Diwali At Dawaat

Have a Diwali feast at Dawaat…

Posted: 28.09.16
Diwali At Dawaat

Diwali is all about great food and what with it being just around the corner, we’ve found just the place for you to celebrate Diwali with friends and family, boasting a marvelous festive spread. Tucked away in one of the oldest establishments in London at the iconic Strand Palace Hotel, Daawat Restaurant is somewhat of a hidden gem. Don’t be fooled by its quintessentially English heritage – the restaurant and its recipes are in their hearts authentically Indian, with the superb head chef Asharaf Valappil using ancient recipes passed on through generations in his own family from India. So there’s no surprise that they will be lauding Diwali in a big way and to do so, they have curated a splendid festive menu, which we were fortunate enough to sample.

What made the menu particularly impressive and distinct compared to other Indian restaurants in the capital, was its South Indian twist, with such delights as Kozi Rasam served with Paneer Stuffed Bread Fritters as an amuse bouche, which was a Saambar-like tangy concoction, along with other delicacies of that region including Masala Uttapam with Lamb Pepper Fry. The menu is also peppered with fusion style dishes like Spinach and Kale Chaat, which was a scrumptious surprise, as well as a whole host of appetising dishes, encompassing all the right flavours and ingredients such as lamb, prawns, paneer, chicken, spinach to tantalise tastebuds of all desires and preferences.

The absolute highlight though is Chef Asharaf’s signature dish, Grandma’s Kodi Kura, a unique but delicious Spicy Andhra Curry With Black Peppercorn and Shallots, which tastes like nothing you have ever tasted before. Whilst taking Indian cuisine into a new realm of undiscovered flavours, along with a personal touch, it’s no wonder that Chef Asharaf is a finalist in October’s Curry Life Magazine’s annual awards. Given my sweet tooth, desserts went down a treat, featuring a cheeky ménage a trois of a crispy, dainty Samosa with an oozing gooey chocolate centre, a milky Falooda and my favourite balls of yumminess, gulab jamuns in all their home-made glory. If your mouth still is now watering (if it hasn’t, then you must have fallen victim to the trending ‘eat clean’ social media campaigning), you know where to spend your Diwali…

Find out more about Daawat Restaurant here

Fariha Sabir

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