Stunning new Indian tapas restaurant and cocktail bar, Lokhandwala, joins Fitzrovia’s restaurant scene. From the team behind India’s biggest food festival, The Grub Fest, the new restaurant continues London’s love affair with small plates to share. Lokhandwala’s take on Indian food is healthy, zingy, beautifully presented and made with only the freshest ingredients and spices from around the globe.
The inspiration for the interior of Lokhandwala comes from the story of Lady Charlotte, who found the love of her life, Vijay travelling through the Lokhandwala district of Mumbai. Story has it, Lady Charlotte returns to London, awaits the return of her love, surrounding herself with objects and trinkets from her travels. Sadly, Vijay never returns and a broken-hearted Lady Charlotte distracts herself, entertaining her friends in London with food and drink from her beloved’s homeland.
Fitzrovia is a foodie’s favourite destination with ROKA, Bobo Social, LIMA and Salt Yard amongst many others in the area ready to satisfy any food craving. We were excited to try this new addition, having heard so much about it. As it’s designed to share, we ordered a deliciously spicy selection upon recommendation including; Wild Tawa Mushrooms, Achari English Asparagus, Full Bodies Prawns, Seabass Tacos, Modern Classic Tikka and Scallop on Nut Betel Leaf. The plates were all very flavoursome and some packed a punch. We have to admit we had to down a couple of glasses of water to get over the heat!
Lokhandwala is definitely for the seasoned spice eaters. Other plates we didn’t get around to on this trip but were thoroughly recommended include; Lokhandwala’s signature lamb chops, which are marinated for 24 hours with spices and then cooked to perfection in a traditional tandoor oven or the Yorkshire Pudding “Lokhandwala Style” – which sees Lamb kheema served in a classic Yorkshire Pudding.
We had a cocktail with our meal so the adjoining Hot House cocktail bar wasn’t visited properly, but again ear-marked for the next trip. There’s an array of unique and expertly crafted cocktails on the menu, MOR for example pays homage to the peacock, a bird frequently found in Indian art, mythology, folk art and music and is a refreshing mix of Ketel One Vodka, jasmine tea, sage and white tea syrup.
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