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Royal Indian dinner in the heart of London’s City at Darbaar

12 July 2017

Calin Lapuste

Chef Abdul Yaseen, the head chef behind the Cinnamon Club, has opened a modern Indian restaurant and bar, Darbaar in Moorgate to tempt those who don’t have the travel budgets for India to celebrate the food nearer to home.  

Also launching his new summer barbecue menu, the restaurant is inspired by the banquets of the Royal Courts of India, with midnight blue walls, gold chandeliers and copper tones. The space also has an open kitchen with counter seating, a wood fired oven for artisan bread and a charcoal slow grill. It has seating for 220 with seating for twenty in their private dining area and a twelve-seat Chef’s Table.

Arriving in Britain fifteen years ago from Jaipur, Abdul is well known for being a creative and innovative Indian chef. His style mixes a combination of the highlights of the East and best of the West. He reinterprets staple traditional dishes.

Darbaar offers healthy grills, street food, spit roasts, a “Thrill of the Grill” set menu, and sharing dishes. You could choose Punjabi Spiced Kentish Lamb Chops with Haryali Rarha Keema, Tawa-Macchli Bream in Banana Leaf, Keralan Shrimp Cocktail, and Kid Goat Biryani feature. Or a dish in Maharajan style, called “The Royal Pot.” For dessert you can try halwa spiced carrot cake with lemon figs, or a lemon and stem ginger brulee with rhubarb compote. Darbaar also features a comprehensive wine list.

Having tried a selection of the dishes at Darbaar, I can attest to the high quality of the food and modern take of a much loved English cuisine. Abdul has won the British BBQ championships and the Canapé Cup at Square Meal Venues and Events three years in a row which is no surprise. He has also appeared on ITV, BBC2 and Celebrity Master Chef UK 2016.  

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