Nov 13 2012

Trishna

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Trishna is located in Marylebone, and I have walked past this place quite a few times as I live quite close, and I had always wanted to go to Trishna, and after I found out it was awarded its first Michelin star in September I was even more keen, and when my friend Steven suggested he wants to go for dinner and have some Indian food, I was quick to suggest Trishna. I have read a lot about Trishna when they won their Michelin star and also because they apparently have a great sommelier there, a wonderful lady, and she was there when I went for dinner on a Tuesday and I did compliment her and tell her I had read about how amazing she was at combining wine with Indian food, as it is not the most straightforward thing and has not been the most typical thing historically. But here in Trishna every item on the menu also has under it written a type of wine that would go with the dish, which shows great attention to detail and skill. Trishna serves coastal cuisine of southwest India, and is a sister restaurant of Trishna in Mumbai, which my colleague Deepak loves (although he says that Trishna in Mumbai is much more relaxed and casual, however “everyone who is Indian goes there”). The problem was though Trishna specialises in seafood Indian food, and as my friend Steven is allergic to seafood, we did not have any of the fish and seafood dishes when we were there, and just had the meat based ones, which means I probably did not experience the full Trishna experience like I should have. When I arrived in Trishna, they gave me some poppadum type of bread, just much nicer, and some sauces to go with it, similar to which you get in other Indian restaurants but with a twist. The tomato based sauce had prawns in it and it was delicious, really good quality and interesting, and I love when restaurants do these little creative twists to some quite usual things. By total coincidence we went to Trishna on the night of Diwali (Deepak says it is like Christmas for Indians), and Trishna had a special Diwali menu, but as I was not feeling that hungry, I just decided to go for the usual a la carte menu. Steven and I ordered “chicken pepper fry” that had keralen spices, black pepper, curry leaf together with the chicken as well as “Tawa vegetable salad” which had mushrooms, broccoli, onions, garlic, as two starters. I loved the chicken, although the portion was not very big, but I loved the spices that went with it, it was vibrant, interesting and super tasty. I was not that keen on the tawa vegetable salad though, as there were too many leaves and too little flavour for my liking. For the main course we shared some “tandoori baby chicken” where they gave you a chicken leg with herb chutney, and “south Indian coast lamb curry” that included curry leaf, coastal spices, coconut, and to go with these 2 main courses we ordered the bread basket of the day, which had 3 different types of Naan bread, “hyderabadi dal”, a side dish which the waitress recommended we have (it was her first day there and this was not too good, we only had a tiny bit of it, so we should not have listened to her) which had masoor- toor lentils, garlic, red chilli, as well as basmati rice, “raita with cucumber and black pepper” and the “onion and green chilli salad”. I loved the curry! I had so much of the lamb curry with rice and naan and raita and the onions, the next day I woke feeling up so full I lasted until afternoon without eating. The curry was delicious, wonderfully spiced, not a trace of oil. Expensive Michelin star Indian restaurants very often don’t actually serve curries as they focus on using spices on meat and fish dishes, and I really like it when they do curries, as usually they are brilliant. The naan bread that I had with the curry was great too, and they gave you sesame naan, plain naad and dill naan. Dill is the most common herb people use in Eastern Europe, we add this herb to anything and everything, and I always love it when other cuisines use it, and this also shows that tiny bit of extra special something, as it is just very creative to use it. The tandoori chicken whilst I thought was nice did not blow me away completely, and I thought they could have used more powerful spices, but still it was very nice and I ate a lot of it. The onion and green chili salad turned out to be a lot of onion and not too much chili, but then again you should not expect much from it really. After our meal, as we were feeling super full, there was no space for a desert, but I did get some tea, and they brought me the most wonderful tea with a wine glass and a sand clock. I had to wait for all the sand to run through the sand clock before I was allowed to pour the tea into the wine glass and only then I was allowed to drink it. The tea was delicious and it was so nice to see the warm tea warming the wine glass and the flavour and the smell coming out of the wine glass were great, which was another wonderful touch. Out of the expensive Indian restaurants in London, Amaya is still my top one, but I did really like Trishna as well, and I thought it was much better than Benares, Zaika and Cinnamon Kitchen for example.

Location: Marylebone
Date: 13/11/12
Price for 2 including a £128.98

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Trishna
15-17 Blandford Street W1U 3DG
London
United Kingdom
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