Lauded Indian hotelier Chokhi Dhani has opened a restaurant in Nine Elms, opposite the new American Embassy. We popped down to preview the offering
It’s difficult to impart any character into a restaurant whose shell is new-build glass and steel. The designers of Chokhi Dhani
must’ve known this – they’ve duly gone big with the interiors.
A 14-foot-high bronze elephant greets us at the entrance, while indoors great pains have been made – principally using a collection of handmade Indian artworks – to create an environment that channels the princely splendour of Rajasthan palaces.
First it was Indian-influenced margaritas in the bar (and casual dining room) on the ground floor; then we ascended to river-view window seats in the dining room. Right next to us was a rather secretive 12-seat private dining room, again with floor-to-ceiling windows and those Thames views.
Classic Indian banquet-style dishes are the focus on this simply arranged menu, though the starter-mains format is an option. We made sure to eat all of it, starting off with the notably attractive slow-cooked pulled rabbit on a doughy missi disc.
The tandoor-grilled foie gras – again beautifully presented – was too unusual not to order and we were pleased enough with the results. But it was the Maharaja Thali feast that stole the show, with enough delicately spiced chicken and lamb to sate a few hungry men. All promising stuff for a relaxed group dining experience.
The official launch party was on April 12, with Pixie Lott and Pro Green taking to the stage. Now, this is the place to dine if eating quality Indian food and rubbing shoulders with diplomats sounds like your boss’s cup of tea.
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