London’s got an Indian Accent.
It’s in the form of the third branch of the eponymous restaurant from critically venerated chef Manish Mehrotra, joining its cousins in New Delhi and New York. The restaurants have been awarded a positive avalanche of accolades over there; from a World Top 50 Best Restaurant in India, to a Zagat runner up for Best Restaurant in New York – and you’ll easily see why when you head to their Mayfair set-up.
A glossy, bi-level space, this is one polished Accent. Walking in, you’ll be met by a stunning gold bar to your right, whose shelves are piled with all kinds of multi-coloured spirits and rare bottles of whisky. Set against pearlescent walls, the vibe is all dark wooden tables and seating – including a number of booths – in a rich emerald green; which continues downstairs (via a sweeping spiral staircase) to the private dining room.
The cocktails are, to put it simply, delicious. There are masterful blends such as the Green Chilli Sour with Hari Mirch (chilli) infused tequila, lemon oleo-saccharum and mezcal, or The Proper Copper of Kaffir lime leaf-infused vodka, honey, and rose blossom water (which, true to its name, is served in a shiny copper cup, sprinkled with rose petals). There are also plenty of soft cocktails to pick from, or, if wine is more your thing, a pretty mighty wine list along with an expert sommelier on hand to talk it all through.
And here’s where things really spice up. The dishes are all inspired by global influences as well as lesser known Indian cuisine, hence the ‘accent’.
The menu’s split up into four main sections, with dishes slowly increasing in size as you’d expect, and then finishing – as many menus do – with dessert. Which means you can start with the sumptuous potato sphere chaat with white pea mash or the mathri trio (a set of three cones stuffed full of smoked aubergine bharta, duck khurchan, and methi murgh), followed by the millet khichdi (Rajasthani curry) with beef laal maas and parmesan yoghurt, and still find yourself suitably hungry for your mains. The must-try dish here is the ghee roast lamb with roomali roti pancakes (or the vegetarian option with rajasthani chakki), inspired by Peking duck pancakes. Not only is the lamb melt-in-the-mouth soft, it also comes with an exciting array of chutneys and crunchy bits – all which you can parcel up for eating in the roti.
Capping it all off is the doda barfi treacle tart, served with vanilla bean ice cream; or the Medieval (and rarely seen) makhan malai with saffron milk and rose petal jaggery brittle.
Which sounds delicious no matter how you say it.
NOTE: Indian Accent is open for lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat (with a break in service 2-5pm). To book, you can call 0207 6299 802 or visit their website HERE.
Indian Accent | 16 Albemarle Street, W1S 4HW
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