Experience the Indian Royal Court at Darbaar .
Abdul Yaseen, one of the chefs behind celebrated Indian restaurants Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen, launches his first solo project in the heart of the city.
This winter, between Shoreditch and Liverpool Street Station, a mammoth Indian restaurant named Darbaar will open its doors.
Brought to us by Abdul Yaseen – the acclaimed Indian chef who made his name at Cinnamon Club – the restaurant will feature both a 120 cover restaurant and, in an unusual twist for an Indian restaurant, a 70 seat cocktail area. In shimmering tones of gold, copper, and midnight blue, the venture brings both style and truly exceptional Indian cuisine to the business district.
The food at Darbaar takes its cue from the lavish banquets of the Indian Royal Court and the many diverse regions of India. Traditional cookery techniques such as clay ovens and charcoal robata grills will add to the authenticity of the experience, lending a sense of theatre to proceedings. The menu will include healthier choices such as grills and street tapas, alongside spit roasts, biryani, and Indian gravies with artisan bread. Signature dishes include slow roasted leg of lamb, Keralan shrimp cocktail, and Kid Goat Biryani.
The star dish on the menu is perhaps “The Royal Pot” more commonly known as Shahi Degh, served in a fantastic earthenware pot and inspired by dishes at the feasts of the Maharajas. The contents of the dish will change on a seasonal basis, including meats such as lamb in the spring and spiced guinea fowl to warm our bellies in midwinter.
Abdul Yaseen’s reputation as a thoroughly modern connoisseur of Indian cooking sets the expectation at Darbaar pretty high, but with his contemporary cookery talents and a brief inspired by sheer opulence we doubt we’ll be disappointed!
Darbaar – 1 Snowden Street, Broadgate West, London, EC2A 2DQ
Words by Patrick Hamilton Courtney, follow him on Instagram @patrickcourtneyldn or twitter @pcourtneyldn