5 reasons to visit Chokhi Dhani at least once in your life
Chokhi Dhani is a fine dining Indian restaurant, a few minutes away from Battersea Power Station. It’s only their first anniversary this April, but it’s already promising to be one of the best Indian restaurants you can find in the Big Smoke.
With more than 30 years of experience in hospitality back in India, they aim to bring the unique flavours and culture of Rajasthan, the Northern Indian region famous for its palaces and forts, to the UK with this first magnificent venue.
I was lucky enough to be invited to try out their menu, and I’m going to give you 5 reasons why you should go and pay it a visit too!
1.The food is outstanding;
Chokhi Dhani is the only restaurant in London which serves traditional Rajasthani food along with more traditional Indian recipes. My advice would be to trust the suggestions the waiter will give you, and you won’t be disappointed.
They know their dishes from inside out, and they will honestly be able to recommend the ones that would be more suitable for you depending on your taste. This is what we ended up doing, and we did not regret it!
In order: Aloo Tikki, Kadak Momo Chaat, Joshila Murgh Tikka, Maharaja Thali, Chocolate Sphere & Desi Mithai
2. Drinks are great too!
I’ve been cutting down on my alcohol intake over the past few months, and you’d be surprised by the number of restaurants which lack in choice for non-alcoholic drinks. Chokhi Dhani has an extensive mocktails selection, and all of them were absolutely delicious and well crafted.
Our favourite was probably the Blueberry Muffin and the Mumbai Mule, that is if you don’t count their perfect Mango Lassi (for those who don’t know, it’s a gorgeous traditional drink made of Mango and yoghurt- I’m slightly obsessed with it).
We didn’t try any alcoholic cocktails, but they all looked as great, so I’m sure you’d be equally delighted.
3. Interiors are just gorgeous;
When entering Chokhi Dhani, you can tell that the owners went out of their way to make the restaurant look as regal and sumptuous as possible. Chairs and tables are hand-crafted and imported directly from Rajasthan, and so were the bespoke artwork on the walls and the intricate jewellery on display (and on sale!). All you can see has been carefully chosen to give you a glimpse of Indian culture and way of living, and if it wasn’t for the boats floating in the Thames right outside the restaurant, you’d probably start thinking that you have been teleported there.
4. Service is incredible;
For someone like me, who has been working in the hospitality industry for over 5 years, it’s tough to come across impeccable service throughout the night, but that wasn’t the case for Chokhi Dhani. Everyone from the receptionist to the managers to the waiters have a genuine interest in making sure you have an incredible and unforgettable experience. The Head Chef regularly comes out of the kitchen to make sure the diners are happy with their food, and you can see that he’s proud of what he’s serving to the tables. Everything is served with meticulous attention to details but always with a smile.
It’s really hard to come across impeccable service, but it seems like the mission at Chokhi Dhani is to make their guests feel like there are dining in a regal palace in Rajasthan and trust me, they succeed in their goal.
5. You will be entertained!
Once again, if you thought this would be your ordinary dining experience, you were wrong. Chokhi Dhani offers different entertainment from their Shisha Lounge in the Terrace to traditional musicians on weekends.
We were entertained by the magical Magic Junior who performs his mind-reading, cards & prediction tricks every Friday.
I’ve seen magicians at work before, but he’s one of a kind and will definitely induce your jaw to drop with his magic work.
I was lucky enough to be invited to try out there menu but trust me when I say I'll definitely find an excuse to visit the restaurant soon enough.
See you soon Chokhi Dhani!
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Disclaimer: I was invited to try the menu at Chokhi Dhani in return for my honest opinion. The ones above are truly my thoughts on the restaurant and their food as I'd never recommend a place if I didn't enjoy my experience there! :)