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SquareMeal Review of Indian Accent

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Indian Accent’s arrival in London in 2017 was one of the most anticipated of the year, thanks to its well-regarded siblings in India and the US. The New Delhi original was the only restaurant in India on the World’s 50 Best list that year (and is still regularly voted the country’s top place to eat), while the New York outpost is similarly esteemed. Fortunately, the Mayfair restaurant lived up to the hype when it finally landed and, we’re pleased to say, still does now.

Chef Manish Mehrotra's sure-footed updating of classic Indian cuisine – respectful of tradition while at the same time being daringly individual – is as successful as ever. Everything we tasted, from the amuse bouche, which took the form of a bitesize blue cheese naan and tiny jug of unbelievably rich curried coconut sipping sauce, right through to dessert was sublime, though not for the faint-palated.

Our list of highlights runs as follows: smoked eggplant bharta cornets with herb feta (the vegetarian options are excellent); light and fluffy green pea kofta perched atop discs of sweet potato and surrounded by a spicy coconut curry; an Indian spin on crispy duck involving juicy ghee-roast lamb; and a buttery black dhal that we would like to have taken home (if Indian Accent permitted doggy bags, which it doesn’t).  

We were slightly disappointed by both breads we tried, having found the saag paneer kulcha rather greasy and less flavourful than we were expecting, and the Parmesan chur chur paratha rather too dry, but dessert more than brought it back. The cardamom cheesecake with mango sauce was perfectly executed, while the basmati rice kheer with rhubarb murabba and coconut jaggery ice cream was velvety, zingy and crunchy all at the same time.

Our only other gripe was the restaurant’s claim that it puts seasonal ingredients at the fore when we spotted asparagus and summer berries on the menu in autumn. This doesn’t seem to bother readers though, who regularly reach for the superlatives when reminiscing about the “outstanding”, “incredible” and “innovative” food, “ultra-luxe” setting, “excellent” service and “great” value for money. That last one might raise an eyebrow or two, but the £24 express lunch menu is nothing short of a bargain in Mayfair. 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Indian
Ambience
Cool, Fine dining, Glamorous, Quiet conversation, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
SquareMeal Gold List
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions

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Location for Indian Accent

16 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4HW

020 7629 9802

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:00
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-14:30
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:00
Tue 17:30-22:00
Wed 17:30-22:00
Thu 17:30-22:00
Fri 17:30-22:30
Sat 17:30-22:30
Sun 17:30-22:00

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Ms/Mrs. Arabella H

Good food, ambiance and staff service let it down
13 June 2019   - Verified Diner

Dissinterested staff, slow service. Food was good, but no surprises which I thought there may have been with the dishes.

Overpriced.

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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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