Chutney Mary reopens In Mayfair

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Chutney Mary reopens In Mayfair

The legendary Chutney Mary has departed from it's home in Chelsea and moved to a fabulous new location in the heart of Mayfair. Over the past 25 years the famed Indian restaurant has become firmly established as one of the finest eateries on London's dining scene and now the reopened restaurant has been re-imagined and features a new menu of authentic cuisine with a modern twist.

Set against the glamorous backdrop of St James street, the decadent new space exudes glamour and features a stylish lounge bar with the main dining room towards the back of the restaurant and a further two private dining rooms on the lower floor.

The menu has been reinvented since the move and offers a seasonally changing contemporary take on classic Indian food. Devised into sharing plates and larger main courses, the concept is best enjoyed when dishes are shared, the smaller plates are great as an alternative to traditional starters.

I normally order the venison samosas for the table which are always a great hit, perfectly baked, the flavour is subtle and the texture of the venison is just right. The Tokri chaat is a signature small plate, widely known as an Indian street food favourite, the dish comes impeccably presented and gives a real fusion of flavour.

Don't be fooled by the seemingly small dishes, one can easily get carried away with so many tempting plates on the menu, it's usually best to have around 3-4 plates per person. For mains, Chutney Mary takes it's diners on a culinary journey, adding a new dimension to Indian cuisine, the menu really steers away from the stereotypical traits of Indian restaurants within the UK.

A mix of spice and flavour combined with rich meat and fish make the food within the restaurant the best this side of town. Creative dishes such as lobster biryani and duck jardaloo are expertly created offering a real fusion to the food. I'd recommend the hyderabadi, cooked for six hours, it quite literally melts in the mouth. The cheese and chilli nan also serves up a treat as a bread and I tend to order the saag which complements the meat well.

As well as the restaurant, the St James location also boasts a stylish lounge bar, The Pukka Bar. Offering cocktails and an extensive wine list, the bar also serves afternoon tea and will soon be open for breakfast daily.

Chutney Mary is open daily for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday, they don't operate a dress code, although I would advise to go smart casual to suit the chic surroundings and style of the venue.