A specially curated menu by 2 Michelin star Chef Claude Bosi at the iconic Indian Accent restaurant, is one I couldn’t pass up. “Upstairs at Indian Accent”, is a 30-cover pop-up located above the main restaurant at the Lodhi Hotel. With limited seating and a small time-frame, getting reservations is tough! I booked on January 31 for a dinner reservation on February 8.
Chef Bosi has 2 prestigious Michelin stars for Hibiscus in London, and Bibendum Restaurant in Michelin House. With Indian Accent’s ethos in mind, he’s created a 7 course tasting menu marrying Indian flavours with French cuisine. There is an optional wine pairing with each course, specially picked by Corporate Director of Indian Accent and Sommelier, Daniel Beedle, and sourced from the well-stocked coffers of La Cave.
First course: Mushroom Custard, Coconut and Curry
I chose the non-vegetarian menu. The amuse bouche of innovative green olive and a glorified cheese ball, were bursting with flavors and absolutely delightful. The first course of Mushroom Custard, Coconut and Curry, had a strong mushroom-y flavor but was delicious with a hint of yellow curry powder. The second course of Warm Beetroot Terrine, Feta Cheese and Passion Fruit was the perfect cocktail of flavours and textures- sweet and tart, soft and crunchy.
Second course: Warm Beetroot Terrine, Feta Cheese and Passion Fruit
The third course of de-shelled Kanyakumari Crab, Apple and Nimbu Lemon offset the bland taste of crab meat with the sweetness of apple. The fourth course was the piece de resistance. The perfectly cooked River Sole a la Grenobloise, was served on a sinfully delicious bed of buttery mashed potatoes; with a tiny burst of lemon flavor adding a hint of tartness. The fifth course of Chicken with Black Lentils, Coconut and Coriander was passable; but that’s probably the fault of bland chicken meat!
Third course: Kanyakumari Crab, Apple and Nimbu Lemon
My mother opted for the Vegetarian menu, which she enjoyed. The most noteworthy dish was the Kashmiri Morels and Kaffir Lime. A bread basket was served as well. My favourite wines were the Villa Maria “Private Bin” Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough from New Zealand, paired with the crab, and the delicious mulled wine served with dessert.
Fourth course: River Sole A La Grenobloise
Vegetarian Fourth course: Kashmiri Morels and Kaffir Lime
The desserts were fabulous. An Alphonso Mango and Black Sesame Sorbet was served as a palate cleanser, but was delicious in its own right. The Chocolate Tart served with house-made Vanilla Ice Cream was delectable.
Fifth course: Chicken with Black Lentils, Coconut and Coriander
If I had to offer a critique, it would be to switch out the chicken dish with a meat one; and serve a better dessert in the vegetarian tasting menu.
Palate Cleanser: Mango and Black Sesame
Dessert: Chocolate Tart, Vanilla Ice-Cream
I must mention Gaurav Kumar Pathak, who meticulously guided us through the entire meal. Overall it was a wonderful experience.
Venue: Indian Accent, The Lodhi Hotel, Lodhi Road
Days: On till February 11
Seatings: Lunch: 12:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Price: INR 3000 per head (including INR 1000 cover charge paid at the time of booking)
INR 5000 per head for wine pairing menu
15% discount for all citi bank card holders
For reservations: bookmyshow.com
For tele-reservations (above 4 people you must do a tele-reservation): 011-66175151/ +91 9871117968
Event and food rating: 4.5/5