The 1,206sq ft, second floor restaurant will be Khan’s first permanent site, after running her supper club of the same name for the past four years. It will serve old-fashioned ‘dawaat’ or ‘feast’ style food inspired by her Indian family roots.
The restaurant will feature an open kitchen with dishes influenced by Khan’s mother’s Bengali heritage and her father’s north Indian culinary traditions, as well as family dishes from the court of Nizam in Hyderabad.
Khan’s ancestry is also said to stem from the royal Mughlai and the Nawabi school of cooking.
Dishes will include the Calcutta lamb dum biryani, Khare masale ka gosht, Hyderabadi haleem, and mutton Shikampuri kabab.
Darjeeling Express will open opposite Dirty Bones and Le Bab, in the Shaftesbury-owned development, and will join Indian-style sites Masala Zone, Dishoom and Cinnamon Soho, as well as Wright Brothers Soho, Stax Diner and The Rum Kitchen.
“To be surrounded by other independent restaurants is the perfect setting for Darjeeling Express to open its doors [and it is] the perfect environment to introduce Londoners to authentic Indian home cooking,” says Khan.