We massively, deeply, huuuugely hate to exaggerate.
So we’ll merely state that Ravinder Bhogal has a pretty good CV.
She has – for those few of you unaware – been an award-winning food writer, a TV presenter, and a chef at Michelin-starred Trishna, all after being talent-spotted by Gordon Ramsay who took her under his wing at the start of her career. And now she has her own restaurant, too.
The place itself is in Marylebone – right next to Trishna, in fact – and it’s got a light, colourful, living room-like interior, in which they’re serving a menu that draws from Britain, East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, then puts them into an almost literal metaphorical melting pot. It breaks down into:
You’ll find her famed Scotch eggs here, including a prawn toast quail egg with banana ketchup, and a Goan pork-wrapped number with tomato & ginger chutney.
The larger small plates include a paradoxically “crisp soft shell crab” served with peanut sauce; and a sloppy joe style sandwich made with Herdwick Mutton Keema, pickled onions, and mint chutney.
The even larger big plates change weekly, but include the likes of a spiced up Shepherd’s Pie, plus a daily-changing Rice Plate that draws from curries around the world.
Stretching even further afield, sweet treats include the likes of a banana cake with Ovaltine kulfi and miso butterscotch; or some fresh paan madeleines with masala chai. There’s even a dessert made with coconut cake, mango jelly, and passionfruit cream.
Apparently, she likes to trifle with exotic ingredients…
NOTE: Jikoni is open for lunch Tues-Fri, dinner Tues-Sat, and brunch on weekends. You can book a table by simply heading HERE.
Jikoni | 19-21 Blandford Street, W1U 3DH
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