Chef Manish Mehrotra’s London outpost of Indian Accent, located on on Albemarle Street has been a success due to its differentiation from other Indian restaurants, of which there are many in London, with its clever twist on classic Indian cuisine.
It had been a while since I visited and so I was looking forward to trying the new Express Lunch Menu, priced at £24 per person and which has a guaranteed 45-minute turnaround, great for your lunch break or if you want a quick bite to eat with an elevated experience, available every day from 12pm – 2.30pm.
On the menu you choose a starter, a main course and you get a selection of accompaniments to share, with the choice to add dessert for £5. Such great value considering its prime location.
As we looked through the selection on the menu, we started with their much loved amuse bouche, which is one of my favourites, a pillowy piece of blue cheese naan, piping hot from the tandoor, served with a pumpkin and coconut shorba, which leaves you desiring a gallon of it as its that good! An aperitif I’d gladly devour at any opportunity!
For our meal, I had decided to go with a Red Wine and my dining partner a White Wine, and the sommelier made some excellent recommendations.
For my first course I opted for rawa idli, madras gunpowder and asparagus, which was a wonderful medley of textures and flavours, and I especially adored how tiny the idli were, and so perfectly cooked! It was also the perfect summer dish, light, yet a wonderful portion size.
Amit chose the chilli pork ribs, masala crackling and nettle oil, and he really enjoyed it, commenting on how perfectly the ribs were cooked, and falling off the bones.
The second course was even more incredible with my choice of bombay pao bhaji, summer tomatoes and lime leaf pao (which is a game changer) leaving me in comfort food heaven, with the paos fluffy and moreish and the bhaji just so perfectly flavoured, seasoned and delicious! If you are a pao bhaji fan you will love this and the portion size is very generous too. The lime leaf pao is a revelation and an idea I have used since for my own home cooked version.
Amit’s chettinad chicken with coconut moilee was given top marks as he said the chettinad flavours were spot on and took him down memory lane to a chettinad chicken dish he had eaten almost 10 years ago that he has never been able to find the same flavour of anywhere until this meal. A huge compliment for this dish!
Our mains were served with sides of garlic pepper potatoes, black dairy dal, watercress & cucumber raita (a combination I never thought would work but boy did it!) and traditional indian breads. The dal was heavenly and cooked to perfection, and definitely for hours as it should be.
We were so full and thought that for the price of the menu, the food served was amazing and great portions and such good value, and a great way to have a taster of Indian Accent’s offerings, especially when in a rush and time is of the essence!
Dessert was a classic Indian Accent favourite that we shared, the much loved makhan malai which is saffron milk, rose petal jaggery brittle and almonds. There is just something about this dessert that is irresistible and if you haven’t tried it get down to Indian Accent pronto!
I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and couldn’t fault anything. The service was impeccable, the food was scrumptious and the wine chosen for us was fantastic. I had opted for Vegetarian options, of which there was a really good choice.
If you haven’t tried Indian Accent yet, the new Express Lunch Menu is definitely a fabulous reason to get yourself booked in!
You can find Indian Accent on 16 Albemarle Street, London W1