Although a brasserie in name, this is very a restaurant in the grand style, evoking the Raj with its décor, spaciousness and generally sophisticated ambience. A major feature of the dining room is the garden-like conservatory with a comfortable, relaxed air. A lavish buffet lunch is held here every day.
The food is based mostly in the rich moghul style of the Northern states, plus some specialities from Goa.
Starters such as 'Coconut and Asparagus Soup'; 'Palak Pakodi Chaat' (crispy-fried baby spinach, tossed with chopped onions, tomatoes and black salt) and 'Chili Fish' (lemon sole fillets, coated with breadcrumbs and chilli flakes and fried) set the style.
Maybe to be followed by 'Tandoori Chicken'; 'Parsi Lamb Cutlets'; 'Vegetable Pulao'; 'Masala-fried Lobster' and 'Fish Malabar' (seabass, cooked in coconut milk and spices).
There's often a pianist in the evening.
- Food Style: Indian
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.30-15.00, mains about £9 to £29; set L £25 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week; 18.00-22.30 (Sun until 22.00); set D £46 (3 courses); mains about £9 to £29; set D £46 (3 courses); mains about £15 to £31
- Seats: 180
- Wine: an elaborate list, with high mark-ups, is largely wasted on curry, but there are lager-type beers that compliment curry well
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Gloucester Road Underground
- Directions: See map on this page
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Air conditioned