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PAUSE EATS: Baluchi at LaLit London

While London isn’t exactly shy of outstanding restaurants set in breathtaking locations, few stand up to the truly unique setting of Baluchi at the LaLit hotel.

Formerly St. Olave’s Grammar School, it’s evident that great care has been taken to preserve and restore the original decadence of the building. Under restored vaulted ceilings and magnificent, eye-catching Hyderabadi hand-crafted glass chandeliers; a mouthwatering selection of Pan Indian cuisine, exquisite wines and exceptional hospitality await diners fortunate enough to visit the grade II listed building.

When it comes to the food, you can see that time and consideration has gone into both the menu and the sourcing of ingredients. Curating the finest recipes from across India, delectable options like Orkney scallops and tandoori prawns are a subtly enhanced with quintessential flavours we’ve come to associate with the south Asian country.

Complementing the more ‘understated’ flavours, typical fare such as biryani, tadka dahl and Indian breads are also on offer and will likely be among the finest iterations you’ve tasted of the UK’s takeaway favourites.

Matching the vast array of food options, an impressive selection of exceptional wines, champagnes and spirits are on offer for those in search of a tipple. With the dedicated bar staff more than happy to create something to your taste, you’ll not be left longing.

Holding the show together, the entire staff at Baluchi are nothing short of exceptional. Willing to make any adaptation to meet dietary requirements or purely preference – the balance of attentive without being overbearing was spot on. Always a good sign, the head chef was happy to come out and meet diners; very clearly passionate about his work, the word proud doesn’t cover it – and so he should be.

Call or 020 3765 0000 to book visit www.thelalit.com for more information.