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Indian Restaurant Marble Arch, London at Hankies, the Montcalm Hotel
I was a bit confused by the invitation to dine at Hankies Marble Arch, the newest site opened by renowned chef and Hankies founder Anirudh Arora. To me, a hankie is something that you keep in your pocket to blow your nose on, to my partner, Mr Hanky is a rather rude Southpark character. We really weren’t sure what to expect – and I didn’t know there was an Indian Restaurant in Marble Arch. Situated within the Montcalm Hotel, it can be accessed either via the hotel or from the street on Upper Berkley Street which is a short walk from Marble Arch. It’s a very glamorous space filled with pretty glasses, hand painted plates, and crisp linen. I arrived slightly earlier than my partner did, so got to sample a lovely cocktail (surely a bargain by London standards at £5.50 each).
All became clearer as I read the menu, it seems that a hankie is simply a roti spun so thinly that it can be folded to resemble….. wait for it….. a hankie! Whilst sipping my drink, I was offered a Spinach Roomali (the proper name for the hankie). This was stuffed with spiced feta and served with roasted tomato, and garlic herb oil. I was worried that this would be a pretty hefty dish, but it was anything but, it was light and utterly delicious.
We then tried some of the small bites which ranged in price from £3.50 for the Sweet Potato Bomb (one of my favourite dishes of the evening) to £6.50 for the Crispy ‘Gold’ Cod. We sampled the bomb, the cod, and a crispy duck dish which was served with cashew nuts and watermelon. For me, the watermelon didn’t work, it was too thin to stand up to the flavours of the duck and the spicy drizzle. On the other hand, the cod was so fresh and perfectly cooked, that it flaked beautifully.
We sampled a couple of dishes from the grill, the Chilli Lamb Chop (£4.50) and the Chicken Tikka (£3.50), both old favourites. The meat was cooked to perfection in both cases.
I was by now really full, but we thought that we’d better try something from the Pots and Pans section of the menu. My partner opted for the Butter Chicken served in a creamy tomato sauce with fenugreek and garam masala. I did try a mouthful and it certainly delivered on its creamy promise. Meanwhile, I tried the paneer with Padron peppers, walnuts and tarragon. I think that I had expected this to be a dry curry, so was surprised by the creamy sauce.
I loved the box with the homemade sweets at the end of the meal too!
We were seated next to a gentleman who had dined there the previous evening too – that really is an endorsement of how lovely the menu is at Hankies Indian Restaurant Marble Arch. So, please give Hankies a try, and take another sort in your pocket!
We were guests of Hankies Indian Restaurant Marble Arch
Hankies at the Montcalm Hotel
The Montcalm London Marble Arch
2, Wallenberg Place,
London, W1H 7TN, United Kingdom