Last Updated on March 16, 2022
A Feast-Like Bottomless Brunch at Kahani, Sloane Square:
Sometimes you come away from a bottomless brunch wishing you’d had one more glass of prosecco, or just one last bite of something before leaving. Kahani in Sloane Square is not that kind of brunch. After this particular ‘bottomless’, you will probably need rolling back out onto Sloane Square and deposited carefully on the tube home. The rolling, because of the variety and quantity of their delicious brunch menu, and the depositing because the waiters are just a little too good with the top-ups of Prosecco.
Situated on a small road opposite the Duke of York Square, Kahani promises quality, experimental Indian food brought to you by Michelin starred chef, Peter Joseph. Committed to seasonality, lighter cuisine, family sharing, and excellent presentation, Kahani offers a refreshing take on much loved Indian classics. Arriving at the restaurant’s forest green doors, guests are escorted downstairs into the main restaurant, catching a fair whiff of heady incense before being greeted by the smell of warm spices. Complete with a jaw-dropping glass wine cellar, see-through kitchen, beautiful bar, and enormous fireplace, the interior is stunning but warm and welcoming nonetheless.
As if bottomless prosecco wasn’t enough, my guest and I went off-piste and started with a Gulab Martini from the cocktail menu. A twist on the time-honoured Lychee Martini, this beautiful drink kick-started our taste buds. The Rose Syrup, added to the classic Vodka, Lychee Liquor, and Lychee Juice, beautifully elevated the cocktail. The perfect balance of sharp and sweet, it was a great way to cleanse the palette before the brunch courses arrived.
Working our way down the menu, we started with the Green Pea Cake and Spiced Chickpeas. The Green Pea Cake was very delicately spiced, with the beautiful cumin notes coming through on the first bite. Crunchy on the outside, softly spicy on the inside and topped off with a deliciously tart cranberry chutney, what’s not to be loved? The savoury Pea Cake went well with the Spiced Chickpeas, coated with sweetened yoghurt, pomegranate, and mint and tamarind chutney. Though a little on the sweet side, this was beautifully complex and immensely enjoyable alongside the Pea Cake and the bottomless prosecco.
Next, we were treated to triangles of Keema Naan alongside smoked tomato chutney. This was one of the best naan breads I’ve ever had, and it deserved its time in the limelight away from the other dishes. Beautifully buttery and soft, the delicately spiced keema hit the back of the throat on the way down, followed by the deliciously smoky tomato chutney.
The tandoori spices used to coat the grilled chicken and broccoli in the next dish were absolutely impeccable. The chicken, paired with a light and refreshing cucumber salad, practically fell off the bone it was so tender. But the real star here was the tandoori broccoli. The sweet honey and nigella seeds balanced the flavour of the tandoori spices. Presented beautifully, with the charred broccoli florets contrasting with the honey, this was a mouth-watering addition to the Kahani brunch menu. Needless to say, I will probably be back for more.
The mains were brought in next. Chicken thighs simmered with roasted spices, curry leaf and coconut Paneer tossed with peppers, onions, ground coriander and chilli, was served alongside yellow lentils tempered with cumin, garlic and coriander, Jeera pulao rice, and fresh Roti. Served in beautifully ornate bowls, the food tasted as good as it looked. The chicken thighs were beautifully tender and went well with the spiced yellow lentils. The paneer too had been expertly cooked, not at all chewy, it melted in your mouth along with the warm coconut and spices. By this point, however, we were beginning to be more than a little defeated by the Kahani Brunch menu and had to take more than a little pause between the mains and dessert.
Having navigated the entire menu through the course of our brunch, my advice to newcomers would be not to over order, pick a few things you like the look of and go from there. The bottomless brunch without Prosecco is priced at £38 per person and is designed to be enjoyed by the whole table for two hours. I think the addition of bottomless Prosecco for a further £17 is extremely well priced for central London, but if that’s not what floats your boat, Kahani also has an extensive premium wine and spirits menu. Kahani also has an impressive private dining room as a mezzanine above the restaurant, perfect for family reunions, and work celebrations.
Finally, for dessert, we had the carrot fudge and vanilla ice cream. A beautifully presented dessert with delicious delicate flavours, it was the perfect way to end the meal. Although we still had twenty minutes left of the two-hour bottomless brunch limit, we were so full we physically couldn’t order any more food, although if I hadn’t been replete, I would have definitely ordered more of the incomparable keema naan and the delicately spiced tandoori broccoli.
If having an impeccable bottomless brunch on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and stumbling out into the glorious Sloane Square sunlight isn’t your thing, Kahani still has plenty more to offer. To celebrate Holi Festival, they are running a mouth-watering £55 per person set menu from the 14th to the 20th of March. Even just the starters, samosa chaat, smoked Malabar prawn and hariyali chicken tikka, sound delightful.
Kahani, Sloane Square:
1 Wilbraham Place,
Telephone: 020 7730 7634
Bottomless Brunch Menu:
£38 per person for food for two hours
£55 per person for food and Prosecco for two hours
Interested in trying the Kahani Tasting Menu? Read our review here: https://www.london-unattached.com/kahani-chelsea-tasting-menu-review/