High-end Indian cuisine in cosmopolitan surroundings
Where? 535 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0SZ (020-7351 3113, www.chutneymary.com)
Setting the scene… During the day, the award-winning Chutney Mary resembles a rather luxurious greenhouse, with a gnarled tree growing between the tables and flourishing plants beneath the windows. At night, however, with mirrored walls and velvet-soft banquets lit by twinkling candles and oil burners, it’s romantic and cosy.
Not just your average curry house then? Not a bit of it. Chutney Mary hasn’t scooped its numerous accolades for nothing. The food is delicious but delicate, representing both Indian classics and more modern dishes – all delivered with a touch of cosmopolitan class.
To eat? If your visit is a one-off treat, try one of the platters on offer. The vegetarian platter includes such delicacies as watercress kofta, fenugreek seeds with raisins and orange rice. While the tasting curry platter is great for meat lovers. The dessert menu is a real revelation, too, with quirky Indian touches giving worldwide sweet favourites a fabulous twist. We loved the dark chocolate fondant served with orange lassi.
To drink? Pass up your Cobra beer for one of the excellent wines on the extensive menu. Grouped by style rather than country – a lovely touch – the reasonable prices belie a tasty, well-thought-out selection. (PS For some reason, the glasses of Pimm’s are also top-notch!)
Need to know? If a visit to Chutney Mary, gives you a taste for high-end Indian food, why not try out its two sister restaurants, Amaya and Veeraswamy, too? For similar style, but with a smaller bill, Masala Zone rounds out the Chutney Mary family.
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