Rajesh Suri, former general manager of Tamarind in Mayfair, has teamed up with its head chef Dayashankar Sharma to launch a new site.
The man behind the capital’s first Michelin-starred Indian restaurant is setting up shop in an east London suburb.
Rajesh Suri, former general manager of Tamarind in Mayfair, has teamed up with its head chef Dayashankar Sharma to launch Grand Trunk Road in South Woodford.
Mr Suri said: “I live in South Woodford and it has become quite affluent. There are many nice gastropubs and Italian places, but the one thing missing is a fine-dining Indian restaurant. Every time me and my friends have wanted one, we had to go into town. They’ve asked me to do this for ages.”
Mr Suri, who joined Tamarind in 1998, said: “The Great Trunk Road is 2,500 kilometres long and stretches from Kabul to Calcutta through four nations. We want to take people on a gastronomic journey along this route.”
Menu options at the 50-seat restaurant include Lucknow ki nihari, a slow-cooked lamb shank. “We are fully booked for the next three weeks,” said Mr Suri, 55. “People will be heading in the opposite direction and coming out here from central London for high-quality top-end food — it is what we dreamed of creating.”
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For reservations at Grand trunk Road call 020 8505 1965.