This year India celebrated 70 years of Independence and to commemorate such a momentous milestone on the 71st year, The LaLit Hotel in London hosted me for a fabulous dinner at their Baluchi restaurant, where they had live entertainment with some fantastic Sitar players.
Although I am born in Kenya, as is the generation before me, my ancestors hailed from India and so Indian traditions and celebrations are a big part of my life.
Its not often I get to wear my Indian Traditional clothes apart from attending family functions or weddings, and so it was the first time that I was attending a blog event wearing them, with my blogger bestie Aftab, who totally looked the part too in his amazing outfit!
It was lovely to see the effort put in for the evening by everyone and it really added to the ambience of the evening. Eleanor looked super in a sari!
We first mingled over some cocktails in the gorgeous bar area and I adored the Kashmir – The Valley of the Flowers cocktail, which was a blend of Early Grey infused Gin with Homemade Lavender syrup, fresh lime juice and egg whites. It was lush!
We then headed to the Baluchi restaurant for our meal, which was a set menu. The Baluchi restaurant used to be the Assembly Hall, as the building the hotel is housed in has a grand history as a previous school! Some of the rooms in the building have been named within the theme of a school, as a nod to its history.
To start with a delicious mug full of Rassam arrived, which I had also tried on my previous visit to the restaurant. Delicately spiced, and warming, it really was a delicious start to our meal.
We had a choice of three to choose from for starters, ranging from Gucchi Aur Mushroom Ki Galauti which is morels and wild mushroom Duxelle, plum and red cabbage chutney, Monkfish Tikka which is Monkfish with pea puree and a kasundi mustard emulsion, and Zafrani Malai Murg, which is Tandoori roasted corn-fed chicken, infused with saffron, tarragon and served with acashew crumble.
I decided to go for the chicken and it was so beautifully presented and the meat was so soft and tender, and full of flavour.
Mains was a choice between the signature Dal Baluchi which is black lentils prepared overnight to a rich creamy perfection, Butter Chicken, which is an old Delhi style free range corn fed chicken cooked in a Makhni sauce, and an Amritsari Mullet served with spiced potatoes, carom seeds, tapenade, cucumber and caper kachumber.
I am a butter chicken girl through and through and so opted for that, which I devoured with naan breads. It seemed to be a popular choice across the table, and it smelt amazing. as well as tasted sublime.
The dessert was a Gulab Jamun cheesecake but I unfortunately had to leave earlier and so didn’t get to try it, but I did hear that it was really scrumptious!
It was a wonderful way to celebrate Indian Independence Day with great company and delicious food. If you want to read my full review of my meal previously at Baluchi you can do so here.
For more information on Baluchi or The Lalit London, visit their website here.