Restaurant Assessment: Kutir, Chelsea, London SW3

When a chef like Rohit Ghai of Michelin acclaim goes it alone (effectively nearly, he has a co-owner in entrance of home knowledgeable Abhishake Sangwan) and creates a restaurant in their very own picture, it begs consideration. 

The duo opened in 2018, withstood Covid and they’re now thriving once more providing Pan-Indian delicacies impressed by Royal Indian Expeditions. 

The title Kutir is Sanskrit for “a small cottage in the course of nowhere”. It’s a cute title however is a tad humble on condition that this can be a fashionable finish of terrace townhouse in Chelsea simply off Sloane Avenue.

Atmosphere

Arriving at Kutir nearly feels as if one goes to a cocktail party with mates eager to impress. Certainly, the hallway has a really lovely cover of flowers overhead and attention-grabbing floral wallpaper. All through there’s plushly upholstered chairs, gold curtains, and chandelier lighting.

Bar at Kutir

On the bottom flooring is a room with few covers and an ornate bar wanting effectively wearing a Massini material with wildflowers, butterflies and birds given added sparkle from Swarovski crystals.

It’s a small bar tended by their mixologist Sandar Nemeth who tells me his inspiration for his profession alternative got here from watching Tom Cruise in Cocktail. 

Take lunch or dinner al fresco within the roof terrace

A flight of stairs results in two extra rooms and a small roof terrace that was created round a conservatory ceiling in order that they may open in April. It’s a pretty surroundings with floral paintings and synthetic grass and it stays open for lunch or alfresco eating if the night is heat.

This night it was a bit chilly so we took our seats at a small nook desk from the place we had the view of the stunning roof backyard. I couldn’t assist noticing the stunning print of tigers and elephants on the wallpaper which introduced again reminiscences of travels to the Indian Subcontinent.

Meals & Drink

It didn’t take lengthy to grasp that a large quantity of thought and creativity has been poured into the offings at Kutir with a number of menus to cater on your temper and tastes. There a £65 per particular person Expedition tasting menu which could be paired with their wines (add £55), and a considerate vegan model of it. There’s additionally an a la carte menu, which we opted for.

Popadoms with chutneys

No Indian meal might probably begin with out nibbling on popadoms. Interesting curly popadoms, each spicy and plain arrived. These had been excellent for scooping condiments of mango chutney (with satisfying mango items), tomato sauce and yoghurt with turmeric. 

We adopted this with Allo Tikki starter, a preferred road meals of India, of potato truffles. Made with tamarind and potato and lentil mash, it’s served with mint chutney. When I’ve had these prior to now they crispy exterior however ours had been delicate and easy on the within. They had been served on a base of peas and pomegranate gems which gave a stunning tangy sweetness each every so often. 

Aloo Tikka Potato truffles and Hen chops

We additionally selected French reduce rooster tandoori chops from the starter menu. Two chops had been served on a mattress of lentils. The meat was tremendous delicate on the within and properly charred on the skin and really spicy. 

Venison and Hen Tikka Masala with steamed rice and Sag Aloo

The 2 mains we selected had been the rooster tikka masala with fenugreek, tomato and Kashmiri chilli (sure I’m a traditionalist and am all the time drawn to this dish on a menu) and the venison inexperienced peppercorn. The venison is slow-cooked with fennel and yoghurt sauce. The meat was delicate and well-cooked. The sauces for each dishes had been unexpectedly gentle and a stark distinction to the spicy starters.

We selected steamed rice and Aloo Sag as sides. The latter delivered beautiful spinach but it surely was onerous to detect the potato.

Kutir has an unlimited wine menu curated from around the globe. Nevertheless, as gin lovers, we determined to go for gin cocktails. After all of the cocktail listing was spectacular.

We selected the Sariska and the Alphonso. The Sariska is a mixture of Sipsmith London Dry gin, candy vermouth, lavender syrup & bitter. The glass got here adorned with activated coal on the skin, whose darkish color actually showcased the inexperienced of the cocktail.

The Alphonso is a mixture of Hapusa Himalayan Dry gin, which has a touch of mango in it, Indian tonic water and mango. Each had been unbelievably scrumptious – thanks Sandar.

As we left had been supplied scrumptious pistachio truffles to nibble on. A trendy and scrumptious ending to a really nice meal.

Verdict

Eating at Kutir is a quiet affair in small intimate rooms. That is Indian delicacies their means and the flavours are sometimes fairly stunning. 

Extra data:

Kutir, 10 Lincoln Avenue, London SW3 2TS
Opening Hours: 1pm – 10pm (Tue – Solar)

You’ll be able to view Kutir’s menu right here.

Count on to pay round £50 per head a la carte.


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