South Woodford, tucked away out out in Zone 4, is experiencing something of a restaurant boom. Hard on the heels of the very well reviewed The Woodford is another imminent opening - Grand Trunk Road, a new Indian restaurant with a historically-inspired south Asian menu.
It’s the first solo venture from Rajesh Suri, formerly of Mayfair’s Tamarind, plus Imli and Zaika, who’ll be joining forces once more with head chef Dayashankar Sharma.
Authenticity and traditional cooking methods will be the focus here, with an emphasis on regional dishes that would have been consumed in the towns that line the Grand Trunk Road, a 1600 mile long route that spans from Bangladesh to Afghanistan. “I want to remind people of the intricate, fragrant roots of Indian food,” said Rajesh.
Diners will be able to choose from the crusted scallops with roasted red pepper, garlic and tomato chutney, or the ground lamb with mint, ginger and seven spice mix. You'll also be able to try Cornish lobster with three types of pepper, mixed mushrooms and fenugreek, while vegetarians have been promised a "lusciously fragrant take on healthy eating". Or, if you’re in a big group and in the mood to really go all in, try the Sikandari Raan, a whole slow-braised leg of lamb served at your table, with sweet onion, cashew nut and almond sauce and side dishes.
The Grand Trunk Road opens 7 November at 219 High Road, South Woodford, E18 2PB. Follow Grand Trunk Road on Twitter @GT_Road