Michelin Star Restaurants in London
Quilon, named after an old seaport and city near Kerala, offers south west coastal Indian cuisine and is one of the few Michelin star restaurants in London. Given the coastal nature of the ingredients, seafood is central to the menu. However, with a good variety of meat and vegetarian options, the menu is varied and accommodates for all dietary requirements, Dishes are designed to be shared and the chef is happy to suggest a tasting menu tailored to your requirements.
Quilon is one of the few lucky Michelin star restaurants in London, awarded its first star in 2008. Being the sister restaurant to the infamous Bombay Brassiere , it is no surprise that a michelin star was on the cards.
The interior is smart with a small bits of colour dotted around in the form of murials. With lovely semi circle booths it was a fairly relaxed atmosphere. Slightly too dusky for my liking but I visited at lunch so can see that ambiance working more at dinner.
With an extensive wine and cocktail menu, you will find (or be recommended) drinks to accompany your meal. To start with we had a Botanical Garden Cocktail: Gin, Grapefruit, sweet basil, pink pepper corns, cucumber, coriander. This was light and refreshing and really nicely presented with a grapefruit segment in the drink. I was also very excited by the Frozen Mango Margarita: Jose Cuervo tradition, Cointreau and mango. Very strong and punchy but I do love a frozen cocktail.
I can’t pretend I am used to dining in Michelin star restaurants in London so didn’t know what to expect. Having visited Goa, I knew the food would be less spicy and lighter than other areas in India.
We started off with a Mini masala dosa: rice and lentil pancake filled with tempered potatoes and vegetables, served with samblar. I do love a dosa and this certainly did not disappoint with a good amount of filling and a touch of spice.
We also had the Cauliflower chilli fry (gobi kempu bezule) crispy fried cauliflower tossed with yogurt, green chilli and curry leaves. There was a good crunchy consistency but felt it could do with a little more spicy. The Crab cakes claw meat with curry leaves, ginger, green chillies and cooked on a skillet were a highlight and the mustard dressing accompaniment was amazing.
As suggested, we had a number of main dishes to share. The Quilon fish curry cubes of halibut simmered in coconut, chilli, and raw mango sauce was stunning. The fish was so fresh and just melted in your mouth. The sauce was creamy but not too heavy – a fantastic dish.
The Venison chilli fry: strips of venison fillet tossed with onion, chilli and curry leaves was another firm favourite. Good level of spice with tender meat. Unfortunately the the Pan-fried English Duck breast kasundi coconut cream sauce was a little on the dry side for me.
We loved the sides of Lemon rice basmati rice and Malaar Paratha. The latter was a soft refined flour dough beaten to thin sheet and folded to form layered bread, cooked on a skillet with pure ghee It was so light and tasty and so much better than a usual naan bread!
To finish off our meal we just about had enough room for the Fresh mango (seasonal) with rose ice cream. It was so juicy and fresh and the perfect amount to not leave us absolutely stuffed.
With lovely staff and an inventive menu, Quilon is definitely a michelin star restaurant in London to check out. All the better if you can make it a little cheaper with a set lunch menu. However, if you want to float the boat out then opt for one of their tasting menus (meat, veggie or fish) which can be paired with beer or wine!
There is a no tipping policy which I found slightly odd but had to respect it. On the plus side at least there is no onus to add 12.5% to the bill!
East London Girl: Quilon
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