As “Chor” in Hindi translates to “Thief” in English, I must ask if you’re ready to have your heart stolen by Chor Bizarre?
The British love visiting their little Indian curry houses; however, Chor Bizarre is most certainly not little and it is definitely not a typical Indian curry house. Based at Albemarle Street in Mayfair, this high-end Indian restaurant offers a traditional yet modern offering to diners who want to enjoy luxurious Indian cuisine whilst being surrounded by authentic and unusual furnishings.
Experience exquisite decor
The moment you step into Chor Bizarre, you will feel like you’ve entered an Indian market because of the memorabilia and decorations around the restaurant.
Whilst some of the furniture is similar, there are no two table settings that are alike! With large wooden hand-carved arm chairs, boxes, bangles, mirrors and an old canopied four-poster seating area, you will definitely feel like an Indian princess dining in a new yet ancient territory. Unique, swirly patterns and heavy ornamentation cover the antique furniture and makes the décor a real talking point during your experience. The dim lighting during the dinner service creates a real intimate feel to the restaurant, and with tables that are well separated, there is the perfect level of privacy for those that want some space to enjoy their fine dining experience.
Aromatic and tantalising cuisine
Chor Bizarre offers food that is exceptional, cooked to perfection and provided in traditional crockery, which really enhances your culinary Indian experience. Compared to most Indian restaurants, the menu is quite small; however, from what is on the menu, I would recommend all of the dishes that I have tasted.
If you’re looking for a dish that is cool and refreshing then I would suggest that you try the Purani Dilli Ki Papri Chaat (8.50 GBP/12 USD), which consists of little bite-sized poori made of semolina and wheat biscuits, that are covered in chilled yoghurt, chutneys, ginger and spices. For those of you that want a spicy kick and something fiery to get your taste-buds awoken, I would recommend that you try the Paanch Mirchi Ka Paneer, which is chunks of cooked cottage cheese flavoured with five peppers and is totally tasty (13.50 GBP/19 USD). If you’re looking for a dish that has real depth and flavour, like no other dish that you will be able to try anywhere else, then you must order the Dal Chor Bizarre (9.50 GBP/14 USD), which consists of thick black lentils flavoured with tomatoes and cream; it is simmered overnight on the tandoor and is utterly scrumptious!
To accompany the Paanch Mirchi Ka Paneer or the Dal Chor Bizarre, I would recommend having either the Garlic Naan, the Peshawari Naan or the Lachha Paratha. Each cost 4.50 GBP/6 USD. The Peshawari Naan is stuffed with rich dry fruits so it’s perfect for balancing out the spices and giving your taste-buds some contrasting flavours. The Lachha Paratha has multiple layers and is either served plain or mint flavoured. Its light, fluffy and definitely delightful. I would also recommend sampling the Vegetable Biryani (18 GBP/26 USD), which is served with raita (yoghurt, vegetables and herbs). The portion is quite generous and definitely the type that you would want to share with others, especially if you want to save some room for dessert.
Whilst some may find the food to be very expensive, it’s also very authentic, fresh and very much worth it!
Kulfi, rasmalai and chai available
From my experience, it is hard to find an Indian restaurant that offers terrific dishes for all courses and then I found Chor Bizarre. This is because every course is delightful.
With the final course, the excitement begins from the moment you are offered the dessert menu, which is in the shape of an authentic hand-held fan, from which you have a number of choices, all worth 7.50 GBP/11 USD. I would have to recommend the Pistachio or Cardamom Kulfi (Indian ice cream in the shape of a cone or stick), the Rasmalai (sweetened flat paneer cakes in a milky cream) or the Mango Kheer (rice pudding) with Mango Sorbet. With the list of deserts I’ve recommended, I’m sure that you can tell that I’ve dined at this high-end establishment quite a few times!
As no Indian meal is complete without an Indian style drink to wash down all that luscious and scrumptious food, I would recommend that you try either the Sweet, Salty or Mango Lassi (6.00 GBP/9 USD), the Niimbu Pani (6 GBP/9 USD) or if you fancy a hot drink, the Masala Chai (4.50 GBP/6 USD), which is fantastic.
Time for a Thali?
With a restaurant that will make your heart skip a beat as you enter and dishes that will steal your heart entirely, Chor Bizarre is definitely a place that your feet must wander into and enjoy.
If you’re struggling to decide which dish to order because they all sound and look absolutely terrific, I would recommend trying a Thali, which is a meal made up of a selection of various dishes. Chor Bizarre offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian Thalis that are served in a dainty silver plate and include different starters, curries, raita, rice and naan. The Thalis also come with a dessert such as a Gulab Jamun with Vanilla Ice Cream, so you definitely won’t be missing out. However, please note that the Thalis are only available at lunch-time.
Whether you wish to try the Thali at lunch or the dishes from the main menu at dinner, make sure to make a reservation as this popular place gets filled up very quickly!
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