Best Indian Restaurant for: Seasonal regional dishes
dish to order: Alphonso Mango Cheesecake
Named after one of Mumbai’s oldest neighborhoods, Pali Hill immerses itself in some of the finest, flavor-packed local dishes from every corner of the country. Sit on the side street terrace or settle between colorful cushions in the Art Deco-inspired interior and admire the specially commissioned artworks from India that adorn the walls. Start with a boozy lassi, a smooth, refreshing drink made from yoghurt, honey and fresh mango mixed with a dash of rum. Or maybe the signature champagne lassi, a blend of lychee and apricot sorbet with sparkling 15 Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut and Glenfiddich Grand Cru. Accompany your drink with Papadi Chat – crisp and crunchy and topped with spiced yogurt, red and yellow tomatoes, pomegranate, mint and tamarind chutney, it’s a sophisticated take on the classic poppadom with chutneys and pickles, deep in flavor and dangerously tasty. Another small plate to try is the hara kebab, a falafel-style combination of spring peas and spinach with a tamarind chutney for dipping.
Proceed to the main event with large dishes, tandoor and grills, all prepared from home recipes using traditional techniques. The menu changes every few months to ensure the freshest seasonal dishes. We loved the sea bass stewed in banana leaf with raw mango, mint, coriander and lime – it was the star of the show, paired perfectly with the seasonal grilled asparagus with pahadi bhaang jeera (hemp seed) chutney and a glass of Grüner Veltliner. Meat eaters won’t want to miss the classic slow-cooked Suffolk lamb biryani, and toss it up with a soft but crispy ghee-streaked sourdough roti. Finally, those with a sweet tooth round off the mango cheesecake – the light mousse on the crumbly biscuit base is simply delicious. Or opt for the passion fruit gola – shaved ice with a sweet burst – perfect for clearing the palate. Cordelia Aspinall
Address: Pali Hill, 79-81, Mortimer Street, London, England, W1W 7SJ