Trishna, W1U

The Halal: The chicken and lamb are halal. The restaurant specialises in seafood so there are lots of options. Please note that pork and alcohol are served.

IMG_1560The Place: Situated in quaint Marylebone village, Trishna is not your average curry house! It was awarded a Michelin star in 2012 and once you’ve tasted the food it is evident why. The restaurant has a peaceful ambience with whitewashed walls and bronze poles hang vintage Indian prints. The furniture is decadent rosewood and the service is fit for a Maharaja.

IMG_1527The Food: Trishna has a variety of menus to choose from. We were there for lunch and ordered from the ‘lunch bites’ menu on this occasion.

We began our meal with yummy mocktails (virgin mojito, tropical punch and mango lassi) and poppadoms and chutney.

IMG_1550Next we embarked on starters. We ordered the Trishna seafood salad with haldi chipirones, scallops, tiger prawns and samphire. Each bite was refined and delectable and the amount of seafood on the plate was very generous!

IMG_1533The paneer tikka looked like a piece of art but could have done with a tad more seasoning- the taste did not really match the appearance.

IMG_1536The Haryali bream is a favourite of mine. The fish melts in your mouth with flavours of chilli and coriander that are complemented by the smoked tomato kachumber (salsa).

IMG_1537The starters were excellent and our expectations were high for the main courses. I ordered the tandoori lemon baby chicken which came as a leg piece cooked to perfection next to a bed of crunchy pressed rice. The textures of the dish were wonderful.

IMG_1553The Andhra curry was made of succulent lamb but wasn’t extraordinary. What WAS really special was the Kerala jheenga (prawn) curry. The tiger prawns were big and juicy and the sauce was extremely moreish- I just couldn’t get enough!

IMG_1551The mains were accompanied with rice, naan, Hyderabadi daal and a dry potato curry. These were all cooked well and pretty tasty.

Although we were completely stuffed we could not resist trying the tempting desserts. The aam malai dish was a mango cream slice served with fresh mangoes and a raw mango chutney. The cream was deeply rich and delicious. The chutney served in a shot glass had a bit of a kick- I couldn’t finish the whole thing.

IMG_1556I also tried the strawberry falooda which is a dish of strawberry ice cream on a bed of vermicelli and fresh strawberries. You pour over a masala milk flavoured with cardamoms. This was a great palate cleanser and quite different to the traditional falooda dessert.

IMG_1557A rather nice surprise at the end of the meal were white chocolates flavoured with Paan -an indian betel nut tobacco flavouring which is eaten after meals. I would go back just to have this again!

The Price: For the quality of food and ambience, I think Trishna is priced reasonably. The tasting menus are between Β£50-70 per person and the lunch bites menu is between Β£18.50-33.50 per person depending on how many courses you order.

The Verdict: The food at Trishna was excellent- as far as Michelin-starred Indian restaurants go, this one is definitely my favourite! It’s a shame that the game is not halal because some of the dishes looked really interesting. The lunch menu is particularly good value for money and my mum who is always critical about Indian restaurant food (because she is an amazing cook herself) loved it so I will definitely be going back! I also can’t wait to try their new sister restaurant Gymkhana in Mayfair.

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