Good Things’ Picture Editor Alice Griffiths enjoys an evening of Indian fine dining at Vineet Bhatia’s sumptuous Michelin-starred restaurant… A stone’s throw away from London’s Sloane Street, Vineet Bhatia, one of the capital’s finest Indian restaurants offers a relaxing evening full of discovery. As you approach the Georgian townhouse restaurant and ring the doorbell, you could be fooled into believing you are entering a private club – or even someone’s home – and the warm welcome continues inside. Seated in a plush booth, the restaurant offers a intimate and elegant setting from which to enjoy some stunning cooking. Diners to the newly refurbished restaurant are served a tasting menu of 16 dishes, with half a dozen presented as amuse-bouche-sized starters, five slightly larger meat and fish mains and a further five puddings and petit-fours; a vegetarian menu is also available. But don’t worry, the lack of carbs means that the menu is a delight rather than an endurance test! The canapés are suitably representative of the contemporary cookery that is Vineet’s signature. The sago papad and aloo-yoghurt chaat, are simply delicious and represent his memories of street vendors in his home city of Mumbai. Cooking modern, progressive Indian cuisine, he says of his food: ‘My cooking is from my heart and from my mind. You can’t pigeonhole and say that it’s from south India or north India, it’s a blend of cuisine from within India, but we use local British products and we give them a new dimension.’ Taking ingredients and techniques from wherever he finds them – but still retaining a respect for regional Indian cuisines we marvel at his ability to balance unusual flavours. A highlight for me was the excellent grilled lobster, served with an elegant sauce of coconut, kaffir lime and lemongrass and presented with spongy discs of dhokla crowned with a frothy surf of squid ink foam. And who could resist the salted caramel kulfi, as sophisticated as a parfait, arrives on a pink slab of Himalayan salt. The careful selection of ingredients, cooking techniques and often elaborate styling of each dish, combine to create the feeling that Vineet is bringing more to the table than just food – he wants diners to delight in the total experience. And delighted we were. Where: Vineet Bhatia, 10 Lincoln Street, London SW3 Cost: Tasting menu £105, with wine flight, £175 Bookings: To make a reservation, click here.