Review on Kahani
Peter Joseph, the former Executive Chef for 10 years of Michelin-starred Tamarind in Mayfair has launched his first solo restaurant, Kahani in the heart of Chelsea. Situated opposite Cadogan Hall in the premises formerly occupied by Michael Riemenschneider's Canvas restaurant, Kahani takes the name from 'story' in Hindu and takes inspiration from his upbringing in Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state of India, famed for its Dravidian-style Hindu temples.
The 90-cover restaurant is a sleek affair designed by the renowned Kai Interiors featuring contemporary chandeliers and bespoke wallpaper and fabrics, with splashes of colour inspired by the feathers of a peacock, India's national bird. A backbar reflects India's ancient stairwells, and there's also a unique open view section to the dessert area.
Presenting a contemporary Indian menu with British influences focusing on the robata grill, the dishes are designed for sharing with starters served as finger food. The kitchen tempts with the likes of octopus and tandoori calamari, kasoondi mustard and aloo pomelo chaat or samosa platter, Punjabi aloo, kolhapuri chicken and chettinad venison amongst the small plates. Other promising ideas include grilled sea bream, browned garlic, sundried tomato and smoked aubergine or maybe Gressingham duck breast, coriander, pokharaya chutney and Jaitooni naan. Desserts conclude in style with a pineapple crème brûlée with cinnamon or a chilli chocolate mousse bomb.
The wine list is an international slate featuring a good spread across the globe and there's also a carefully crafted cocktail menu.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card