London

French fusion!

City Jet Journal 15 Oct 2014

La Porte des Indes in Marble Arch serves Gallic-influenced dishes inspired by original recipes sourced by executive chef Mehernosh Mody and wife Sherin in Pondicherry, a former French colony in India dating back to the 19th century.

This alchemy of French, Tamil and Creole influences informs a selection of authentic, delicately-spiced dishes such as Cassoulet de Fruits de Mer, a rich seafood stew simmered in vindai spices, and Demoiselles de Pondichery, large juicy grilled king scallops with a hint of garlic in a mild saffron sauce, all prepared with passion and expertise by the superb team of regional Indian chefs.

The restaurant has exotic blooms, authentic Indian antiques and artefacts, a white marble staircase and a cascading 40ft Moghul-inspired water feature. Meanwhile, the Jungle Bar below provides a more cosy, intimate retreat, where guests can sample the irresistible Indian-inspired cocktails and a delicious array of moreish bar snacks.