Thursday, 10 October 2019

1947 London - An Indian dining Experience.

1947 London is not just any Indian restaurant; it offers a shared dining experience to bring together cultures and generations. Centrally located in Charlotte street London very near Tottenham Court station it is easy to access for a pre theatre meal and drinks or for a complete dining experience.
The restaurant is tastefully decorated with a beautiful flower wall at the entrance.

The fully stocked bar has an extensive wine list together with some amazing cocktails and mocktails on the menu. If you are a teetotaller like me you will  love themocktails. I enjoyed the lychee mocktini, it was made with a lychee purée, elderflower cordial, lemon juice, mint and lychee juice. I also tried the Mai tai mocktail, made with orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine and orget.

The huge choices in drinks makes it the ideal place to enjoy some pre dinner drinks whilst munching on some  home made pappodams and chutneys.

At 1947 the menu is rich and diverse with dishes that have been inspired from all over India. The dishes boast Indian flavours but many have been given fusion touches using British ingredients.

I was fortunate to sample the asparagus, corn and coconut samosas, avocado Bombay bhel, wild mushroom tikki and chickpea masala. All three dishes were very different to any starters I have tried in any Indian restaurants. Each dish was beautifully presented and seasoned with aromatic flavours.

My friends tried a variety of non veg dishes which according to them were superb too.The main courses were equally tasty and the variety of dishes on offer were incredible.

For the main course, I tried the daal tadka , yellow split lentils tempered with cumin and garlic, daal makhani , black lentils soaked overnight which are then gently cooked on a slow fire, and finished with butter and cream.

The baby corn methi palak was absolutely delicious, the dish was made with baby corn stir-fried with sun dried fenugreek leaves and fresh baby spinach. Another unusual dish that I tried was asparagus & sugar snaps with fresh coconut, the dish was tempered with mustard seeds, ginger garnish and fresh grated coconut.

Accompanying these dishes I had mushroom and asparagus biriyani served with a burani raita. At this point my taste buds were dancing with joy and my stomach was screaming no more.

To accompany the curries there was also a large selection of breads such as roti, naan, butter naan, garlic  and naan, lachha paratha.

The final course ; desserts were heavenly, it was hard to choose between them all. On offer were  chocolate fondant & vanilla ice cream, the kulfi in rose, mango and salted caramel flavours, lemon cheese cake and the famous pistachio, cardamom and coconut flavoured phirni. I think having tasted all of them my personal favorite was the mango and rose kulfi and the  phirni.

The dining experience was enjoyable, the ambiance was good and the service was excellent and second to none. I really enjoyed the meal and would definitely return again although next time  I would probably choose to enjoy the pre dinner drinks and opt for the just the starters which were superb.

I was a guest of 1947 London and all views expressed are of my own experience.

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