Date: AUTUMN, 2018
Location: CHELSEA, LONDON
Photography: KAI INTERIORS
Service: FULL DESIGN SERVICE
Chelsea isn’t exactly known as a hotspot for Indian food, but newcomer Kahani is about to change all that. Tucked away behind the Cadogan Hall, through an inconspicuous door in a classic red brick townhouse, it’s a hidden delight. Inside, there’s an elegant Soho House vibe going on – high ceilings, plush mossy armchairs, funky light fixtures. The front of house are impossibly friendly, and very smart too, in their Harrods-green waistcoats.
At the helm is Peter Joseph, previously head chef of Tamarind, the first Indian restaurant in the world to earn a Michelin star. Kahani is more laidback, serving sharing plates of flavour-packed, British-friendly Indian food. The arrival of the poppadums, accompanied by three sensational traffic light-coloured chutneys, confirms off the bat that you are in for quite some culinary ride. The ‘small plates’ (read: starters) then take it up a gear – savoury donuts of different textures attractively drenched with sweet yoghurt and tamarind chutney, show-stopping soft-shell crab, beet cakes with a crunchy curry leaf and poppadum crust.
BY: TATLER – Francesca Carington, 2018