Wine and Vegan Chef’s Tasting Menu at Indian Accent in Mayfair

Jul 22, 18 Wine and Vegan Chef’s Tasting Menu at Indian Accent in Mayfair

The Winesleuth is continuing her vegan/plant based diet culinary escapades around Londontown, this time with a visit to globally recognised Mayfair restaurant, Indian Accent on Albemarle St.

Indian Accent has sister restaurants in New Delhi and New York and is on many top restaurant lists around the world. The venue in London only opened late last year but is already winning accolades for Chef Manish Mehrotra’s inventive restyling of traditional Indian cuisine.

interior of the restaurant

The restaurant has launched a new summer menu and I was invited to sample the Chef’s menu. The new menu features seasonal ingredients and global ingredients. Some examples I saw on other tables while I was there included chicken malai tikka with green chilli cream, sugar snap peas and summer
truffle; sea bream with asparagus and kerala coconut moilee; and burrata with fenugreek papdi and tomatoes.

Although they don’t advertise it, the restaurant does have vegan cuisine and it is available on request. My friend Funda and I both decided on the vegan Chef’s tasting menu as it all looked really exciting. There are 2, 3 and the 9 courses tasting menus available. This being an evening meal, we settled in for the 9 course tasting menu. The portions are not huge so you are able to enjoy them all but I would have been happy to have 2 or 3 more servings of most of the dishes served up!

The Chef’s Tasting Menu both vegan and regular are paired with an excellent wine selection with old favourites as well as more esoteric choices present or, you can opt for a flight of some of the top whiskeys in the world. All of which are expertly paired by Group Beverage Director, Daniel Beedle whose New York list was named among the 50 best by Wine Spectator in the USA. A majority of the wines are natural, organic or biodynamic with many also being vegan. The Menu is £85 for 9 courses and an additional £70 for the wine pairing, £100 for the whiskey pairings. Visit their website for more details.

First page of the White Wine list, love that they call it the Motley Cru!

Sago crisp with watermelon

Puchkas, 5 waters, paired with Madeira made for a sweet and spicy shot

Barbeito Madeira

A Sauvignin from the Jura, paired with the Potato Chaat, an interesting combo as the potato dish brought out the lime character of the wine

Potato Chaat

Green Pea Bhel with crispy rice – spicy! A nice contrast between the crispy rice and the soft peas, intense flavours, again paired with the Savignin which seemed to tame the spiciness of the dish

Champalou, chenin blanc

Tofu Masala with asparagus and shishito peppers, delicately spiced, asparagus cooked to perfection, the crunch of the quinoa was a foil for the semi firm texture of the tofu, deep flavours but not overpowering, finely balanced. Paired with the Chenin,was a nice contrast between sweet and acidity.

Funda very happy to see a German Riesling Kabinett as part of the tasting menu

 

Pulled jackfruit phulka, again a contrast in textures, crunchy potato and soft jackfruit underneath, again nice balance between fruit and spice, a hint of coconut highlighted the fruity character of the Riesling

Blaufrankisch by Nittnaus

berry palate cleanser

dosa with mushrooms and water chestnuts, the dosa was perfectly crisp and the contrast between the soft mushrooms and the crunchy water chestnuts was delightful

individual naan bread

sparkling red for dessert

dessert, aamras with mango and summer berries, delicious match to the sparkling red

 

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