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Karam Sethi's Trishna to re-launch on 6 February

28 January 2014 by
Karam Sethi's Trishna to re-launch on 6 February

Michelin-starred Trishna restaurant on London's Blandford Street will re-open on 6 February, following a month of refurbishment.

The first restaurant from chef proprietor Karam Sethi, who launched Gymkhana in September last year, will feature a redesigned interior, new dishes and an updated wine list from sommelier Sunaina Sethi.

The focus of the menu will remain on the coastal cuisine of south west India that earned Trishna its first Michelin star in September 2012.

His menu, developed with head chef Rohit Ghai, will offer dishes including: starters of nandu soft shell crab, green chilli, garlic, white crab chutney; and Ajwaini salmon tikka, carom seed, dill raita, from the tandoor.

New mains will include: kori gassi, chicken oysters, Mangalorean spices, coconut; lobster teen tarike se, Goan xacuti, lobster kathi roll, lobster samosa; and Moplah seafood biryani with pink peppercorn raita, with a vegetarian section featuring options such as beetroot poriyal, coconut, curry leaf, shallots. Tandoori John Dory and duck keema naan will appear as seasonal specials on the re-opening menu.

Commenting on the re-launch, Karam said: "When I opened Trishna in 2008, I wanted to challenge what I considered to be a simplistic perception of Indian food in the UK and demonstrate the variety and range of India's authentic, regional cuisines. The success of Gymkhana last year has alerted an even broader audience to the possibilities of Indian cooking and I look forward to welcoming loyal regulars and new faces to my first restaurant, which I am very proud of."

Trishna sommelier, Zagat 30 under 30 award winner and Karam's sister, Sunaina Sethi, has restructured the original wine list, with particular attention to developing the restaurant's fine wine collection. The wine list will include the introduction of an Indian white sangiovese plus a top-of-the-range red, in addition to further finds from the original producers Sunaina seeks out around the world.

"I've been noticing diners becoming increasingly confident in asking about wine matching and exploring their own palates, which I'm really excited about as we re-open. I take real pleasure in discussing with our guests, not only what might compliment their food, but which wines might be an interesting choice for them specifically, based on their personal tastes," said Sunaina.

B3 Designers, also responsible for the design of Gymkhana, have retained Trishna's pared-back aesthetic, with touches of "grown-up luxury". Pale blue reclaimed timber panelling has been added to the walls, and are studded with bronze wall sconces. Solid oak dining tables are lit by antique brass pendant lights suspended above, and an antique mirror feature has been installed adjacent to the marble-topped bar at the back of the ground floor.

Trishna's private dining room, enclosed within the restaurant's wine cellar, aims to offer a more intimate experience and can accommodate 12 seated guests.

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