Glamorous, modern Indian cuisine is finally coming to The City. The brainchild behind award-winning head chef Abdul Yassen, Darbaar promise to spice up those stuffy business lunches with some Indian flair.
Previously at the Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen, Yassen has an extensive skill set and knowledge which he is bringing to his first restaurant. Rich, royal Indian spices are merging with modern techniques for experimental outcomes; a little bit Western and a little bit theatrical. The menu features signature sharing dishes including Keralan Shrimp Cocktail and Kid Goat Biryani inspired by food served in the courts of the Maharajas, as well as a selection of street tapas, healthy grills and handmade naans.
Interiors by Nanu Design will match the indulgent, rich cuisine inspired by the palaces of ancient India. Dark blues, coppers and golds offset by twinkly chandeliers and opulent mirrors make Darbaar a luxurious destination – not only a local for City workers. A private dining room can cater for 20 guests, a guests table can seat 10 and the vast 5,500 square foot main dining area has room for 220 although the buzz surrounding it’s opening suggests bookings are necessary to secure a seat.
Darbaar promises to treat you like royalty. Book a space in the bar to sample the expertly spiced cocktails before indulging in a sharing feast. The ancient Indian luxury is set to excite the City in a big way.
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