Kahani is the Hindi word for story.
Which is helpful, because we’re about to tell you one.
It’s one which starts, many moons ago, in Chennai, with the birth of one Peter Joseph. He spent his childhood weaving through the street food stalls and markets of that bustling city, perhaps dreaming of the day he would bring those flavours to the people of London. Or perhaps just dreaming of regular kid stuff. Either way, he grew up to man the pans in big kitchens across the country, before moving to London, as sous, then head, chef of the Michelin-starred Tamarind, and its Soho offshoot, Tamarind Kitchen. In fact, Tamarind was the first Indian restaurant to earn a Michelin Star anywhere. And Peter Joseph helped them keep, polish, and maintain it for ten years.
Which brings us to the next chapter in his story, Kahani – the first solo venture from this most talented and creative chef. The menu here tells his own story, in a way, marrying a contemporary approach to Indian cuisine with seasonal British ingredients.
The venue itself is set just off Sloane Square, and has a light-yet-luxurious feel, with white walls, chandelier lighting, and armchair seating, as well as a few flashes of vibrant colour inspired by the feathers of a peacock.
The food here leans away from Tamarind’s more traditionally Northern Indian dishes, and instead focuses on a blend of British & Indian cultures; expect the likes of Gressingham duck with coriander, apple chutney, and tandoori broccoli marinated in honey; or smoked Malabar prawns with coconut & Keralan spices. In fact, there are only two curries on the menu, including the delectable ‘Kahani’ butter chicken.
Desserts include their ‘melt in the middle’ cheesecakes; a pineapple crème brûlée with cinnamon; and a chilli chocolate mousse bomb.
Which makes a happy ending to any story.
NOTE: Kahani is open now. You can find out more, and book a table at the website right HERE.
Kahani | 1 Wilbraham Place, SW1X 9AE
Main image: Pictured at Kahani
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