Renowned chef and Hankies founder Anirudh Arora brings his ground-breaking new concept to Marble Arch
London has more than its fair share of Indian street food haunts, but nothing quite like Hankies.
Launching this month, this brilliant new concept combines the fuss-free, fresh, light and aromatic small plates and incredible value for money that are synonymous with this type of cuisine, but does so in the stunning surroundings of the luxury Montcalm Hotel in Marble Arch.
Out go the hard wooden benches and the chipped glasses to be replaced by gorgeous artefacts, glassware and china sourced from Indian markets and antique stores by chef and Hankies founder Anirudh Arora. Honing his skills in some of the best restaurants in India and London, Anirudh has launched Hankies Marble Arch with a personal mission in mind: making authentic and delicious Delhi street food accessible and enjoyable in a beautiful and curated London setting.
At the heart of Hankies is the roomali roti, a thin, wheat-based flatbread which is hand spun until thin enough to see through and then cooked on a burning hot tawa. The ultimate food theatre, these are then folded into ‘hankies’, which in turn accompany – or enclose – all the dishes on the menu, starters and mains alike. Order a few; there are no rules here. And with the most expensive dish on the menu just £9, and the majority around £4-6, Hankies encourages its diners to indulge.
Anirudh’s menu showcases relaxed north Indian cooking at its finest. Sure to become signature fare are small bites such as bhindi bhel – crispy rice puffs with okra, sweet chutney, onions and fresh coriander with a delicious sweet and sour “kick”.
Fresh from the tandoor oven come succulent skewers of prawns with chives and garlic; chilli lamb chops marinated in Kashmiri chillies, paprika and mustard and Hankies’ special naan – light as air and stuffed with vintage cheddar, cumin and shaved truffle, not only delicious, but boasting a truly remarkable price point – just £5.50.
Combine with one of Hankies’ expertly mixed cocktails or a lassi, and this really is street food as you’ve never experienced it before.
Hankies Marble Arch, 61 Upper Berkeley Street, London W1H 7PP
T: 0208 958 3222