Where to find them:
Baluchi – A Pan Indian Restaurant
The LaLiT London
181, Tooley Street
London – SE12JR
Baluchi is based in The LaLit hotel in London Bridge which is about a 5-10 minute walk from the station.
What they’re about:
The LaLiT London houses one of London’s most gorgeous dining rooms as Pan Indian Destination, Baluchi at the Great Hall. The food served at the restaurant constitutes a diverse selection of flavours from all over India. With traditional dishes from Kashmir, Bengal, Kerala, Goa and more, there is something to flatter everyone’s taste buds.
*taken from their website
What to order:
If you’re stuck on what to order, then ask anyone there because they are super knowledgable.
We opted for:
- The Beginning – Sharing Platter (Kaffir lime chicken tikka, lamb chops, fish tikka)
- Mid-term – Tandoori Prawns (King prawns, samphire and sauteed spinach, moilee sauce)
- Suitable for sharing – Dal Baluchi (Black lentils prepared overnight to a rich creamy perfection, a speciality of Baluchi)
- Indian breads – Hindustani Rotnan (mixed bread basket – laccha paratha, garlic naan, mango and coconut naan)
- Term break – Chocolate mousse (Clove smoked lemon curd, mango crisp, caramel popcorn)
The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and the fact that my bag had it’s own seat/basket well, my bag appreciated it. Ambience-wise I feel like it could’ve done with a bit more music to fill such a large space just to create more of an atmosphere after you got over the initial admiration of the blue, chandelier structure.
The team at Baluchi are all so knowledgable, so any questions you might have, they will have the answer. The only thing I would say is that the portions are quite small for the price but this restaurant is much more fine dining than quick grab-to-eat. The sharing platter was 6 pieces of very well seasoned fish and meats, the tikka fish was so dense we thought it was chicken but the flavours were absolutely divine. The butter chicken was also so soft and plump which is really my favourite kind of chicken smothered in a creamy sauce perfect for naan dipping. Finishing off with a chocolate mousse really pushed me to the limit of a food coma but I definitely recommend you do the same.
The overall experience was really lovely with great service and truly great food. Although I am not sure when I will next be able to afford another meal here, it’s the perfect option for a special occasion or fancy work meal!
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