Quilon London: Signature South Indian

As soon as you set foot in the Michelin-star stunner of Quilon London, the scent of lotus flowers in bloom whisks you away to the southern coast of India, a place where cumin seeds stain the fingers and coconut milk flows like honey. Artwork by Paresh Maity adorns the walls, tables are scattered with just the right amount of space to stay private and encourage the art of conversation, and the gentle murmur of the night seems to perfectly match the simple elegant designs.

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It’s hard to imagine that outside the double doors the city of London is in full swing, only a stone’s throw away from the door the changing of the guards and the lights of Buckingham Palace glimmer against the iconic skyline.

Start with a signature cocktail in the Q Bar, a calming oasis inspired by the Hindu Temples of Kerala. The wall of candles flickers dousing the tables in a soft glow. The collection of deep hued amber and gentle Jade fabrics bring a hint of the exotic allowing you to sit back in style and sip your green chili-infused vodka muddled with mint and lemon.

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The menu is a visceral delight playing on seafood fantasies and elegant spice that runs in the very heart of southern Indian cooking. Those who can’t choose from the gastronomical delights should be sure to opt for the taster menu and to dabble in a little of everything.

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The mini masala dosa starts the feast on just the right note, the soft warm rice and lentil pancake stuffed with tempered potatoes and vegetables, sweetening the tongue with just the right amount of heat. The gobi kempu bezule splashes crispy fried cauliflower with tangy yoghurt and fragrant curry leaves and the coconut cream chicken is as soft and gentle as a dream, invoking visions of conch shells kissed by surf.

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Those seeking their taste buds to be taken on a journey far into the pleasures of the East will adore the presence of fresh fish splashed on the main menu. Pan fried sea bass is expertly molded into a beautiful fish cake brimming with flavors of coconut and freshly plucked coriander. The mango curry delivered notes of juicy sweetness simmered by the savory fragrance of golden orbs of mustard seed, a splash of green chili and curry leaves all subdued beautifully by the creamy rich yoghurt that accompanied the dish.

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With the table piled high with platters and dishes of colorful cuisine, permeating the air with their soft spice, fiery reds and saffron jewels, you cannot help but lift your fork and delve into the dish of your fellow diner, it seems to be all about sharing, when you can tear a hunk of chapatti and mop up the scented oil, this is pure food heaven.

To finish comes the chai latte crème brulee, whose notes of cinnamon swirl with the angelic tea and pair perfectly with the orange sable Breton that accompanies the dish. Those who need a little help digesting can order a steaming cup of sweet masala chai or indulge their dreams with a sip of chamomile to sleep beneath the silk of sweet dreams. Purely satiated and wrapped in a blanket of warm spice the cold blustery London air will feel a world away when you can bear to tear yourself away from Quilon.

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Roxanne Genier

Luxury Brand Management Consultant at Roxy Genier
Roxanne or Roxy, founder of Luxe In A City, was nominated as one of the Top 5 Luxury Travel Bloggers by the readers of USA Today. Aside from overseeing this luxury travel blog, she spends her time teaching how to perfect the feeling of luxury to authentic niche brands while traveling the world with her family.
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