Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen - Canary Wharf
June 11, 2019
Over the past couple of years we’ve been approaching peak Indian. However, one neighbourhood in particular seems to have been late to receive the memo. Esteemed chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL put his immense business acumen and culinary success to use in launching Canary Wharf’s premier Indian restaurant on Lincoln Plaza. Ensuring that its hard-worked denizens are receiving the finest Pan-Indian specialties, with everything from the street foods of Cyrus’ Parsee heritage to the traditional flavours of the north, all with non-traditional, carefully sourced British ingredients.
The interiors have been imbued with warmth and élan by Design LSM (who performed similar pyrotechnics at Demoiselle by Galvin and Fancy Crab). The dining room is overseen by an enormous carved wooden elephant, with double height floors, crystal flower pendant lighting and a variety of artefacts running the gamut from mismatched furniture to copper pots and to lovely fans created with fabric from saris. The colour scheme has been giving classic subcontinental accents with bright blues, oranges and reds. All in, it was a very comfortable place to eat.
We were lucky enough to sample entirely too much food and loved every bit of it. A white lentil and rice dosa was filled with fiery Scottish goat with a Bombay-style yoghurt based sauce. Dahi saw channa poori imbued crisp puffed poories with spiced yoghurt, fresh green chutney and date and tamarind sauce. Venison tikka aflaton was vigorously lashed with fennel, anise and star anise, whilst leeli chutney ni salmon saw Wester Ross salmon marinated in a Parsee green chutney and sizzled on the tandoor. Beef xacutti was by far our favourite curry, with 21 ingredients added over three stages of cooking.
We were thoroughly sated at the time of leaving. For excellent Indian in the far east of London, Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen is a shoo-in.
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