London has an unlimited array of Indian eating places, showcasing each sort of delicacies from vegetarian Thali to Indian avenue meals. The town’s most well-known curry spot is Brick Lane, additionally know as Banglatown, famend for its traditional curries and voracious touting.
Hankies Marble Arch, which opened in January, is providing one thing a bit of completely different: small plates of Indian fusion meals filled with flavour and served within the slightly luxurious environment of Montcalm Lodge in Marble Arch.
That is Chef Anirudh Arora’s second Hankies endeavor, following on from his modest Indian café in Shaftesbury Avenue. At Hankies Marble Arch, he has introduced Delhi avenue meals into the world of nice eating, and for my part, has succeeded with nice aplomb.
The restaurant itself is fashionable and comfy with white and orange furnishings and comfortable chairs. It’s not precisely minimalist however neither is it overly gaudy. Heavy blue glasses and superbly adorned plates adorn the desk, which have been personally sourced by Chef Arora from Indian markets and vintage shops.
For drinks, I ordered a Hugo cocktail, a mixture of Prosecco, elderflower and mint. My solely gripe was that it may have achieved with a bit of extra elderflower. My accomplice actually loved his mango lassi, a traditional Indian drink that’s blended with yogurt, water and spices.
The menu is chock filled with fragrant and spicy small dishes suited to each vegetarians and pure carnivores. The most costly dish, a 5 OuncesRibeye steak with a garlic, paprika and masala rub, is simply £9. My accomplice and I shared six dishes between us and had been completely glad by the top of the meal.
The home dish is the roomali roti, a skinny, wheat-based flatbread folded into the form of a hanky. These gentle and engaging flatbreads could be included into each dish on the menu.
My private favourites included a bowl of candy and crispy duck referred to as Bhatak Ki Khurchan, which got here with masala cashews garnished with mint and watermelon. Each the textures and flavours had been excellent. We additionally actually loved the Khumb Kofta, a wild mushroom curry with a creamy cashew sauce that had an actual kick to it. The Truffle Naan was the right accompaniment to mop up the leftover curry sauce.
Verdict: Each dish we tried at Hankies Marble Arch was scrumptious, and I used to be very impressed with the costs. One may simply take pleasure in dinner for 2 (with drinks) for below £50. What a revelation for central London!
When: Hankies Marble Arch is open Monday-Saturday from 12:00-14:45 and 17:45-22:45. It’s closed on Sundays.
Getting there: the closest tube station is Marble Arch and it takes solely 5 minutes to achieve the restaurant.
OTHER INDIAN RESTAURANTS IN LONDON REVIEWED:
Bombay Palace, Connaught Village, London W2
Chokhi Dhani, London