Address: Riverlight Quay, 2 Nine Elms Ln, London SW11 8AW
Telephone: 020 3795 9000
Nearest Station: Vauxhall Station or Battersea Park (Victoria Line or Southern Line)
Halal Status: Meat here is halal but they do serve alcohol as well. They do charge you 12.5% for service.
Rajasthani Indian cuisine is a hidden gem based in the surrounding area of Battersea Park and by the River Thames. I was invited by a good friend along with a group of other foodies to dine at Chokhi Dhani for a three-course meal together.
Chokhi Dhani has recently opened, which has only been a few months. This is the first overseas venture for chef Kriti Vaswan. After seeing a few foodies and images online as well, checking whether the meat is halal. Once there were, I opted to go ahead to this place, which is not local to me, but it was worth the trip after a long day at work in Wembley.
The wait for this restaurant is well worth a visit just to admire the traditional stunning gold Indian interiors and restaurant food. Inside there are lots of gold antiques around the room which they sourced from back home in India and some from Dubai. Guests who visit have the option to dine either downstairs in the bar area or in a luxuriously decorated top floor, which has a really nice view of the River Thames.
The staff here is really polite and you tend to see waiters dressed up from back home in traditional Indian clothing just to make the experience feel like you are in India. I like how they utilise that and the fact the service is wonderful as they are always waiters there to top up your empty glass or if you need anything and they take your old plates away if they see it is clear, so they can replace them with a new one.
There was live entertainment, which was really cool, whilst everyone ate, such as, a magician, who did lots of various tricks on everyone with his cards, glasses and keys. Restaurant owners say they are planning to have live singers during the weekend, so you’re bound to be entertained whilst you enjoy your meal.
First, we started off our experience with some really refreshing drinks downside, I opted for the ‘Berry Berry Nice’ mocktail as it was the hottest day in London on Thursday. Funny enough, it was very nice, to be fair that most iced cold drinks would have been nice with the heat wave we have had recently. As we waited for the others to tag along we had a chat with the owners until everyone arrived together and had their drinks, from there we moved upstairs for our three-course meals.
Upstairs being really luxurious as you can see from the images below you have a really nice luxurious interior decorated settings table and one side by the River Thames view if you look out the window. As we had the starters (Shuruwaat) pre-ordered already, we only had to look at the menu for our drinks and our main dishes. The starters started with Papadoms & Chutney. This came with 3 flavoured dips. These were *Avocado, Himalayan Tomato, Mango & Apricot*. Shortly after waiting 5 to 10 minutes for all our starters to arrive at the same time, this made it easier to take those picturesque flat lay shots as we adjusted everything to be close to the middle.
There were so many dishes, which I had lost count and could not remember every single one, but the ones I did manage to remember were the Kadak Momo Chaat, Chicken Lolipop, Prawn Kempu Bezule, Murgh Joshila and Tandoori Florets from what I remember. All of these price ranges are from £7-10 very reasonable and filling. Once we had finished taking our photo’s, it was time to eat and enjoy our food, which I did and really enjoyed the lamb chops and Murgh Joshila both were really nice. You can find their menu here from their website and see what they have from drinks to food.
Moving on to the main dishes, everyone opted for the Thali dishes, which contained either Meat or Veg priced at £32-35, pricey for an individual as this literally fills you right up, giving you no space for desserts. However, I and other foodies were sensible, where we opted for the ‘Oudhi Murgh Makhan’ which basically is known as butter chicken. This was a plate filled with three chicken pieces and curry around it, a Confit Poussin & chicken breast, tomato, butter and fenugreek crush. Priced at £15, which was reasonably priced as it was not too filling and perfect to have as a main. Plus, most of the time this dish is usually a safe option to have, as usual, it tends to be a good dish to have at any Indian restaurant you go to. This gave me space to have what I had been craving for and had my eye on, which was the ‘Chocolate Sphere’.
The Chocolate Sphere dessert came with a Pistachio Moist cake, Millet Brittle Organic Milk Ice Cream. Sounded amazingly as it was and it was topped with warm chocolate, which was slowly poured on top of the chocolate sphere, making it melt. That was the part as inside as it had the good bits as I’ve been waiting to have melted chocolate for a while.
There was another dessert which was ordered called Rose Crème brûlée, this sounded and looked really instagrammable perfect for the gram shot. This contained Honeycomb, Balsamic, Rose petal Relish Meringue, Khubhani.
Overall, I thought the experience here at Chokhi Dhani was really nice and worth the trip down to Battersea, although it was closer to where I work, going home it was far. This place is hidden away at the entrance, but there are signs, which makes it easier for people to find. They do serve halal meat, hence one of my concerns was seeing if they serve halal meat or not, but that was all cleared on their website and at the restaurant. I really enjoyed my time catching up with friends and new foodies, which made the experience really nice. The time we went on a Thursday evening wasn’t too busy upstairs, only a few tables were filled.
This was around 7ish, but, later in the night it started to get busy, I can only imagine the weekend being really packed. The food had its different taste of flavours/colours and looks, which I always like to see with my food that is picturesque and tasty. Also, the service was really impressive and could not have asked for a better service making our experience extra special. I was pleased with my experience and would recommend coming down if you are local or around the city area as it’s a place to tick off your bucket list of restaurants to visit with so many picturesque items.
Total: 9.2 out of 10
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Disclaimer: I was invited to this restaurant along with other food bloggers, but opinions are my own.