One of London’s first modern Indian restaurants, Chutney Mary, recently relocated to St James’ after 25 years in Chelsea. In advance of a takeover of the Restaurant at 116 Mall on 4 February, Director headed to its sumptuous new home to review the menu…
This contemporary Indian restaurant in St James’s, London, is a handy hop, skip and a jump from the IoD’s 116 Pall Mall premises for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
To start, my partner and I shared duck salad with tamarind glaze and Wiltshire trout tandoori in a marinade of curry leaf and fresh turmeric, and needed no arm-twisting when offered a spin on a street-food favourite, the tangy tokri chaat – a potato basket strained with yoghurt and chutneys.
Our grilled crispy sea bass main with Konkan sauce and the cardamom and mace chicken tikka and lamb chapli were spot on; the subtle flavours gradually punching at the palette before erupting into a full coup d’état on the tastebuds.
Mild lobster biryani sounded like a culinary contradiction but fast-cooked flesh combined with slow-cooked, long-grain rice proved to be an inspired choice.
Enjoy Chutney Mary at the IoD for one night only – 4 February
Established 26 years ago in Chelsea, London, Chutney Mary is credited by many with inventing the concept of a contemporary Indian restaurant. The menu is diverse and includes delicious Indian street food, alluringly presented, as well as a variety of grills, dishes with sauces, and curries.
And for one night only Chutney Mary will bring its exciting menu (described by The Telegraph as “enjoyable as it is eye-opening”) to the IoD. Regional dishes such as flaked crab in garlic butter, chargrilled Jaipur lamb (tender boneless, clove smoked), Calcutta wild prawn curry, butter chicken methi masala from Delhi and Puneri Aloo are all set to appear.
The dishes will be paired with wines from Berkmann Wine Cellars, the UK’s leading independent agent, who supply the country’s restaurants and retailers with an unbeatable range. Berkmann Wine Cellars has been awarded the prestigious title of Great Value Wine Merchant of the Year four years in a row (2011-2014) by the judging panel of the Sommelier Wine Awards.
Tickets cost from £71 (plus VAT) and include dinner and wine.
A Journey across India with Chutney Mary, The Restaurant, 116 Pall Mall, London, 4 February
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