Restaurant Review: London’s first ‘Naan’ery’ at the Baluchi, Tooley Street in London
A different kind of tasting menu that is the ultimate for Indian food fans, fine-dining pan Indian restaurant Baluchi has launched London’s first ‘Naan’ery’ – a small plates menu dedicated to showcasing the creative capabilities of our favourite Indian bread pairing in an indulgent new way.
Set in the Great Hall of The LaLiT hotel and sat up on highs stools at the bar and open kitchen, Baluchi’s Naan’ery is interactive with the exclusivity of head Chef Shah who creates each naan course in front of diners in a traditional cast iron tandoor oven. Each course has been adapted to suit the English palate and are paired with a selection of wines.
In line with its high-end setting, Chef Shah’s creative Naan’ery menu includes the porcini and truffle naan with a MS Fratelli white wine, followed by a fig and cheese kulcha with Pommery Brut Silver, a stronger blue cheese naan with a MS Fratelli Red before ending with a sweet naan made with coconut and mango, paired with Muscat de Beaumes Devenise. To follow is a bronze Indian tiffin (originally a traditional Indian lunch stacked lunch box) is presented on the bar with a choice of Baluchi’s renowned butter chicken curry or an aubergine and tamarind curry alongside the signature dal Baluchi, soft pilau rice and a carrot halwa.
Executive Chef Santosh Shah has also curated a series of culinary masterclasses. The opportunity to get hands on in an Indian kitchen, this fun gastro experience with Chef Shah elevates culinary skills. Priced at £150 per person and taking place from 10am – 4pm, this tandoori naan cooking class comes with the opportunity to create and taste your very own three-course menu complete with wines to pair.
Baluchi is a pan Asian Indian restaurant that specialises in flavours from across the diverse country. Traditionally inspired dishes across the extensive menu are taken from regions across the country including Kashmir, Bengal, Kerala, Goa and more. Flavours from across the Indian subcontinent are paired with the restaurant’s lavish interiors which feature a vaulted ceiling with rich blues and dark woods.
The series of masterclasses will tackle different aspects of Indian cooking, and are suitable for amateur cooks, through to confident chefs and foodie fanatics. The masterclasses at the Naan’ery will take place on:
- Saturday 20th July 2019 – the art of Indian BBQ and street food
- Saturday 10th August 2019 – authentically Indian vegan dishes
Tickets are available to purchase here.
Address: Baluchi, The LaLiT London, 181 Tooley Street, London SE1 2JR, thebaluchi.com/london