April 5th 2023
With the onset of spring, comes exciting new beginnings, as epitomised by the Hindu Festival of Colours itself, Holi, which celebrates love and new life, and is known for its vividness and joy.
So, it was absolutely befitting in our minds that a recent article by Country & Town House spotlighted our own colourful establishment on Mayfair’s Maddox Street, as one of the “best Indian restaurants in London” for celebrating Holi in 2023.
“Traditional flavours are given a contemporary twist”
As those who have already long made Manthan their choice of special occasion restaurant will know, we strive with our eatery to represent so much of the best of old and new.
Yes, we may be based in a beautiful townhouse in the heart of one of the UK’s capital’s most historically affluent neighbourhoods. But we prize both centuries-old tradition and 2020s innovation; authentic home-style Indian cooking, benefitting from the exacting professional techniques of a Michelin-starred chef who literally grew up in India.
That chef is, of course, no less than one of the phenomena of the London gastronomic scene of recent years, Rohit Ghai. After joining forces with his business partner Abhishake Sangwan, Rohit built on his then already-formidable background across a number of leading London dining venues to open the duo’s first eatery in the capital together, in the form of Kutir – on Lincoln Street in Chelsea – in 2018.
Since then, the enterprising pair have gone from strength to strength, including since the opening of their second London restaurant, Manthan in Mayfair, in 2021.
It is a track record of culinary sophistication and achievement that certainly seemed to have Country & Town House’s Ellie Smith wooed; referring to Manthan as a “small plates-style Indian restaurant”, she stated that our eatery is “inspired by Ghai’s international career, with dishes reflecting his culinary experience from all corners of the globe.”
And, of course, Ms Smith alluded to the aplomb with which our venue blends the finest time-honoured and modern influences, observing: “Traditional flavours are given a contemporary twist, with a focus on vegetarian dishes and a concise cocktail menu put together by Trishna alumni Abhi Sangwan.”
Why not see for yourself what all the fuss is about?
We can only humbly thank Ms Smith and Country & Town House for their generous words on our dishes that reflect Rohit and Abhi’s deep love for the subcontinent and its culinary traditions.
While Holi may now have passed for another year, it is certainly not too late for you to sample the captivating charms and rich flavours of dining at Manthan for yourself.
Simply call 0207 408 2258 now, and we will be pleased to book you in for a date and time slot that suits you – whether you choose to visit our elegant special occasion restaurant on your own, as part of a couple, or even as a member of a larger party.
Manthan is a reflection of chef Rohit Ghai’s life in food.
From the markets of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh (where he grew up) to professional kitchens all over the world, Ghai has experienced myriad flavours and cookery techniques, all of which come together in his new Mayfair kitchen.