Chor Bizarre – Restaurant Review
Any sartorial gent that wanders the Mayfair district for a dapper suit may have criminally overlooked one of London’s most delicious and delightful curryhouses: Chor Bizarre.
As a Michelin-commended curryhouse, Chor Bizarre is – without a doubt – one of the finest Indian experiences I have ever had. As a regular food reviewer, sous chef of six years and a self-professed curry connoisseur that is no mean feat!
Chor Bizarre is neatly tucked away between the heavyweight fashion brands of New Bond Street and the countryside retreats of Green Park. I can always gage a restaurant’s reputation by having a good look at the surrounding area on my way down to dine – so as I passed the Porsche 911s, Ferraris F50s and the top-dollar boutiques I knew that I was going to be in for some pure class.
The class has obviously oozed in from the outside because the Chor Bizarre interior is an eclectic mix of pastel green, rouge red and a combination of burnt and chocolate browns. Throw in some clear glass tabletops, delicate furniture carvings and an array of intricate upholstery additions and Chor Bizarre really is a feast for the eyes. Any direction or corner you turn your eyes there is bound to be something to steal away your breath or charge your curiosity – makes for some great dinner conversation!
Even as a sous chef for six years, something that I can never get right is pairing a wine with a curry dish. For me, it’s the overwhelming mix of flavours and spices that just put me off breaking open a bottle and instead I’ll lead my eyes over to the lager. Not that there’s anything wrong with that: Kingfisher and Cobra sit comfortably beside a list of custom cocktails and spirits, but it’s the wine-matching drinks menu that really impressed. Other eateries should take note because Chor Bizarre has listed every single dish on the food menu and have then recommended at least two bottles of wine for each – it really simplifies your experience but also guarantees your taste buds are fully satisfied.
Here’s where Chor Bizarre really shines. Appetizers, starters, main courses and deserts have all been intricately balanced to ensure you get all the best bits from four curryhouse courses: the raw Indian heat, strong Asian spices and palette-cleansing creams. We started with a sweet yoghurt, lentil and banana dish served with a generous portion of popadums, dips and chutneys. This was closely followed by some Tandoori-cooked chicken (soft-cooked to perfection), salmon and lamb. The main course was a treasure trove of curries, stews, naans, rice, battered okra chips and a delectable slow-cooked lamb shoulder. Finish up with a melon sorbet to clean the taste buds and end on a sweet note to a scrumptious meal.
In a word: exceptional. Again, I’ve been to a few restaurants over the years of food reviews and aside from signing up to a gym (not by choice!) I have been quite surprised over how terribly rude some front-of-house staffs can be. Chor Bizarre restored my faith fully – me and my dining companion were well looked after and the staff were unobtrusive enough not to get on the nerves. Any questions, reservations or recommendations were quickly answered and conversation was interesting, friendly and refreshing.
A little hungry after some Hugo Boss suit shopping? Chor Bizarre is a fantastic, first-rate eatery.
On top of that, Chor Bizarre is running a series of December deals for a cure to that festive famishment – these deals include some lunch offers and early dinner deals. For example, book the private dining room at Chor Bizarre in December, spend £1000.00 or more and you’ll get 15% off your total food & beverage bill… Can’t go wrong there!
Offers will be available all through December, except 25th – 28th December.