The Rubens at The Palace hotel, which overlooks the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, has opened an authentic Indian restaurant called The Curry Room.
The new restaurant’s inspiring three-course menu features a blend of Indian and South African influences and serves dishes prepared with the finest ingredients and blended India spices.
In a rich and warm setting with reds and earthy shades, candles, copper and crockery imported from India, the ‘recipe’ for The Curry Room is simple – traditional Indian dishes bursting with flavour.
The Curry Room’s chef, Arun Kumar worked closely with Kevin Joseph, executive chef at The Rubens’ sister property, The Oyster Box Hotel in South Africa, to design a menu inspired by authentic Indian and South African flavours.
Joseph is a celebrated chef in South Africa, and his vast experience launching Indian restaurants across the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, including The Curry Buffet at The Oyster Box in Durban, and The Curry Room at The Old Government House Hotel in Guernsey, was essential to the new restaurant concept.
A variation on the usual à la carte options, chef Kumar and chef Joseph designed an exceptional all-inclusive menu that encompasses Indian starters, mains and desserts.
The generous selection of samoosas, poppadums and condiments for starters will tantalise the taste buds, while a choice of main dishes offers something to suit every palate.
Joseph’s traditional KwaZulu-Natal dishes; the Lamb Curry and Prawn & Chicken Curry, bring the subtle spices of South Africa to the menu, alongside Indian favourites such as Spicy Beef Vindaloo, Prawn Curry, Vegetable Korma, Bengal Fish Curry, and Butter Chicken. All main courses are served with basmati rice, the Chef’s vegetable side-dish and traditional Indian bread.
To finish, guests can choose from a selection of four tasty desserts; Indian infused Kulfi ice cream, fresh papaya and sorbet, traditional trifle, or indulge in a slice of baked vanilla cheesecake prepared to the legendary recipe of Red Carnation Hotels’ Founder & President, Bea Tollman.
A wide selection of old and new world wines have been carefully selected to complement the dining experience, including a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson, The Rubens’ sister vineyard in South Africa. Popular Indian beers such as Kingfisher and Cobra are also available.
The restaurant serves cuts hand selected by The Rubens’ butcher, Aubrey Allen, Royal Warrant holder to Her Majesty The Queen, and the fish is locally sourced from Billingsgate market.
The Rubens at the Palace recently completed a multi-million pound refurbishment which included upgrades to many of its rooms and guest areas, as well a complete overhaul of the hotel’s dining options. Alongside the striking red Cavalry Bar and the hotel’s elegant new fine dining restaurant The English Grill, The Curry Room is the final addition to The Rubens’ new-look.
Malcolm Hendry, general manager of The Rubens at the Palace, said: “Our new Curry Room restaurant is the final piece of the puzzle in our immense refurbishment project. The talented Chef Kumar and our friendly Restaurant Manager Mohan Senchuri look forward to welcoming Londoners to the new restaurant for an authentic taste of India, right in the heart of vibrant Victoria.”