Indian chef Atul Kochhar, chef-patron of the Michelin-starred Benares in London, has unveiled details of his forthcoming joint venture with restaurateur Carlo Spetale, former owner of the First Restaurant Group.
Called Colony, the new restaurant, which opens in Marylebone Village, west London, later this month, will be modelled on the bars and clubs of the British Raj region in India.
It will serve tapas-style dishes inspired by Indian street food with Kochhar, who also runs Vatika on Hampshire's Wickham Vineyard, compiling the menu and head chef Saurav Nath overseeing the kitchen.
Front of house will be managed by John Lacombe, who will be in charge of the 60-seat lounge bar and 65-seat restaurant as well as two private dining rooms. The cocktail menu will be overseen by head bartender Marco Perrotti.
The menu at Colony is focused on three ancient Asian grilling methods: Tandoor (a hot clay oven used for roasting); Tawa (a heavy cast iron plate used as a griddle); and Sigri (a method of cooking over hot coals).
Typical dishes will include roasted mallard breast marinated in lindi peppers and stone moss with spiced lentil stew; veal fillet and cheek with a spiced chilli sauce and coriander chips; and monk fish glazed in the Tandoor, served with crab vermicelli.
Kochhar recently reopened his flagship restaurant Benares on Berkeley Square after a fire forced it to close for nearly four months.
By Kerstin Kühn
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