They say three is the magic number and for Harneet and Devina Baweja, this autumn they’ll reach that number as they open their third restaurant, Gul and Sepoy.
If you don’t recognise their names then you’ll definitely know their restaurants – the very Gunpowder and Madame D’s. This new restaurant will bring together the royal flavours of Northern India with the more relaxed vibe of the South Western Indian coastline. The name refers to the sections of the menu – on the Gul side you’ll find dishes that echo the age-old banquets of the palaces in North Western India. You’ll find three bird’s Awadhi korma; jackfruit and walnut-ke-sheek and kid goat raan with pickled root vegetables, with puddings including rum soaked dough pillows with spiced cream cheese and berries and walnut fudge with baked Alaska and salted caramel.
The Sepoy half of the menu will reflect Chef Nirmal’s modern interpretation of the dishes that the Indian army would cook whilst on the move: masala wild rabbit terrine with celeriac and fig; potted Coorgi pig’s head and wild berries and lavender kheer. Given the fact that pig’s head is used, you won’t be surprised to hear that it will be championing nose-to-tail cooking and will draw on the food that Nirmal grew up on.
Finding its home on Commercial Street just down from Madame D’s, the restaurant will sit over two floors. Intricate wooden features and a large marble feasting table upstairs will give a nod to India’s ancient royal palaces whilst downstairs a large oak panelled bar will greet you.
Gul and Sepoy: Opens Autumn 2017, 65 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6BD, www.gulandsepoy.com