Review: Darbaar

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1 Snowden Street, Broadgate Quarter, London, EC2A 2DQ


Located in The Broadgate Quarter building in the heart of London’s City and very close to Shoreditch, Darbaar by Abdul offers a sharing dining experience inspired by the banquets of the Indian Royal Court in a vibrant yet relax setting.Darbaar.Abdul at pass small

Set over an impressive 5,500 feet, it houses a 220-cover restaurant and bar, including an interactive grill seating area, 20-cover private dining room and a bespoke chef’s table for up to 12 people.

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Before ordering the food we received an assortment of poppadum crisps and variety of chutneys which were very different from any we had tried before – all very tasty! Starters were Lamb Chapli Kebab & Smoked Aubergine Salsa. This dish was packed with flavour and accompanied by a sweet yogurt sauce.

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For the mains, we tried Bombay Masala Baby Chicken Pilau & Raita, so tasty and perfectly balanced – a dish beautifully presented in a clay pot. Then onto desert….. Carrot Hulwa Cake & Caramel Shrikhand.

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Darbaar represents good value considering it is true Indian fine dining. The restaurant’s traditional music, the interior design, a view of the open kitchen where the chefs prep and the Lotus Bar where there are a wide variety of spirits available, accompanied by great service, make this a place definitely worth a visit.

Contact your Lifestyle manager for all reservations and private dining enquiries.

Reviewed by Karolina Podurgiel