If there’s one current trend that we’re especially excited about then it’s the rise of the posh curry house. The last few months have seen some brilliant arrivals, including Jamavar, Dishoom Kensington and a new Hoppers among a crowded field of others. Add to that, Chokhi Dhani.
Known in India for their smart hotels and restaurants, this will be the group’s first overseas venture, and they’ve chosen Battersea as ground zero for their international expansion. Expect to experience Rajhastan in more than just taste, the restaurant will be showcasing the variety and grandeur of the Sub Continent, not least with the two-ton, 14 foot, life-size bronze elephant, the work of Vivek K Agrawal, that will dominate the restaurant. It will be joined by a marble depiction of harem life by artist Arjun Prajapati and a stunning combo of interior design and one-off art works.
And, of course, it’s the food at Chokhi Dhani that we’re most looking forward to. The menu is the work of Vishnu Natarajan, formerly Executive Head Chef at Carom in Soho, who will be joined by Bhagwan Singh, from Cinnamon Culture and Mint Leaf, Mohammed Naseem Qureshi, from Bombay Bustle and pastry chef Rakesh Sharma, who joins from Mint Leaf via Chutney Mary. The all-star lineup look set to take the new Battersea restaurant by storm.
The restaurant is the creation of chef, hotelier and entrepreneur Kriti Vaswan, whose father, Gul Vaswani, launched the first Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur in 1990.
Chokhi Dhani London: Opens in Battersea 12th April, 2 Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, SW11 8AW www.chokhidhani.co.uk