Restaurant Review: Chor Bizarre

BATD ON Nov 23, 2010 AT 12:24 pm

Chor Bizarre - Exterior

Chor Bizarre - Exterior

It’s rare that I gush about a restaurant, but my review of Chor Bizarre is completely justified after our amazing experience there, sampling the Diwali menu.

Chor Bizarre, a beautiful Indian restaurant on Albemarle Street, takes its name from the Chor Bazarr (the Thieves Market) in Mumbai, but has a fairly unassuming exterior considering its inspriation. So much so in fact, that it’s not somewhere you would necessarily go into on a first glance. However, don’t let that put you off! From the first time we set foot in the restaurant we were impressed by how beautiful and interesting the décor was (these pictures really don’t do it justice!).

Chor Bizarre - Interior

Chor Bizarre - Interior

The interior was wonderfully exotic and authentic with little private booths dotted all over the restaurant and unique tables and chairs everywhere. We were particularly impressed with the tables as ours had a gorgeous hollow glass top, lined with velvet and full of the most gorgeous jewels and jewellery (we only wish it was all for sale). All the pieces in the restaurant have been picked up from Indian bazaars or markets, so you literally feel like you’ve been transported to another country when you set foot in this restaurant, which is something we didn’t expect from the dark exterior.

My friend and I head down there to sample Chor Bizarre’s Diwali menu (which is only served once a year), however now that’s over, they currently have a special menu to celebrate the South India Food Festival (10th-30th November) which we’d definitely head back to sample!

Chor Bizarre - the Food

Chor Bizarre - the Food

The food we had at Chor Bizarre was honestly some of the best Indian food I’ve had in London; they had an amazing selection of specialty curries (which was a nice change from your standard Korma/ Thai Green selection), all of which used unusual spices and flavours which only added to the experience. I’d recommend a specific dish, but I can honestly say we loved all our food equally… although I must admit we were particularly impressed with the desserts. After telling our waiter that we couldn’t possibly eat any more, he managed to convince us, and good thing to. We opted for a Grilled Pineapple with Cardamom ice cream and Mango Kulfi, both of which were not only amazingly refreshing (which is just what we needed after our huge meal) but were also very pretty. In my experience, it’s unusual for Indian restaurants to take such pride in the presentation of their desserts, however Chor Bizarre clearly don’t conform to the norm and ours were beautiful.

Chor Bizarre is currently running its special menu for South India Food Festival, celebrating culinary heritage of the South, until November 30th so definitely head down there and sample what they have to offer (think Coconut & Coriander crusted Prawns, Hyderabadi Mirchi, Beans & Mushroom Salan or even a tasty Carrot, Raisin & Chesnut Paysum for dessert.)

www.chorbizarre.com

16 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4HW

Tel: 020 7629 9802

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