Celebrate #Diwali with Asharaf Valappil, head chef at London’s Daawat #Restaurant

Asharaf Valappil, head chef at London’s Daawat Restaurant at the Strand Palace Hotel dawat1

Asharaf’s nomination comes at an exciting time for the Daawat Restaurant. A revolutionary summer menu with inspirations drawn from all over the sub-continent has been rapturously received by both critics and guests, many of whom have returned several times to make sure they have tasted the whole menu.

One recent trip advisor reviewer described Daawat as “The best Indian I’ve ever eaten” and a “hidden gem.” Now the team are hard at work planning a menu re-fresh for the winter months.

Another hit has been the Indian Afternoon Tea – believed to be the first in London – which sits alongside a traditional English Afternoon Tea available elsewhere in the hotel.

Food at Daawat includes fiery Chilli Mili Chicken Wings, Sea Bass with flavours taken from chef’s native Karala province and his take on a classic Chicken Tikka Masala. Lamb Biryani sits on the menu alongside Grandma Kodi Kura (Andrha-style chicken curry) based on a family recipe.

“Tiffin” style Indian afternoon tea features the Bombay burger, which was recently named as one of the best burgers in the UK, Paneer bread pakora, mango burfi and chocolate samosas with mango coulis.

Two-course Thali lunches from £9.95

Three-course pre-theatre dinners from £22.00

Afternoon tea from £29.95 pp.

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