Located in the heart of affluent Knightsbridge is a fine dining establishment that specialises in authentic Azerbaijani food alongside a European influence. The name of the restaurant is the capital city of Azerbaijan.
Appetiser consisted of a buttery pancake like roti bread with humous and taramasalata.
Starters consisted of a traditional Azerbaijani dish of Gutab which was a buttery pastry filled with pumpkin, vine leafs and mince meat, accompanied with a trio of sauce consisting of tomato infused tamarind which was a delight to the taste buds, yoghurt and pumpkin sauce. The crispy squid was average, requiring a tad bit more seasoning.
Mains consisted of a traditional dish of Shah Plov; fragrant basmati rice cooked with meat and saffron in a puff pastry case. Unfortunately the pastry casing was too hard, so at times it felt like swallowing shards of glass. However,the flavours were pleasantly different and would have been a unique dining experience if not marred by the pastry casing.
The second main was another traditional dish from their Azeri Kebabs section, which was Lamb Tikka, with a side of creamy mash. The Tikka flavour was quite mild, needed more spices to improve the piquancy of the dish. Some pieces of the lamb were tender and moist, with some pieces dry and chewy.
In terms of service, as expected from a high end restaurant, it was faultless, personal and extremely high standard. Food on this occasion, for us, did not meet expectations. Nonetheless, if you want to try something different, then you can’t go wrong.
Disclaimer: All meat is halal except Duck.