Restaurant review – Quilon – London

If New York isn’t on your destination list this year, don’t fear, I still have another London restaurant recommendation for you. Prior going to New York I visited Quilon, an award-winning, Michelin starred restaurant serving south-west coastal Indian cuisine, located in St. James’ Park. It is part of the luxury hotel group, Taj Hotels (I stayed at the Pierre, their New York hotel – see ‘My Week’ above) so I was expecting it to be impressive.
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The atmosphere inside the restaurant was pleasantly busy with a variety of diners including families, couples and people eating alone. The fabulous artwork adorning the walls and the impeccably attentive, but not over-bearing staff, also added to the fantastic ambience inside Quilon.

Quilon Salad

We were offered a delicious glass of champagne on arrival (start as you mean to go on, I know…) and were recommended the chef’s tasting menu. There are so many mouth-watering options  that the tasting menu is great for encouraging you to get out of your comfort zone and try new dishes.I had the veggie option while my friend chose the meat and fish. Alongside the rich flavours we were really impressed by the beautiful presentation of the food. At the start, tiny poppadum’s arrived with a selection of chutneys and dips, followed by starters that looked as divine as they tasted – we decided my friend’s scallop looked like a love heart! For mains, my friend had sea bass, lamb shank and quail leg and I had crispy okra, cauliflower, three bean masala, mango curry, rice – it was a true feast of flavours, which delicately teased our taste buds (no cliché intended).

For our finale we chose the spiced chocolate mousse and, oh my… it was rich, intense and we both laughed out loud at what seemed to be popping candy in the base! We were assured it was the chef’s combination of spices but this touch made a brilliant end to our meal in the form of ‘mouth firework’s!’ I definitely want to go again.

Quilon_Semi-private dining area
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