London’s Indian restaurants rally to raise £200,000 for India’s Covid crisis through special events

Special events, one-off menus and exclusive delivery options are all being run in a bid to hit the target

Updated on 26 May 2021 • Written By Rosie Conroy

London’s Indian restaurants rally to raise £200,000 for India’s Covid crisis through special events

Leading London restaurant group JKS has announced it's spearheading a charitable initiative called ‘1 Million Breaths’ to raise money for the Indian Covid crisis.

While JKS are committed to the UK’s contribution, the scheme is a global one started in America, which is bringing together some of the world’s best restaurants in a bid to get more oxygen to hospitals in India.

With India battling unprecedented levels of Coronavirus, the world’s hospitality industry has come together to work hard on a plan to help where it can. It’s been reported that around 300,000 new Covid cases are appearing every day in India, while there are currently around 4000 people dying daily from effects of the virus.

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One of the main issues is that those suffering from Covid in India can’t access enough oxygen to help them breathe during the tougher stages of the illness. There have been reports of hospital supplies being complete decimated, while spaces for beds are few and far between. The global campaign 1 Million Breaths is led by some the world’s best Indian restaurants, who have pledged ‘in support of the country that got us [the restaurants] here’.

The idea behind the campaign is that each restaurant will offer meals listed at a price point which will help supply 10kg of oxygen per order. The entire fleet of JKS restaurants are involved and have pledged various events and special offers to encourage diners to donate through dining out. From exclusive dine-in dinners and delivery menus through to the option to add a charity donation on the bill, there are plenty of ways to help. Plus, 100% of all proceeds from each event or special menu will be donated. 

Aside from the JKS restaurants (which span Michelin starred Gymkhana, Brigadiers, Trishna, Hoppers, and home delivery brand Motu Indian Kitchen), other top names are also involved. Jikoni, Tandoor Chop House, Pali Hill and Jamavar are all running special events for the initiative.

1 Million Breaths for India Events London

Gymkhana

On the 6 June Gymkhana is hosting an exclusive dine-in event where you’ll be treated to a tasting menu and a drinks pairing. Book here.

Hoppers

On the 13 June Hoppers is putting on a Sunday Session, with an all you can eat Sri Lankan feast on offer. Book here.

Trishna

Between 29 May and the 6 June Trishna will be delivering its feasting menus across London via Slerp and Deliveroo. Order directly with the delivery platforms. 

Brigadiers

Also between the 29 May and the 6 June, Brigadiers plans to offer diners a similar feasting menu to Trishna, in its signature style. Order via Slerp or Deliveroo. 

Motu Indian Kitchen

One of our favourite takeaways in London, Motu Indian Kitchen has come up with a limited-edition charity feast box for Londoners to enjoy between the 28 – 31 June. Order via Deliveroo. 

Tandoor Chop house

On the 30 May Tandoor Chop House in Covent Garden is going to be doing a special offer on their Mighty Thali for Two, with drinks and pudding thrown in. Book here.

Jamavar

On the 7 June you can expect a special, one-off dinner from Jamavar which will showcase signature dishes as well as a wine pairing. Book here.

Pali Hill

This one’s for the early birds of the world. On the 13 June Pali Hill is going to be throwing a brunch bonanza which will include three courses and cocktails. Book by emailing the restaurant directly on reservations@palihill.co.uk.

Jikoni

Jikoniwhich is the first independent restaurant in the UK to become carbon-neutral – will donate all the proceeds from a special selection of desserts to the campaign. Book directly with the restaurant. 

The campaign was launched in America on the 13 May and will run in the UK from the 18 May through until the end of June. We expect that the events will be hugely popular, so make sure to book ahead if you’d like to enjoy a top-end Indian meal while simultaneously supporting the cause.

JKS are hoping to add more Indian restaurants to the fold, so if you’re looking to be involved, please email giorgia@jksrestaurants.com.

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