LOTI EATS | HANKIES
Hankies was first launched by chef Anirudh Arora, who definitely knows a thing or two about cooking, given his experience as the former protege of Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar. Anirudh’s aim with Hankies is to create a selection of authentic light Indian dishes to be enjoyed at a reasonable price. The second Hankies site in London is nestled in the heart of Marble Arch inside the plush Montcalm hotel, and it fits in comfortably with its luxury surroundings.
The Hankies menu takes inspiration from Delhi’s street food scene, with its name deriving from a Roomali Roti, a typical Delhi flatbread that’s spun until super thin and then folded. The dishes are all relatively small, like tapas size, meaning you can easily mix and match across the menu. We did just that, starting off with some small bites and a truffle naan. Our favourites from this section included the Dahi Balla, lentil dumplings with sweet yoghurt, tamarind and pomegranate and the Sweet Potato Bomb, which is served with spicy chickpeas and chilli jam.
The larger plates are a mix of classics like Butter Chicken and Peshwari Tikka to less familiar dishes such as Fennel and Dill Paneer, with charcoal grilled sprouting broccoli, blue cheese and chilli raita. The Khumb Kofta, a wild mushroom ‘kofta’ with creamy cashew sauce and baby morels, is another must-try. We managed to find some room for dessert after all of that, opting for Meetha Caviar, cardamom and rabi cheese with fruit cake melba, though there’s also a selection of homemade kulfi should you want something lighter.
Overall we think Hankies is great value for money, not only for the area it’s in, but for the quality and variety of food you get too.
61 Upper Berkeley Street, London W1H 7PP