Fine dining Indian restaurant Kahani which is just a short walk from Sloane Square tube, is the new jewel in the crown of Chelsea’s best eateries.
The first solo venture of Peter Joseph who was responsible for getting the world’s first Michelin star for an Indian restaurant at Tamarind, was bound to be good, but we didn’t know it would be quite this good.
Inspired by Joseph’s upbringing in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Kahani effortlessly merges together traditional Indian spices and local produce to create contemporary dishes with a British influence which both surprise and delight with each mouthful.
Occupying the site of former restaurant Canvas, the intimate basement dining room setting is chic and stylish, with long bar, partially open kitchen and a raised seating area with luxurious banquettes which reside under an impressive glass wall mounted cellar. Kahani also houses a stunning private dining room – The Peacock – for events and special occasions.
Meaning ‘story’ in Hindi, Kahani most definitely got the conversation going, as our tastebuds were tantalised by wonders like spiced chickpea with sweetened yoghurt, balanced with fresh mint and tamarind chutney. A stand out dish of the evening came very early on and was surprisingly so, the marinated tandoori broccoli – an absolutely must-order – cooked in honey, nigella seeds and wheat crisps which had the most intensely satisfying smokey flavour.
Smoked malabar prawns were possibly the biggest prawns I’ve ever been served in a restaurant – lobster like, succulent and juicy, marinated in the most addictive blend of turmeric, coconut and curry leaves.
Kahani’s excellent selection of wines and cocktails further complimented our amazing meal with staff expertly perfectly pairing our dishes with both reds and whites throughout.
Still salivating after our starters, the food continued to impress on a grand scale. The Kahani butter chicken came chargrilled in a thick, silky, rich tomato sauce which glimmered and tasted equally as luxurious with perfectly fluffy naans from the tandoori roti. We savoured every last mouthful. The Thalasseri biryani kept the show going with braised fragrant rice, the most wonderful combination of spices and huge chunks of tender lamb, while the Nalli Gosht or slow cooked lamb shank had evidently been simmering in rich Kashmiri flavours for some time – the rich flavours were just exquisite.
Although the food (and prices) at Kahani are definitely fine dining, the restaurant itself gives off a relaxed, chilled out vibe meaning you could while away an entire evening here without realising – and of course when every dish that comes out the kitchen is exceptional, it’s really no wonder.
Dinner at Kahani is an unforgettable experience (and has also changed my perception of broccoli forever!) The staff are wonderful, the food speaks for itself and surely it can’t be long before this restaurant has a Michelin star of its own…
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