For those who have sampled a degustation or à la carte menu at the nine-year-old Indian Accent Delhi at The Manor or at The Lodhi know how Chef Manish Mehrotra only serves extraordinary fare. He is a master of his craft and continuously attempts to invent Indian cuisine. Wild mushroom kulcha with a drizzle of truffle oil, meetha achar pork ribs, winter carrot halwa crumble are one of Chef Mehrotra’s many wondrous culinary creations where he skilfully uses modern gastronomy techniques on Indian recipes aided by global ingredients and flavours.
Two years ago, Old World Hospitality, the company that owns Indian Accent set up its international outpost at Le Parker Meridien in New York, which has now been followed up with a London location. Chef Mehrotra’s trusted friend Parminder Singh (former head chef of Chor Bizarre) is the man-in-charge at this iconic restaurant that offers a both tasting and a la carte menu at different prices. Daniel Beedle, named by Wine Spectator among the 50 best in NYC is the Group Beverage Director.
Indian Accent comes to London's Mayfair
Taking over the old yet renowned Chor Bizarre restaurant on Albemarle Street, the modern-minimalistic interior has been done by Brighton-based design studio, DesignLSM. The two-storied restaurant is neatly divided by a brass fretwork-spiral staircase for ease of navigation. A chic storefront, the interplay of gold and emerald velvet, stunning glass doors and intricate jaali screen panels beautifully come together to give the restaurant a touch of class.
The ambience may be spectacular but like all other Indian Accents, food continues to be the hero here. Chef Mehrotra who essentially is a Pan-Asian specialist ensures you taste the best of a lot of worlds, his style. One can start with a millet khichdi, beef laal maas and parmesan yoghurt; move to ghee roast lamb, roomali roti pancakes / Rajasthani chakki. Or settle for a paper roast dosa with mushrooms and water chestnuts accompanied by blue-cheese naan or pea-quinoa pulao and cucumber-wasabi raita. For those with an inclination for sweet, the makhan malai, saffron milk, rose petal jaggery brittle with almonds is a befitting grand finale to a gorgeous meal.
A fine selection of wines, whiskies, cocktails like Albemarle Chai Punch—a house-made milk punch made with Batavia Arrack, Earl Grey, and Virgin Amaro, and liquor are in store to make perfect pairings, as one goes through different courses.
Dinner: Monday – Saturday; 5.30pm – 10.30pm; Sunday 10pm
Lunch: Monday – Saturday; noon – 2.30pm
Address: 16 Albemarle Street, London