• Indian• Marylebone
A modern Indian restaurant operated by the acclaimed JKS Group, Trishna has held a Michelin star for almost a decade. Sometimes more talked about than its sibling Gymkhana (which also has a Michelin star), the restaurant is still a safe bet for some of the most exciting Indian cooking in the capital.
The restaurant combines a few distinct spaces: the airy ground-floor dining room with white walls ushers in plenty of light, while there are a few tables outdoors that make for a great working lunch in the summer months. Downstairs there’s more of a members’ club feel, with dark wood panelling and old-school decor, while there’s also a private dining room that seats 12, perfect for client entertainment or a milestone birthday.
Trishna uses exceptionally sourced British meat, fish and game as a base to create some of the best Indian cooking you’re likely to find in London. Order à la carte, or opt for the Taste of Trishna menu, which at £75 is a great way to experience a curated selection of dishes from the kitchen, and is also available as a vegetarian menu. Choose between two options for six courses of exquisite dishes and leave happy.
Trishna is the older sister to Gymkhana, our favourite high-end Indian in the city. But where Gymkhana is a special occasion dining experience, with a room that feels like something out of a Rudyard Kipling novel, Trishna essentially feels like a casual neighbourhood restaurant. But one that still has very high prices.
I wanted to chat, so I ordered the five-course Koliwada tasting menu and let them present us with many other titbits.
But I remember thinking, 'This is it. Easy and exciting, but sophisticated and eye-opening – this is what eating out should be like.’
Trishna is a real find. It may be about as authentically Mumbai as Slumdog Barbie, but it's genuinely good.
Gaining its first Michelin star in 2012, Trishna London is a world away from the shabby interior of its sister restaurant in Mumbai. This contemporary-looking eaterie is smart and quietly conservative, its dining room barely distinguishable from those of its Marylebone neighbours save for the retro Air India prints on the walls.
The London spot’s sleek. Its pared back aesthetic dotted with antique mirrors, pendant lighting and marble table tops is the result of contemporary refurb that offers a sociable neighbourhood atmosphere and even a semi-alfresco ambience with doors that open onto the street.