There are two ways to do a curry in our eyes; Fine dining or conveniently messy! We took a trip to the Michelin starred Trishna to have an Indian fine dining experience we can’t speak highly enough of.
Set in Marylebone which, in our eyes, is getting more and popular for all sorts of restaurants and bars. This is probably due to it being set away from the busier parts of London in Baker Street and Oxford Street, it’s quiet with its village feel but busy enough to feel like a quieter street in Soho. When you take the jump to a restaurant with a Michelin star, everything changes. The front of house is astute and the service impeccable.
Upon taking our seats we were introduced to our waitress by the Maître’D who was excellent throughout. We had some poppadums with some excellent chutneys to compliment. These weren’t your usual chutneys either, they had a sweetness and spice we have yet to experience elsewhere. There are wines to suit all tastes here and it’s easy to get carried away. However we picked a red wine that would complement our dishes accordingly and it was delicious. Our favourite part of Trishna is that at no point did anyone have an empty glass. The attention to detail was just great!
Starters of Kolhapuri Jheenga (shrimps, ginger, smoked chilli chutney), Hariyali Bream (green chilli, coriander, tandoor smoked tomato kachumber), Paneer Tikka (fenugreek leaf, corn & green mango chat) and their famous Lamb Chops (Kashmiri chilli, ginger, kasundi mooli) arrived and each were exquisite. Trishna serves up some of the best Indian seafood in London and the way they flavour match (everything in brackets) was amazing on the palette. It wasn’t a case of each dish getting better and better either as there was a distinct bar set here and we were waiting for something to come in below it!
Mains came shortly after and consisted of: Kerala Jheenga Curry (Keralan spices, tiger prawns, drumstick), Guinea Fowl Tikka (masoor lentils, star anise, fennel), Hyderabadi Daal (masoor-toor-channa lentils, mustard, curry leaf) and Coastal Bhindi (fennel seed, fenugreek seed). These were all accompanied by a naan bread basket, basmati rice and another famous dish; duck keema naan. It’s the way that this isn’t your traditional Indian restaurant in terms of the meat and fishes used which sets Trishna apart. We loved the Kerala Jheenga curry with the plump tiger prawns and the Guinea Fowl Tikka was so tender that we wished there was more. The vegetarian dishes were delightful and the duck keema naan was a pure winner!
There wasn’t a lot of room for dessert for obvious reasons but the Chocolate Chikki Cake (pista-cashew chikki, peanut jaggery ice cream) that we did have was excellent. Moist and heavenly chocolate cake with pistachio and accompanied with peanut jaggery ice cream just works, it really does.
Trishna will hit your wallet harder than usual restaurants we tend to go to and for good reason. Come for something special but for a pre-night out dinner we’d recommend getting the early evening menu; you won’t be disappointed. Michelin starred dining with excellent sea food in impeccable Indian flavours.
15 -17 Blandford Street, Marylebone Village, W1U 3DG