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Near Sloane Square in Chelsea, Kutir is London’s newest Indian fine-dining restaurant hoping to win Michelin stars

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Inside Chelsea’s New Indian Fine-Dining Restaurant With Stars in Its Eyes

Chef Rohit Ghai’s first solo restaurant, Kutir, opens this evening

Kutir occupies a Georgian townhouse in Chelsea
| Tim Atkin/for Kutir

Chef Rohit Ghai’s eagerly awaited solo debut has arrived. Kutir, an Indian fine-dining restaurant almost a year in the making, opens today — on the former site of Vineet Bhatia in a Georgian townhouse near Sloane Square in Chelsea.

Front of house Abhi Sangawan and chef Rohit Ghai
Stuart Milne

Ghai, a chef who has cooked at Michelin-starred Gymkhana, Jamavar, and Bombay Bustle, knows his way around west London and is no stranger to the judging criteria laid out by the Red Guide. Kutir is patently in the market for star-status. And — given the location, the reputation of the chef, and the style of the output — it would be among award season’s more high-profile shocks were Michelin’s inspectors not to anoint Ghai’s restaurant in October next year.

The chef and co-owner opens the restaurant with his long-time supporting front-of-house, Abhi Sangwan, also an alumnus of Gymkhana, Jamavar, and Bombay Bustle. Sangwan will take charge of the dining room and an “extensive” cocktail list.

Kutir means “cottage” in Sanskrit; the restaurant, the owners say, draws inspiration from the royal tradition of hunting expeditions in the forests and jungles of the Indian countryside. The food, through its seasonality, wants to reimagine the feasting-style and conviviality that is representative of those locations.

Here’s full look inside the dining room, plus a look at some of the dishes.

Kutir by Rohit Ghai in Chelsea will aim to win Michelin stars
A selection of dishes from Kutir

Both Ghai and Sangwan trained in luxury Indian heritage hotels within wildlife sanctuaries across India. It is that environment that provides some of the inspiration for the restaurant in London. “We both fell in love with the lush green landscape and were fascinated by the regional, seasonal cuisines,” Ghai said in September. “I have been dreaming about serving this menu and have been refining these dishes for a long time and I can’t wait to introduce my guests to a menu that goes far beyond the usual Indian restaurant offering.”

Kutir in Chelsea has Michelin stars in its eyes
Chicken with lentils
Stuart Milne
Kashmiri lamb rogan josh at Kutir, a Modern Indian restaurant by chef Rohit Ghai in Chelsea
Lamb roganjosh with offal samosa
Stuart Milne

Kutir will offer both a tasting, or “expedition,” menu of six courses for £60, as well as a full a la carte (see below) separated into small plates, main courses, classics, sides, and desserts. Among the highlights: Lobster rasam, 24-hour slow-cooked lamb shoulder roganjosh, chicken tikka masala, and a tandoor stone bass with squid, and ink

Tim Atkins
Kutir by chef Rohit Ghai in Chelsea wants to win Michelin stars Stuart Milne
Tim Atkins

Parque flooring in the dining room at Kutir

Nargisi kofta at Kutir in Chelsea
Nargisi kofta
Stuart Milne
Kutir by chef Rohit Ghai in Chelsea wants to win Michelin stars
Paneer makkai
Stuart Milne
Tandoor stone bass with squid and ink
Stuart Milne
Chocolate, chilli, and banana
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