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Amritsari fried fish pao at Brigadiers
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Inside Visionary London Restaurateurs’ Most Ambitious Project to Date

JKS Restaurants will open Brigadiers in the Bloomberg Arcade next week

JKS Restaurants — the group run by three siblings, Karam, Sunaina and Jyotin Sethi — will open its eleventh London restaurant on Wednesday 6 June. Brigadiers, the most high-profile opening to date at the City’s big money Bloomberg Arcade, will join a JKS portfolio that includes Michelin-starred Trishna and Gymkhana, and Hoppers (x 2); the trio are also partners in a number of celebrated establishments across the city, including: Kitchen Table, Bubbledogs, Lyle’s, BAO, XU and Nieves’ Baragan Mohacho’s Sabor on Heddon Street.

Brigadiers — JKS’ most ambitious restaurant yet — will be a 140-cover (plus 34-cover terrace) Indian barbecue, beer, whisky, and live sport venue. What the Sethis are calling “An Indian barbecue and beer tavern inspired by the army mess bars of India, where military regiments go to eat, drink and socialise.”

Inside, Brigadiers has eight discreet spaces, which includes a main bar, dining room, pool and games rooms, a tap room and a terrace, as well as a number of private dining spaces. There will also be TV screen showing live football and other sports throughout — in every room, including all private spaces, excluding the main dining room.

Take a first look inside one of London’s soon-to-be hottest new openings — a restaurant that could take JKS from niche, if lauded, independent operators to mass-market City game-changers.


Inside The Dining Room.

Brigadiers is inspired by the military mess taverns of India


The menu

The food at Brigadiers will be unlike that at any of JKS’ other sites and will implement methods of Indian barbecue: tandoors, charcoal grills, rotisseries, wood ovens and classic Indian smokers. It is drinking food, to be shared and dishes will fall into six main sections:

  • Beer snacks, nuts and crisps
  • Chhota chatpata (fiery small plates) including arbi tokri chaat.
  • Anda (Egg), roti, rolls, bun kebabs, and pao: Madras mess mix; oysters saagafeller; chaat masala pork scratchings with smoked roe and fennel raita; cocktail ox cheek vindaloo samosas; shellfish amritsari fried fish pao; goat tikki bun kebab; Brigadiers tandoori chicken club sandwich.
Amritsari fried fish paos
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Lasooni chicken tikka and heart skewer
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Brigadiers in the City is one of the best Indian restaurants in London
Sikandari kid goat shoulder, lacha parathas, lacha onions
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  • Sizzlers: mixed grills of kebabs, chops and tikka.
  • Steak, ribs, chops: Bhuna ghee masala goat chops; dry tandoori masala rib eye steak; smoked Nepali bhutwa lamb belly ribs.
  • Rotisserie and wood oven: Suckling lamb biryani; wood-roasted Goan suckling pig; and wood-roasted curry leaf masala turbot. (Whole suckling lamb biryani will also be available for pre-order as part of a feasting menu.)
  • For dessert: soft serve ice creams.

Inside The Pool Room

The pool room

Inside Blighters, the main bar

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Brigadiers in the City of London, Bloomberg Arcade, JKS Restaurants Tomas Jivanda/Eater London

Detail of the mis en place inside The Blighters Bar

Inside The Tap Room

The Tap Room

The restaurant also includes spaces including: The Pot Luck Room, The Bidi Room, The Kukri Room, and The Terrace.

Bubbledogs

70 Charlotte Street, , England W1T 4QG 020 7637 7770 Visit Website

Gymkhana

42 Albemarle Street, , England W1S 4JH 020 3011 5900 Visit Website

Sabor

35-37 Heddon Street, , England W1B 4BR 020 3319 8130 Visit Website

XU

30 Rupert Street, , England W1D 6DL 020 3319 8147 Visit Website

BAO

590 Valencia Street, , CA 94110 (415) 658-7453 Visit Website

Trishna

15-17 Blandford Street, , England W1U 3DG 020 7935 5624 Visit Website

Kitchen Table

70 Charlotte Street, , England W1T 4QG Visit Website

Hoppers

77 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 1QE Visit Website

Brigadiers

1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, , England EC4N 8AR 020 3319 8140 Visit Website

Lamb

94 Lamb's Conduit Street, , England WC1N 3LZ 020 7405 0713 Visit Website

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