Kahani, which translates to ‘story’ in Hindi, is where Michelin-starred chef Peter Joseph is adding the latest chapter to the tale of Britain’s love affair with Indian cuisine. Located in the heart of Chelsea, opposite Cadogan Hall, Kahani blends low-lit interiors with a classy, but unpretentious dining experience. The setting is modern but luxurious, with white walls and crockery standing out against the royal blue of the booth seating.
When it comes to the menu, the very best seasonal British ingredients are brought to life with fragrant spices and crafted using traditional Indian cooking methods. Peter Joseph is keen to make Indian fine dining more communal and less formal, while remaining true to his Chennai heritage, so guests can expect plenty of sharing dishes.
There are a whole host of menus to choose from, so depending on what time of day you visit, your dietary preferences/restrictions and what you’re in the mood for, you could be tucking into anything from bottomless brunch to vegan biryani. Kahani offers an entire vegan menu, so rather than one or two suitable dishes, anyone who has chosen to meat- and dairy-free can select from a three-course menu with plenty of options for each course.
Kahani also offers a pre-theatre menu for those planning to catch a show nearby, and a tasting menu for diners looking to enjoy a leisurely meal with plenty of courses. Weekend bottomless brunch comprises a three-course meal with free-flowing prosecco, while the restaurant’s weekend roast menu includes a twist on the traditional with mains such as slow-cooked Somerset lamb shank with browned onions and Kashmiri spices, and tandoori roasted free-range chicken with Kashmiri chillies.
Those with a sweet tooth won’t be disappointed either, as Kahani’s pudding menu involves all sorts of inventive desserts, from a chilli chocolate mousse bomb with gulab jamun bits to tandoori pineapple with coconut flavoured steamed yoghurt.