This summer, the chef Rohit Ghai (of Kutir fame, and who won a Michelin star for Jamavar within 8 months of opening) will return to Mayfair to launch Manthan, a new Indian restaurant specialising in “innovative sharing plates and cocktails”.
So, there is room for more high-end Indian restaurants, then. Even on Maddox Street.
Manthan, meaning to churn and reflect, is “inspired by Ghai’s extensive international career to date”, an announcement said, and dishes will reflect his culinary experiences – both professional and personal – in kitchens all over the world.
The chef has drawn on his childhood in Madhya Pradesh, India, as well as time spent working in London, most notably at Jamavar.
Dishes will include Sarson chicken chop with mustard, kachumber salad and mint chutney; goat shami kebab in bone marrow sauce; and Ghai’s signature ghati masala prawns with peanut, sesame seed and fresh coconut.
There will also be a firm focus on vegetarian dishes, with nearly half of the small plates entirely meat-free. These will include a modern take on street-food favourite ram ladoo (mong daal fritters) with mooli, yellow lentil and pomegranate; pyaz khachori (onions, mix bean sprouts and sweet & sour saunth chutney), and a Burford Brown egg curry with paratha. There will be plenty of cocktails too of course.
Ghai said: “After a difficult time, we are so appreciative and humbled to be launching a new restaurant in the part of London where we have such great memories. We look forward to welcoming regular and new guests and giving them a memorable experience.”