Grand Trunk Road

An Authentic Indian Restaurant in South Woodford, London

Our History

Built at the dawn of the 16th century, Grand Trunk Road was ancient India’s first route for traders, leading from Kabul to Kolkata in a long stretch of commerce and compelling recipes that survive to this day.

Grand Trunk Road restaurant captures the exciting flavours from this great stretch of road including the chargrilled barbecued temptations of Peshawar and Rawalpindi, the famous Amritsar fried fish of the Punjab to the sumptuous secrets of Royal Banquets of Delhi and Agra.

Our Chef – Dayashankar Sharma 


With over 28 years of culinary experience, Chef Dayashankar Sharma has become synonymous with producing quality food that pairs tradition with contemporary ideas and techniques. He has worked with a number of prestigious brands and has helped to establish several high-profile outlets.

Having held the position of Head Chef for the critically acclaimed Imli, Mayfair Pinnacle and Zaika, Chef Dayashankar Sharma has had a varied career, having also led teams of 12-14 chefs at his most recent position as Indian Food Consultant for a collection of major airline catering companies.

He was also responsible for a host of events and state banquets for foreign Presidents, Dignitaries and Luminaries in his time at the Taj Hotel.

Having partnered with Rajesh Suri to launch The Grand Trunk Road restaurant, he continues to explore the heady and rich flavours of India through a well devised menu comprising of high quality ingredients and his trademark culinary skills.

Owner – Rajesh Suri


Rajesh Suri has over 30 years of experience in the food industry. He started his career by working in management at the celebrated Oberoi hotel group in India, later moving to the UK to launch and work with several five-star establishments, as well as the Michelin-starred Veeraswamy, the UK’s longest running Indian restaurant.

Rajesh then moved across to the London Tamarind Collection team (which includes Tamarind Los Angeles) and was responsible for earning and maintaining the restaurant’s Michelin star for his 14 years with them.

Instrumental in the rise of Michelin-starred Indian food establishments, he is one of the most acclaimed Indian restaurateurs in the UK. Rajesh is a regular on MasterChef: The Professionals and the winner of the BIBA, Restaurateurs Restaurant and Personality of the Year awards.

Having reached the top of his game, Rajesh Suri decided to launch his solo venture, The Grand Trunk Road restaurant, in collaboration with chef Dayashankar Sharma in 2016, and has used his expertise to establish a restaurant that is attracting attention from far and wide.

Celebrate With Us

If you’re looking to host the ultimate celebration, at Grand Trunk Road we can provide you with an unforgettable experience.

Exceptional service combines with the very finest of dishes, inspired by the sights, smells, sounds and recipes of the famed Grand Trunk Road – considered by Rudyard Kipling to be the river of life.

The perfect setting for business lunches, client entertainment, anniversaries, receptions and birthdays, we can cater to parties both large and small.

Our private dining experts are more than happy to assist you with all the arrangements for you event. We further offer exclusive hire of the entire venue, with seating for up to 50, and 80 standing.

We can also cater events externally and can create a bespoke menu to meet your needs.

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