Sunday, 21 February 2016

London Eats: Trishna | The Small Desk

Before we begin, I must apologise for not getting the best photos of the food, it felt too civilised and smart to be too obvious about taking photos!

On 14th February the boyf took me to Trishna, a Michelin star Indian restaurant in Marylebone, London. He previously went with work and has been raving about it ever since. I was excited about it, but was a bit sceptical about curry for lunch: there's something about having a curry at lunchtime that doesn't feel right to me, however the food was so beautifully refined that it felt like a light lunch even though I was absolutely stuffed afterwards.

When we arrived we were taken to our seats and asked if we would like them to take our coats to the cloakroom – always a good sign. The waiting staff were the most professional waiting staff I've ever come across: they treated us like kings! After every course they swept the table and were constantly topping up our water without us even asking.

For starters I had Punjabi Vegetable Samosa Chat, which was absolutely delicious, I could eat it every day! It was sweet and spicy with yoghurt to cool it down and coriander for freshness. For main I had the Narangi Salmon Tikka (see photo of the grey plate and the yellow square above), it was not what I was expecting at all, and was a small piece of salmon coated in the most gorgeous thick sauce, or perhaps it was a marinade, I'm not sure, I've never had anything like it! With your main you can choose potatoes or lentils with it and rice or bread – the trick is to get all four between the two of you. Everything tasted exquisite. The only thing which was not as amazing as everything else was the dessert: I had Tellicherry Pepper Bappa Boi, which is baked yoghurt with kumquats and a black pepper biscuit. It was nice, but I'm such a sucker for chocolate desserts that it didn't quite hit the spot for me.

Overall, it was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to go for a special meal in London. I would advise booking well in advance, and dressing up a little bit, as it's full of smart Marylebone people. What's your favourite Indian restaurant?

Punjabi Vegetable Samosa Chat

Tellicherry Pepper Bappa Boi


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