Darbaar is tucked away on the streets behind Liverpool Street Station and is also a short walk from Old Street tube station. This restaurant is well worth finding as it offers both classic and innovative Indian dishes that work well and taste really rather good.
Darbaar was launched by the Head chef behind the renowned Cinnamon Club, Abdul Yaseen. Abdul arrived in Britain 15 years ago from Jaipur and he is well known for being a dynamic, creative and innovative Indian chef; his style a combination of the highlights of the East and best of the West. As his patrons of the Cinnamon club will be aware, he pushes boundaries, experimenting with different flavours and reinterpreting staple traditional dishes. Abdul won the British BBQ championships and the Canape Cup at Square Meal Venues and Events three years in a row, and regularly features on ITV and BBC2.
Darbaar features an open kitchen with counter seating, a wood fired oven (for the artisan bread, Nanza), a charcoal Robata grill, a 20 cover private dining area and a 12 cover Chef’s Table.
Darbaar’s menu and interiors are inspired by the banquets of the Royal Courts of India, with midnight blue walls, gold chandeliers, copper tones and elephant heads adorning the walls. Drapes and ornate mirrors hang in the interior, creating a grand atmosphere.
The mouth-watering menu features an array of healthy grills, street tapas dishes, spit roasts, and sharing dishes. In true modern Maharaja style, a dish called “The Royal Pot”, popularly known as Shahi Degh, is served in an earthenware pot and inspired by the feasting dishes straight from the royal court. We recommend the wild Madagascar prawn cooked Bengali style, the masala quail with chickpea salad and the kid goat biryani all delicious and moist, although you are unlikely to find a dish you don’t like on the plentiful menu. For dessert try tha halwa spiced carrot cake with lemon figs, or a lemon and stem ginger brulee with rhubarb compote.
Abdul’s comments on the opening of Darbaar, “My vision of ‘Darbaar’ is to re-create memories where my diners will love to host their tables and encourage sharing the food which once was the charm of the royal courts.”
Darbaar 1 Snowden Street, London, EC2A 2DQ
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