What: Darjeeling Express
In a nutshell: Celebrated Indian restaurant MK II
Summing it all up: After huge success with the original restaurant in Carnaby, Asma Khan is relocating Darjeeling Express to Covent Garden. As well as a bigger space, there will also be a deli and a new incubator programme.
Asma Khan's Darjeeling Express has been a huge hit. The celebrated Indian restaurant, with an all-female line-up of chefs, was already big in Carnaby when an appearance on Netflix's Chef's Table series, shot it into the stratosphere making it very difficult indeed to score a table. As a result, they've outgrown that original restaurant.
As first reported by Richard Vines, instead of returning to Carnaby post-lockdown, Asma and her team will be reopening in a much bigger site, taking over the Carluccio's in Covent Garden, which will let them seat 120 people, a big step up.
"We plan to open in a few weeks," Asma told Hot Dinners, "with a Deli all day from 10-6 with three lunchtime specials which will include Hyderabadi Haleem, Roti and sabzi, egg curry and prawn Malaikari and rice. The lunchtime specials will be rotated. The lunch specials can be collected all day or eaten on the outside tables. Wednesday to Saturday we will have tasting menu dinners. Sunday brunch will include the south Asian classic combination of Halwa, Channa & Puri."
"We hope the deli will allow people to try our food," says Asma, "as we know there were long waiting lists in our last restaurant."
If you can get a booking in the restaurant, there will be three tasting menus to choose from in the evening and it all sounds very exciting, with plans to introduce more regional specialities at the Covent Garden location.
More about Darjeeling Express
Where is it? 2a Garrick St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BH
When does it open? November 2020.
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