Food + Drink

LONDON DINING: INDIAN ACCENT

In the heart of London’s Mayfair on Albermarle Street sits the stylish and contemporary Indian Accent, a small and picturesque restaurant which calls out class and pulls you in. The restaurant explores progressive ideas in Indian cuisine while maintaining traditional integrity, and Chef Manish Mehrotra reinterprets nostalgic Indian dishes with an openness towards global techniques and influences.

As my guest and I entered for a Friday lunch, we were instantly welcomed and shown to our table at the back of the restaurant. Walking past the busy tables with a mix of business lunches and groups of friends, the atmosphere was transformed to what felt like an evening sitting. The stylish decor with gold plating and mirrored walls added to the start of our memorable dining experience.

As we both browsed the menus, our waiter recommended a cocktail from the attractive list and soon appeared a Transcendental Medication – honey-infused gin with a mountain sage liqueur, thyme and lavender for me; and The Proper Copper – kaffir lime leaf infused vodka with honey and rose blossom water. Both unique and highly recommended to get you in the mood for the cuisine to come.

On offer for lunchtime is a two-course menu alongside à la carte choices, and a six-course tasting menu. With a busy day of shopping ahead we opted for the two-course menu at a very reasonable £25, with breads, sides and dessert at additional costs. My first course – kolhapuri chicken salad, peanuts, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado with a perfect blend of 25 different spices – was a firm favourite. Equally as tasty, my guest’s sweet pickle pork ribs, sun dried mango, onion seeds made for great openers.

Next up from the mains came a beautifully presented plate of colour and flavours: seared scallops, rava prawns, malvani dried shrimp rice. The scallops were cooked to perfection and the crisp batter around the prawns made for a unique seafood dish. My guest’s chicken malai tikka, green chilli cream, sugar snap peas and summer truffle was devoured before I could even get my folk across the table, and the sides of lachha butter naan and ghee roast potato were the perfect accompaniments to our meals.

Although we originally intended to stick to two courses, after seeing other guests’ desserts arriving at their tables, we were intrigued to explore the options available, and ordered the makhan malai – a saffron milk dome decorated with rose petals, jaggery brittle and almonds to add a tasty crunch. We also tried the doda barfi treacle tart with vanilla bean ice cream – a British classic with an infused taste. Now full and not ready to shop, our waiter came over to offer much-needed coffees before we checked out of our Indian culinary delight!

Indian Accent

16 Albemarle Street
Mayfair
London W1S 4HW

0207 629 9802

www.indianaccent.com/london

 

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