Ooty

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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Ooty

Silver Award

On the former site of the Galvin brothers’ Bistrot de Luxe, Ooty is a south Indian specialist named after a hill-station town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It combines three separate spaces: an 80-cover dining room, a basement bar, and ‘Ooty station’ – an all-day casual dining space and cocktail bar.

Ooty aims to offer a more refined and genteel approach to the cooking of the sub-continent than some of the big-name recent openings on London’s Indian restaurant scene.

The very pretty dining room bears little resemblance to the venue’s former life as an ersatz French bistro – think pastel tones, floral wallpaper and a ‘living’ wall of greenery (which our cheery waiter later admitted is artificial.)

Ooty’s menu of dishes inspired by Indian staples – albeit remixed for small-portioned fine dining – is mostly a winner. The best thing we ate was the kid goat sukka: strips of tender goat shoulder brimming with spice, served on uttapam (a doughy, omelette-like disc of spinach and artichoke) and finished with a fried duck egg quivering with a glossy yolk. Splendid stuff.

Elsewhere, our tiger prawn biryani wasn’t as punchy as we’d hoped, but we were won over by the standout pudding of jaggery pineapple bake – juicy and charred chunks of golden fruit served on a bed of smoked cardamom rice pudding and finished with a scoop of black sesame ice cream; an unconventional, but seriously effective combination.

Some diners may lament Ooty's lack of bold flavours, but we were ultimately charmed by its cosy atmosphere, refined dishes and delightfully sweet staff.

 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Indian
Ambience
Cosy, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Quirky, Romantic, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions

About Ooty

 

 

Location for Ooty

66 Baker Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 7DJ

020 3727 5014

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 18:00-22:30
Tue 18:00-22:30
Wed 18:00-22:30
Thu 18:00-22:30
Fri 18:00-23:00
Sat 18:00-23:00
Sun Closed

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Piglet

Excellent fine dining Indian restaurant
16 July 2019   - Verified Diner

I’ve eaten here 3 times now and every meal has been a delight.   I don’t know what they do to make their chicken so succulent but their sesame peanut chicken with chilli pipette is so good that I order it every time, absolutely divine (the Goan chicken cafreal is also very good).  The lamb shank Koora fell apart and was full of flavor and the Kori Gassi with string hoppers is another favourite alongside a masala dosa.  We drank an Indian viognier which was the perfect accompaniment and very reasonably priced.  My only concern is that it is always half empty when we are there, so please, if you are in the area, give it a try!  Ooty station, their bar/café is also very good.

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Iris E

08 July 2019  
Very smart and clever Indian dishes.
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