La Porte des Indes: The Gastronomic Gateway to India is 18 years young!

10 Feb 2014

Since opening its doors in the uniquely elegant surroundings of a former Edwardian ballroom in Marble Arch in 1996, La Porte Des Indes has established itself as London’s finest destination for Indian cuisine with a distinctly French difference. To mark their 18th brilliant year in London (and Brussels), they are spreading the joy of their richly diverse culinary experience to the discerning diners of Dubai. In the words of Executive Chef Mehernosh Mody: ‘This will be another jewel in our crown and bring a new dimension to fine dining in a fast evolving, vibrant city, with exemplary food and service and a touch of Indian hospitality.’

It is this philosophy which has inspired Mehernosh and his wife Sherin throughout their 18 years at London’s La Porte Des Indes, achieving an impressive haul of awards and accolades for their unique French-Creole cuisine, while constantly evolving to become a much-loved institution on London’s highly competitive restaurant scene. The mainstay of the menu is the Gallic-influenced dishes inspired by original recipes sourced by Mehernosh and Sherin in Pondicherry, a former French colony in India dating back to the 19th century. This alchemy of French, Tamil and Creole influences informs an unparalleled selection of authentic, delicately spiced dishes such as Cassoulet de Fruits de Mer, a rich seafood stew simmered in vindai spices, and Demoiselles de Pondichéry, 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.

High-end, sophisticated food such as that produced by master of spices Mehernosh and his team deserves a suitably opulent setting – and to enter La Porte’s enchanting space it to feel as if you’re a guest at a Maharaja’s palace, complete with exotic blooms, authentic Indian antiques and artefacts, a white marble staircase and a cascading 40ft Moghul-inspired water feature. Meanwhile the Jungle Bar below, inspired by the Long Bar, the Raffles Hotel’s famous meeting point in colonial Singapore, provides a more cosy, intimate retreat, where guests can kick back and sample the irresistible Indian-inspired cocktails such as Champagne du Gouvernor and Tamarind Martini and delicious array of moreish bar snacks.

La Porte’s 18 years of elevating dining out to a breathtaking, theatrical experience is certainly something to celebrate – and they’ll be making sure diners can join the party with some extra-special birthday additions to the menu. Bonne Anniversaire to one of London’s finest – and many more to come!

Samphire Communications
Amy Williams