Chelsea is set to get a new restaurant this month, Kahani, from chef Peter Joseph. Having been the executive chef at Tamarind for ten years where he helped the restaurant maintain its Michelin star, Peter is now venturing out on his own with his first solo venture and he’s secured a rather nice spot in Chelsea to start.
Opening opposite Cadogan Hall, Kahani which means ‘story’ in Hindi will be inspired by Peter’s upbringing in Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state of India but will use seasonal and sustainable British ingredients as a nod to his other home.
Bringing a sense of community through eating and sharing food together, starters will be served as finger food, we’ve got our eye on the venison, kid goat and chicken tikka samosas. There’s a section dedicated to classic dishes which are cooked either by a tandoor or robata grill and will include smoked Malabar prawns with coconut and Keralan spices; Gressingham duck with coriander, apple chutney and a kumquat salad and Tandoori broccoli marinated in honey, nigella seeds and wheat crisps. Showing that there is a lot more to Indian cooking than curry, there’ll be just two on the menu and puddings, which can often be neglected, will take a centre role with the likes of chilli chocolate mousse bomb and a melt in the middle cheesecake on the menu. To accompany will be wines from around the world as well as an inventive cocktail list.
Designed by Kai Interiors, the 90-cover restaurant will be reminiscent of India’s national bird, the peacock, with rich colours whilst bespoke wallpaper and fabrics will highlight many of India’s fables. There’ll be an open view to the dessert area (which is where you’ll most likely find me), a private dining room that seats ten and a backbar inspired by India’s ancient stairwells.
Kahani will open in September 2018 at 1 Wilbraham Place, Chelsea, SW1X 9AE