PETER JOSEPH AND MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANT: KAHANI
The chef behind the world’s first Michelin-starred Indian restaurant is to launch a new venue in Chelsea where diners will be encouraged to eat with their fingers.
Kahani the Michelin Star Restaurant will be designed by KAI Interiors, who’s behind, Trade Union, Wolf, and their latest project Huckster London.
Peter Joseph, who was until recently head chef at Mayfair’s Tamarind – which won its star in 2001 – will launch Kahani opposite Cadogan Hall this summer.
The new restaurant is inspired by the chef’s upbringing in Tamil Nadu, India’s southern-most state, and will encourage diners to forgo the formalities of fine dining by using their fingers for the first course.
The menu will feature just two curries alongside many more grills and salads, with only three or four ingredients used per dish in contrast to traditionally complex Indian cooking.
Dishes will include golden beetroot tikka, masala-grilled avocado and tandoori calamari along with build-your-own skewers studded with rabbit kebabs, venison, langoustines and blue crabs. A chilli chocolate mousse “bomb” and melt-in-the-middle rose and pistachio cheesecake will be among the non-traditional puddings.
Seasonal British ingredients will take centre stage – literally – as they are cooked on a central Japanese-style robata grill and in an Indian tandoor oven. The restaurant, due to open in July, will make use of brightly coloured Indian-style fabrics for decoration, while a bar area will serve spice-infused cocktails.
Joseph said: “Kahani means ‘story’ in Urdu and I want to keep innovating and pushing boundaries with my food to ensure that people keep following my story and coming back for more.”
By: Evening Standard 2018