Ooty | South Indian Fine Dining On Baker Street
Ooty is named after a hill station in Southern India.
That hill station was originally called Udagamandalam. Which was then replaced by the far more manageable Ootacamund. Which was then replaced with Udhagai …which was then truncated again to Ooty.
And now that they’ve pretty much run Ooty syllables to remove, they’re sticking with that, as is the Baker Street restaurant named in its honour. That restaurant comes to us from chef Manmeet Singh Bali, who was formerly at Michelin Stared spots Rasoi and Vineet Bhatia London (the latter of which closed mysteriously one week after winning its Star).
This is his first solo project, and it’s a pretty grand & ambitious affair. There are two stories-worth of Southern Indian dining & drinking, starting with:
The flagship restaurant space, which is dominated by a huge statement foliage wall (essentially designed for Instagram, but there are worse crimes) and a scattering of dusky pink chairs. This is where you’ll find the South Indian fine-dining that Manmeet Singh Bali does so well. The menu isloaded with dishes like Tellicherry crab fry with zesty coconut crab relish; fennel lamb shoulder with pinenut & pickled baby shallots; Goan chicken cafreal with cucumber rolls, baby corn shoots & tomato dust coral; and a good ol’ Keralan lime lobster.
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This is the dark, moody colonial-style bar, set underneath the main restaurant. Your eyes can drink in the colonial-style paintings, globes, and ornately carved wooden furnishings while your actual mouth drinks in cocktails like the Rose Garden – named after Ooty hill statin’s actual rose garden which boasts 20k varieties of the flower. And finally, there’s:
This is the more casual portion of the trio, set to open a little later in the year than the other two. It’s there for lunch-style “light snacks and hearty bowls” when it does open.
So yes, it seems that Ooty is going to get bigger.
NOTE: Ooty officially opens on soft launch on the 14th-16th February, with 50% off food. You can make a reservation HERE, and check out their website HERE.
Ooty | 66 Baker St, Marylebone, W1U 7DJ
While you’re on Baker Street… you’re right around the corner from Carousel.