Bringing a taste of Southall to Somerset House

A third-generation chef who virtually grew up in her family’s well-known Southall restaurant has opened a new central London venture under her own name. Dipna Anand Restaurant & Bar in Somerset House, the arts complex on the Strand, shares its Neoclassical accommodation with the Courtauld Gallery and Skye Gyngell’s highly related restaurant, Spring.

The first Brilliant restaurant was set up 70 years ago in Kenya by Dipna’s grandfather, whose two sons continued the tradition – and the name – when they arrived in Southall, west London, in the mid-1970s. Long a leading name among British Indian restaurants, Brilliant is now co-owned by Dipna, a writer and college lecturer who has established a national profile through regular television appearances.

The menu and decor at her new restaurant both make reference to her family’s gastronomic traditions, with inherited recipes used in the kitchen and photographs from the family collection on the walls.

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