Located At the bottom of a 5* Montcalm Hotel in Marylebone, Nirvana kitchen specialises in Pan-Asian cuisine, aka a good curry followed by noodles. The cuisine which fuses all of Asia’s delights is inspired by the Head Chef’s Anirudh Arora travels around South East Asia.
On first glance, Nirvana has the feel of a true, modern hotel restaurant. Neutral tones of tan and creams are seen in leather chairs, booths and wooden tables, while overhead hangs a brass teardrop ceiling sculpture to tie the room together. Although this feels very simple the food on offer here is anything but.
What we would say is Nirvana Kitchen is the perfect place for a Birthday, Business event or group night out, even though the food is spectacular the bright lights don’t make for a date night sort of stop off, plus all the small plates on offer here make for a great social sharing experience.
Nirvana Kitchen has a simple philosophy. The purer the ingredients, the more pleasurable the experience. Inventive yet never complicated, the menus take you on a culinary journey, eastwards to Asia’s most evocative corners. Reviving generations-old recipes with respect for tradition and a modern twist in equal measures, sourcing only the most authentic ingredients and carefully melding them until their flavours sing.
On arrival, we were taken through the menu, told of signature dishes and flavours but also explained that this is a sharing culinary experience. Dishes are made to be enjoyed together and we just loved the dedication to quality ingredients, seasonal flavours and innovation. We first dived into the small plates and Nirvana Kitchen’s signature Duck Watermelon Salad. A mix of Mandarin, pomegranate, basil, coriander, cashew and hoisin sauce. This was expectedly beautifully presented and ravishing, we had to order another. We couldn’t come to an Asian fusion without trying their curry of course. We went for the Nyonya Chicken Curry and Lamb Massaman. The chicken curry went down deliciously while for us the Slow cooked lamb shank massaman curry with baby turnips and potatoes just wasn’t tender enough but did sit in a delicious sauce.
We say Nirvana Kitchen is a great new find, it offers a great new dining experience you can’t help but love. The food, the service and its innovation will have you coming back for me. As we said we think this is a more group dining experience as this really is one for the friends or just having a great location for a business dinner.
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