Colourful new weekday lunch at Pahli Hill – Review

We were lucky enough to visit the sleek and sophisticated Pahli Hill for Wednesday lunch. The kitchen is headed up by ex-River Cafe and Hibiscus chef Avinash Shashidhara – also a recent finalist on Great British Menu, blending the best British produce with the subtle flavours of India. The dining room is colourful and bright with stylish furnishings and comfy cushions giving a relaxed family feel.

We tried the Papadi Chat with Yoghurt, Datterini tomatoes, pomegranate, Delicia pumpkin, mint & tamarind chutney as well as the Mangalore Bun with Crab Sukk:  both were perfect small bites to share and refreshing to tempt our palates into what was to come. The crab was silky and delicious and perfect with the soft warm buns.



For our main courses, we worked our way through the biggest dosa we’ve ever seen served on a silver platter with Drumstick sambar, turmeric potato, coconut & spicy tomato & lentil chutney. This was perfect to share with the Canteen Thali with savoy cabbage & carrot poriyal, kofta, saag paneer and papad & pickle – which was incredible. Imagine Lime Pickle dialled up to 11, it really was hot hot hot. We also ordered the sourdough roti which was stunning.

We followed with the seasonal Alphonse Mango Cheesecake and the Dark Chocolate Coconut Cake with dark rum and whipped cream. Talk about fruity and chocolatey! Both disappeared very quickly.

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Address: Pahli Hill is at 79-81 Mortimer Street London W1W 7SJ

Written by Claire Selby

Photography courtesy of Pahli Hill