Last month I celebrated a friends BIG birthday. None other than T was another year older and so of course we had to celebrate with a nice meal. She’s a huge fan of Indian food so I sought out the best authentic restaurants in London and the one that topped my list was none other than Chutney Mary.
Chutney Mary is an swanky restaurant based in South West London, a short walk from Green Park station. The outside of the restaurant is understated, but as we got to the front door we were greeted by a doorman dressed in traditional Indian clothing and I knew already this was going to be a great dining experience. As we walked in we were greeted by a hostess and asked whether we had a reservation or whether we were there just for drinks. Luckily we had a table reserved because a quick glance at their reservation list showed that they were fully booked even on this weekday evening!
Whilst our table was being organised for us we waited in the bar area which gave me a chance to take it all in and the restaurant was just stunning. The waiter and bar man were both extremely friendly and prompt to bring out drinks to us. Their selection for non-alcoholic drinks is very small compared, almost non existent compared to their vast range of alcoholic drinks available. The waiting area was more like a lavish living room with leather chairs and a dark wood grand table spanning across the other side. Despite us being there before most people had arrived for their dinner reservations, there was already a great ambiance.
Once our table was sorted we were taken down to the main restaurant and shown to our table. The main restaurant is honestly beautiful, contemporary with a slight influence of Indian themes running through it. Subtle and not at all over done, I could go on but the point is, it really was beautiful and I loved that it didn’t feel intimidating or pretentious in any way. By this time though I was slightly apprehensive and hoped that the food would be just as good. Each area of the restaurant was designated a waiter and ours couldn’t have been more helpful. He was helpful without being pushy or standing on top of our heads. He kept our glasses filled and service was with a smile, couldn’t fault him.
T is a whizz at working her way through an Indian menu and I generally leave the ordering up to her. We decided to settle for a starter of crispy chicken wings and a main of Rogan Josh and Goa Green Chicken Curry – A hot & spicy curry with green chilli, coconut, fresh green herbs & tamarind. We ordered both naan and rice to accompany the food.
The food arrived in great time in traditional steel pots – loved it! First came the starter though and it had us in awe. Never have I ever eaten square chicken wings before and let me tell you, they tasted even better than they looked. Both the curry’s got the full approval from T and just because she happened to mention that she wanted the curry’s to be extra spicy, they even provided extra chillies on the side.
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Chutney Mary have perfected the fine dining experience down to a tee. The service, quality of food and even food portions were just right. There’s nothing quite like eating at a lavish restaurant that makes you feel special from even before you walk in.
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