Indian Accent opens on Mayfair’s Albermarle Street this Thursday 14 December; the new two-story venue is set to follow in the footsteps of it’s well-established New Delhi and New York siblings.
Indian Accent comes to London with some pedigree; the original New Delhi branch spent three years in the World’s 50 Best list — it now sits at number 78 (the index actually publishes a World’s 100 Best under the ‘50’ brand) — as the only restaurant from India on the list, while the NYC outpost has received accolades of its own, named as having one of the best wine lists in the country. Both also rank amongst the highest-rated restaurants for their respective regions on TripAdvisor, though that seems to be less illustrious now than ever.
Nevertheless, the new London outfit promises much, as chef Manish Mehrotra puts forward a menu of “nostalgic Indian dishes” with “openness towards global techniques and influences.” Diners can expect dishes like soy keema, quail egg and lime leaf butter pao, and kashmiri morels and walnut powder with parmesan papad alongside less familiar creations including makhan malai — a medieval dish made of aerated milk infused with saffron — and ghee roast lamb with roomali roti pancakes, served in a format inspired by Peking duck. If this restaurant is a lot of things, derivative is not one.
Dinner services will be offered daily, with guests choosing either a 9-course tasting menu (£80), or 3 or 4-course prix fixe menus (£55 or £65); lunch offers 2 or 3-course menus (£25 or £30), a 6-course tasting menu (£45) and an à la carte selection, available Monday-Saturday. Standard and premium wine pairings and whisky flights are available as supplements.
It’s worth noting that Indian Accent will open on the same street as the standard-setting Indian fine-dining restaurant, Gymkhana.