February 15th 2023
Here at Manthan, we certainly like to talk up all the things that make our stylish Maddox Street eatery so special. However, we also know that it’s probably not only us you would like to hear from before making the decision to dine with us.
That’s why it may interest you to read two recent reviews of the experience provided by our high-end Indian restaurant. It is fair to say the critics were enamoured of our commitment to, and execution of, gastronomic innovation across a wide range of quintessentially Indian, street-food-style dishes.
So, what did some of the most discerning of London’s professional diners have to say? Let’s take a look.
Home-style Indian food that “doesn’t disappoint”
In its recent rundown of the UK capital’s most romantic restaurants, the premium British food magazine Olive chose to feature Manthan on the strength of our “quality Indian street food in a romantic setting”.
The magazine stated that “with a pedigree like chef Rohit Ghai’s” – referring to our Michelin-starred chef – “expectations of the food at his new Mayfair restaurant are high – and it doesn’t disappoint.”
Olive was complimentary of the “romantic” vibe of our establishment, describing the dining room as “long and wood-panelled, adorned with beautiful paintings of exotic flowers. Even at lunchtime it feels romantic, and the sharing dishes reflect that vibe.”
Working through both our Gali ka khana (street food) and Rassedar (curries) sections, the magazine had plenty of praise for dishes ranging from our “plump and tender” ghati masala prawns and jackfruit tacos that it described as “a revelation”, to – on the dessert menu – “the Classic Trip of sweet laddoo, sticky gulab jamun and creamy srikhand.”
“I rated Manthan very highly”
Looking over to the TripReporter website, writer Andy Mossack was similarly forthcoming in his approval of the Manthan dining experience.
Describing our venue itself as a “narrow but deep townhouse swathed in gold and dark wood with plenty of soft banquette seating and wall art”, Mossack characterised the ghati masala prawns as “a very tasty starter”, and the ram laddoo as “very impressive”.
The cafreal machhi, meanwhile, was hailed as “an absolute banger of a dish” with its sea bass accompanied by Goan spices and a burnt tomato. As for the artichoke with white turmeric and a strawberry jus, Mossack saluted it as “another stellar display”. The sauce of fenugreek, tomato, and Kashmiri chilli in which the chicken tikka masala was bathed was also described as “very moreish”.
The TripReporter writer concluded: “I rated Manthan very highly for not only Ghai’s authentic culinary wizardry but also for showing how you can eat very well in Mayfair without slapping on a stellar price point.”
Now, it’s your turn to experience Manthan
Have the excited and enthused words of the professionals got you curious about how we would rate among your own favourite places to eat in Mayfair, or even in London as a whole?
If so, you would be very welcome to make a reservation with us for a time that suits you and your visiting party, so that you can immerse yourself in the Manthan magic resulting from the hard work, skills, and imaginations of Rohit and his business partner Abhishake Sangwan. We would be delighted to see you!
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.