October 2016: Vineet Bhatia, the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star (for Zaika in Kensington) has relaunched his long-established Rasoi restaurant as Vineet Bhatia London (see also).
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“A feast for the eyes is a cliché, but the dishes here are irresistible!” – Vineet Bhatia’s “very quiet and peaceful” townhouse in Chelsea provides “phenomenal”, “cross-over” Indian cuisine, and many reports suggest “it’s on a level no other can compete with”. But even fans concede “you need to get over the ‘second-mortgage’ prices”.STOP PRESS – in summer 2016 the restaurant closed to be reformatted – not yet sure what changes are afoot.
“Set in a beautiful townhouse in a side street near Sloane Square” – Vineet Bhatia’s “calm” and “elegant” Chelsea HQ is, for fans, “the definition of innovative Indian cuisine”, with each dish “a symphonic composition”; not everyone’s impressed though, and even supporters can find it “horrifically expensive”.
“The best Indian in London by a country mile”; Vineet Bhattia’s “elegant” Chelsea townhouse offers many “mind-blowing” dishes – “outstanding, even amongst the elite places” – in a set of “intimate and unstuffy” dining rooms; you spend a bomb of course, but it’s “worth it”.
“Quite simply the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten!”; Vineet Bhattia is a “magician”, whose “clever” cuisine enchants almost all visitors to this “classy and surprising” Chelsea townhouse; it’s an “intimate” experience, and the setting is on the “quiet” side for some tastes.
There is no destination, only the journey.
Vineet Bhatia London is owned and run by husband and wife team, Vineet and Rashima Bhatia. Their journey —from Mumbai to London— influences all aspects of the VBL experience, from the colour of the walls to the names of the private dining rooms and unique style of food.
Hailing from the sun-scorched streets of Mumbai, India, Vineet and Rashima Bhatia moved to England in the early nineties to pursue a dream of owning their own restaurant. After stints at Star of India and Zaika, where Vineet cemented his burgeoning reputation by winning the restaurant its first Michelin star, their dream was realised; in 2004 Rasoi was born.
Rasoi, housed in the same space as VBL, quickly won the acclaim of London’s taste-makers - with Tatler remarking that “no one is turning out food quite as dazzling” and Egon Ronay placing Vineet in his “Magnificent Seven Chefs” list. A starred entry in the Michelin Guide soon followed, testament to both Vineet’s work in the kitchen and Rashima’s as co-director.
Vineet has always practised what he terms an “evolved” version of Indian cuisine. Rasoi’s dishes melded flavours from across the regions of India and added twists in the form of European ingredients and plating styles. A sophisticated approach to spicing became his signature.
By 2016, it was time to evolve again: Rashima and Vineet closed Rasoi’s famous front door for the last time and readied themselves for the next leg of their journey. In October of the same year they launched Vineet Bhatia London, the latest chapter in their epic story.
A room of one's own.
For an exclusive dinner with colleagues or a celebratory meal with friends or family, VBL’s first-floor private dining rooms — named Wittet and Lutyens — make an entrancing setting.
Themed to reflect the owners’ dual Indian/British heritage and bringing to life the townhouse’s original features, Wittet and Lutyens seat 8 and 12, respectively, with a connecting door offering the possibility of renting out both rooms at once. Our private dining package also includes access to an outdoor atrium terrace, a lovely spot for drinks and canapé receptions during the warmer months.
If you need a bigger space, we also offer the option of renting out the entire restaurant.
To make your booking - call 020 7225 1881 or email email@example.com