Paro, set to open in Covent Garden this autumn, is being billed as “A love letter to Calcutta”

This October, Paro will open in Covent Garden, a new Indian restaurant headed up by chef Niaz Caan who’ll be making his debut solo venture at just 23 years old. Caan has been working in restaurants since the age of 14 – most recently as the executive chef of City Spice on Brick Lane – and has also just published his first book, Vegan – An Indian Cookbook.

As well as specialising in vegan food with these recipes, City Spice (Caan’s current gig) has an extensive selection of vegan curries on its menu. In fact, the restaurant, which sits on the corner of Brick Lane and Woodseer Street, claims to have made Brick Lane’s first all-vegan curry menu. Paro, however, will have meat and fish on the menu (though there’ll still be veggie and vegan options).

Caan’s a la carte and pre-theatre menus will centre around small plates and sharing dishes that offer “a modern interpretation of traditional Indian flavours of West Bengal”. We’ve been told to expect the likes of mango chickpea chaat; bally black dal with slow-cooked black lentils and grandmother’s spice mix; cottage cheese roll; toddy shop tiger prawns; and signature slow-roasted lamb shanks with saffron, charred garlic and coriander.

Paro will open with space for 120 covers in the main dining room and a further 30 at the bar. This definitely sounds like a tall order for a young chef’s debut – particularly as it’ll be in the beating heart of town – but given how busy both floors of City Spice can get on any given day, this could be right in Caan’s wheelhouse.

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Opens Thurs 5th October 2023
21 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7RQ