One of London’s longest-standing Indian caterers — whose clients include the Prince of Wales — are lending their name and recipes to the relaunch of a short-lived restaurant on the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols.
Madhu’s, which cooks for more than 350 events a year and has restaurants both in the far reaches of Greater London (Madhu’s at the Grove, in Watford), and in the centre of town (Madhu’s of Mayfair, found just off Piccadilly Circus), is now helping launch a new brasserie opening in the world-famous Knightsbridge department store. It replaces Madhu’s2Go, a small, casual spot offering both in-store seating and takeaway options.
The pop-in site, which launched in May of this year, is being reborn as Madhu’s Brasserie , opening today and operating daily from noon until 10pm. It will serve Madhu’s signature Indian cooking, which favours fine-dining over a more casual approach. Dishes will include the likes of butterfly king prawns; off-the-bone, slow-cooked Karai lamb; chilli paneer; masala fish — all cooked using a robata grill — as well as a choice of toasted wraps, filled with chilli chicken, minced lamb Seekh Kebab, or vegetables. Whether the relaunch amounts to little more than a renaming remains to be seen.
As well as adding to London’s roster of high-end Indian spots, the new project is a chance to eat the same food that’s fed the likes of guests at Downing Street, Hollywood A-listers including Michael Douglas, and the Royal family. Madhu’s has cooked at both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, where its food is said to be favoured by the Prince Charles.
Should the new site prove a success, it seems as though Madhu’s Brasserie may use the format to take its name further, with group director Tony Lit saying: “our vision is to take this beyond London.”
Lit’s words tally with the original incarnation of the site, with reports at the time indicating that the group were hoping to take the “2Go” idea nationwide, expanding out through London and into the Midlands.
Madhu’s Brasserie opens today at Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1. For more information, visit madhus.co.uk