Proprietor of three of London’s premier Indian (and Indian-fusion) eateries, including his flagship Cafe Spice Namaste, now into its 20th year, Todiwala brings a menu that mixes Indian staples like Tikka and Bhael Poori (puffed rice with tamarind) with his own innovations, including a delicious and tender tandoori duck sausage and the curiously named Squid Dynamite Peri-Peri.
Dishes are served up with a selection of traditional accompaniments, while desserts showcase Goan and Portuguese influence – including Bibinca buttermilk and nutmeg pancake and creme brulée with cardamom, ginger and saffron as well as a selection of Indian kulfis – fragrant flavoured ice-creams.
Whilst certain of Todiwala's offerings lack punch – the Daal in particular was somewhat disappointing – those more unusual offerings are masterfully done: the chef's signature tandoori duck sausage is rich and flavoursome, and the paneer is textured and served with a rich and spicy curry sauce.
They've just opened, so you're unlikely have trouble getting a table – and the traditional surrounds of the Capital Club make for a luxurious feasting atmosphere – appropriate since you're likely leave feeling very sated indeed. For those who are stuck for places to eat lunch near Bank Station, the club offers welcome respite from the city bustle.
Whilst Todiwala and his team will be offering regular dinner service only twice a week (alongside daily lunch service), there is also a selection of one-off ticketed events throughout the course of the run. Look for news on their twitter feed.
|What||London Capital Club Pop-Up|
|Where||Walbrook Grill, 15 Abchurch Lane, EC4N 7BW | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Bank (underground)|
27 Apr 15 – 27 Jul 15, Monday-Friday 12-3pm, Thursday & Friday 6-9pm
|Website||Booking is essential, and reservations are being taken by the LCC on 020 7717 0088 or at [email protected]|