Indian Accent describes itself as “inventive Indian cuisine” and it’s hard to argue with that statement. The Mayfair-based restaurant has a bold and eclectic approach to its food, with chef Manish Mehrotra putting a modern spin on traditional dishes with an open approach that has influences from all around the world.
The Chef’s Dinner Tasting Menu consists of nine dishes, which can be paired expertly with complimentary glasses of wine recommended by the in-house sommelier. The tasteful journey begins wonderfully with little puchkas (miniature hollow dumplings) and five waters (small shots of flavourful sauces which you pour into the puchkas). This is a clever way of getting the tastebuds active and a tempting tease into what’s to come.
I won’t go into detail on each dish as an element of surprise should be maintained, but I will pull out those that really stood out. The baked cod amritsari is fantastically light, yet exquisitely executed, the flavour of the fish really enhanced by the mint boondi it’s served with.
The soy keema with quail egg and lime leaf butter pao is so nicely presented you won’t want to disturb the egg, but the aim is to really get stuck in and mess the ingredients together, resulting in a great blend of taste.
The black dairy dal with wasabi cucumber raita was divine, but the real winning main for me was the chicken kofta with punjabi kadhi and onion pakora – the meat was tender and succulent, and the spice blend was perfectly fused together.
The staff are as passionate as the chef is and will talk you through every dish as it’s brought out, all of which I’m sure will not leave you feeling disappointed.
For more information, visit www.indianaccent.com/london