CHOKHI DHANI

Wed 04 2018  |  Adaya

By JustOpenedLondon

The restaurant is the first UK outpost of a popular chain in Rajasthan, this time with a contemporary twist. Will it be one of the best places to eat and drink in Battersea?

The Spot:

The main piece of information you’ll want to know about this restaurant is that it contains a life-size bronze sculpture of an elephant. Yep. In short, it’s no-holds-barred extravagance.

The Food:

The head chef, Vishnu Natarajan (recently of Carom in Soho), will be managing a restaurant of two halves: a street food menu at ground level, and a more high end offering upstairs. Londoners will be introduced to some signature dishes from the Rajasthan restaurants, including the ‘kadak momo basket’, otherwise known as crispy dumplings served in matchstick potato basket, Chettinad chicken lollipops and game pie kebab. We assume that won’t be anactual pie kebab (not that we’re totally averse to the idea…).

There’s lots to enjoy from the tandoor, too, like tiger prawns, paneer and – in keeping with the theme of luxury and excess – foie gras. Feasting menus of 12+ dishes are available, including a Maharani Thali, which includes many ‘royal’ delicacies, and a Maharaji Thali, focusing on lamb and chicken.

Desserts will be familiar to those who enjoy Indian cuisine – sticky gulab jamun and cardamom pannacotta both feature.

The Drinks:

Wine, beer, and a range of Indian-inspired cocktails, including a chai vodka-based cocktail number are available.

The Damage:

Small dishes are £8–9, tandoor dishes are £9.50–22, feasting menus are £22 (veggie) and £25 (meat), and signature curries range from £16–21. Cocktails start at £11.

In a Nutshell:

Battersea is not known for its wide selection of great restaurants, which is something that’s always struck us as a little odd. Perhaps the recent redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and the opening of Chokhi Dhani mark a turn in the tide?