Placing Indian cuisine now firmly on the fine dining map is Trishna, located at 15–17 Blandford Street, Marylebone Village in London. This exquisite establishment was awarded a coveted Michelin star in 2012, an accolade it still holds today and offers guests a surprising experience to remember. It is a world away from the curry houses of Brick Lane in Whitechapel and provides something a little bit different to what one may expect of how Indian food can be prepared, presented and tasted. Right from the starters and until the desserts, your entire experience will be a culinary joy at Trishna indeed. Ready to see a snapshot of the experience that you could enjoy? If so, please do read on and be mindful that you will be itching to visit soon.
Eclectic and exciting Indian cuisine in a new way
As you approach Trishna, you will note that it has some outdoor dining and that its terrace doors open up onto the street. This creates a semi-alfresco ambience throughout the restaurant and makes the rather fine dining Michelin star experience a little bit more laid-back yet still sophisticated. I would recommend that you make a booking in advance as this restaurant is hugely popular so the likelihood of walking-in without a reservation and obtaining a table is very rare. Trishna changes the way people perceive and experience Indian food, so it is no wonder that the opportunity to experience the eclectic and exciting coastal Indian cuisine on offer is in demand. As you enter Trishna, you will be greeted by a friendly, welcoming and professional maître d’ that will be expecting you and will promptly seat you at your table.
A harmony between fine dining and comfort
The interior of Trishna would be best described as fine dining with some comfort. There are modern and simple aspects to the décor with hints of formality and traditional aspects running throughout. For example, the informal aesthetics of the interiors is offset with antique mirrors and wooden panelling which creates a harmony between fine dining and a sociable neighbourhood dining experience. Whilst it was fully populated during my visit, there was a very calm and cool ambiance to the establishment and it certainly had a romantic feel to it. There was a corner table, with a lantern next to it and above was a painting of the Taj Mahal hanging on the wall and with the Taj Mahal being the epitome of romance, it added even more charm to this dining establishment.
A delightful menu for drinks and dishes
Perusing through the menu will be a delight as you will see many choices in respect to drinks and dishes that will appeal to your palate. If you wish to consume alcohol with your meal, wine pairings for all dishes have been provided in the menu; the sommelier will also be thrilled to help and explain each wine to you. In the alternative, if you would prefer a non-alcoholic drink, then please do note that Trishna delivers some exceptional Indian drinks including its rose petal lassi, which is a milk infused with rose petal (5.50 GBP/ 7 USD) or its Shalimar Garden which is a combination of guava juice, elderflower and fresh lemonade (6.50 GBP/8 USD). In respect to the actual savoury and sweet items listed in the menu, you are likely to note that you would have tasted some, if not all, of these items elsewhere; however, I must say that the combination and flavours of these items at Trishna is seriously quite stunning (and worth sampling). Once you have placed your order, a selection of papadums with two chutneys will be offered to you whilst you wait for dishes to arrive.
A noteworthy gourmet journey
Everything that you eat at Trishna will be phenomenal, whether it be vegetarian or non vegetarian (confirmed by my fellow dining companion). Recommended dishes on the vegetarian front include the paneer Chettinad (which consists of Indian cottage cheese, black pepper, star anise, stone fungus and coconut)(17.00 GBP/ 22 USD), the Hyderabadi dal (which is lentils, mustard and curry leaf) (7.00 GBP/ 9 USD) and the lemon rice (with cashew nuts, mustard seed and curry leaf) (6.50 GBP/ 8 USD). All of this must, of course, be accompanied by a bread basket, which includes 3 light and fluffy pieces of naan bread (7.50 GBP/10 USD). The dishes are delicious and the creative combination of ingredients will mean that you’re simply blown away. A full spectrum of spices and ingredients used will mean that your gourmet journey will be noteworthy.
Exceptional service and delectable dishes
Indian cuisine executed with passion and expertise is provided to you in abundance at Trishna. The wait staff are very cordial and provide impeccable and attentive service throughout. The dishes are mouth-watering and delectable. Whilst the price of an experience at Trishna is not inexpensive, I would have to say that it is worth visiting and especially if you’re looking for an elevated experience to the Indian culinary scene. Overall, I would highly recommend visiting this dining establishment for a personal or professional occasion as its food is heavenly, service is exceptional and ambiance is intoxicating to say at the very least, especially if you are seeking a calm albeit lively and romantic vibe. Your trip to Marylebone Village in London will not be complete without a visit to Trishna and I am confident that you will thank me later.
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