walnut powder and a parmesan papad, a dish of lightness yet intensity, full of verve and culinary daring. Presentation throughout was superlative, and most of the dishes came paired intelligently with interesting wines (the morel, for example, matched with an oxidised Spanish rioja). Service left some room for improvement with not all of our servers demonstrating perhaps the charisma that diners at such a venue might expect. Nonetheless, at £85/head, this is an experience worth repeating. This is a venue that talks my kind of language.
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