A few years ago, if anyone was to suggest “going for an Indian”, I would literally scream like a Banshee in objection.
Back then, the quality and standard offered by a majority of the archetypal curry houses were as good as watching paint dry.
However, recently I am more than likely to whoop with delight at going to an Indian restaurant. This is because there is a current trend that is seeing a gradual influx of high quality restaurants from India’s up-market hotels coming to London, delivering flavour combinations that are innovative, exciting, contemporary yet true to their culinary roots.
One such restaurant is The Baluchi, which opened its doors in London only a year ago in the luxury hotel The Lalit in London Bridge.
The restaurant is set in the Victorian era Grade II listed former St. Olave’s Grammar School’s Assembly Hall. The whole restaurant and hotel has a school theme running through it. For Hogwarts fans, this place is paradise.
The decor and architecture of the dining hall is mesmerising and is undoubtedly one of the most visually magnificent restaurants we’ve had the pleasure of dining at.
These are not on their menu, but their talented mixologist was able to create the drinks based on our preference and they were stupendous.
The chicken and lamb is halal, with every care taken to ensure there is no cross contamination.
Textually perfect scollops, and bursting with delicious Kashmiri spices. Please note that the dish comes with a gin foam, which we asked for it to be removed. – Highly Recommended
Tikka spiced monkfish that was simply astounding. – High Recommended
The lamb chops were divine in texture and taste. – Recommended
The Lamb Shank was one of the best I tasted, as it did not have that strong gamey flavour that I dislike. Furthermore the meat melted off the bone like butter, truly exquisite. – Recommended
These were some of the most creative Indian desserts we’ve ever tasted. You will be pleasantly shocked by the taste. – Recommended
The Baluchi restaurant also offers an Indian twist to a traditional Afternoon tea. For £47 per person, the High Chai afternoon tea consists of traditional Indian street food favourites such as Punjabi style potato and pea samosas, Bombay bhel and Kathi rolls served with an accompaniment of classic chutneys.
An Indian inspired afternoon tea wouldn’t be complete with out freshly brewed masala chai and a glass of mango lassi to cleanse the palette. Additional hot drinks are not included in the price.
The Baluchi High Chai is perfect if you want an unconventional Afternoon Tea that is memorable and are also looking for a venue that will impress. The selection of savoury and sweet options are plentiful and varied, so make your you are hungry when you visit.
We would also highly recommend feasting from their A La Carte menu which truly showcases what Baluchi’s culinary expertise.
The Baluchi restaurant is one of those rare finds that makes London great.
The ambiance, the decor, the location and the food makes The Baluchi at The Lalit hotel a perfect option for a special occasion.