Yaatra’s New Menu Sets The Stage For Extraordinary Flavours
Yaatra, which translates to “journey,” beckons you to embark on a remarkable expedition through India within the prestigious Old Westminster Fire Station, a renowned Grade II Edwardian structure in the heart of London’s Victoria. Have your senses taken beyond the beaten track of Indian cuisine and into unexplored territory by the restaurant’s own travelling chef Amit Bagyal (formerly of the Michelin-starred Benares and Kanishka) and his incredible new menu.
Chef Amit’s intriguing new menu is inspired by his travels across the highways and byways of his home country and beyond, as an avid traveller he has seen more of India than most. The new menu at Yaatra, gives long overdue recognition to the small pockets of lesser-known territories that rarely get the chance to shine. Yaatra’s presence in the 2023 Michelin guide comes as no surprise. The food boasts an impressive range of incredible flavours, captivating the palate and leaving a lasting impression, solidifying its well-deserved reputation.
As you step inside, you’ll find that the transformation of the space is impeccably tailored to match the stature of Yaatra restaurant. Spreading across two floors, the original white wall tiles from the fire station have been carefully preserved, creating a nostalgic charm that harmonizes with the restaurant’s ambiance. To add a touch of warmth and sophistication, the warm, deep red seats and booths enhances the overall atmosphere, striking a balance between preservation and contemporary elegance.
Bid farewell to the familiar Indian fare of London’s dining scene and embark on a culinary expedition that uncovers a treasure trove of new flavors and traditions. From villages where ancient rituals are still embraced, to picturesque temple towns and green valley’s winding through the base of majestic mountain ranges, Chef Amit takes inspiration from all corners of India, as well as some of his other most treasured travel destinations.
Previously of Michelin-starred Benares, Chef Amit knows how to form a fantastic plate of food, but this is the first time he has had the freedom to introduce diners to the full breadth of what Indian cuisine can offer.
The brand new a la carte menu follows a spice-laden road trip brought to life using premium ingredients. The extensive menu at Yaatra features plenty of starters to choose from, the north Indian-inspired Amritsari Fish of Punjab served with mint chimichurri sits alongside Stir-fried Momos of the northeast region with garlic pak choi. Coorg Lamb Pepper Fry with curry leaf podi and buttered pao conjures the southwestern state of Karnataka, while Togarashi Roasted Scallops bring a playful touch of Japanese influences.
Garhwal Goat Osso Bucco is the chef’s favourite dish, rooted in his own childhood in Uttarakhand, that takes you on a pilgrimage zig-zagging up the mountaintops for his grandmother’s recipe featuring the Himalayan process of hand crushing spices. The grilled tiger prawns with Malabar sauce are also worth trying, along with the Herdwick tandoori lamb chop that is served with bone marrow sauce and green peas chokha masala. The menu also offers classics such as Delhi Style Butter Chicken.
Indulge in a sweet finale to complete your meal with Indian classics such as Rasmalai, Gulab Jamun or Khoya Carrot Halwa. Or, add a touch of drama to the dining experience with the mixed berry flambe which is presented with a burst of flames. Few pilgrimages begin in a retired fire station, but this unusual setting in the heart of London’s Victoria seems a fitting departure lounge for a flavour infused expedition that leads you through a far less familiar experience of India.
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