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Pali Hill and Bandra Bhai come to Fitzrovia, offering seasonal small plates and cocktails in the old Gaylord space

What: Pali Hill and Bandra Bhai 

In a nutshell: Indian restaurant upstairs, illicit cocktail bar downstairs.

Summing it all up: Taking over the site that once held classic Indian restaurant Gaylord is a pair of new openings. There's Pali Hill, serving up Indian seasonal dishes and Bandra Bhai, a basement cocktail bar that's inspired by a smuggling den. 

The low-down

A pair of Indian restaurateurs are getting ready to open their first London restaurant. Rahul Khanna and Kabir Suri are the people behind Azure Hospitality and they've taken over the site that used to hold classic Indian restaurant Gaylord for over 50 years.

They're replacing that with two new openings. First up is the ground floor Pali Hill (named after an old Mumbai neighbourhood) with a menu of seasonally changing dishes. Those include: 

  • Poori sagu with spring peas and broad beans
  • Salad of banana blossom, black chickpeas, fresh coconut and lime.
  • Steamed Parsi-style sea bream with coriander, mint and green chilli
  • Coombe Farm kid goat pulao with Merinda tomato and yoghurt raita.
  • Razor clams with kokum juice and fresh coriander
  • Grilled Middle White pork with sweet tamarind, crushed black pepper, bay and fennel.

They'll also have gluten-free flatbreads made using rice, jowar and ragi flour and regional classics, chaats, home-style dals and more. 

Downstairs will be Bandra Bhai - a cocktail bar that's modelled after an illicit smuggling den. The cocktails are by Luke Ridge (formerly The Ivy Club and Dandelyan) and include The Don which they say "has been inspired by the Bollywood movie character’s love of whisky and spice".

 

More about Pali Hill and Bandra Bhai 

Where are they? 79-81 Mortimer Street, London W1W 7SJ

When do they open? May 2020

Find out more: Visit their websites at palihill.co.uk and bandrabhai.co.uk or follow them on Instagram @bandrabhai and @palihilluk.

 

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