Widely regarded as one of the hottest Indian chefs on the scene today, chef Manish Mehrotra does ingenious things with his native cuisine, as seen with the international success stories of his restaurant, Indian Accent. First opened in New Delhi, 2009, Mehrotra’s dishes – which offer a creative, refreshingly contemporary take on traditional Indian fare – earned glittering accolades from the World’s Best and Asia’s 50 Best lists, leading to the launch of a popular second space in New York.
Now, Mehrotra has turned his sights on London, opening a new Indian Accent on Albemarle Street (previously occupied by Chor Bizarre). Of course, the city is a notoriously tough nut to crack; the restaurant is up against some pretty stiff competition in the West End, where the likes of Benares and Gymkhana – to name but a few – already hold court as London’s top-billed Indian eateries. However, upon stepping over the threshold it’s clear that the restaurant has been designed as a serious contender itself, with plush velvet banquettes, marble detailing and cosily intimate lighting creating a mood of understated elegance.