Posh & Becks, P Diddy & Bling, Curry & Beer – all inseparable combinations, despite not always working as well as they should. Yes, the wine industry has been semi-successful in converting us to a glass of grape juice, but ultimately, whether you’re in a local curry house or somewhere more special, a cold pint of lager remains the drink of choice for most of us. For the ultimate in beer and curry experiences, Michelin Starred Quilon pairs some of London’s finest Indian food with a host of rare and interesting brews.
The South Indian inspired restaurant is definitely one of London’s most interesting, with everything from the dining room to the menu taking inspiration from this culturally rich area. Further character is provided in the form of Sriram Aylar, a passionate chef who has risen through the ranks of India’s renowned Taj Hotels group to manage this London outpost of the Taj empire.
Having dined at Quilon on numerous occasions since opening 10 years ago, the food has always been nothing short of superb. Highlights of the starters include Fennel & mint flavoured lamb shank which near enough melts onto your fork and fiery Pepper shrimps. With its South Indian background, Quilon is also a real seafood lovers paradise and some outstanding fish dishes amongst the mains reflect this. Roasted tilapia in plantain leaf and Spiced grilled red snapper are just some of the delights on offer, whilst carnivores will be no less disappointed by the flavoursome Lamb biryani and deeply spiced Manglorean chicken. A rare thing it may be for an Indian restaurant, but even desserts are good, including a hearty Almond pudding, an intriguing dish called Bibinca (a flourless flan spiced with nutmeg) and some delicious sorbets.
As previously mentioned, this is also a restaurant for people who really enjoy their drink. The beer list includes dozens of choices from around the world, and you can even have a beer and food matching menu. The wine list is equally impressive, with a good balance between Classical and New World wines, with an excellent selection at reasonable price points.
Cuisine type: South Indian
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £85
41 Buckingham Gate
Tel: 020 7821 1899