Another Indian hospitality group is opening a restaurant in London

By Sophie Witts contact

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Chokhi Dhani London Indian restaurant opening Battersea
Chokhi Dhani is the latest Indian hospitality group to announce plans to launch a restaurant in London.

The company, which has operated hotels, restaurants and resorts in India since 1990, is set to bring its ‘fine food and vibrant atmosphere’ to the UK.

Chokhi Dhani London will launch on Riverside Walk in Battersea, just along the Thames from the Battersea Power Station development, in February.

Diners can expect an upstairs restaurant with 'regal ambience', featuring a 14ft bronze elephant statue weighing over two tonnes, as well as a more relaxed street food offering on the ground floor.

Vishnu Natarajan, former executive head chef at D&D London's Carom in Soho, will be overseeing the menu alongside Bhagwan Singh, who most recently cooked at Cinnamon Culture.

General manager will be Dan Jelensek, who previously worked at Vineet Bhatia London before its sudden closure last year.

The menu will focus on dishes from the state of Rajasthan and the Indian subcontinent with a 'contemporary twist'.

The London restaurant is the brainchild of Kriti Vaswani, whose father Gul launched the first Chokhi Dhani venture in Jaipur in 1990.

Chokhi Dhani follows a number of other Indian hospitality groups who have opened in the UK capital in the past few years.

Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts launched Michelin-starred Jamavar in Mayfair as its first international outpost in 2016, followed by Bombay Bustle in the capital last year.

Old World Hospitality, which operates two hotels and 35 restaurants in India and worldwide, opened a UK site of its Indian Accent brand in late-2017.

The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group also launched the £50m Lalit London hotel​ in the former home of St. Olave's Grammar School last year.

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