This March, Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef in the world to receive a Michelin star, is slated to open his brand-new restaurant Kanishka in Mayfair. Kochhar, together with Tina English (commercial director for Indian Restaurants Limited), hopes the restaurant will bring cuisine from India’s lesser known-regions into the limelight.
Speaking on the project, he says, ‘Kanishka is a very exciting project for us – it’s a great opportunity to continue to showcase Indian flavours alongside quality British produce, but also introduce London’s diners to the unique flavours of territories previously unexplored by Indian cuisine in the UK.’ Kocchar’s previous achievements include working at Tamarind in Mayfair, which won a Michelin star in 2001. He left to open Benares in 2002, which was awarded its own Michelin star four years later.
Some of the dishes will include: Kachela Maas, a Sikkim inspired venison tartare with mustard oil mayonnaise, naan crouton and onions; Samundri Khazana Alleppey, a dish of pan seared seafood, Alleppey sauce and smoked cabbage poriyal; and Chocolate rasmalai, a milk-based dessert popular in eastern India and neighbouring Bangladesh and Pakistan. Kanishka will also offer signature cocktails including the Roast Banana Old Fashioned, made from Tandoor roasted banana with cinnamon, orange and pecan bitters, maple.
Restaurant Property was responsible for securing the exceptional property on Maddox Street. The site is located just off Regent Street and surrounded by high-end retailers as well as restaurants including Goodman, Pollen Street Social, Little Social, Bombay Bustle, Sketch, Black Roe and Wild Honey. The nearest station is Oxford Circus, which is a short and convenient 4-minute walk away. The property is arranged over both the ground floor and the basement and is 2,720 sq ft in total.
Reflecting on the deal, Tom Richards, a surveyor at Restaurant Property commented: ‘It was a pleasure to help a Michelin starred chef locate the perfect site for his new exciting venture, Kanishka.’
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