Summer Tasting Menu by Baluchi at The LaLiT London

Now that I’ve taken you through a very quick tour of The LaLit London on Tower Bridge, let me tell you a little something about their restaurant, Baluchi.

The Lalit London by The Girl Next ShoreIf you’ve read my previous post, then you should know by now that The LaLiT used to house St Olave’s Grammar School. Baluchi is set in the old school’s assembly hall. Wait, should I say school’s old assembly hall? Did my grammar school blues just kill me?

The Lalit London by The Girl Next ShoreIiiiiiiiii wanna swiiiiiiiiiing from those chandelieeeeeeers…. those chandeliiiieeeeeeeeeeers. (Sorry, I had to.) Hanging from the ceiling of Baluchi are four magnificent chandeliers, all painstakingly crafted and put together by hand. Imported from India, each of them create a bedazzling canopy of light and lux to the restaurant below.

Baluchi by The Girl Next ShoreOur amuse bouche was a chickpea cake served with tamata ka sorba. Frankly, I didn’t know how to eat this so I just freestyled. The bread was surprisingly light but magical when dipped in the soup. The soup itself was beautiful, with its spiced tomato tang kicking in nicely. A good start.

Baluchi by The Girl Next ShoreUp next was a bharwan zucchini which was a lightly battered zucchini flowered filled with paneer. I’ve eaten many courgette flowers before, but this was possibly one of the nicest with its tangy filling and lightness. All it needed was a bit of honey drizzle and it will defo drive you off the roof. I also liked the small dish of mushroom ki galauti which, we were told, was prepped for 24 hours in advance.

We then moved on to the fish dish. Now I do have a thing for theatrics, and Baluchi did not disappoint.

Ta-daaaa! Tandoori salmon at your service!

Baluchi by The Girl Next ShoreThe beautifully presented salmon was a tad bit over for my liking. But I liked that it was smoky enough and the flavour was still very strong. Some may not favour the fishy aftertaste of salmon, but I do enjoy it every now and then.

Baluchi by The Girl Next ShoreAs if on cue, a palate cleanser came in form of a fennel and pineapple sorbet. I’m not a fan of fennel so I was quite reluctant about this dish, but I did enjoy this. It was tart and creamy in places and definitely perfect after that salmon.

Baluchi by The Girl Next ShoreNext up was the zafrani malai murg aka tandoori marinated chicken.

Baluchi by The Girl Next ShoreMildly spiced, I thought this was better cooked in the tandoori than the salmon. The pieces I had were rather succulent and immediately I am transported back to sunny skies where everything you eat is grilled. The life.

Baluchi by The Girl Next ShoreDid I tell you The LaLiT has a “naanery” too? They make their own naan bread and serve it in all ways you can (or can’t) imagine. We sampled some at dinner and boy… was I hooked.

Baluchi by The Girl Next ShoreThe highlight of my dinner was the baghara baingan, an eggplant served with paneer and a side chutney of some sort. My gosh, I wanted to eat everyone’s dish because I thoroughly enjoyed it so much. The flesh of the aubergine was perfect and the filling was generous enough without leaving you that stodgy feeling. So good.

Baluchi by The Girl Next ShoreLast but not the least, a plate of bhapa doi with paan ki kulfi for dessert. I’m a chocoholic at heart but I quite liked this baked yogurt curd although… I actually prefer the kulfi which was light and refreshing. We were treated to garnishes of sugared rose petals, candied fruit and fresh betel leaves.

Verdict for Baluchi

The Summer Tasting Menu at Baluchi is light and pleasant to the taste. I left the restaurant feeling comfortably full and pleased to have tried something new. Service was decent and quality seemed good. I’d like to see the place in full swing so to have a proper feel of its ambience. But overall, nice.

Those chandeliers, though… #dreamy.

Baluchi
The LaLiT London,
181 Tooley Street, London, SE1
We were guests of Baluchi but all opinions are my own. 

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4 Comments

    • Honey de Gracia
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      18th June 2017 / 5:38 pm

      Take me with you when you go! 🙂

  1. 20th June 2017 / 9:02 pm

    I was sad not to make it but so glad you guys had fun!

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      25th June 2017 / 11:35 am

      When do I see you next!

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