Chutney Mary

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Please note: Chutney Mary has closed as of 8 February; it will move to a more central location on 73 St James's Street, SW1A 1PH and will reopen in late April. A new restaurant from the same owners, called Masala Grill, will open on the former site in late March.

The spacious, light-filled conservatory at this swish establishment, set on the lower-ground floor of a modern block, is notable for its greenery – a contrast to the formal elegance of the main dining area with its sparkling glassware, silk cushions and crisp napery. Run by the Panjabi sisters (of Amaya, Veeraswamy and Masala Zone fame), Chutney Mary is popular with business diners on expense accounts and well-heeled Chelsea residents.

Prices can be eye-wateringly high, and although the pan-Indian cooking is good in parts, it isn’t always consistent. Service is also uneven. Crab balchao (flakes of crab meat tossed in a fried sweet-sour red chilli paste) was a fair rendition, yet arrived inexplicably glazed with cheddar cheese – a new-wave twist too far. Even the humble samosa was given a makeover: crisp pastry shaped into an open cone and filled with fried venison mince. Sadly, the meat had dried out and lacked any discernible spicing apart from a kick of chilli.

A splendid chicken biriani restored order, with fragrant rice, tender chicken thighs and a carefully honed masala spiked with just the right balance of green chilli, herbs and keora (floral screwpine essence). Overall, standards here seem to have dipped but you’ll still find occasional flashes of brilliance.

 

Venue name: Chutney Mary
Contact:
Address: 535 King's Road
London
SW10 0SZ
Opening hours: Lunch served 12.30-2.45pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6.30-11.15pm Mon-Sat; 6.30-10.15pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Fulham Broadway or bus 11, 22
Price: Main courses £16.75-£31.50. Set lunch £24 3 courses

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3.2 / 5

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Peter Watson

My wife took me as a surprise outing for my birthday. There were six of us including three teenagers. It was pretentious and over-priced. We had been once before many years ago and I wholeheartedly agree with the review which said that they are living on past reputation. the fgood was very dry and we wondered if it had been hanging around for a while. I also agree with the review which talked of small portion sizes. I would also warn that it's impossible to park anywhere near especially if there's a Chelsea match on. Those who came by public transport had an even worse time.; It doesn't help of course when your wife tells you she's taking you out for a surprise, drives to Stamford Bridge and then tells you you're not going to the match!

Antigone

Very good food, lovely surroundings, great service but portions on small size and thus over priced.

Dan

I been to going to chutney Mary for long time and I love the food they do there, specially the fantastic twist on the samosa... This is baked and presented beautifully, and is in a very thin pastry, which is awesome to eat. Although they don't have a Michelin star but they still produce food of Michelin standard. Fail to under sated why they don't have it... Kudos to chef...

Dan

Dined here on last wednesday, the food was exquisite and the restaurant was packed, been eating at this here for few hers now and I think this is the best indian meal I have eaten. The food is full of flavours and is light and not heavy. It's a good mix of traditional Indian with modern cooking. The lamb kebab, modern twist on samosa and the Indian version of roast lamb were just perfect, the desserts were equally good, lot of Indian restaurants fail in that area but chutney Mary hits the spot. Surprising they don't have Michelin, but other Indian restaurants have, who serve food which is tasteless.

Sumit

I tried booking a table for the first time in this restaurant to take my wife and my 2 year 11 months old daughter out for dinner. But to my shock and in spite of advertising that they allow under 10s till 8 pm, I was told that they do not allow kids under 3 at all. After I told them that there is no mention of such a rule on their website, they generously agreed to book a table for me at 6.30pm the latest so that I leave before the peak dinner hours. I do not think I am ever going to that restaurant again.