Pan Asian cuisine in a quintessentially British setting.
Set just a couple of streets back from Hyde Park, the Nirvana Kitchen in London’s Montcalm Hotel brings a true, authentic taste of the east to one of the capital’s most beautiful Georgian neighbourhoods. While quite an unassuming, albeit beautiful, facade – the building’s exceptional design opens up once inside making for an expansive, contemporary space that you’d never expect from the more classic exterior.
Alongside the warm, welcoming interiors and attentive staff; when it comes to their food the Nirvana Kitchen has a very simple philosophy, “The purer the ingredients, the more pleasurable the experience.” It’s a refreshing, unpretentious approach which delivers incredibly tasty meals without the distraction of having too many things on your plate.
That being said, don’t mistake the idea of careful ingredient curation to create anything less than a culinary delight; what Nirvana Kitchen lose in sheer volume, they more than make up for with exciting, intense flavours that hit the nail right on the head.
Taking a typically Asian approach to serving, diners are recommended to pick several small plates to share with each other. Classic Asian fare such as vegetarian tempura, rainbow noodles and sautéed Nasu are complimented by unique house recipes such as duck watermelon salad and venison tataki for a starter feast like no other.
When it comes to your mains, once again, you can take the approach of building your own meal with several smaller dishes or opt for more substantial servings of speciality charcoal cooked beef, lamb, prawns or vegetarian portobello mushrooms. Other sizeable options include potted curries of seafood, chicken or a particularly delicious tofu alternative with roasted onion, coconut milk, Thai basil and lime leaf.
If you can handle it, a delicious selection of desserts including mochi, chocolate fondant and refreshing sorbets are the perfect way to wrap up your evening – with a cocktail in the other hand, of course. While on the subject, for those of us who fancy a tipple with their meal an expansive selection of both old and new world wines are bolstered by an incredibly creative and invigorating selection of masterfully made cocktails that are sure to… eh… knock your socks off.
Thai, Japanese, Korean and Indian influences all under one roof has never been so easy to navigate.
Where: Montcalm Hotel, 61 Upper Berkeley St, Marylebone, London W1H
For further information visit Nirvana Kitchen’s official website.